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The Clinical Scientist Training Program (CSTP) offers clinical research training and scholarships to University of Pittsburgh medical students who are committed to careers in clinical investigation.
From 2003 to 2011, the CSTP admitted approximately five students per year to its dual MD/MS program in clinical research. Students were selected at the time of application to medical school or shortly after matriculation, were offered full and partial tuition scholarships spanning 2–4 years of medical school, and received full tuition for their MS coursework.
Effective 2012, the number of students served by this high-demand training program will be increased. To facilitate the expansion, the CSTP has undergone three main changes:
- Students apply during the third year of medical school, just prior to their research year off. This will allow the program to serve students who develop an interest in research during medical school. To ensure continuity, the program expects students to continue working with the University of Pittsburgh scholarly project mentor with whom they have an established relationship.
- Students receive a scholarship only toward the fourth year of medical school. Students who successfully complete their research year objectives will receive a substantial tuition scholarship toward the final year of medical school.
- Students are required to complete specific course requirements. They must complete the ICRE core curriculum (10 credits) and are strongly encouraged to take one of the following 1-credit courses related to dissemination of information: Medical Writing and Presentation Skills (MEDEDU 2140), Speaking of Science (CLRES course number to be announced), or Translating Science (CLRES course number to be announced). In addition to these 11 credits, the program will cover the cost of an additional 4 credits toward a graduate certificate in clinical research for students interested in completing the certificate program. A University of Pittsburgh medical student may additionally petition the CSTP to complete all requirements toward a 30-credit MS in clinical research in the dual MD/MS program; however, the cost of any credits above the 15 covered by the tuition scholarship will be the student's responsibility. For more information, contact Amber Barnato, MD, MPH, MS.