Promoting Education and
   Research in Clinical and Translational
Science across the Career Pipeline

The Institute for Clinical Research Education

The Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE) is the home for the University of Pittsburgh's premier clinical and translational research training programs as well as the home for the Research Education and Career Development Core of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).

The ICRE's primary objectives are to develop, nurture, and support a cadre of clinical and translational scientists by building on the University of Pittsburgh's existing clinical research training programs to establish a comprehensive program with activities ranging from early research exposure for high school students to programs for faculty. We offer degrees in clinical and translational science as well as medical education. We also have numerous career development programs for trainees across the pipeline.

News and Information about Programs

Are you ready to advance your career in Clinical Research or Medical Education? Are you looking for a multidisciplinary graduate degree program that engages adult learners by focusing on applied approaches to building skills? The ICRE Degree Programs could be the right choice for you!

The ICRE is currently accepting applications for the following graduate level programs:

Please click on a program to learn more or contact with questions. All applications are accepted online.

We are pleased to announce the Learning Health System Fellowship

The Learning Health System (LHS) Fellowship prepares graduates to be on the front lines of the transformation of the health care system. Fellows gain quantitative experience in reforming payment or delivery systems, and are given the opportunity to participate in meetings with thought-leaders and executives about how to stimulate change and reform within a complex health system. Graduates will be well-positioned for leadership positions in academic medicine or a large health system or health plan.

Click here to learn more. Deadline to submit your application is March 31, 2017 at 5 p.m.

The Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) Fellowship (TL1) Program is now accepting applications for postdoctoral positions

Click here to submit your application. Deadline to submit is 5:00 PM on February 1, 2017.

The PCOR Scholars Program is now accepting applications

Click here to submit your application. Deadline to submit is 12:00 PM on February 15, 2017.

Alexis Chidi, PhD, MSPH, CPH to introduce President Obama at Pitt

ICRE Alumni, Alexis Chidi, PhD, MSPH, CPH, was selected for the honor of introducing President Barack Obama at the White House Frontiers Conference that will take place in Pittsburgh this Thursday aftesrnoon, October 13. Alexis was specifically asked to mention her VA research on the cost-effectiveness of new antiviral regimens for Veterans with hepatitis C in her introductory remarks. This is a great honor for Alexis and her collaborators on this project, including CHERP investigators Shari Rogal, MD, Michael Fine, MD, MSc, C. Bernie Good, MD, MPH, and Larissa Myaskovsky, PhD. Alexis’ introduction of the President will be live streamed at

Faculty News

  • Wishwa Kapoor, MD, MPH, Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, was selected as the winner of the 2016 Association of Chiefs and Leaders of General Internal Medicine (ACLGIM) Chief’s Recognition Award, which is given annually to the general internal medicine division chief who most represents excellence in division leadership. This is a highly competitive award and, in the words of the awards committee, Dr. Kapoor “stood out as having strengthened your division with special attention to growth in all areas, with a strong focus on faculty development and mentoring.” Dr. Kapoor will receive his award at the ACLGIM Awards Dinner at the annual meeting in Florida in May 2016.
  • Doris Rubio, PhD, director of the Center for Research on Health Care Data Center and co-director of the Institute for Clinical Research Education, is the 2016 winner of the Association for Clinical and Translational Science Distinguished Educator Award. Dr. Rubio, the second woman to win this award since its inception, is recognized because she has distinguished herself as an investigator, mentor, and academic leader in clinical and translational research education and training. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Rubio on this well-deserved award.
  • Wishwa Kapoor, MD, MPH, Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Director of both the Institute for Clinical Research Education and the Center for Research on Health Care, gave an insightful interview to science writer and Pitt Med contributor, Alla Katsnelson. Dr. Kapoor remarked on physician-scientists and suggested ways institutions and, specifically, mentors can help bolster and sustain the careers of this “endangered species.” Click here to read the full article on Pitt Med.
  • Two new federally funded programs aimed at enhancing diversity in the biomedical sciences are being implemented at the ICRE. Doris Rubio, PhD, Co-Director of the ICRE, is the Director of both the Leading Emerging and Diverse Scientists to Success (LEADS) and the Professional Mentoring Skills Enhancing Diversity (PROMISED) programs. LEADS, funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, is a one-year program that provides professional skill training for postdoctoral students and junior faculty at our five participating Minority Serving Institutions. PROMISED, funded by the National Research Mentoring Network, provides leadership training for mentors across the country to help them serve as mentors to groups underrepresented in the biomedical sciences.

Recent Grant Opportunities

Donaghue Foundation Offering Funding for Research on Improving the Health of the Elderly

The Donaghue Foundation is offering up to two years of funding for projects intended to improve the health of the elderly population in nursing homes or other care facilities. Projects must analyze existing data, and should ideally be focused on one of the following topics: substance abuse or mental health, healthcare decisions made by guardians, or oral health.

Click here for more information about the particular topics of interest, and for submission instructions. Letters of intent are due by March 27, 2017.

Mentoring & Networking Fellowship from the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare

Those interested in developing a career in health communication research or education may now apply to the new Putnam Scholars Program (PSP), from the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare (AACH). PSP is a 2-year fellowship providing mentorship, networking opportunities, and professional development to early career faculty, trainees, or advanced post-doctoral fellows (fellows and mentors must both be AACH members). Click here for more information about the program, including expectations of fellows, program structure, and instructions for applying. (Deadline is April 1, 2017.)

Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program Now Accepting Applications

The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which offers four-year postdoctoral research awards to historically disadvantaged physicians, dentists and nurses, is accepting applications until March 15, 2017 at 3 p.m. ET. The program, previously known as the Minority Medical Faculty Development Program, is committed to helping physicians, dentists, and nurses from historically disadvantaged backgrounds advance their careers in academic medicine and in turn mentor and guide subsequent future generations from similar backgrounds.

Apply for one of the 10 competitive awards through The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation web portal (registration required). For more information and eligibility criteria, click here.

Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs

The Ford Foundation has issued solicitations for its three fellowship programs: the Dissertation Program, which provides $25,000 in support of the “final year of writing and defense of the dissertation” (application due November 10); the Predoctoral Program, which provides $24,000 in support of doctoral studies (application due November 17); and the Postdoctoral Program, which provides $45,000 for one year of postdoctoral studies (application due November 10).

Life sciences fields are eligible, except for practice-oriented fields such as medicine, nursing, and physical therapy. See the full announcement for more information on eligibility. Applicants must demonstrate superior academic performance, be committed to careers in teaching and research at the university level, and be from an ethnic group underrepresented in American professoriate, including Alaska natives, black/African Americans, Mexican Americans, Native American Indians, Native Pacific Islanders (Hawaiian/Polynesian/Micronesian), and Puerto Ricans, among other qualifications.

Click here to view more information on the Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs.

NIH Loan Repayment Programs Now Accepting Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs), which repay up to $35,000/year (for two years) of a researcher's qualified educational debt in exchange for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research. The program represents an important investment by NIH in the future of health discovery and medical research, and aims to help relieve some of the financial burden for scientists and researchers pursuing advanced education and training in medicine and clinical specialties. Details of the program and the application process are available at (the application deadline is November 15).

Doris Duke 2017 Clinical Scientist Development Awards Available

The Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award provides grants to early-career physician-scientists at the assistant professor rank. The award annually provides $150,000 for direct costs plus $15,000 for indirect costs for three years. Pre-proposals will be due at 3 p.m. EDT on November 29.

Junior physician-scientist faculty conducting clinical research in any disease area may submit pre-proposals. Applicants should have significant research experience and strong publication records consistent with the assistant professor rank. In keeping with Doris Duke’s will, experiments that use animals or primary tissues derived from animals will not be supported.

Click here to download a PDF of the announcement.

For more grant opportunities, please see the grant opportunities page.


February 2017

27 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
[MUH E915]
"Works in Progress presentations"
Speaker: Immo Lehmann, MD and Natalie Klar, MD
Clinical Scientist Track/International Scholars Track

March 2017

13 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
[MUH E915]
"Letter to the Editor presentations"
Speaker: Anam Waheed, MD and Aleksandr Andreev, MD and Karim Yatim
Clinical Scientist Track/International Scholars Track
17 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
[Parkvale Bldg., 305]
"Career Development Seminar"

PCOR, CTS Scholars Program, & CTS Fellowship Program
21 10:30 AM - 12:00:00 PM
[Parkvale 220]
"CEED monthly meeting: Letters of Recommendation"
Speaker: Mary Walsh, RN
CEED Program

"I'm always using things that I've learned in class one way or another.  Whether I'm reviewing a journal article, teaching at the bedside, or reviewing goals and objectives for our fellowship, being a part of the program has taught me a great deal and has afforded me many opportunities.  It's not uncommon for me to refer back to the material from various classes to help me with a specific issue. "

—Graduate, MS in Medical Education