TL1 Predoctoral Clinical Research Program

The TL1 Predoctoral Program at Washington University provides career development for medical and allied healthcare doctoral students through didactic coursework, mentored training, work-in-progress research discussions, journal clubs, and conferences.

Applications are open November 1 – February 20 for a June start date.

A potential mentor list can be found on the People page.

Predoctoral Programs:

  • Summer Predoctoral Program Two-month research core, beginning June 1 and ending July 31
  • Intensive Predoctoral Program Twelve-month research core, beginning June 1 and continuing through May 31 the following year
  • Standard Predoctoral Program 1 – 3 year (9 month minimum) appointment concurrent with the student’s doctoral degree program.

Skills Trainees Will Learn:

  • Design and conduct clinical research
  • Analyze data
  • Consider relevant ethical and legal issues
  • Write manuscripts and grants
  • Develop and present scientific posters
  • Compete for research funding

Program Leadership:

Email Us: TL1 Predoctoral Program Inquiries »

Benefits

Monthly Stipend

Trainees receive a stipend for every month they are enrolled in the CRTC Predoctoral program.

Tuition for Required Courses

Tuition for all courses required by the TL1 Program are covered through NIH and Institutional support. Students do not incur any costs for these courses. For a list of required courses, click here (link needed).
Participation in the CRTC Predoctoral Program may count toward some of the requirements of the NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP). Visit the LRP website for more information.

Research Funding (Intensive & Standard Trainees)

Trainees receive a limited amount of funding to use for their research projects throughout the duration of their appointments.

Travel to National Meetings (Intensive & Standard Trainees)

Intensive and Standard trainees are provided with limited funding for travel in order to attend the annual TL1 Predoctoral National Meeting.

Health Insurance (Intensive & Standard Trainees)

Intensive and Standard trainees also receive health insurance throughout the duration of their appointments to the TL1 Program.

Clinical Research Training Center (CRTC)

Trainees will have access to the Clinical Research Training Center. The CRTC provides computer labs, break-out rooms, classroom, poster printing, and administrative office suites.

Program Requirements

Full-time Clinical Research

All trainees are required to pursue their research training full-time, normally defined as 40 hours per week. Trainees must complete no less than nine and no more than twelve months of full-time clinical research as active members of their chosen mentor’s research team.

Mentorship Meetings

It is the responsibly of all TL1 trainees to schedule and participate in weekly meetings with their Primary Mentors.

Intensive & Standard trainees will also meet once per semester with their Mentorship Committees (Primary Mentor, assigned Program Mentor, and Secondary Mentor).

Didactic Coursework

Trainees must complete their required courses with a 3.0 grade point average and within the course time frames as specified by the instructors and the Program Director. TL1 Intensive and Standard trainees may have the opportunity, but are not required, to pursue the Master of Science in Clinical Investigation Degree.

TL1 Predoctoral Summer Program

  • Analysis of Clinical Data (M17-5881, Summer, 1 credit)
  • Designing Outcomes and Clinical Research Workshop (M17-504, Summer, 1 credit)

TL1 Predoctoral Intensive and Standard Programs

  • Analysis of Clinical Data (M17-5881, Summer, 1 credit)
  • Designing Outcomes and Clinical Research Workshop (M17-504, Summer, 1 credit)
  • Pre/Postdoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training in Translation (PIRTT) Seminar, 2 Semesters (M17-515, Fall and Spring, 2 credits per semester)
  • Designing Outcomes and Clinical Research (M17-513, Fall, 3 credits) OR Epidemiology for Clinical Research (M17-588, Spring, 3 credits)
  • Introduction to Statistics for Clinical Research (M17-522, Fall, 3 credits)
  • Ethical and Legal Issues in Clinical Research (M17-510, Spring, 2 credits)
  • Scientific Writing and Publishing (M17-529, Spring, 2 credits)

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Trainees must complete training in the Responsible Conduct of Research. The TL1 Program provides all trainees with access to seminars and/or coursework that must be successfully completed in order to fulfill this requirement.

Thesis

Intensive & Standard trainees are required to complete a research paper submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal in order to fulfill the TL1 Program Thesis requirement. The trainee’s mentorship committee must approve the thesis prior to submission. Completion of the TL1 Program is contingent on demonstration that a manuscript was submitted for review.

A Standard applicant planning to complete the MSCI must propose a thesis which is different than the dissertation to be used for the completion of the PhD degree requirements.

National TL1 Meeting and Abstract Submission

Intensive & Standard trainees must submit at least one abstract to the annual TL1 National Meeting. This abstract will be published and distributed at the meeting. Trainees are required to attend the meeting and to present either a poster or an oral presentation on their research.

Research Training Symposium and Poster Session

Washington University School of Medicine hosts the Research Training Symposium and Poster Session annually in October. All TL1 Summer trainees are required to submit an abstract and present a poster at the Symposium immediately following their appointments. TL1 Intensive and Standard trainees must submit an abstract for the Symposium held following the first nine months of their appointments. Trainees have the option to have their research considered for an oral presentation.

Eligibility

Level of Education

TL1 Predoctoral Program trainees must be enrolled in a clinical doctoral degree program in medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, biomedical engineering, social work, pharmacy, audiology and communication sciences, veterinary medicine, or another allied health profession.

  • Students enrolled in a dual Doctoral/Bachelor’s degree program must complete 120 credit hours in their degree program prior to beginning their TL1 appointment.
  • PhD students are eligible for the Standard TL1 Program, but do not meet program requirements for the Intensive TL1 Program.

Citizenship

Eligible applicants must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States, or have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence and have in their possession an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-151 or I-551) or other legal verification of admission for permanent residence. Non-citizen nationals are persons born in lands that are not States but are under U.S. sovereignty, jurisdiction, or administration (e.g., American Samoa). Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.

Professional Effort

All trainees are required to pursue their research training full-time, normally defined as 40 hours per week.

Federal Funding

Individuals supported by other Federal funds are not eligible for concurrent trainee support to be provided by the TL1 Program.

Apply

Applications are open annually November 1 – 11:59 PM February 20 for a June start date.

Only complete applications will be reviewed. Applications will not be considered as complete until all supporting documents have been submitted.

Required Documents:

  1. Application Form
  2. Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  3. Mentor Letter of Support
  4. Recommendation Letter
  5. Personal Statement
  6. Research Proposal (Intensive & Standard Program Applicants ONLY)

*Current transcript (unofficial copy acceptable) is not required but may be submitted as part of the application.

Applicants must complete and submit the online application form before the supporting documents may be uploaded. This includes the Mentor Letter of Support and the Recommendation Letter.

Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Applicants must upload a copy of their updated Resume, a current Curriculum Vitae is also acceptable.

Current Transcript

Applicants must submit a copy of their transcripts from the program in which they are currently enrolled. Unofficial copies are acceptable.

Mentor Letter of Support

Proposed mentors are required to submit a letter of support prior to the application deadline. Applicants must establish a relationship with the proposed mentor prior to submission of the TL1 Program application. Applicants may not select a mentor without prior approval from that mentor. Suggested mentors may be found in the CRTC Mentor Profiles (make sure the profile indicates type of mentor as Predoctoral).

Upon completion of the online application form, an email will be automatically generated to the mentor with guidelines and instructions for submitting the required letter. It is the responsibility of the applicant to verify that the identified mentor has received the email. The online application site provides applicants with a checklist on which they may view confirmation of the documents that have been uploaded to their application.

Mentor letters must:

  • Be uploaded by the mentor, not the applicant
  • Include the mentor’s signature
  • Be submitted on the mentor’s letterhead

Recommendation Letter

The application requires one person of reference to upload a letter of recommendation. Upon submission of the online application form, an email will be automatically generated to the person of reference with guidelines and instructions regarding how to upload the required letter. It is the responsibility of the applicant to verify that the identified reference has received the email. The online application site provides applicants with a checklist on which they may view confirmation of the documents that have been uploaded to their application. The letters of recommendation must be uploaded by the reference, not the applicant.

Personal Statement

Applicants must submit a personal statement outlining their career development goals, research interests, and reasons for applying to the program. Statements should be no more than 500 words.

Research Proposal (Intensive & Standard Program Applicants ONLY)

Intensive and Standard applicants must also submit a five-page research proposal (research proposal guidelines) as part of the application.

 

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