Funding for Junior Fellows in PCCM and PSTPD


The Pediatric Critical Care and Trauma Scientist Development Program (PCCTSDP) is funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The PCCTSDP was established to foster the development of highly promising young faculty in pediatric critical care and pediatric trauma surgery into physician scientists. The PCCTSDP is entering its 16th year of funding. Details of the program can be found at  
One of the benefits of applying for the PCCTSDP is participation in the annual research retreat, which will be held on November 7-10, 2019, in Deer Valley, Utah. At this retreat, program applicants devote time listening to scholar scientific presentations and discussions of scientific mentorship and faculty development. This is a unique and rich opportunity for fellows and junior faculty alike.
The PCCTSDP is committed to the principles of diversity in academic pediatric critical care medicine and trauma surgery. As such, funding is now available for potential candidates from a diverse background who have an early interest in pediatric critical care or trauma surgery to participate in the annual retreat. Applications are now open to junior fellows in PCCM and PSTPD who meet these criteria but do not yet have a fully developed project or secured a faculty mentor. These retreat participants will be allowed to view the application process and will benefit from the mentorship of the National Advisory Committee of the PCCTSDP. Further, these fellows will undergo a focused development session, led by senior PCCTSDP faculty, to explore and expand research ideas. This will be the ninth year that we have offered this opportunity; fellows who attended last year gave the meeting very positive accolades. We have had two diversity fellows return to the retreat as applicants and receive K12 funding.
We anticipate three to five positions will be awarded to diverse, junior fellows to fund the cost of attending this year’s retreat, including transportation, hotel and dining expenses. Applications should be submitted to Dr. Heather Keenan, the PCCTSDP program director, at the University of Utah. Applications should be submitted electronically by email directly to Dr. Keenan at , marking their email subject line as “PCCTSDP Applicant”. Copy the application email to Jeffrey S. Upperman ( as well as Randi Willey ( 

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