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.

One-year and two-year 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 one-year and two-year trainees may have the opportunity, but are not required, to pursue the Master of Science in Clinical Investigation Degree.

Summer Program

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

One-Year (Intensive) and Two-Year (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, Fall, 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

One-year and two-year 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 two-year 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

One-year and two-year 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 one-year and two-year 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.

Grant citations 

CRTC scholars are to acknowledge the receipt of any grant funding in all publications, Biosketches, and Other Support documents. Each program has unique requirements for citing grants. 

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