Program At a Glance

The CRTP program trains future investigators from across the entire spectrum of clinical research activities, bringing together investigators with differing perspectives to learn a common language and a shared set of skills.

  • The curriculum focuses on:
    • Epidemiology and study design
    • Biostatistics and data analysis
    • Grant writing
    • Research ethics  
  • Each scholar also completes a hypothesis-driven research project under the guidance of a mentor, which leads to the preparation of a publishable manuscript and represents the thesis.  
  • Enrollment is limited to 10 to 15 scholars per year, and each participant must have secured a mentor and documentation from his or her department to affirm that the scholar will be given the resources and allocated time required by the program.


Other program benefits include:

  • “Layered learning” in a Collaborative Culture
    In the CRTP program, you’ll be part of an open-door environment that encourages the sharing of information and resources with fellow students and faculty.  For example:
    • Research seminars
    • Work-in-progress sessions
    • National research meetings where students present their work 
  • Interdisciplinary Research
    You’ll work with students and faculty from a variety of disciplines across the institution. Indeed, CRTP students are known for their ability to develop novel, cross-disciplinary areas of investigation. 

CRTP Executive Committee

Oversight of the curriculum, mentoring, and research activities is provided by an Executive Committee, which meets monthly. The Committee is chaired by Aileen McGinn, PhD, Director, Clinical Research Training Program. Members of the Executive Committee are:

  • Jacqueline Achkar, M.D., M.Sc., Associate Professor of Medicine:, Infectious Diseases: Associate Director for Bench to Bedside Translational Research
  • Johanna Daily, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases: Associate Director for Mentoring and Career Development
  • Dean Hosgood, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Epidemiology & Population Health: Associate Director for Population & Clinical Sciences Research
  • Ellie Schoenbaum, M.D., Professor of Epidemiology & Population Health: Director of Medical Student Research
  • David Lounsbury, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Epidemiology & Population Health: Associate Director for Patient Centered Outcomes Research
  • Paul Marantz, M.D. MPH, Professor of Epidemiology & Population Health: Associate Dean for Clinical Research Education; Founder of the CRTP

Members of the Executive Committee serve on the CRTP Admissions Committee, along with additional members of the faculty.

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