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Frequently Asked Questions

General

What is the difference between the CEED Program and other health science research training programs?
The CEED Program targets junior faculty, postdoctoral trainees, and medical fellows who are from underrepresented minority backgrounds. The primary goal of CEED is to provide a solid foundation for a successful research career. Our unique program offers a diverse array of skills training, networking, and mentoring to accomplish this goal.

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Eligibility

There is already a CEED Program scholar in my division/department/school. May I still apply?
Yes. There are no restrictions on the number of scholars eligible from any division, department, or school.
Is the program for MDs and clinicians only? Can PhDs apply?
Anyone with a doctoral degree (e.g., MD, PhD, DPH, DO, DDS, DMD, OD, DC, PharmD, ND, PsyD) is eligible.
May I reapply if I have applied in the past?
Yes, but you must submit a new application.

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Application

How do I apply to the CEED Program?
The application process is online.
May I submit more than two letters of recommendation?
Yes. However, one letter must be from your department head, division chief, or program director, and another letter must be from your primary mentor.
What goes into the application?
The application is brief and asks about your research interests and your career plans.
What is the application deadline?
For 2013, the deadline for submission of electronic applications is 11:59 p.m. EST on April 22.
What elements should be included in my application to make it a strong application?
There are a number of elements that are considered essential to a strong application:
  • A clear commitment to a career in health sciences research.
  • The selection of an appropriate mentor.
  • The availability of a supportive research environment.
  • A clear promise from your department head, division chief, or dean that you will have at least 50% protected time during the 12 months of the program.
  • A strong commitment on the part of your mentor to your career development.
May people outside of the University of Pittsburgh apply for this program?
No. This program is designed for internal candidates only.

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Primary Mentors

Must a mentor be a U.S. citizen?
No. There are no restrictions on the mentor's citizenship.
Must a mentor have an MD?
No. The mentor may have any type of doctoral degree.
Must a mentor be a member of a minority group?
No. There are no requirements that the mentor be from a minority group.
Must a mentor be located in my division/department/school?
Although this is not a requirement, in most cases the mentor will be in your own division, department, or school. Mentors should be close enough to ensure regular interaction and supervision.
Is it possible to have more than one mentor?
Yes. Much research requires multiple perspectives, and this may result in your having multiple mentors.
Do I select my mentor? If so, how do I select my mentor?
You are encouraged to work with your division chief or department head to select a mentor who is appropriate for your area of research.
What happens if a mentor leaves an institution during the course of the program?
If you are not moving with your mentor, you must find a suitable replacement for your mentor. The CEED Program Directors can assist you in this effort.

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Program

What is the duration of the program?
The program is 12 months long and goes from July to the end of June.
May I interrupt the program for clinical training?
No. You must have completed clinical training by the time you begin the program.
How much of my time must be devoted to the program?
You must be engaged in research career development activities for 50% or more of your time during the 12 months of the program.
What am I required to do during the 12 month period of the program?
You must participate in all required courses and attend monthly meetings for CEED Scholars. In addition, you and your mentor are required to meet once with the CEED Program Directors to set personalized goals for the upcoming program year.

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Timetable

What happens after the initial application is submitted?
After applications are reviewed for completeness and eligibility, they are sent to a number of reviewers drawn from the program committee for selection.
When are applicants notified of the results of the application?
Applicants are usually notified by mid June.
Will there be face-to-face interviews?
We do not anticipate interviews but reserve the right to hold interviews in select cases.
When may I start if I am selected as a scholar?
You will start on July 1 the year after selection.

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Funding

Will I pay for courses I am required to take under the CEED Program?
Yes. However, if you are a faculty member, you can apply your faculty benefits. It is also worth discussing potential support with your department chair or division chief.
What am I required to do during the 12 month period of the program?
You must participate in all required courses and attend monthly meetings for CEED scholars. In addition, you and your mentor are required to meet once with the CEED Program Directors to set personalized goals for the upcoming program year.

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