These sessions are led by expert faculty from both institutions and include basic and clinical researchers with interests in translational medicine, clinical and outcomes research, public policy and advocacy.
The second, and major, component of the block is protected time for residents to focus on research projects, medical education projects, community advocacy experiences, and/or more in-depth exposure to clinical experiences. Residents meet individually with faculty mentors two or more months before the start of ADB to design their projects. Senior residents have used their ADB time in a wide variety of ways to explore career alternatives, either to start or complete a primary research project, or undertake a project that will round out their own training (and often contributes to the training of other residents). The diversity of ADB activities reflects the diversity of interests and career paths of our residents. Over the past five years approximately, the results from half of the projects have been presented at national meetings and/or culminated in a peer-reviewed publication. A paper (Vinci RJ et al. Pediatrics 2009;124:1126-1134) describing outcomes of the rotation has recently been published.