Training, Education, Career Planning and Development (TECPAD)

About Our Services

The Office of Training, Education, Career Planning and Development (TECPAD) supports research trainees across different career stages and at various academic levels.

How We Support

TECPAD supports educational programs and events, including seminars, workshops, symposia and poster sessions, in order to create forums for researchers to interact with, learn from one another and share ideas within our pediatric research community. Additionally, we provide assistance with research trainee onboarding and offer individualized support to early-career physician and clinical/translational scientists. TECPAD also manages an intramural funding program to support scientists at all career levels.

Research Training Opportunities

When searching for traineeships, trainees should identify potential mentors by contacting investigators directly, based on their area of research interest. To find researchers based on research interest, please visit our investigator page, or visit USC Health Sciences Profiles.

Once trainees have identified and secured a CHLA mentor, the TECPAD team will be contacted by the mentor to assist with any questions and help with the onboarding process for the trainee.

Research Success Teams

We support the successful development of early career faculty who seek to become independently funded investigators. Research Success Teams provides specialized support and resources to help junior investigators prepare and submit competitive proposals for career development awards or independent research awards by connecting them with services such as mentorship, mock grant reviews and professional grant writing support. Research Success Teams members are nominated for participation by their division heads. 

The George Donnell Society for Pediatric Scientists

The George Donnell Society for Pediatric Scientists is dedicated to improving the health of children by training physician scientists to perform innovative and high quality research. The Society provides mentorship, infrastructure and a community for pediatric physician scientists in training. The Donnell Society sponsors one or more Donnell Fellows per year, who are chosen at the beginning of their pediatric internship year.

TECPAD Resources

The following resources may be useful for those interested in fellowships, graduate programs, research funding, and educational events.

  • Clinical Subspecialty Fellowships
  • University of Southern California Graduate Programs
  • Programs for High School Students and Undergraduate Students
  • Intramural Funding Program
  • Training and Education Events

Subspecialty fellowship training at Children's Hospital Los Angeles offers an exciting range of opportunities, including research opportunities at The Saban Research Institute for an advanced pediatric education.

The Saban Research Institute is committed to cultivating interest in research early on in the research trainee pipeline by sponsoring summer programs for high school and undergraduate students.

Samuels Family Latino and African-American High School Internship Program (LA-HIP)
Short Term Education Program for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP)

Each year TSRI offers financial support aimed at developing the next generation of leaders in pediatric research. We fund awards that cut across career stages.

Our team organizes research seminars, poster sessions, symposia and other events, engaging the CHLA/USC research community around the most pressing child health issues, promoting our research learning environment and encouraging leadership.

Click here for a list of upcoming events.

TSRI’s weekly research seminar series features presentations by renowned experts on current basic, clinical and translational research topics.

At least once per year, we organize the Discovery and Innovation Speaker Series, to host distinguished speakers to present the most cutting edge research pertaining to the developmental origins of health and disease.

Floyd H. Gilles Lecture in Neuroscience Research

Each year TSRI invites a preeminent speaker whose work embodies the distinguished career of Dr. Floyd H. Gilles who has dedicated more than 50 years to improving the lives of children by searching for innovative cures for neurodevelopmental diseases.

The Saban Research Institute Annual Symposium

The TSRI Annual Symposium highlights exciting strides researchers at The Institute and from around the globe are making in understanding the developmental origins of health and disease. Each year the theme of the event reflects an institutional research priority area.

Annual Poster Session

Over two decades ago, The Saban Research Institute (TSRI) Annual Poster Session was established to showcase the diversity of research investigated at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Every June, the event provides the CHLA research community the opportunity to spend time learning about, thinking about and interacting around the scientific findings and questions of our clinical and research trainees and faculty. It also offers a forum for participants to share their recent project findings and network for future research endeavors.

National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week

Every year during the third week in September, TSRI celebrates our outstanding postdoctoral community during National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week by offering career development and networking opportunities as well as social events.

Research Resource Fair

Each year, we host an event showcasing the resources that are available at CHLA to support one’s research. Resource representatives include those from Research Operations, Core Facilities, the Southern California Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (SC CTSI) and more.