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
    • Journal clubs
    • Special interest research clubs
    • Work-in-progress sessions
    • Departmental retreats
    • Graduate student research symposia
    • 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. 
  • Ongoing Advising
    You’ll meet regularly with the Directors of the Graduate Division at a variety of gatherings and develop an individualized curriculum based on your scientific background, interests, and goals. Formal and casual gatherings include: 
    • Thesis preparation workshops
    • Career workshops
    • Thesis preparation meetings
    • Qualifying exam workshops

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:

  • Hillel Cohen, DrPH, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health: Associate Director for Curriculum
  • Johanna Daily, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases: Associate Director for Mentoring and Career Development
  • Frederick Kaskel, M.D., Professor Pediatrics: Associate Director for Thesis Support and Evaluation
  • Ellie Schoenbaum, M.D., Professor of Epidemiology & Population Health: Director of Medical Student Research
  • Paul Marantz, M.D. MPH, Professor of Epidemiology & Population Health: Associate Dean for Clinical Research Education; Founder of the CRTP
  • Elina Jerschow, M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Allergy & Immunology); Recent Graduate Representative


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

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