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Clinical and Translational Research Course for Ph.D. Students at the NIH Clinical Center

Dr. Juan Lertora speaking to a group of Ph.D. students

Course Details

Course Dates: July 9-20, 2018


"What is the role of the PhD scientist in clinical and translational research?"

The Clinical and Translational Research Course for Ph.D. Students is a two-week intensive introductory course offered by the NIH Clinical Center (CC) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The purpose of the course is to demonstrate the role of PhD scientists in clinical and translational research, provide an overview and examples of how basic science and clinical observations lead to translational research, and increase awareness and access to Ph.D. role models, research resources, and potential career opportunities at the NIH.

The course is offered by the CC at no cost. However, participants are required to provide for their housing/lodging, food, and transportation during their participation in this course. Information on housing in the Bethesda, MD area can be found on the NIH Recreation and Welfare Association website. The NIH is located on the Red Line of the Washington, DC Metro Rail System at the 'Medical Center' stop.

Core Modules

The course will provide a foundation in key areas of clinical and translational research. Overarching topics are listed below:

  • Study Design (Statistics and Critical Review)
  • Protocol Development and Implementation
  • Scientific and Ethical Review of Research
  • Special Topics in Training and Research Opportunities
  • Medical Product Development and FDA Regulations
  • Special Topics in Training and Research Opportunities
  • Implementing Lessons Learned

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet all of the following requirements in order to be considered: 

  • Enrolled in a doctoral degree program leading to a Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences at a U.S. institution, OR participating in the NIH Graduate Partnership Program
  • Completed at least one year of doctoral study by July 2018
  • Still enrolled in a doctoral program in July 2018
  • Enrolled in first Ph.D. degree program in the biomedical sciences
  • Have dean/research advisor's approval to participate in the course
  • Not dually-enrolled in a clinical degree program (e.g., MD-PhD, PharmD-PhD, DNP-PhD) or currently hold a clinical degree (e.g., MD, PharmD, DNP)

Selection Process

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance in early May 2018. Enrollment will be limited to a maximum of 30 students for the 2018 course. Using the online application, applicants must submit the following by March 30, 2018, 5:00PM EDT in order to be considered:

  • Biosketch: Applicants must use the following NIH template Word Icon. The biosketch includes four sections: personal statement, positions and certifications, academic and professional honors, and publications/presentations. Instructions are provided in the template. Applications must upload the biosketch as a PDF.
  • Letter of Recommendation from Research Advisor: Applicants will provide their research advisor's contact information in the application. A request will be sent to the advisor to submit the letter of recommendation. Applications will be evaluated based on the strength of the advisor's endorsement. Letters of recommendation must be submitted by March 30.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact:

Terra Miller, Ph.D., Course Coordinator
(301) 660-3519

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This page last updated on 02/21/2018

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