The Clinical and Translational Education Program (CTEP) is a well-coordinated and integrated clinical and translational (C/T) research training program utilizing the diverse trans-institutional faculty for teaching and mentoring (see figure below). Trainees carrying out clinical/translational mentored research have access to an expanded clinical research center (PCIR), technical and support core facilities, many other state-of-the-art facilities and a large and diverse patient population.
Creating a Pipeline of C/T Researchers
The participating members of the faculty are from Weill Cornell Medical College and the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Hospital for Special Surgery, the Hunter College School of Nursing, the Hunter College Gene Center (Research Center for Minority Institutions) and the extensive community outreach program coordinated through the Cornell University Cooperative Extension-NYC.
The principal objective of the Clinical and Translational Education Program (CTEP) is to develop a pipeline of highly trained C/T researchers (Figure 1) to facilitate the transfer of clinical research – from bench to bedside – into clinical practice. Rigorous training of future investigators in the science and ethics of clinical and translational research is essential to address the shortage of qualified clinical researchers to increase the odds of their success and ultimately impact the quality of clinical care.
Through CTEP, the next generation of C/T investigators will be educated, C/T research activity expanded, and a cultural shift toward C/T research among partner institutions achieved. The integration of basic and C/T training programs will also serve to encourage basic scientists to develop translational research careers.
Since our CTSC is designed to promote translational research in a team-oriented environment, all team research members will be provided with the opportunity to obtain the necessary training to establish long-term C/T research careers. In sum, an environment for research education has been created that is broad in scope, providing training careers in multidisciplinary team-based translational science at varying levels.
Specific Aims of CTEP
The Clinical and Translational Education Program aims to support and promote:
- Clinical and translational education for trainees at all levels.
- Initiatives common to all educational programs:
- A multidisciplinary mentorship program involving C/T researchers and basic scientists from all partnering institutions.
- Team research in a multi-disciplinary mentored research environment using the PCIR.
- Flexibility in training crafted to the needs of the various trainees and translational team members.
- Program enrichment with seminars, workshops, invited speakers, etc.
- Training in the responsible conduct of research.
- Innovations that will facilitate the achievement of our overall goal.
- Recruitment, retention and career counseling of new investigators for careers in C/T science.
- Tracking and evaluation of the overall Program and its components.
Components of CTEP
Our unique and large student pool and talented trans-institutional and multi-disciplinary faculty has allowed innovative programs to be developed and offered under CTEP. This unique and flexible training program is based upon a common core curriculum, as illustrated below.
K30: The Foundation of CTEP
- A one-year core curriculum resulting in an Advanced Certificate in Clinical & Translational Investigation
- A two-year Certificate in Clinical Research Methodology: consisting of four distinct modular programs.
- A two-year Masters Degree Program in Clinical & Translational Investigation with elective courses and mentored C/T research in a team environment
- CTEP KL2 Post-doctoral Scholars Award Program for senior fellows and junior faculty
- CTEP TL1 Training Program for Pre- and Post-Doctorates
- Training programs for team facilitators, research coordinators, and nurse managers
- Community Engagement programs for our community outreach program
- Dual Degree Programs:
- MS/MD-Weill Cornell Medical College
- MS/PhD - WGSMS, MSKCC, Hunter College-Gene Center, Cornell-Ithaca MS/DSN, MS/DPT- HCSON
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Overview of the Clinical & Translational Education Program (CTEP)