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Department of Emergency Medicine

Department of Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine/Pediatric Emergency Medicine K12 Research Program

As a recipient of a National Heart Lung Blood Institute (NHLBI) K12 Research Career Development Program in Emergency Medicine Research, the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine is proud to offer a 2-3 year Emergency Medicine K12 Research Program.  The program began in July 2011 and hosted its first group of scholars in July 2012.  The program combines training in clinical emergency medicine research with graduate level training at UC Davis.  We seek scholars who are dedicated to careers that will greatly focus on high-quality, high-impact clinical EM research. We are very interested in both Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Emergency Medicine clinician-scholars, and particularly those with a special interest in multicenter research.

The UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine maintains a strong commitment to clinical research in Emergency Medicine.  The Department has several areas of research expertise and is a leader in both EM and PEM multicenter research networks.  Areas of focused research for this program include cardiovascular and pulmonary emergencies, as well as blood disorders and trauma evaluation and management. UC Davis is a leading center in the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN), the first federally funded research network in pediatric emergency medicine, as well as EM research networks affiliated with Clinical and Translational Science Centers (CTSCs). The UC Davis CTSC ( established in 2006 was one of the vanguard 12 CTSCs awarded and will be a close collaborator in our EM K12 program.

Objectives of the UC Davis Emergency Medicine K12 Program

The primary objective of the EM K12 program at UC Davis is to provide junior investigators with state-of-the art clinical research training to foster independent careers in emergency medicine research. If needed, the scholars can complete graduate level courses focused on clinical research, leading to a Master of Advanced Study degree in Clinical Research. With research mentors from not only the Department of Emergency Medicine but from many other departments, each of whom have substantial track records of publications and research funding, the scholars will develop independent research projects that will help propel them into the next level of their academic careers.

Description and Requirements for the Emergency Medicine K12 scholar

  • The application package for the UC Davis EM K12 program is now available.
  • Eligibility:
    • Physician applicants must have completed residency training in EM or fellowship training in PEM, or other residency appropriate for EM or PEM research (including but not limited to anesthesia, surgery, internal medicine or pediatrics).
    • Non-physician applicants will also be considered if they are a doctorally-prepared clinician such as a PharmD or a PhD/ScD nurse, with a demonstrated interest in EM or PEM research.
    • Clinical research requirements during the career development program:
      • Design and implementation of a clinical research project focused on emergency conditions related to the heart, lungs, blood or trauma
      • Preparation and submission of a competitive federal grant application
  • Graduate Coursework: Completion of all graduate course requirements leading to an advanced degree
  • Clinical Responsibilities: 48 hours/month of clinical patient care in the UC Davis Medical Center ED
  • Salary and Benefits
    • Negotiable salary and full health benefits
    • Start-up research funds for a clinical research project
    • Travel funds to attend appropriate research meetings
    • Tuition, book and supplies for graduate coursework
    • Travel to and participation in multicenter research network meetings


Contact information

James F. Holmes, M.D., M.P.H.
Department of Emergency Medicine

Nathan Kuppermann, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor and Chairman
Department of Emergency Medicine

Allyson Sage, R.N., M.P.H., C.C.R.P.
Department of Emergency Medicine

University of California, Davis
Dept of Emergency Medicine
2315 Stockton Blvd, PSSB 2100
Sacramento, CA 95817