K-12 Career Development Program in Emergency Critical Care Research

Preparing early-career clinician-scientists for leadership roles and independent research careers in emergency critical care, focused on developing innovative approaches to severe, acute, life-threatening illness and injury in emergency settings. 

Program Co-directors Program Co-directors: David J. Pinsky, M.D. (U-M Samuel Frankel Cardiovascular Center) and Robert Neumar, M.D., Ph.D. (U-M Emergency Medicine) 


Thanks to NIH funding, the University of Michigan now offers a multi-year, multidisciplinary training program for advanced training in emergency critical care research.  Scholars may choose mentoring teams led by nationally known senior clinician-scientists in Emergency Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Neurology, General and Trauma Surgery, Cardiovascular Disease, Biomedical Engineering, and Biostatistics. Trainees gain an understanding of all phases of emergency critical care research and practice in a collaborative culture underscoring the interdependence of excellence in direct patient care and clinical research.Technological advances are desperately needed to advance the care of and improve outcomes for patients with critical illness and injury.  A critical need exists for training investigators in this field.  Junior faculty embarking on research careers today require a unique skill set acquired in a mentored multidisciplinary training environment.

Mentors guide scholars in designing individual development plans and achieving milestones, including academic courses, professional development training, expert consultations, and research to produce preliminary data for research project funding. Commitment of faculty across the University of Michigan Health System as well as other schools at U-M strengthens this program.

The goal is for program graduates to obtain individual K or R01 funding by the end of the third year of K12 support.

How it works:

  • We recruit...junior faculty with diverse backgrounds and demonstrated commitment to emergency critical care clinical research and innovative approaches to diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of patients manifesting cardiovascular/neurovascular/ pulmonary/ disease, sepsis, or trauma.  
  • We pair…each scholar with a multidisciplinary mentoring team that will tailor a customized three-year career development plan.
  • We provide…comprehensive on-the-job/on-campus clinical research training leading to an M.S. in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis (CRDSA) offered for clinician-scientists.
  • Scholars advance…toward independent research careers through additional didactic training in clinical trial design and oversight, data safety and monitoring, data management and security, scientific writing, grant writing, technology development, scientific presentations, responsible conduct of research, and leadership.
  • Scholars are immersed…in a diverse campus network of collaborating critical care researchers, stimulating scholarly discussion and ideation, and clinical patient care.
  • We monitor and improve…program quality and effectiveness through a combination of metrics, active feedback, and post-program career tracking.

What trainees gain:

  • a broad knowledge and training in modern clinical and translational science
  • coursework to address gaps in scientific training
  • didactic and experiential training in intellectual/philosophical approaches to modern investigation and technology development
  • improved scientific and grant writing skills
  • enhanced research mentoring and leadership skills

U-M’s Career Development Program in Emergency Critical Care Research is housed in the Weil Institute for Critical Care Research & Innovation, a comprehensive research enterprise devoted to transforming critical care medicine by accelerating science from bench to bedside. Scholars will become affiliates of Weil Institute for Critical Care Research & Innovation, the Cardiovascular Center Clinical Research (C3RG) Group, and other relevant multidisciplinary U-M research centers.

Questions?  Contact Denise Wieck or call 734-647-4751.

This program is funded by NIH grant#1K12HL133304-01.

Current Scholars

Chris Fung, MD

Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Director of Ultrasound Research, Emergency Medicine

Past Scholars

Cindy H. Hsu, MD, PhD, MS, FCCM

Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Acute Care Surgery
Division Chief of Critical Care, Department of Emergency Medicine