The overall goal of the Center for Translational Medicine’s Research Education, Training, and Career Development Program is to generate a diverse biomedical workforce that will drive excellence in clinical and translational research at UT Southwestern and our partner institutions. The master’s program is offered through the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and operates out of the UT Southwestern Center for Translational Medicine (CTM), which is the integrated home for the NIH Clinical & Translational Science Award (CTSA). We have established a highly successful multidisciplinary program. In an effort to evolve and improve over time, we strive to leverage our strengths in research education, training, and career development in order to expand and enhance our all our training programs, including the master’s degree.
The Center for Translational Medicine (CTM) is a member of the national Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) consortium, a group of 64 medical research institutions that work together and share a common vision to improve the way biomedical research is conducted across the country, reduce the time it takes for laboratory discoveries to become treatments for patients, engage communities in clinical research efforts, and train a new generation of clinical and translational researchers.
The Center provides resources and infrastructure to enable investigators to perform cutting-edge clinical research. The staff, facilities, and resources are available to all researchers at UT Southwestern, and many resources are also available to our Council of Partners.
The mission of the Center for Translational Medicine is to provide the crucial infrastructure necessary for medical scientists to discover and apply new diagnostics and therapeutics for the detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease and, thereby, to achieve the goal of improving our nation’s health in a safe, ethical, and responsible manner that ensures an individual’s well-being and the public’s trust.
The CTM Education and Career Development Program strives to provide trainees with a unique and rigorous multidisciplinary program that will prepare them to become leaders of the next generation of clinical and translational investigators. As part of this initiative, UT Southwestern offers a Master of Science in Clinical Science (MSCS). In addition, it offers a graduate level Mentored Clinical and Translational Research Scholar Program (CTSA KL2; Scholar Program) and a yearlong predoctoral medical student/Ph.D. student training program (CTSA TL1).
Our vision is to enable the training and launch the careers of predoctoral and postdoctoral level trainees across all disciplines and including all partnering institutions of the Center for Translational Medicine. This is accomplished by providing outstanding education and career development programs that meet the trainees' short-, intermediate-, and long-term clinical and translational science educational needs.
A subset of master’s trainees includes those in the KL2 Mentored Clinical and Translational Research Scholar Program (Scholars Program), which is designed to provide intense research training and career development opportunities in a multidisciplinary setting that culminate in the submission of an extramural career development grant application. Scholars include junior faculty and clinical fellows who have protected time for research. As is the case in the master’s degree curriculum, deliverables include a completed research project, a publishable manuscript, and an extramural grant application such as an NIH K award.
The goal of the Scholars Program is to prepare junior investigators for a successful career in clinical and translational research. The CTM aims to transform junior investigators by providing resources and support needed to launch their research careers. In addition, trainees acquire competence in critical thinking, team science, leadership, biomedical statistics and informatics, and other disciplines by taking courses offered in the master’s program. All CTM trainees are mentored by faculty across the UT Southwestern campus, focusing on team science that spans the spectrum of translational medicine.
The Program holds classes and seminars in Medical School classrooms located on UT Southwestern’s South Campus, which is within walking distance of major hospitals and clinics. The Program offers a flexible environment and sets achievable goals and expectations for busy clinical investigators who need to balance course work, research, patients, and their personal lives.