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

Program overview

The program prepares a select group of predoctoral trainees to embark on careers as outstanding patient-oriented researchers. Scholars learn to:

  • 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

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Program Requirements
Program Eligibility
TL1 Alumni Summer Visiting Program Scholarship

Annual application cycle is July 1st through December 31st for a June program start date.

TL1 Predoctoral format options

The TL1 Predoctoral Program offers the following:

Summer Program

Two-month research core, beginning June 1 and ending July 31

One-Year (Intensive) Program

Twelve-month research core, beginning June 1 and continuing through May 31 the following year

Two-Year (Standard) Program

1-2 year (9 month minimum) appointment concurrent with the student’s doctoral degree program

Program benefits

  • Stipend for every month enrolled in the CRTC Predoctoral program.
  • 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 available to one-year and two-year trainees.
  • Travel and tuition funding available to one-year and two-year trainees.
  • Health insurance provided to one-year and two-year trainees.
  • 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 leadership

  • Jay Piccirillo, MD, FACS
  • Susan Stark, PhD, OTR/L
  • Ana Maria Arbelaez, MD, MSCI

Applications are open annually July 1 – December 31 for a June program start date.

Contact us

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