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This innovative program will provide funding, career guidance, education and skill acquisition for aspiring clinical scientists working at the Medical Center.
Essential Elements of the Program
- The program is directed towards residents (in the later years of their training), fellows, and young faculty with aspirations to become clinical scientists.
- All training programs and clinical departments are eligible to nominate candidates for competitive admission.
- The program duration is two years but in special cases, admission for a one year program, which combines full time research with participation in the curriculum, may be considered.
- Year 1 — part-time curriculum in translational medicine and clinical research
- Year 2 — full-time research under the supervision of an experienced mentor.
- Potential funding for up to one year of full-time research for those judged to be most competitive for future funding.
- Required plan for a K award or other grant from NIH to be tabled during the first year with application for funding to be awarded during research year.
- The principal criterion for a successful outcome is the production of a successful clinical scientist who will have an impact on a field of clinical science upon graduating from the program.
- The essential requirement for defining a successful outcome will be a successful application for peer-reviewed research support, particularly a K-series grant from NIH.
- Competitiveness in the job market would also be a goal of the program. This would be assessed by the following:
- Research publications
- Grant support
- Likelihood of future grant support based upon current work
- Presentation and communication skills
- Breadth of scientific understanding
- Entrepreneurial approach
- Specific personal qualities and skills will be developed while in the program:
- Dedication to solving a scientific problem
- Ability to formulate a hypothesis or relevant research question
- Ability to present information to others
- Ability to review basic and clinical research critically
- Appreciation of the relevance of a broad range of scientific disciplines
Ongoing Career Development at Cedars-Sinai
Clinical scholars who excel will be viewed as potential faculty recruits. Appropriate discussions will be initiated with such individuals to ascertain whether their career goals can be served by a faculty appointment at Cedars-Sinai, including considerations of start-up support for an independent research career.