The Clinical/Translational Research Training Programs (CLR programs) of The Mount Sinai Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences are designed to foster the development of future leaders in patient oriented research. These training opportunities are intended to encourage the development of critical thinking necessary to conduct innovative hypothesis driven, independent and collaborative clinical/translational scientific research, in an effort to improve patient care and the wellbeing of society. In particular, we hope to enhance the research opportunities of clinical scientists as well as enhance the ability of basic scientists to better position themselves to translate the promise of their respective discoveries into the clinical arena, in a meaningful way with significant impact.
A rigorous curricular foundation designed to promote an in depth understanding of research methodologies and processes essential to translating the promise of scientific discovery into solving problems of disease is central to these educational initiatives, and formsthe basis of our Certificate Program, Masters of Science in Clinical Research, and a new Ph.D. in Clinical Research.
The Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP) is an introductory, 1 year, part-time certificate version of the MSCR program which includes the core coursework without a Masters Thesis requirement or 2nd year research seminars and journal club.
The Masters of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) is a 2 year program that provides an exceptional educational experience to outstanding health professionals, such as clinical / post-doctoral fellows, junior faculty, veterinarians, nurse Ph.D.s, allied health professionals, and other trainees (M.D., M.D./Ph.D., and ‘basic science’ Ph.D. students) with the knowledge, skills, and experience to successfully launch clinical and/or translational research-intensive careers. The MSCR has two main components: 1) graduate courses including biostatistics, epidemiology, research design, data analysis, informatics, bioethics and grant writing; and 2) a mentored clinical research project leading to a Masters thesis. The program is designed to be completed in 2 years. However, coursework can be taken over a longer period of time.
The Ph.D. in Clinical Research is designed for those outstanding candidates who are health professionals that desire a more intense educational experience to prepare them for a career in clinical or translational research. The program provides a strong didactic foundation combined with a mentored clinical research experience leading to a doctoral degree in Clinical Research.
Four tracks/training areas are offered within the MSCR and Ph.D. in Clinical Research Programs:
1) Translational Research: Bench to Bedside
2) Clinical Trials Research
3) Population, Outcomes and Implementation Research
4) Molecular Epidemiology
Within the context of these specific tracks, students may choose to develop an area of concentration or focus, developing specific expertise in:
General Clinical Research
Health Services Research & Health Policy Research
Behavioral Research & Cognitive Tools
Biostatistics: Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
Epidemiology: Basic, Molecular and Clinical
Informatics & Bioinformatics
Genomics & Personalized Medicine
Clinical Trials Research
These areas of special focus build upon strengths reflective of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and Mount Sinai’s Institutes and Departments.
Having trained over 100 outstanding candidates for successful careers in clinical/translational research, these various programs prepare individuals to be active facilitators in “Team Science” designed to solve problems of disease and facilitate the growth of individuals who will conduct well conceived and relevant clinical/translational research that leads to improved health and health care.