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Education & Training


Training Program in Translational Science (TPTS)

Training Program in Translational Science Overview

The CTSI Training Program in Translational Science (TPTS; formerly known as the UCLA K30 Program) was developed to provide clinicians with the necessary training to become successful patient-oriented investigators who can bridge molecular medicine and clinical research. Participants have a high commitment to clinical research and must have either professional health degrees (e.g., medicine, nursing, dentistry) or a doctorate. In addition, participants must be affiliated with UCLA, Harbor-LABioMed, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center or Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (the CTSI partner institutions).

There is a separate program for medical students (Pathway in Clinical & Translational Research at UCLA).

TPTS is organized into three tracks:

  • Track 1
    • No certificate or degree is offered
    • Seminars may be take in sequence or individually
    • Applications are accepted year round
    • No costs
  • Track 2
    • Leads to a certificate of completion from the David Geffen School of Medicine
    • Structured, two-year program
    • Applications accepted February 1 to May 15 for academic year that begins August 1
    • No costs
  • Track 3
    • Leads to Master of Science in Clinical Research
    • Two-year, full-time commitment
      • Minimum 70-80% course attendance
      • Three years for UCLA STAR fellows
      • Research thesis required
    • Applications accepted February 1 to May 15 for academic year that begins Sept/Oct (Fall Quarter)
    • Tuition
      • Stipends and fees supported by home department
      • Applicants from CTSI partner institutions (Cedars, Harbor-LABioMed, Charles R. Drew) may be eligible for shared tuition from CTSI
      • UCLA non-academic-senate employees with appointments of at least 50% may receive a two-thirds reduction in fees.

The Medical Student Pathway in Clinical and Translational Science provides training for students at the David Geffen School of Medicine. Students enter the Pathway Program during their first or second year of medical school.

  • Leads to a certificate in clinical and translational research
  • Assists students with identifying a research mentor
  • Builds skills in research design, biomathematics, ethics of human research, and biomedical communication
  • Six classroom and research requirements; can be completed by graduation

General Eligibility Requirements

Track 1, 2 and 3 participants:

  • Must have an affiliation with UCLA, Harbor-UCLA, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, or Charles R. Drew University.
  • Must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals or lawfully admitted permanent residents of the U.S.
  • Must possess an MD, DDS, DMD, DO, DC, OD, ND (Doctor of Naturopathy); be a doctorally prepared nurse; or have a PhD with clinical responsibilities
  • May have NIH (F32, T32, Ks, etc.) or non-NIH support for training and career development.

Medical Student Pathway in Clinical and Translational Research participants:

  • Must be a DGSOM medical student in first or second year
  • MD/PhD candidates are not eligible

Admissions

Admissions decisions will be made by our Admissions Subcommittee and approved by our Executive Committee using the following criteria: (1) scientific background, and (2) commitment to a career in patient-oriented translational investigation.

About Track 1

Track 1 courses are open for audit to fellows, faculty and medical students in the Medical Student Pathway Program. Audited courses are free, but no graduate credit is given. Courses may be taken for credit by paying fees through UCLA Extension.

In Track 1:

  • No certificate or degree is offered
  • Seminars may be take in sequence or individually
  • Applications are accepted year round
  • No cost for audited courses

Track 1 Curriculum Overview

The curriculum is organized into seminar series, also referred to as seminar modules, about specific topics in clinical research. All seminars are presented at UCLA but are available via live videoconference at Cedars-Sinai, Harbor-UCLA/LABioMed, and Charles R. Drew University.

Note: Module topics and dates may vary from year to year. Dates will be posted as the modules are confirmed. 

Please see Course Catalog for dates, times and locations of courses.

Module 1: Team Science (December 9, 2016)

Module 1: Team Science (December 9, 2016)

The purpose of this module is to provide scientists and students involved in team based scientific collaborations with specific skills and strategies to effectively combine and integrative diverse areas of knowledge and expertise. This facilitation of “integrative capabilities” is thought to foster innovation. Dr. Maritza Salazar, who is an Assistant Professor of Organizations and Management at the University of California at Irvine, will facilitate the module. She will lead a two-part module that will first focus on strategic team planning and design. During the second part of the module, she will teach communications skills to integrate diverse knowledge areas when working with others on clinical and translational research teams.

Module Coordinator:  Maritza R. Salazar, PhD

Please see Course Catalog for dates, times and locations of modules.

Archived Track 1 Video Recordings and Seminar Slides

Track 1 Application

Track 1 applications are accepted year-round. Some workshops have limited registration. To apply, applicants will need:

  • to submit a CV in either .doc or .pdf format

About Track 2

Track 2 is a structured, two-year certificate program that provides participants with the necessary training to become successful patient-oriented investigators who can bridge molecular medicine and clinical research. Participation in Track 2 is viewed favorably by K23 study sections.

Track 2:

  • Leads to the CTSI Training Program in Translational Science Certificate from the David Geffen School of Medicine
  • Is a structured, two-year, part-time program
  • Accepts applications Feb 1—May 15 for academic year that begins Aug. 1 

To be eligible, you need:

  • A high commitment to clinical research
  • An MD, DDS, DMD, DO, DC, OD, or ND (Doctor of Naturopathy) degree; or be a doctorally prepared nurse; or have a PhD with clinical responsibilities)
  • An affiliation with UCLA, Harbor-LABiomed, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center or Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (the CTSI partner institutions).

Track 2 Curriculum Overview

Track 2 requirements:

  • Complete the four required courses
  • Complete two electives - additional courses and/or a combination of modules.
         Please click the "Track 1" tab to view the modules
  • Attend the Monthly Meetings until program completion and participate in three presentations.

Fees – Track 2 fellows audit courses, lectures and seminars. The audit option requires no fees, but no graduate credit is given. UCLA graduate courses may be taken for credit by registering and paying fees through UCLA Extension.

Location – All courses are at UCLA but are also available via videoconference at our partner sites. In addition, individuals may satisfy some program requirements by taking compatible courses at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (CS) or Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (HU). These courses are identified in the "required coursework" accordion.

Track 2 Required Coursework and Electives

Track 2 fellows are required to complete four courses and two electives from the list below over two years. All courses are given at UCLA but are available by live video conference at our partner sites (with a few exceptions). In addition, individuals may satisfy some program requirements by taking compatible courses at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (CS) or Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (HU).

Attendance in each class must not fall below 75-80%, depending on the class. Completing homework for grading is required for Biomath 170A and 266A, and passing a final take-home exam for a certificate of completion is required for Biomath M261.

Please see the UCLA Schedule of Classes for dates, times and locations of courses.

Required Coursework

  • Two statistics courses:
    • Biomath 170A. Introductory Biomathematics for Medical Investigators (also CS)
    • Biomath 266A. Applied Regression Analysis in Medical Sciences
  • Two additional courses:
    • Biomath 259. Controversies in Clinical Trials
    • Biomath M261. Responsible Conduct of Research Involving Humans (also CS)
  • Two of the following electives:

Sample Coursework Schedule
View a sample two-year coursework schedule subject to change.

Track 2 Monthly Meeting Requirements

Track 2 fellows are required to attend monthly meetings until program completion and participate in three presentations. Monthly meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm. Lunch is provided. The meetings are designed to give trainees and opportunity to present their research in an open yet structured format during which they receive feedback from their peers, the Program Director, and faculty.

Three to four trainees present at each monthly meeting, using one of the following formats:

  • A basic presentation on research interest
  • A journal article
  • A challenge

Track 2 Monthly Meeting Formats

For their monthly meeting presentations, trainees may use one of the three formats explained below.

Research Interest
Every incoming trainee must do this presentation during their first year. Each trainee introduces himself/herself and gives a brief overview of his/her area of work and research proposal submitted with the Track 2 application (15-minutes, plus 5-minutes Q&A). Trainees are strongly encouraged to invite their research mentor(s) to attend. Other senior researchers in the trainee's area of study may be invited to attend the presentation at the discretion of Isidro Salusky MD, Program Director.

Journal Article
Each trainee selects an article relevant to his/her research and prepares to lead a discussion of the clinical or translational research methodology (20-minutes total).

  1. At least 2 weeks before your assigned date, submit a digital copy of your selected journal article and 3 questions that participants can use in preparing for discussion.
  2. Prepare a summary of the article of no more than 3 minutes after which you will be expected to engage the group in a discussion of the findings and methodology for 10 minutes; 3-4 presentation slides only. See Tips for Facilitating Journal Club Discussion.
  3. The group will summarize lessons learned on the design, data analysis, and/or reporting of clinical and translational research.

Challenge
This presentation should be reserved for the end of a trainee's second year (unless the trainee is completing the program in one year; in that case, they must do all three presentations in that first year). The goal of this assignment is to solicit input from trainees and faculty to help you address a problem that you are encountering in your research or professional development. Problems on which you might choose to focus include issues regarding resolution of disagreements with a collaborator or a mentor, concerns regarding career trajectory, an ethical dilemma, preventing over-committal to too many projects, finding ways to address critical reviews of a grant or manuscript, challenges encountered with gaps in training, difficulty with research budgets/funding, etc.

To prepare for this session, you will need to identify the challenge on which you would like to focus and develop a presentation of no longer than 4 minutes to briefly describe the situation. Narrow your question to the group if you find that you need significantly more time to describe the challenge. Once your BRIEF presentation is done, the group engages in the following process under the guidance of the faculty facilitator:

  1. The rest of the group may ask questions of clarification of you for no more than 2 minutes.
  2. For the next 10 minutes, you "step back," becoming an observer unless directly asked for your input. Your job is to remain largely silent and observe actively as the fellows and faculty take on the Challenge as if it were theirs.
    • How have they seen issues like this resolved?
    • What would they do? Avoid doing?
    • What possible next steps would they take if this were their study?
    • Is there a way to avoid this type of research design challenge in future studies?
  3. For the last 4 minutes, you will comment on what you have learned from listening to their suggestions. This can also be a time for you to ask questions of the group or to probe a particular comment or suggestion further.

Discussant: A fellow discussant may be randomly assigned for each Journal Article and/or Challenge presentation. Discussant addresses such issues as clarity, importance of question, choice of research design, instrumentation, statistical analysis, and presentation of results (see also #3 above, under Journal Article).

Track 2 Video Archive of Required Courses

A link to recorded lectures of Track 2 or Track 3 courses from past quarters will be available here soon.

Track 2 Trainees

The Training Program in Translational Science Track 2 trainee list is being updated.

Track 2 Alumni

(by year training was completed)

2016 Track 2 Alumni

Naser Ahmadi, MD Harbor/UCLA WLA-VA General Medicine/Cardiology
Zaid Chaudhry MD UCLA/Olive View / Emergency Medicine
Seth Cohen MD UCLA / Urology

Dennis Montoya PhD UCLA/Molecular, Cell & Development Biology
My-Linh Nguyen MD UCLA / Obstetrics & Gynecology

2015 Track 2 Alumni


Jenny Dai-Ju MD PhD Harbor-UCLA/Endocrinology

Luu Doan Ireland MD MPH  UCLA/Family Planning

Bob Geng MD MA  UCLA/Allergy & Immunology

David Gordon  Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science

Ivet Hartonian MD  UCLA/Pediatric Neurology

Kattayoun Kordy MD  UCLA/Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition

Rajan Kulkarni MD PhD  UCLA/Dermatology

Sonya Pritzker PhD MA MS  UCLA General Internal Medicine & Health Services Research

Kumar C Shah BDS MS FACP  UCLA School of Dentistry

Nelly Tan MD, UCLA/Radiology
Peter Tieh MD  Harbor-UCLA/Pediatric Endocrinology

Maida Wong MD   UCLA Rheumatology

2014 Track 2 Alumni


Joshua G. Cohen MD UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center/Oncology

Satiro De Oliveira MD UCLA Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Mary T. Jenkins Vogel MD  Cedars-Sinai Medical Center/Gynecologic Oncology
Caron Kim MD MSc  UCLA/Obstetrics & Gynecology

Veronica Sullins MD  Harbor-UCLA Surgery


Eric Yen MD  UCLA Rheumatology/Pediatrics

2013 Track 2 Alumni

Kelly Callahan, MD Harbor-UCLA/Pediatrics
Marissa Caudill, MD PhD UCLA, Child Psychiatry
Fnu Deepinder, MD Cedars Sinai—WLA-VA Endocrinology

Catherine DeRidder, MD Harbor-UCLA/Pediatrics/Child Abuse

Elena Diaz MD  Cedars-Sinai Medical Center/Gynecologic Oncology
Andrew Dorsch, MD UCLA/Neurology
Joshua Grill, PhD UCLA Director, Katherine and Benjamin Kagan Alzheimer's Disease Treatment Development Program
Director, Recruitment and Education Core Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research
Jane Kuo, MD Cedars-Sinai/Medical Genetics
Dong Li, MD PhD Harbor-UCLA/Genetic Epidemiology

Geoffry Sonn MD  UCLA/Urology
Neha Vaghasia, MD UCLA/Pediatrics-Hematology & Oncology

2012 Track 2 Alumni

Ali Alktaifi, MD UCLA Department of Surgery
Rebecca Hicks, MD Harbor/UCLA Pediatric Endocrinology

Bahram Khazai, MD  Harbor/UCLA Internal Medicine/Endocrinology

Christina Lam, MD UCLA/Pediatrics and Medical Genetics
Frank Shih-Chang Ong, MD Cedars Sinai Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Lisa Rogo-Gupta, MD  UCLA/Femal Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery

Anita Rowhani Sicolo, MD  UCLA Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellow

Prasanth N. Surampudi, MD  Harbor UCLA T32 Endocrinology Fellow

2011 Track 2 Alumni

Sigrid Burruss, MD UCLA Department/General Surgery
William A. Freije, MD, PhD UCLA Department of OB &GYN
Michelle Gardner, PhD MS UCLA Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Jethro L. Hu, MD Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Neuro-Oncology
Niloufar Ilani, MD Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Endocrinology
Po H. Lu, PsyD UCLA Department of Neurology
James A. McKinnell, MD Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Infectious Diseases
Denise D. Nicholson, AuD UCLA Audiology Clinic
David E. Piccioni, MD, PhD UCLA Department of Neurology
Laura Wozniak, MD UCLA Pediatric Gastroenterology/Hepatology/Nutrition

2010 Track 2 Alumni

Z. Chad Baxter, MD UCLA Pelvic Medicine/Urology
Agnes Huang Chen, MD Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Pediatrics and Neurology
Daniel DeUgarte, MD UCLA Pediatrics/Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery
Noah Federman, MD UCLA Pediatric/Hematology-Oncology
Alan Ikeda, MD UCLA Pediatric/ Hematology-Oncology
Larissa Mooney, MD UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior/Integrated Substance Abuse
Mary Elizabeth Patterson, MD Harbor-UCLA Endocrinolog
Thomas Thannickal, PhD UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

2009 Track 2 Alumni

Farin Amersi, MD Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Department of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology
David Andorsky, MD UCLA Medicine, Division of Hematology & Oncology
Alice Chang, MD UCLA Pediatric Rheumatology
David Chim, DO UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior/Integrated Substance Abuse
Sherilyn Gordon Burroughs, MD UCLA Division of Liver and Pancreas Transplantation, Department of Surgery
Phuong Thao Hoang, MD David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology
Mariko Ishimori, MD Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Medicine, Division of Rheumatology
Philip Liu, PhD UCLA Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics
Daniel Margolis, MD UCLA Radiological Sciences
Rodney McKeever, MD, FCCP King/Drew Medical Center Critical Care Medicine, Transfusion Medicine
Jennifer Yee, MD Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Pediatric Endocrinology

2008 Track 2 Alumni

Marc Brodksy, MD, MBA UCLA Center for East-West Medicine
John David Carmichael, MD Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Yoon-Hee Cha, MD UCLA Department of Neurology
Dinesh Chhetri, MD UCLA Department of Surgery/Otolaryngology
Lorraine Evangelista, PhD, RN UCLA School of Nursing
James Farrell, MD UCLA Division of Digestive Diseases
Karen Hamill, DPT UCLA Rehabilitation Services
Joseph L. Lasky, III, MD UCLA Pediatric Neuro-oncology
Nerses Sanossian, MD Keck School of Medicine at USC Department of Neurology
Anil Sharma, MD, MBA UCLA Semel Institure for Neuroscience & Human Behavior
Stephen B. Shew, MD UCLA Surg-Ped
Brian Shuch, MD UCLA Urology
Malcolm Taw, MD UCLA Center for East-West Medicine
Raymond Wang, MD Children's Hospital of Orange County Biochemical Genetics

Katherine Wesseling, MD UCLA Department of Pediatric Nephrology

2007 Track 2 Alumni

Ana Isabel Alvarez-Retuerto, PhD UCLA Department of Psychiatry
Mitali Wadekar, MD UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI)

2006 Track 2 Alumni


Eric Crombez, MD UCLA Department of Pediatrics, Division of Medical Genetics

Sarah E. Evans, PhD UCLA Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Behavior
Cynthia Hall, MD, FACOG UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Obstetrics and Gynecology/Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery

Isett Laux, PhD Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Prostate Cancer Center
Joann Lin, MD UCLA Department of Pediatrics, Division of Allergy and Immunology
Michael Milane, MD, MPH UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior

Phioanh Nghiemphu, MD UCLA Department of Neurology
Raquel Soto, MD Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Department of Family Medicine/Health Education Center

Preethi Srikanthan, MD UCLA Division of Clinical Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

2005 Track 2 Alumni

Odelia Cooper, MD Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism

Jonathan Cotliar, MD UCLA Division of Dermatology

Deborah Flores, MD Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavorial Sciences

Jordan Geller, MD Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Division of Endocrinology
Carla Janzen, MD, PhD UCLA Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
John Lam, MD UCLA Department of Urology
Halleh Mir, MD UCLA Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology
Pornpimol Rianthavorn, MD
Noriko Salamon, MD, PhD UCLA Department of Radiology
Rosa Solorio, MD, MPH UCLA Department of Family Medicine

Bulent Yildiz, MD
David Ziring, MD UCLA Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology

2004 Track 2 Alumni

Heather Cahan, MD Private Pediatrics/Neonatology

2003 Track 2 Alumni


Barbara Gitlitz, MD USC Clinical Medicine/Lung, Head and Neck Program

Track 2 Application

Track 2 admissions application period is open from February 1 to May 15 for the academic year beginning August 1.

Applicants need to be prepared to electronically submit in .doc or .pdf format:

  1. CV or resume (no more than three pages)
  2. A brief (one-page) personal statement explaining interest in the Track 2 Certificate Program
  3. Research proposal description, including research mentor's name and department affiliation
  4. Two letters of recommendation, on letterhead and including signature*

*Letters of recommendation and support from 1) your department chair/chief or immediate supervisor, and 2) mentor(s) may also be e-mailed to the Program Coordinator at training@ctsi.ucla.edu. One letter must include a statement from the applicant's department head or supervisor that confirms that the applicant will be given secure protected time to complete the two-year certificate program curriculum.

About Track 3 Master's

Track 3 leads to a Master of Science in Clinical Research graduate degree. The program is designed to train fellows and faculty to:

  1. Design and conduct clinical research (clinical trials and observational studies)
  2. Successfully compete for funding (e.g., NIH K23 or R01's in clinical research)
  3. Analyze data and interpret research results
  4. Present research at scientific meetings and in the medical literature
  5. Critique and interpret the research of others

The program takes two years to complete for full-time (minimum 70%) participants. STAR fellows are expected to take three years so they may submit manuscripts and apply for a K23 and transition to a faculty position. Faculty with clinical duties may take three years or more.

Track 3 MSCR participants must:

  • Have an affiliation with UCLA, Harbor-UCLA, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, or Charles R. Drew University.
  • Be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals or lawfully admitted permanent residents of the U.S.
  • Have a bachelor’s degree or the foreign equivalent
  • Have an MD, DDS, DMD, DO, DC, OD, or ND (Doctor of Naturopathy) degree; or be a doctorally prepared nurse; or have a PhD with clinical responsibilities
  • Must have salary and tuition support for the duration of the program and a letter of commitment from their division or department
  • Have selected and established a relationship with a strong research mentor in a clinical department that also has support for the research

Applications are accepted Feb 1 to May 15 for the next academic year that begins in Sept/Oct (Fall Quarter).

Track 3 MSCR Curriculum Overview

Track 3 MSCR graduate students must complete a specified curriculum and a research project.

Coursework Overview

Students must complete a minimum of 48 units, including:

  • 32-units of required upper division (100-series) and graduate (200-series) courses
  • Elective courses (8-units), which are selected in consultation with and approval by the assigned adviser(s)
  • Biomath 596 (8-units) for thesis research

Mentored Research Project

  • Research thesis with approved mentor. The thesis is presented in the form of submitted manuscript and in an oral presentation.
  • Students are assigned a quantitative mentor to help with the design of the research thesis.

Track 3 MSCR Required Curriculum and Courses (2016-17)

Required courses are listed below. All required courses are held at UCLA, but are available via live videoconference at Cedars-Sinai, LABiomed/Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

Please see the UCLA Schedule of Classes for dates, times, and locations of classes.

Required Courses

  • Biomath170A. Introductory Biomathematics for Medical Investigators
  • Biomath 259. Controversies in Clinical Trials
  • Biomath 265A. Data Analysis Strategies I
  • Biomath 266A (previously 171). Applied Regression Analysis in Medical Science
  • Biomath 266B (previously 266). Advanced Biostatistics
  • Biomath M261. Responsible Conduct of Research Involving Humans
  • Methodology in Clinical Research (3 quarter series)
    • Biomath M260C. Methodology in Clinical Research 3: Observational Studies
    • Biomath M260A. Methodology in Clinical Research 1: Clinical Trials
    • Biomath M260B. Methodology in Clinical Research 2: Longitudinal and Community Studies
  • Required Mentored Research Course
    • Directed Research 596 (total of 8 units needed)

Elective Courses

Fellows must take a total of 8-units of graduate elective courses (200 series), typically in the second year of the program. Electives may include but are not limited to epidemiology, health services, or basic science courses.

Sample Coursework Schedule
View a sample two-year coursework schedule subject to change.

Track 3 MSCR Video Archive of Required Courses

A link to recorded lectures of Track 2 or Track 3 courses from past quarters will be available here soon.

Track 3 MSCR Financial Costs and Administrative Support

Upon acceptance to Track 3 MSCR, participants must apply directly for admission to the UCLA Graduate Division. Track 3 student stipends and fees are supported by their home departments; admission to the program requires a letter of commitment for this support from the student's clinical department chair.

UCLA non-academic-senate employees with appointments of at least 50% may receive a two-thirds reduction in fees. See Procedure 51—Reduced Fee Enrollment

Applicants from UCLA partner affiliates may be eligible for shared tuition support from the CTSI.

Fees are subject to revision without notice. To view the 2016-17 fee schedule, click here.

Track 3 MSCR Admission Requirements and Application

Admission Requirements

  • Have an affiliation with UCLA, Harbor-UCLA, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, or Charles R. Drew University.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or lawfully admitted permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Have a bachelor’s degree or the foreign equivalent
  • Have an MD, DDS, DMD, DO, DC, OD, or ND (Doctor of Naturopathy) degree; or be a doctorally prepared nurse; or have a PhD with clinical responsibilities
  • Must have salary and tuition support for the duration of the program and a letter of commitment from their division or department
  • Have selected and established a relationship with a strong research mentor in a clinical department that also has support for the research

Application Process
Applications are accepted Feb 1 to May 15 for academic year that begins Sept/Oct (Fall Quarter).


* * *
IMPORTANT:
Applicants need to arrange a meeting or telephone appointment with Dr. Veena Ranganath, the Co-Director, before submitting a Track 3 MSCR application and before submitting an application to UCLA Graduate Division. Email Dr. Ranganath


The Track 3 MSCR application instructions and application cover page can be accessed by clicking on the "apply now" icon below or click here.

Application Packet

  1. Master of Science in Clinical Research Department Application cover page
  2. CV: A current curriculum vitae, including a personal statement of career goals
  3. Official transcripts (including: undergraduate, graduate school and medical school); see below*.
  4. A brief (2-3 pages) description of the research project that will form the basis of the thesis.
  5. Research mentor's current NIH Biosketch and NIH Other Support pages.
  6. Three letters of recommendation:
    1. One letter from the Division Chief or Departmental Chair indicating the financial support (stipend and registration fees) to be provided during the didactic and research years of the graduate program. The letter of support must specifically state the source of the stipend and support for registration fees. In addition, the letter should address the arrangements that have been made for protected time for the trainee during the graduate years in the program.
    2. One letter of commitment by the research mentor(s) to the applicant. The letter should describe the mentoring program that will be provided, as well as specifics regarding how the research will be funded. Mentor’s NIH BioSketch and Other Support also submitted.
    3. One letter from another faculty member.

Application Packet Submission
Please email your application packet, as a PDF, to:

Doug Smoot
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
CTSI Student Affairs
E-mail: dsmoot@mednet.ucla.edu

*Transcripts: May be mailed to the following address, or email official "e-transcripts" to training@ctsi.ucla.edu.

Doug Smoot
UCLA CTSI
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
PO Box 957396
CHS 12-233
Los Angeles, California, 90095-7396

Questions about the application process may be addressed to the TPTS Coordinator at training@ctsi.ucla.edu.

Application to Graduate Division
After an applicant receives confirmation of acceptance into the MSCR program (and only then), they complete the online UCLA Application for Graduate Admission (grad.ucla.edu).

Medical Student Pathway in Clinical and Translational Science

About the Medical Student Pathway in Clinical and Translational Science

The Medical Student Pathway in Clinical and Translational Science provides training for students at the David Geffen School of Medicine. Students enter the Pathway program during their first or second year of medical school.

  • Leads to a certificate in clinical and translational research
  • Assists students with identifying a research mentor
  • Builds skills in research design, biomathematics, ethics of human research, and biomedical communication
  • Ten classroom and research requirements, including progress reports and evaluations, can be completed by graduation

Students who complete the Pathway receive mention of the Pathway in the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) Dean’s Letter.

MD/PhD candidates are not eligible for the Pathway program.

Requirements

The Pathway in Clinical and Translational Science is completed during the four years of medical school and includes course and research requirements. Students must provide an annual progress report to the Pathway office, including publications and presentations, or any change in mentorship. Completion of a pre- and post- training online survey is also required.

Required coursework

  1. During Year 1 or 2, enroll for one full semester in the MSTP selective "Introduction to Biomedical Research at UCLA" and attend all sessions. This can be done either in Fall or Spring. (effective as of Fall 2016)
  2. Sign up for the Year 3 research component of the longitudinal preceptorship (or make special arrangements if you are in the continuity preceptorship)
  3. By the end of Year 4, register and complete the NIH Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR) online course (October-May) by watching the archived recordings of the lectures and taking the final exam (when posted by NIH); exam must be completed in the year student is registered for the course.
  4. In Year 4, join the Academic Medicine College (strongly recommended) or participate in a combination of the clinical research development seminar modules and/or relevant evening seminars from the AMC (as identified by the pathway program faculty)

Research requirements

  1. Select a research mentor in Year 1 for a summer project and possible long-term collaboration
  2. Participate in a clinical or translational research experience for a minimum of six weeks during the summer between Years 1 and 2
  3. Present at the Western Student Medical Research Forum (WSMRF) conference in Carmel in Year 2 (or another regional or national professional conference by Year 4)
  4. Present a clinical or translational research project at Senior Scholarship Day in Year 4

Application

Interested medical students may contact the Pathway Program administrator, at training@ctsi.ucla.edu.

Applicants will be asked to email:

  • A brief personal statement about their research interests and experience
  • And provide a current CV or resume.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I want to participate in some of the Pathway activities but not all of them?

You can participate in any of the listed activities without being in the Pathway. In addition, continued enrollment in the Pathways program is voluntary.  Students who do complete the requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion and mention of the Pathway in the Medical Student Perfomance Evaluation (MSPE) Dean's letter.

How can I best go about identifying a research mentor?

Dr. Isidro Salusky will meet with you once you have decided to join the Pathway to discuss your specific interests and to identify several faculty members working in areas that you might want to contact. You should also find the Selectives useful in meeting potential mentors from among the faculty. Finally, the Pathway also hosts student/faculty mixers as another source of identifying mentors.

I did not join the Pathway during my first year of medical school. Is it too late to join in year 2?

If you participated in a clinical or translational research experience for a minimum of 6 weeks in the summer between your 1st and 2nd year of medical school, you can still meet all of the requirements for the Pathway. All of the Pathway activities are open to you even without enrolling in the Pathways program. What is not possible is completing the Certificate requirements without this critical summer research experience between M1 and M2 years.

I plan to apply to one of the joint degree programs. Does this mean that the Pathway is unnecessary?

The School of Medicine has joint or articulated degree programs with the School of Public Health, the Luskin School of Public Affairs, or the Anderson School of Management. You would apply for any of these during your 3rd year of medical school. Each of these programs is designed to strengthen your skills in research design and requires completion of a scholarly project. We believe that a year of intensive study towards one of these additional degrees will be extremely useful in preparing for a research career. Participation in the Pathway could assist you in making the decision about what dual degree to pursue, but obtaining a Certificate in this instance might be less important.

I do not want to join the Academic Medicine College. Can I still be in the Pathway?

There are two other ways to meet the requirement for research training during Year 4. One is to participate in a combination of clinical research development seminar modules and/or relevant evening seminars from the Academic Medicine College (as identified by the Pathway program faculty) based on the current topic schedule of each.  Another is to attend a week long clinical and translational research workshop sponsored by UCLA and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and held in July.

What can I do if I cannot attend a seminar module lecture?

If due to class and other scheduling conflicts, you are unable to attend a seminar module lecture, please note that video recordings and lecture slides are available online!  As identified by the Pathway program faculty, you may get program credit by watching these online and completing the following:

  1. At the website http://www.ctsi.ucla.edu/education/pages/webcastmodules, choose:
    • a recorded webcast listed under "Clinical Research Development Seminar Modules"
  2. After watching a recording, prepare a 500-750 word report that:
    1. Describes the area of research in which the faculty member is involved. This will require checking the faculty database (people.healthsciences.ucla.edu/institution/personnel-search/), PubMed, or Google Scholar.
    2. Summarizes the major points of the presentation, and
    3. Describes how any of these points might be applied to research that you have done in the past, are currently doing or are considering starting.

UCLA CCLE - CTSI course management site

To register/enroll for a CTSI TPTS course or view your course assignments, visit UCLA CCLE.

Login information: If you are currently using guest access, you will not be able to view the form and register. If you have previously registered/enrolled for a CTSI course and you are currently using guest access, you will not be able to view the course and/or its materials. Go to the main UCLA CCLE page and log in using a UCLA Login ID. (If you do not have a UCLA Login ID, you will be able to create one, even if you are not a UCLA faculty, fellow, or student.)

CTSI Training Program Director
Isidro B. Salusky MD
office: (310) 206-6987
email: isalusky@mednet.ucla.edu

Track 3 MSCR Co-Director/Faculty Advisor
Veena Ranganath, MD, MS, RhMSUS
office: (310) 825-3061
email: vranganath@mednet.ucla.edu

CTSI Training Program Coordinator
Doug Smoot
office: (310) 825-6312
email: training@ctsi.ucla.edu