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University of Pittsburgh Clinical Research Scholars Program Selection of the Scholars Wishwa N. Kapoor, M.D., M.P.H. Director, Institute for Clinical Research Education. Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Scholars Program. Objective:

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University of PittsburghClinical Research Scholars ProgramSelection of the Scholars Wishwa N. Kapoor, M.D., M.P.H.Director,Institute for Clinical Research Education


Multidisciplinary clinical research scholars program
Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Scholars Program

  • Objective:

    • Stimulate multidisciplinary clinical research training and education

    • Enhance career development of early investigators from multiple disciplines, specialties and subspecialties

    • Establish a critical mass of national Programs devoted to developing an integrated, multidisciplinary and diverse workforce


Training future leaders in clinical research
Training Future Leaders in Clinical Research

  • Elements

    • Didactic: study design, statistics, informatics, ethics, grant writing, team leaderships and management, grant writing

    • Research: innovative ways of using multiple disciplines to study an important health problem

      • Use the expertise of multiple disciplines

      • Team mentoring by multiple disciplines

    • Shared Clinical Research Support Facility


University of pittsburgh clinical research scholars program
University of PittsburghClinical Research Scholars Program

  • Based in the Schools of the Health Science

    • Medicine, GSPH, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Rehab

  • Multidisciplinary Advisory Committee

    • Senior investigators from all of the Schools

  • Training

    • CRTP, additional new courses

  • Multidisciplinary Research based in Centers and Institutes

  • Team Mentoring

  • Shared Clinical Research Support Facility developed by CRHC

  • Evaluation


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University of PittsburghClinical Research Scholars Program

  • MAC—Senior investigators from all of the Schools

    • Representatives from all of the Schools of the Health Sciences, GCRC, Center for Minority Health, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies; represents 20 disciplines

    • Meets monthly and guides direction, focus and components:

      • Select Scholars

      • Review, monitor and recommend changes in curriculum

      • Approve the individually customized training program for Scholars

      • Monitoring and evaluation of each Scholar

      • Monitoring and evaluation of effectiveness of the program

    • Participate in biannual review of each Scholar’s progress report and their plans

  • Executive Committee


University of pittsburgh clinical research scholars program2
University of PittsburghClinical Research Scholars Program

  • Training: CRTP, additional new courses

    • CRTP is well established and provides an MS in Clinical Research

    • Additional courses:

      • Scientific Writing and Presentation Skills

      • Best Practices in Clinical Research

      • Leadership, Team Building and Innovation Seminars

    • Individualized advanced educational program: availability of other MS/MPH degrees, PhD degrees and courses in Schools of the Health Sciences


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University of PittsburghClinical Research Scholars Program

  • Research based in Centers and Institutes

    • Provide a 5 year proposal with sections similar to the NIH guidelines

    • Provide details of what would be accomplished during 2 years and how it will be used to develop further grants

  • Provide details of K application or other grant proposals to continue research


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University of PittsburghClinical Research Scholars Program

  • Team mentoring

    • 2 or more disciplines, specialties and subspecialties

    • Integrated joint mentoring

    • Project should demonstrate the importance of input from multiple disciplines

      • Projects require the skill sets of mentors from different disciplines

      • Mentors meet together with sufficient frequency to make important contributions to the mentee’s research

      • Mentors communicate regularly with the mentee and each other

    • Letters must show strong evidence of team approach and integration of the disciplines in research


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University of PittsburghClinical Research Scholars Program

  • Support

    • Scholar salary: 75-100% support for 2 years

    • Research Project: up to $25 K per year

    • Shared Clinical Research Core: epi, biostat, data management expertise

    • Travel, tuition, fees and books

    • Support development of grants


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University of PittsburghClinical Research Scholars Program

  • Applications will be reviewed in terms of

    • Background and clinical training

    • Have the ‘fire in the belly’ for clinical research

    • The proposed research training program will help them develop into an independent investigators

    • Evidence is provided that team mentoring will work

    • Have been able to describe a research plan that is interesting, innovative and feasible and involves multiple disciplines to make it happen

    • There is a strong research environment and strong commitment to the candidate


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