Research Education and Careers in Health (REACH)




Program Structure

For Current MS Trainees

The new MS in Clinical and Translational Science has been designed for applicants with previous clinical training or those in concurrent clinical degree programs, especially those in fellowship programs, postdoctoral training positions, or junior faculty with clinical responsibilities.

The MS in Clinical and Translational Science is intended to train clinicians to become leaders in clinical and translational research. Students, primarily post-doctoral or post-residency fellows and junior faculty, will learn the basic skills used by clinical researchers supplemented by a broad array of relevant electives that will provide basic concepts and theories consistent with each student's goals and objectives. Each student will work with his/her advisor and the program director to develop a program of study uniquely tailored to individual interests and future goals. As part of the MS in Clinical and Translational Science, students will learn to communicate their insights effectively, to write well-conceived and persuasive grant applications and to ensure the ethical treatment of their subjects. As apprentice clinical investigators, they will learn how to participate in a broader multidisciplinary research community that includes basic and social scientists, as well as clinicians from other areas of clinical practice. Graduates of the MS in Clinical and Translational Science will have the skills to direct a broad range of clinical studies, including the translation both of scientific knowledge into clinical science and of clinical science into practice.

The MS in Clinical and Translational Science consists of three basic components:
1) a multi-disciplinary didactic program,
2) a series of workshops and seminars, and
3) a research project under the mentorship of senior clinical researchers.

Completion of the program will take two years for full-time students. Part-time students will generally take three to four years to complete the program.

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