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The Clinical Research Education (CLR) Program of The Mount Sinai Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is designed to foster the development of future leaders in patient-oriented research. These training opportunities are intended to encourage the development of critical thinking necessary to conduct innovative, hypothesis-driven, independent and collaborative clinical/translational scientific research, in an effort to improve patient care and the wellbeing of society. In particular, we hope to enhance the research opportunities of clinical scientists as well as enhance the ability of basic scientists to better position themselves to translate the promise of their respective discoveries into the clinical arena, in a meaningful way with significant impact.

A rigorous curricular foundation designed to promote an in depth understanding of research methodologies and processes essential to translating the promise of scientific discovery into solving problems of disease is central to these educational initiatives, and forms the basis of our Certificate Program, Master of Science in Clinical Research, and PhD in Clinical Research.

The Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP) is an introductory, one-year, part-time certificate version of the MSCR program which includes the core coursework without a Master’s Thesis requirement or 2nd year research seminars and journal club.

The Masters of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) is a program that provides an exceptional educational experience to outstanding candidates interested or already working in the health care professions. The MSCR program instills the knowledge, skills, and experience to successfully launch clinical and/or translational research-intensive careers. The MSCR has two main components: 1) graduate courses including biostatistics, bioethics, data analysis, epidemiology, genomics, grant writing, health equity, informatics, methodologic journal club, and research study design; and 2) a mentored clinical research project leading to a Master’s thesis. The program is designed to be completed in two years.

The PhD in Clinical Research (PhDCR) is designed for outstanding candidates interested in or actively pursuing a health profession who desire a more intense educational experience to prepare for a career in clinical or translational research. The program provides a strong didactic foundation combined with a mentored clinical research experience leading to a doctoral degree in Clinical Research. Candidates for the PhD program must already possess an advanced degree (masters or equivalent) to be considered for the program.

Three tracks or training areas are offered within the PhD in Clinical Research Program:

  • Translational Research: Bench to Bedside

  • Clinical Trials Research

  • Population, Outcomes and Implementation Research

These areas of special focus build upon strengths reflective of the ISMMS, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and Mount Sinai’s Institutes and Departments.

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