Clinical Investigation Training Program

A training program in the fundamental skills of clinical research was initiated in the fall of 2005. Funded by a K- 30 Clinical Research Curriculum Award (CRCA) from the NIH, this joint teaching endeavor of the Medical College, the Graduate School, and the Cornell-Ithaca campus was developed to educate and train highly motivated individuals to become successful, independent clinical investigators.

The program has two tracks. Track I leads to a Certificate in Clinical Investigation in one year and focuses on a core curriculum. Track II leads to a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation in two years. Students in the Master's program can specialize in the following pathways: Patient-Oriented Research & New Technologies, Health Services & Outcomes Research, Epidemiology & Statistics, and Skill Acquisition Workshops.

The initiative is led by Julianne L. Imperato-McGinley, M.D., the Abbey Rockefeller Mauze Distinguished Professor of Medicine in Endocrinology and Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. Craig T. Basson, M.D., Professor of Medicine; Alvin I. Mushlin, M.D., Sc.M., Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research, and of Medicine; and Kendall A. Smith, M.D., Professor of Medicine, serve as Associate Program Directors.

Dr. Mushlin and other faculty of the Department were integrally involved in the development of the Clinical Research Curriculum Award program and are responsible for the coursework and mentored research in the Health Services and Outcomes Research concentration. Also, several courses developed by the Department are part of the core curriculum and are taught by our faculty. As Associate Program Director, Dr. Mushlin provides oversight on all aspects of recruitment, including the Clinical Investigation Training Program website, materials for recruitment, and publicity efforts.


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    (646) 962-9401
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