Incoming Clinical Investigation Students for Fall 2018

The Graduate Program in Clinical Investigation remains an integral part of UW ICTR support for workforce development. This fall saw two incoming PhD students in Clinical Investigation, three Masters students in Clinical investigation, and four incoming PhD students in Clinical & Translational Science (the former PhD minor program), for totals of 17, 13, and 15 students respectively.

Click here for a gallery of the incoming students.

An additional 14 students are newly enrolled in Certificate Programs either in the Fundamentals of Clinical Research or Community & Clinical Outcomes Research. Students can elect for Capstone, Graduate or Professional Certificates depending on their goals. Many students begin with enrollment in a certificate program and transition to either the PhD or the Masters programs as the core curriculum is shared.

Beth Meyerand, one of the Directors of the TL1 program, comments,

Our TL1 trainees are all expected to complete the core curriculum as PhD students in either Clinical Investigation or Clinical & Translational Science. By enrolling in these programs, they receive a strong foundation in the essential competencies of clinical and translational research. It is a testament to the strength of the program that so many students recognize the value of these degrees.

Application materials, deadlines and other program material are found on the web pages for the Graduate Program in Clinical Investigation and the Certificate Programs.

Largest Class of Clinical Investigation Students Enrolled Fall 2017

Telephoto lens view of Bascom Hall, viewed through the trees on Library Mall during an late afternoon in spring.

Four PhD students and six masters degree students in Clinical Investigation started in September 2017, together with eight PhD students in Clinical and Translational Science (CTS, former PhD minor). They joined a select, very active community of students (31 current) participating in the degree programs administered by UW ICTR. In addition, six of the eight CTS students were also appointed to positions in the  TL1 training program for pre-doctoral scholars.

A complete list of doctoral and masters students entering in September.

Rob Lemanske, ICTR Deputy Executive Director and director of training for the graduate program, notes:

Rob Lemanske, MDWe are happy to welcome the largest incoming class ever in the eight years since the Clinical Investigation degree program was approved. In addition, half the incoming class initially worked on a Certificate in the Fundamentals of Clinical Research. By design, the Certificate shares a core of foundational courses with the master’s and the doctoral degree programs.

Hence, students can start with a certificate to test the waters for the fit of academics with their busy professional lives. Like many prior entrants into the program, nine out of ten entering students this year are returning adult students who are fitting coursework into new faculty, fellowship, and scientist positions. Welcome!

Applications to the Masters and PhD programs in Clinical Investigation for the 2018 class are due Feb 1.

Admissions this year is via a new online process through the UW Graduate School. Applications to the CTS (or PhD minor) program are accepted throughout the year. Read More.

ICTR also administers a TL1 Predoctoral Training Program as part of its Clinical and Translational Science Award from NIH. With the renewal of the ICTR grant this fall, we were able to increase the total number of trainees supported to 10 from the six in previous years.

This training program includes a stipend, health insurance, tuition and fees, travel funds, a monthly writing workshop, and biannual mentor meetings. Trainees must be pursuing either the PhD in Clinical Investigation or have added the PhD-CTS degree to their major field of study. The RFA for the 2018 TL1 Predoctoral Training Program will be released at the end of January, with applications due March 15.

A complete list of current TL1 trainees, their mentors, and fields of study (scroll down).



Bringing Cultural Awareness into Mentoring Relationships

HELI NRMN CAM workshop

This October 6, the annual Health Equity Leadership Institute (HELI) shared the marquee with a one day training workshop created by the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN). This special opportunity was designed to promote an innovative NIH-funded initiative addressing cultural diversity in research mentoring relationships.

Christine Pfund, one of the NRMN PIs and Director of Mentorship Initiatives for the UW-Madison Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR), notes,

Christine Pfund

We had an exciting opportunity to expose alumni from HELI to a brand new mentor training workshop available through our local NRMN-affiliated team. We already offer research mentor and mentee training to each new HELI cohort, but this special session represented a chance to provide a deeper exploration of the role culture plays in mentoring relationships. Participants and trainers alike gained a broader appreciation of how their personal identity intersects with  their professional life, particularly as mentors.

CCHE invited 15 HELI alumni and ten local trainees, faculty and administrators to participate in a Culturally Aware Mentoring (CAM) workshop. The training was led by longtime CCHE and HELI collaborators, Drs. Sandra Quinn and Stephen B. Thomas. In addition to their ongoing role as faculty in the annual HELI, Quinn and Thomas are Master Facilitators with NRMN.

A Master Facilitator is an experienced leader of mentor and mentee training, able to effectively adapt to diverse settings and audiences. The ICTR Mentoring group plays an active role in the national training of Master Facilitators as part of their effort to disseminate best practices in mentoring nationally using a train-the-trainer approach.

The CAM training was developed and tested by the CAM Working Group, which is part of the UW-Madison-based NRMN Mentor Training Core. The CAM team includes Rick McGee and Veronica Womack (Northwestern), Carrie Saetermoe (Cal State Northridge), Sandra Quinn and Stephen Thomas (University of Maryland) and Angela Byars-Winston, Emily Utzerath, and Amanda Butz from Wisconsin. Learn more about the CAM initiative via NRMNet.

If you are interested in mentor/mentee training or the CAM module, contact Amber Smith.

Next year’s Health Equity Leadership Institute will return to the full-length format on June 10-15, 2018. Applications will be released in late January 2018.

Read the Maryland feature on the October workshop.