Specialty Programs and Diversity



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The Specialty Programs and Diversity tier serves a critical role in building a community of highly specialized and exceptionally trained early-stage scientists from a variety of diverse backgrounds, positioning Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) as the preeminent place to perform advanced pediatric research. We focus on two primary facets to accomplish these overarching goals: 1) specialty programs and 2) diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Specialty Programs

In partnership with CHOP Research Institute Leadership, we lead the development, implementation, and management of formal, discipline-specific research programs that align with scientific areas outlined in the CHOP Research Institute Strategic Plan. The Specialty Programs and Diversity tier focuses on providing exceptional, highly focused training opportunities and experiences for trainees at the Research Institute. These programs leverage areas of expertise found at CHOP and the University of Pennsylvania to address training and knowledge gaps, providing our trainees with competitive skills for success.

Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

CHOP values diversity and the impact diverse voices make to scientific advancement and discovery. Inclusion must be a focal point in order to have a diverse workforce where all individuals feel empowered to contribute. The Specialty Programs and Diversity tier actively works to support our growing population of diverse scientists by developing relevant programming and creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for researchers from all backgrounds. This work starts with outreach across all stages of the educational spectrum to cultivate interest in STEM and continues with efforts to increase broad representation at the Research Institute while developing mechanisms to cultivate an inclusive culture.

Please contact Academic Diversity at CHOP with any questions.

Specialty Programs

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Programs, seminars, and workshops for trainees interested in teaching.


Diversity and Inclusion Programs

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Support and programming for CHOP international postdocs.

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Learn about research program experiences for students.

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