The Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP) is a two-year program consisting of a didactic curriculum and a mentored research experience leading to a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Research Methods. The CRTP is funded by the NIH and Einstein, and the first classes were offered in July 1998.
The didactic curriculum focuses on epidemiology, biostatistics, data analysis, grant writing and research ethics.
Each Scholar 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.
The goal of the program is to train future investigators from across the entire spectrum of clinical research activities. The program brings together young investigators with widely differing perspectives to learn a common language and a shared set of skills. Scholars are empowered by their acquisition of "core competencies" which enable them to:
- form a research question
- design their own studies
- analyze their data; and
- begin the exciting path toward becoming an independent researcher
Trainees interested in translational patient-oriented research and those interested in health services research are learning side by side. In addition, scholars are drawn from all medical specialties and subspecialties. This will enhance future collaborations across disciplines.