Clinical Research Training Center (CRTC)

TL1 Clinical Research Program

TL1 Clinical Research Program

TL1 Predoctoral Program applications are currently open, applications for the 2015-2016 academic year will remain open through February 15, 2015.

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

The CRTC Predoctoral Program offers the following 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.

The CRTC Predoctoral Program supports a select group of trainees, as they embark on careers as outstanding patient-oriented researchers, by teaching them how 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

Program Leadership:

Jay Piccirillo, MD, FACS
Director

Jeffrey Peipert, MD, PhD
Co-Director

Susan Stark, PhD, OTR/L
Co-Director

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  • 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 is covered through NIH and Institutional support. Students do not incur any costs for these courses. For a list of required courses, click here.

    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: http://www.lrp.nih.gov/about_the_programs/clinical.aspx

    Research Funding

    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)

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

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  • 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 Primary Mentor Meetings weekly.

    Intensive & Standard Trainees will also meet quarterly with their assigned Program Mentors and with their Mentorship Committees each semester.

    Didactic Coursework

    Trainees must complete their required courses with a 3.0 grade point average and within the course timeframes as specified by the instructors and the Program Director. TL1 Intensive and Standard Trainees 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)
    • Designing Outcomes and Clinical Research (M17-513, Fall or Spring, 3 credits) OR Epidemiology for Clincial Research (M17-588, Fall or Spring, 3 credits)
    • Scientific Writing and Publishing (M17-529, Spring, 2 credits)
    • Ethical and Legal Issues in Clinical Research (M17-510, Fall or Spring, 2 credits)
    • Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Clinical Research Training (PICRT) Seminar, 2 Semesters (M17-515, Fall and Spring, 2 credits per semester)
    • Introduction to Statistics (M17-522, Fall, 3 credits)

    Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

    Trainees must complete training in the Responsible Conduct of Research. The TL1 Clinical Research 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.

    National Predoctoral Meeting and Abstract

    Intensive & Standard Trainees must submit at least one abstract to the annual TL1 Predoctoral 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

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

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  • Eligibility

    Level of Education

    TL1 Clinical Research 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, or another allied health profession.

    • Students pursuing a PharmD degree must complete 120 credit hours in their doctoral 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.

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  • Apply

    TL1 Predoctoral Program applications are currently open and will remain open through February 15th of 2015.

     

    MENTOR LIST CAN BE FOUND HERE

    Six documents are required for a complete application:

    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.

    Click here for Application Form

    Applicants must complete and SUBMIT the online application form before 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

    (unofficial copy is accepted)

    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. Please do not select a mentor without prior approval of that mentor. Suggested mentors may be found in the CRTC Mentor Profiles (Type of Mentor: Predoctoral) or here.

    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

    Recomendation Letter

    The application also 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 your 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. Letters of Recommendation must be uploaded by the references, not the applicants.

    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.

    Standard applicants please note that your thesis must be different than the thesis used for the completion of your PhD degree requirements.

    Research Proposal (Intensive & Standard Program Applicants ONLY)

    Intensive and Standard Applicants must also submit a research proposal as part of their application. For guidelines of a research proposal, please click here. Summer applicants are not required to submit a research proposal.

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

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