Join the Publish Pathway

Information for Prospective Residents


Information for Prospective Residents

Residents will be paired with a core PUBLISH mentor for the duration of their 3 years in the pathway. The mentor-mentee pair will work closely on a defined research project within the mentor’s scope of expertise.

The PUBLISH Pathway will provide exposure to core research principles such as:

  • An overview of various types of scholarship, including: bench, clinical, translational, quality improvement, advocacy, educational, medical humanities, and community-based participatory research
  • Building positive & productive relationships with mentors
  • Collaborating on research teams
  • Developing a research question
  • Performing a literature review
  • Research ethics
  • Fundamentals of quantitative and qualitative data analysis
  • Dissemination of scholarly work through abstracts, papers, presentations and posters
  • The peer review process
  • Finding and applying for research funding

Pathway participants will:

  • Work with their mentor on a project that is interesting, relevant, doable, and provides experience in the fundamentals of research
  • Meet directly with your mentor a minimum of 8 times per year
  • Attend PUBLISH pathway meetings every 1-2 months for didactic instruction, guided work on their project, and peer mentoring
  • Commit a minimum of one, 2-week elective to deep participation in their scholarly work
  • Participate in PUBLISH retreats
  • Work with their mentor toward project dissemination including:
    • Abstract submission to the UW’s Annual Pediatrics Research Week
    • Abstract submission to a regional or national meeting, with protected time & funding available to attend if accepted
    • Begin writing a manuscript
  • Receive a Certificate of PUBLISH Pathway completion at the end of residency



Q: What if I am in the Global Health Pathway?

A: Because of scheduling constraints, we are unable to accomodate full participation in multiple pathways. Residents must identify a“primary pathway.” Those who identify PUBLISH as their primary pathway will be prioritized for retreat and meeting scheduling, mentor assignments and other components key to pathway completion. However, any and all UW Pediatric residents are welcome to attend PUBLISH pathway events as their schedule permits.

Q: How much prior research experience do PUBLISH pathway participatants need?

A: This pathway is best suited to residents with zero to moderate research experience. Although all residents are welcome, those with extensive research experience may find the pathway redundant to skills they have already built. Please reach out if you are unsure or would like to discuss opportunities for participating in the pathway as a didactic instructor.

Q: Will I have to come up with my own research project?

A: PUBLISH mentors will identify and present projects that are amenable to resident participation, and will meet the goals of the pathway. Core PUBLISH mentors will also be receiving training and peer support on mentoring residents. PUBLISH residents will be expected to choose from the available, approved projects to ensure that the project is doable, provides experience in the fundamentals of research, and allows for an optimal mentorship experience. We strive to pair mentors & mentees based on resident preferences, career needs, and level of experience.

How to Apply

Interested in becoming part of the PUBLISH Pathway? To apply, send your resume or curriculum vitae, and brief responses to the following questions (1-2 pages total; prose or bulleted lists are both acceptable):

  1. Why are you interested in joining the PUBLISH Pathway?

  2. What prior experience, if any, do you have in research?

  3. What projects will most excite you? Feel free to describe a type of research, a field of pediatrics, or anything else that you think is relevant to this question.

  4. Describe characteristics of your ideal research mentor.

  5. What are the biggest challenges you foresee to participating in research during residency? How might the PUBLISH pathway help you overcome these barriers?

Direct any questions and/or application materials to by September 21, 2020.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Emily Ruedinger MD, MEd PUBLISH Pathway Director

John Frohna, MD
Program Director, Pediatrics Residency

Ellen Wald, MD
Chair, Department of Pediatrics