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.

Linking You with the Tools for Success

The ICRE offers customized training opportunities at every stage of the career pipeline for clinician-educators and researchers in clinical and translational science. Please view our right sidebar to navigate the career pipeline.

2016 NIH Loan Repayment Program

The NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP) is a vital component of our nation’s efforts to attract health professionals to careers in biomedical, behavioral, social, and clinical research. Information regarding the program can be found at This year, five separate extramural LRP notices have been issued by the NIH; all can be accessed and applied for via the LRP website.

The NIH application window for the LRP opens September 1, 2015. An on-line application must be submitted by the applicant no later than 8:00 p.m. Eastern time on November 16, 2015. The Institutional Contact for verification of the institution’s commitment for each applicant should be:

        Dr. Arthur S. Levine
        Senior Vice Chancellor of the Health Sciences
        and Dean, School of Medicine

Following completion of the online application, our office will receive email notification of the applicant’s action. In order for our office to provide online verification of institutional commitment (a mandatory component of each application), the applicant must complete and submit the attached NIH Loan Repayment Program Institutional Commitment form, accompanied by backup documentation, no later than Monday, November 23, 2015. Please see the attached instructions describing the institutional commitment and the required attachments that must accompany the completed and signed form. Completed forms and attachments should be directed to Sue Stokes in Suite 302 Scaife Hall. Forms can also be emailed to or faxed to Sue's attention at 412/648-3222.

If you are not the individual responsible for completion of this information in your area, please forward to the appropriate individual. In the past, we have had a mix of responses/inquiries from research administrators, HR staff, and Department Chairs’ assistants. The sooner the information is provided, the sooner we can approve the applications. Please direct your questions and concerns to Sue Stokes at / (412)624-0206.

News and Information about Programs

  • We are delighted to share our 2015 Annual Report!
  • Dr. Wishwa Kapoor gives engaging talk on shortage of physician-scientists, click here to read more.

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"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