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Johns Hopkins All Children’s Study Provides Answers — and New Questions — about Treating a Serious Infection Affecting Mostly Children

By Randolph Fillmore

Over the last decade, there has been an expanding, national trend in medical education. Increasingly, those who receive their Doctor of Medicine degree (M.D.) are also getting doctorates (Ph.D.s) in research-related fields. The trend has become so strong that, after carrying out a study in 2018 that surveyed M.D./Ph.D. programs, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) noted that, “M.D./Ph.D.s are conducting research, developing new diagnostics, devices, and treatments, and helping train the next generation of scientists and clinicians.”

Following that study’s completion, AAMC president and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., said, “Physician-scientists play an essential role in academic medicine through innovative research and discovery, and by linking that new knowledge to clinical applications that can improve patient care and the health of our nation.”

The Johns Hopkins All Children’s Clinical and Translational Research Training (CTRT) Track, which marked its 10th anniversary this year, has played a pivotal role in training the next generation of clinical scientists focused on improving children’s health. In the program, trainees get applied, hands-on experience in designing, implementing, presenting, and publishing a clinical or translational research study, which means moving research from the laboratory to the bedside.

The goal is to mentor resident physicians, fellows and first- and second-year junior faculty on the path to successful independent clinical investigation in clinical and translational research in childhood health and disease.

Building upon the CTRT track, the Center for Pediatric Clinical and Translational Research Training, Education, Engagement and Mentorship in the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Research serves as a resource to those conducting studies and their team members for carrying out “best practices” when conducting clinical research.

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John Morrison, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and a pediatric hospitalist in the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, serves as the Center’s director as well as the co-director of the CTRT Track.

“The Center provides new researchers with a complete understanding of the process for opening a scientific research protocol and instructs them on how to best conduct research,” Morrison says. “In addition, they gain a full understanding of the core services we have to support research and learn how and when to engage those services.”

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