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Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) Fellowship (TL1)

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Curriculum

Upon appointment, fellows will meet with their mentor to develop an Independent Development Plan (IDP), with individualized goals and objectives in three areas:

  1. Training in Research Methods and Interdisciplinary Professional Skills
    • Research methodology training: While course requirements will be tailored to each trainee’s individual research background, it is strongly recommended that all trainees take the ICRE Summer Core, which consists of:
      • Computer Methods in Clinical Research
      • Clinical Research Methods
      • Biostatistics
      • Measurement in Clinical Research
      • We strongly recommend that fellows take other pertinent courses during their fellowship such as:
      • Medical Writing and Presentation Skills
      • Managing Your Career in Clinical and Translational Science
      • Advanced Grant Writing Parts I and II
    • Interdisciplinary Professional Skills: In order to develop skills in leadership, management, and collaboration, fellows receive training in:
      • Team Science
      • Leadership and Management Skills
      • Stakeholder Engagement
      • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
      • Effective Teaching Techniques
  2. Research and Mentoring
    The central component of the fellowship is the conduct of one or more research projects under the mentorship of a multidisciplinary team of outstanding scientists.
    • Fellows will receive assistance in a number of areas as they implement their research project(s):
      • Writing a research proposal
      • Developing a protocol
      • Data collection and management design
      • Pilot testing
      • Research study implementation
      • Analysis
    • As they conduct their research project, fellows will have at minimum weekly meetings with their primary mentor and at minimum monthly meetings with their multidisciplinary mentoring team.
  3. Communication and Dissemination Experience / Career Coaching
    Fellows will gain experience in communicating and disseminating research in peer-reviewed journals, to stakeholder groups, and the public at large—a critical step in the process of translation.
    • Publication: Through coursework and writing group sessions, trainees are given the opportunity to develop skills related to writing and publishing a journal article or abstract.
    • Presentation Skills: Fellows deliver presentations periodically on their research project and receive constructive feedback from the program directors.
    • Career development seminars conducted by professionals from across the university provide fellows with advice on:
    • Promotion and tenure
    • Commercialization
    • Time management

    In addition, we offer a highly rated program on Career Coaching for fellows who are passionate about research but uncertain about their careers. Our career coach helps empower fellows to self-author their own authentic career vision.