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Clinical Scientist Training Program

Houston, Texas

The Alkek Building at Baylor College of Medicine
Clinical Scientist Training Program
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Clinical Investigation for the Career Scientist & Seminar

We meet almost every Monday and Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Objectives: The main objective is to increase the scholars' skills in scientific grant writing, and to hone their research ideas. The scholars will start by presenting their hypotheses and specific aims, and then their research design and methods. There will be plenty of opportunities for the scholars to receive critical feedback from the class as well as their mentors and committee members.

Prerequisite: Acceptance in the Clinical Scientist Training Program.

Evaluation/Grading Criteria: Students will be evaluated on class participation and class assignments such as the K-23 grant proposal and the K23 Mock Study Sessions.

Credit: 5 credit hours

Scientific Writing

The objective is to prepare students to submit an NIH K-23 grant proposal. They write the proposal gradually over the course of the year, and submit the finished product to the program on April 1, and hopefully to the NIH on June 1 or October 1. We start with classes on K23 preparation and submission. The students then each present their hypotheses and specific aims for the class to critique. They learn to hone their ideas, and to write succinct, testable hypotheses, and present research ideas that can be conducted within the framework of a K23 (five years). As each area of the K23 is written, the class reads each others work, and each student receives ideas on how to better communicate their research and career development plans. The end result should be a K23 grant proposal that stands a very good chance of being funded by the NIH.

Translational Research

There will be a series of lectures from prominent translational researchers. Translational research is hard to define. The aim is to give students a good feel for what translational research is all about, and what Baylor researchers are doing in this area.

Other Lectures

Topics such as ethics in clinical research, how to set up a lab, IRB problem solving, etc. are covered. See the current schedule for more details.

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