Clinical and Translational Science Center

CLINICAL & TRANSLATIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

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APPLICATIONS DUE BY 5PM ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2015

Course Registration Begins August 24, 2015

The goal of the Clinical & Translational Education Program (CTEP) is to educate and train highly motivated individuals to become successful, independent clinical and translational (C/T) investigators with a strong foundation in knowledge and practical skills necessary to conduct interdisciplinary C/T investigation in a team research environment.

INVESTIGATORS FROM ALL DISCIPLINES - BASIC, CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL - ARE WELCOME TO APPLY.
INDIVIDUALS FROM UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

CTEP offers two enrollment tracks: (1) an Advanced Certificate in Clinical & Translational Investigation in one year, and (2) a Master of Science Degree in Clinical & Translational Investigation in two years. Click to learn more about CTEP Core and Elective Curriculum.

Advanced Certificate
in Clinical & Translational Investigation
Master's Degree
in Clinical & Translational Investigation
The Advanced Certificate track is comprised of core curriculum classes in clinical and translational research structured as lectures, interactive seminars, and workshops. The Master's Degree track is comprised of a didactic curriculum of core and elective courses and a mentored clinical research project. During the first year, trainees work with their mentors to fine tune the research project. In the second year, trainees will utilize the skills acquired from the didactic curriculum to conduct their research project, at 75% (50% for surgeons) time and effort.

ELIGIBILITY

All Candidates

  • Must be US Citizens, Non-Citizen Nationals, or Permanent Residents (proof of legal status required)
  • Must have primary appointment or be employed at a CTSC partner institution
  • Only one re-submission for each application is allowed

Who's Eligible

  • Medical students and Medical Doctors (MDs), MD/PhDs, senior residents, fellows
  • Veterinarians (DVM), Osteopaths (DO), Dentists (DDS, DMD), or Physical Therapists (DPT)
  • Pre- and Post-doctoral PhDs seeking a career in clinical and translational research
  • Faculty members from any of the partnering Weill Cornell CTSC institutions
  • PhD candidates in Nursing School, those with Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and Doctorate of Science in Nursing (DNS) degrees
  • Certified Physicians' Assistants and Clinical Research Project Coordinators


TO INITIATE YOUR MASTER'S APPLICATION CLICK HERE

TO INITIATE YOUR ADVANCED CERTIFICATE APPLICATION CLICK HERE

This will register your intent to submit an application. After completing the Notification of Intent, the system will instruct you on next steps for logging in to our Web-based ePAR system to complete your application. In completing your application, please refer to the checklist below.


APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS & CHECKLIST

APPLICATIONS MUST COMPLY WITH ELIGIBILITY AND SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS. MISSING DOCUMENTS AND/OR INFORMATION WILL DISQUALIFY YOUR APPLICATION FOR REVIEW.


A. Required Sections in ePAR Completed
1. Trainee Application Form - Click on your current legal status to proceed.

  1. Personal and demographic information: valid work email is required.
  2. Project Summary – Provide a brief description (250 words or less) of your research project written in language that is clear and straightforward.
  3. Multidisciplinary Integration - Provide a brief description (250 words or less) of the multidisciplinary integration for this proposal. A multidisciplinary approach is one that brings experts from traditionally separate disciplines to address collectively a common complex problem.
  4. Mentors - Click on [add] and fill in required information. All mentors must have active or recent peer-reviewed (federal or foundation) funding. Mentors cannot be listed on more than 2 active CTSC applications or current awards (including CTSC Seed Awards). Two mentors are required, but no more than 3 mentors can be named on an application. Primary Mentor must be designated as well as each mentor's role. Of the two proposed mentors:
    • One must be designated to serve as a Clinical Investigator mentor and one a Basic Science or Public Health mentor
    • At least 2 mentors, including the designated primary mentor, must be from different Weill Cornell CTSC partner institutions and from different disciplines. NIH definition of different disciplines has priority (areas outside biology, e.g., computer science, imaging, chemistry, mathematics, informatics, engineering, behavioral science, and health services/ outcome research)
  5. Timetable for potential submission of grants for extramural support
  6. References and supporting tables/figures may be submitted on 2 to 3 additional pages

2. Biosketches: Upload individual PDF files for the applicant and mentors; note the new NIH Biosketch format is required for all key personnel otherwise application is not eligible for review.




















B. Supporting Documents – Please Upload Attachments as individual PDF files.  
1. Research Proposal/Clinical Research Experience

For the Advanced Certificate Track (1 page or less): Provide a concise description of any research experience (clinical or otherwise) and translational research goals.
For the Master's Degree Track the Research Proposal Must Include: Team orientation, translational focus, and near-term potential to translate into patient - oriented research, clinical trials (phase I & II), or community-oriented studies. Priority is given to studies involving drug discovery, targeted therapeutics, biomarker trials, or device development. Limited to 3 single-spaced pages (at least ½ inch margins, no smaller than 11pt Arial font) to include:

  • Hypothesis and specific aims
  • Scientific background for the study, citing appropriate references of work in the area by the investigator(s) and others
  • Significance of the research (relating specific aims to future studies to be generated) and importance of funding to feasibility of the project
  • Research Plan (research team to be involved, experimental design, methods, statistics, timeline, human subjects and animal issues if applicable)
  • References and supporting tables, figures, 2-3 additional pages

2. Career Statement (1 page or less) – Discuss your short and long-term goals and how this award would impact your career development.

3. Letter from the Department Chair/Division Chief: Submitted on departmental letterhead with department chair's/division chief's signature.

  • For the Advanced Certificate Track: must state approval for candidate to participate in training program and attend courses.
  • For the Master's Degree Track: must state a guarantee of 75% protected time (50% for surgeons).

4. Two Letters of Recommendation:

  • For the Advanced Certificate Track: Two letters of recommendation from professors or other professionals in a position to judge the applicant's preparation and fitness for graduate work in proposed program of study
  • For the Master's Degree Track: All secondary mentors must submit letters of support. Designated primary mentor's letter must include a mentorship plan

5. Proof of Legal Status: Submit verification of legal status (scanned copies acceptable):
  • US Citizen: U.S. Passport, Birth Certificate, Certificate of Citizenship, or Naturalization Certificate
  • Non-Citizen National: a notary's signed statement certifying that you have legal verification of such status
  • Lawfully Admitted Permanent Resident: a notary's signed statement certifying that you have legal verification of such status and scanned copy of Permanent Resident Card (USCIS Form I-551)

6. Transcripts and Test Scores – Digital copies of test scores and transcripts must be uploaded at the time of application submission. Upon acceptance, official documents will be required in hardcopy. Test scores include: MCAT, GRE and TOEFL. Transcripts include those from graduate and/or medical school as well as undergraduate.
















































REVIEW CRITERIA

Upon submission in ePAR, your application undergoes review based on several criteria


APPLICATION PROCESS & TIMELINE

Applications are due by 5pm on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Applicants will be notified by April 2015 whether his/her proposal is approved. At that time, if accepted, the applicant must complete additional required regulatory and compliance documents within 30 days.



QUESTIONS

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E-mail: CTSC-Education@med.cornell.edu

For a printable PDF of the RFA Click here