Vanderbilt Emergency Care Research Training Program

Our National Institute of Health sponsored K12 program will be led by Drs. Alan Storrow (EM) and Thomas Wang (Cardiology).  The Vanderbilt Emergency Medicine K12 Program is a post-doctoral or post-residency level training in emergency medicine research.  Funded by the National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute (NHLBI), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), scholars conduct research to expand the scientific domain in acute care of these three particular areas.  The K12 Program is open to physicians and PhD researchers with an interest in studying emergency care within the realm of interest of the sponsored programs.




1.    Hands-on design and conduct of clinical research

2.    Participation in formal career development and mentoring activities designed to prepare scholars for a competitive academic research career

3.    Carefully selected advanced didactics, including an option to enroll in the Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) or Master of Public Health (MPH) programs.




1.    Acute cardiopulmonary emergencies

2.    Neurobiology of acute psychiatric illness

3.    Patient-centered emergency nursing




1.    Use of individual Research Advisory committees to provide comprehensive support for scholars

2.    Research project preparedness, enabling the creation of a robust, high-quality research project early in the program, allowing adequate time for enhancements or shifts in thinking

3.    Strong support from Vanderbilt’s well-established CTSA program, including funding for pilot studies

4.    Integration with one of the nation’s largest existing emergency care research infrastructures

5.    Synergy with internationally-recognized Departments of Medicine, Biostatistics, Biomedical Informatics, Pharmacology, and Health Policy; the newly formed Vanderbilt Genetics Institute, the Center for Health services Research; the Mid-South Clinical data Research Network, funded by PCORI; and one of the largest cardiovascular VA programs in the country

6.    Access to one of the world’s largest biobanks of de-identified DNA with a strong focus on pharmacogenomics

7.    Newman Society membership, creating a peer-to-peer link with other Vanderbilt scholars in training

8.    A strong alliance with Meharry Medical College in Nashville, which enhances the racial, ethnic, and socioeconomics diversity of our scholars, patients and research programs


9.    A strong collaboration between the Departments of Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry, and the School of Nursing, all located on a single campus.



Vanderbilt Emergency Care Research Training K12 Program Application  



Our K12 has extensive leadership from a variety of mentors across the Medical Center campus at Vanderbilt. The administrative structure of the training program is below:


Drs. Alan Storrow and Thomas Wang, Co-Directors of the Vanderbilt Emergency Care Training Program


Co- Program Directors

Alan B. Storrow, MD - Emergency Medicine Research Division

Thomas Wang, MD - Cardiovascular Medicine Division


Administrative Contact

Brittney Jackson, Clinical Trials Manager

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Phone: (615) 343-1980, Fax: (615) 936-3754


Emergency Medicine Research Division

1313 21st Ave South

Suite 312 Oxford House

Nashville, TN 37232-4700


Research reported in this publication was supported by NHLBI, NINR, and NIMH of the National Institutes of Health under award number K12 HL133117. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

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