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CTSI: Education, Training & Career Development

Co-Directors

dr Roghmann
 
Mary-Claire Roghmann M.D., M.S.
Academic Title: Professor
Primary Appointment: Epidemiology & Public Health
Secondary Appointments: Medicine
685 W. Baltimore Street, MSTF 336
Phone: (410) 706-0062 or (410) 706-0066
Fax: (410) 706-0098
mroghman@epi.umaryland.edu  

Overview

Research education, training, and career development are the foundations of the UM CTSI, providing the intellectual capital that fuels our institution’s continued transformation to a team-based model for translational research. The overall goal of the Education, Training, and Career Development (ETCD) Center is to educate, train and develop clinical and translational investigators. Our Center’s programs implement a team science approach for education, training and career development, offer a clinical and translational research curriculum aligned to core competencies, and provide support and career guidance to summer students, predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees, and early faculty. Our programs will serve as a pipeline introducing future and current scientists to translational science, promoting scientific curiosity, and thereby developing the workforce needed for future discoveries to be translated into improvement in human health.

Specific Aim 1 (K30): To educate the next generation of clinical and translational investigators by offering an education program focusing on competency-based, team science didactic and discussion-based curriculum to a diverse group of future and current clinicians and biomedical scientists.

We offer educational opportunities in the full spectrum of clinical and translational research throughout the educational pathway for clinicians and biomedical scientists to recruit and educate a robust future workforce for team-based translational science. We will integrate the curricula based on a core set of research competencies using cutting edge teaching methods that bridge the language and cultural differences between medicine and science and promote team-based science.

Specific Aims 2 (TL1) and 3 (KL2): To nurture the current and next generations of clinical and translational investigators by offering predoctoral and postdoctoral TL1 training programs for clinicians and biomedical scientists, and a KL2 career development program for early faculty.

We will financially support our TL1 and KL2 trainees, known as CTSI Scholars, during their training in translational research. All the resources and infrastructure of the CTSI will be at trainees’ disposal to promote their research and career advancement. Each CTSI Scholar will have a tailored career development plan and a team of mentors with diverse scientific backgrounds and complementary expertise. Mentors will receive compensation for their time, support for improving their efforts, and rewards in academic advancement. UM CTSI institutions have considerable existing strength in the area of prevention (in the broadest terms) of the complications and health care burden arising from common chronic diseases across the lifespan and from molecules to the community. This strength is manifest in a broad cadre of over 150 primary mentors with wide ranging expertise in cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, HIV, chronic organ failure, schizophrenia, and chronic neurologic disease in vulnerable (pediatric; geriatric) and underserved populations. Thus the research focus of the UM CTSI ETCD Center is to develop clinical and translational researchers trained to conceptualize and address important questions for improving health using a team-science approach.

UM CTSI participating institutions individually have a number of existing strengths in education, training and career development that together create great synergy. NIH funding of the CTSI will advance our efforts to integrate and transform clinical and translational research in our diverse CTSI community. The UM CTSI ETCD Center will enhance our ability to recruit the most talented clinical and translational investigators at earlier career stages from among the undergraduate, health professional and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at our participating institutions (see Figure) as well as from other institutions nationally. Moreover, our CTSI ETCD Center will strengthen the national CTSA consortium by providing expertise in several areas in which we have unique educational assets, including nationally recognized expertise in grant writing with a track record of focusing on faculty from minority-serving institutions. Taken together, the Education, Training and Career Development Center will ensure the transformation of our CTSI community by providing the next generation of investigators who will drive innovation and implement effective clinical and translational research.

UM CTSI ETCD Center’s Education (K30) Program

Specific Aim 1 (K30): To educate the next generation of clinical and translational investigators by offering an education program focusing on competency-based, team science didactic and discussion-based curriculum to a diverse group of future and current clinicians and biomedical scientists.

The UM CTSI ETCD Center offers an Education (K30) Program with educational opportunities in the full spectrum of clinical and translational research for clinicians/health professionals and biomedical scientists with the goal of recruiting and educating a robust future workforce. Using cutting edge teaching methods that bridge the language and cultural differences between medicine and science and promote a team-based approach, we will integrate new curricula based on a core set of research competencies.  In addition, we will continue and enhance seminars, workshops and short courses in career development, mentor training, scientific and grant writing, and training for non-investigator research team members.