The Program

Mission

To develop future leaders in clinical research who are highly trained in clinical research design and methods, skilled in the tools of clinical investigation, and able to work creatively and collaboratively with their colleagues in other disciplines to generate new knowledge to improve health.

We do this by:

  • providing individuals with rigorous training leading to an advanced degree
  • helping them to develop and execute a clinical research project
  • matching scholars with mentors

The Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Scholars Program (JHCRS) is a joint effort of many entities. Our funding, administration and resources are provided by the ICTR. The Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research (and its Clinical Epidemiology Program) and the Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigation (GTPCI), both multidisciplinary enterprises of the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Public Health provide career development support including rigorous didactic training in a supportive work environment as well as mentorship. The Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing are also key components of the program.

What We Do

We support the career development of individuals dedicated toward a career in clinical investigation and who aspire to develop into independent, established, and ethical leaders in clinical research who are highly trained in clinical research design and methods, skilled in the tools of clinical investigation, and able to work creatively and collaboratively with colleagues in other disciplines to generate new knowledge to improve health. These KL2 awards provide support for clinical research training and career development of persons in relevant disciplines and professions (including but not limited to internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, statistics, nursing, epidemiology and behavioral sciences psychology, and engineering) and their various specialties and sub-specialties.

Program Overview

JHCRS is a three-year commitment. The first two years are supported by the KL2, while the third year salary support is provided by the nominating division/department. Often year one is devoted to didactic studies. Year two is devoted to a research project, any remaining academic requirements, and submission of K or other career development award (e.g. K23, K08, K01). Year three is a continuation of research efforts and grant writing.