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

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.

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.)

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


May 2017

8 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
[MUH E915]
"Works in Progress presentation"
Speaker: Tola Ladejobi, MD and Sina Salehi Omran, MD
Clinical Scientist Track/International Scholars Track
16 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
[Parkvale 220]
"CEED monthly meeting: Scholar Presenations"

CEED Program
19 8:00 AM - 12:00:00 PM
[Parkvale Bldg., 305]
"Career Development Seminar"

PCOR, CTS Scholars Program, & CTS Fellowship Program
22 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
[MUH E915]
"Works in Progress presentation"
Speaker: Peng Zhang, MD and Program Wrap-up
Clinical Scientist Track/International Scholars Track

"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