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Career Development

The career development programs of the Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE) are customized to meet the needs of every stage of the "career pipeline." Listed below are the programs offered for students and faculty.


"I will be very well prepared to enter academic medicine as an educator yet have the tools to conduct research."

—Graduate, MS in Medical Education


Clinical and Translational Science(CTS) Scholars Program(KL2)
  • The CTS-KL2 is a highly competitive program for junior faculty at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • The program offers 75% salary support for up to 5 years to provide protected time to conduct preliminary research for a career development award. Scholars are expected to apply for a K award or another career development award in the first year of the program.
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.
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Scholars Program
  • The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Scholars Program is a multidisciplinary, comprehensive and individualized career development K12 program funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The program provides scholars with two or three years of support, including partial salary, tuition, and pilot research funds. During that time, scholars are prepared to seek independent funding with another career development award or other mechanism (e.g., an R01 grant).
Career Education and Enhancement for Health Care Research Diversity (CEED) Program
  • The CEED Program is for postdoctoral fellows and faculty from underrepresented minority groups at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • The program provides mentoring and intensive training in grant writing, preparation of publications, and development of leadership and management skills, with the goal of helping trainees successfully compete for early career development awards (e.g., K08, K12, K23, K25, and VA awards).
Career Education and Enhancement for Health Care Research Diversity (CEED II) Program for Medical Students
  • The Career Education and Enhancement for Health Care Diversity (CEED) Program for Medical Students is a career development program for minorities who are underrepresented in academic medicine or the health sciences.
  • The goal of CEED is to provide a solid foundation for a successful research career for University of Pittsburgh medical students who are interested in pursuing careers in translational research.
  • The program offers a diverse array of skills training, funding, networking, and mentoring to accomplish this goal.
Leading Emerging and Diverse Scientists to Success (LEADS)
  • The Leading Emerging and Diverse Scientists to Success (LEADS) program is a one-year program that provides applied professional skill development, networking, and career guidance and coaching to postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty at Minority Serving Institutions.
Professional Mentoring Skills Enhancing Diversity (PROMISED)
  • The Professional Mentoring Skills Enhancing Diversity (PROMISED) is a new program within the ICRE, federally funded as part of the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN), and led by Doris Rubio, PhD, Co-Director of the ICRE. The program provides online leadership training for mentors committed to mentoring those from diverse backgrounds. A 2-day program in Pittsburgh provides intensive training by certified career coaches to enable mentors to incorporate career coaching into their mentoring.
Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) Fellowship (TL1)
  • The TL1 Clinical and Translational Science Fellowship is a translational research training program for pre- and post-doctoral students who find innovative ways to advance research from the initial discovery through improved patient outcomes and health policy.
  • This is a 1-year fellowship that is personalized for each CTS Fellow, based upon their particular phase of translational research (T1-T4). The program provides career development training and a multidisciplinary mentoring team to assist each Fellow in completing one or more translational research projects.
Opportunities for K24 Recipients
  • There are numerous ways for K24 grant recipients to become involved in the activities of the ICRE. In addition to enrolling in one of our degree programs, there are ample opportunities for mentoring and teaching. These activities will help K24 recipients fulfill the pedagogical components of their grant.
  • For faculty in the process of applying for a K24 grant, the ICRE can offer sample text with regard to these activities and can help personalize the menu of activities to individual skill sets and interests. For more information, please contact us.