Mentored Clinical Research
A central element of the CSTP is participation in mentored clinical research.
CSTP students are expected to have identified and worked with their clinical research mentor as part of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine scholarly project. Students must work with tenured or tenure-track faculty from the School of Medicine or any of the other five schools of the health sciences (the Graduate School of Public Health, the School of Dental Medicine, the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, the School of Nursing, and the School of Pharmacy). Mentors must conduct clinical research and have a track record of funding by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other major agencies (e.g., Veterans Administration or Department of Defense).
An optimal mentored clinical research experience will be characterized by at least three features:
- The valued input of an experienced and responsive mentor.
- Involvement in an interesting research project that the student can own.
- The opportunity to work as part of a multidisciplinary team that provides exposure to all phases of research: conception, design, grant writing, recruitment and consent, data collection and analysis, and dissemination of results.
To maximize the mentor-mentee relationship, all CSTP students will participate in a structured, interactive mentoring workshop. Throughout the student’s research experience, the Director will monitor the mentor-mentee relationship to ensure that the learning needs of each student are met.
Below are some Web resources to help in the search for potential mentors at the University of Pittsburgh.
- To search for faculty by research interest, use the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences Faculty Research Interests Project.
- To confirm that a faculty member has federal funding, search by name at the Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool Expenditures and Results (RePORTER).*
- To see a description of the mentored clinical research conducted by current and former medical students, see our students.
*The database, maintained by the Office of Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), includes projects funded by the NIH, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health (OASH). Although investigators funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs or the Department of Defense also are eligible to be program mentors, these investigators are not searchable in the database.