The two-year fellowship provides structured training in research methodology, including quantitative and qualitative study design, epidemiology, biostatistics, programming, behavioral research, and solution-oriented design. 

Approximately 80 percent of the fellow’s time in the program is dedicated to research. During their first year, fellows will identify their research mentor and at least one research project.  Fellows may choose to undertake clinical or advocacy projects. 

Fellows are expected to complete one primary independent research project and one secondary collaborative research project, including analytic plan(s) and IRB submission. The research project(s) will be submitted for peer review (journal, national meeting, etc.) by the end of the program. 



Fellows will ground their research and hone their expertise in primary care pediatrics by serving two half-days a week in one of our clinical areas.



Fellows are highly encouraged to participate in educational development opportunities during their training through one of the following options.

  1. Enroll in a master's degree program.* Master's degrees offered to fellows include:
  2. Enroll in the Epidemiology and Clinical Research Graduate Certificate program.**
  3. Audit Stanford academic courses. Recommended courses include: 
    • EPI 225: Introduction to Epidemiologic and Clinical Research Methods
      EPI 226: Intermediate Epidemiologic and Clinical Research Methods
    • EPI 259: Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Epidemiology
      EPI 262: Intermediate Biostatistics: Regression, Prediction, Survival Analysis (STATS 262)
    • EPI 223: Data Management in SAS
    • EPI 292: Advanced Statistical Methods for Observational Studies
    • HRP 218: Methods for Health Care Delivery Innovation, Implementation and Evaluation
    • HRP 252: Outcomes Analysis
    • HRP 391: Health Care Regulation, Finance and Policy
    • HRP 392: Analysis of Costs, Risks and Benefits of Health Care

*Costs not covered by the program 
**Costs not covered by the program or MCHRI Master’s Tuition Program grant



Center for Policy, Outcomes, and Prevention: Fellows are expected to attend at least one CPOP meeting per month and present their research at a CPOP meeting once per academic year. 

Journal Club: Fellows participate in leading the Academic General Pediatrics monthly journal club under the faculty supervision of Dr. Jason Wang, Associate Program Director. 

The Department of Pediatrics offers a fellowship core curriculum to further support the fellow’s learning and professional development in the program. 

  • Fellows’ College: A common educational experience for all fellows. Topics include leadership, teaching, mentoring, professionalism, career skills, and scholarship.
  • Scholarship Academy: A one-week course introducing fellows to all areas of scholarship, with a focus on designing a scholarly project and writing a grant proposal. Topics include project development, design, and process; grant writing principles; and an overview of biostatistics.
  • Grant Writing Club: An informative workshop focused on the fundamentals of grant writing and grant submission.
  • Scholarship Club: An interactive research seminar addressing study design, statistics, survey development, ethics in research, bioinformatics, research-related resources, networking, and communication.


Fellows will also have the opportunity to participate in: 



Fellows are required to apply for the MCHRI Clinical Trainee (MD) Support grant in the first year of the fellowship and fulfill all ancillary requirements for the MCHRI award, which includes applying for external funding. 

Fellows interested in pursuing a master’s degree during the fellowship program are encouraged to apply for the MCHRI Master's Tuition Program grant for financial support during the second year of the fellowship.