Students  Postdocs Residents   Fellows Jr. Faculty  Faculty 
 "K-Club" - Research Career and Writing Group    X    X  X  X
 "R-Club" - Basic Elements and Process for a Successful Grant Application        X
 UMCCTS Clinical Research Scholars (KL2) Program    X      X  
 Master of Science in Clinical Investigation  X
 MD/PhD (MSTP) Program  X          
 Clinical/Translational Research Pathway Program  X          
 Millennium PhD Program     X    
 Clinical and Population Health Research PhD Program  X          
 Master in Public Health      X  X    
 Faculty Diversity Scholars Program          X  X
Junior Faculty Development Program          X  

The UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science's educational goal is to expand the critical mass of expert scientists undertaking clinical and translational research by training healthcare professionals, basic scientists, junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, nursing students, medical students and research associates in the principles and practices of clinical and translational research.

Please click on the links below to learn more about opportunities available through the UMCCTS and the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Research Career & Writing Group "K-Club"

The UMCCTS Research Career Award Writing Group (K-Club) was established in 2007 and is co-lead by Drs. Douglas Ziedonis and Sherry Pagato in collaboration with the UMMS Office of Faculty Affairs and Dr. Rob Milner. The group meets monthly to provide information and feedback on academic career development and on preparing a research career award application (NIH K-awards, VA Research Career awards, UMCCTS Clinical Research Scholars KL2 award, etc.).

Faculty will receive:

  • Feedback on CV development
  • Help on preparing NIH biosketches
  • Support on creating yearly career development plans
  • Individualized help on developing career goals and program research
  • Support with writing the career development grant application
  • Guidance on selecting and working with primary and secondary mentors (if needed)

Basic Elements and Process for a Successful Grant Application "R-Club"

The UMCCTS and UMMS Office of Research "R-Club" was established in 2014 and is co-lead by Drs. Beth McCormick and Robert Goldberg.  The R-Club is available for all current and past K awardees and junior faculty at the institution who are contemplating the submission of an R-type grant (e.g., R01, R03, R21) to the NIH during the coming academic year.

This course will meet on a regular monthly basis and will have discussions on all the basic elements of a grant application.  A series of mock grant reviews  will be conducted during the year so that applicants will obtain a better appreciation for the peer review process and what makes for a successful grant application.  This working group is intended to enhance, and not replace, mentoring by peers and senior faculty.  Each of the monthly sessions will be conducted in an interactive format so that attendees can ask questions of each other and the course leaders to facilitate their proposal development.

UMCCTS Clinical Research Scholars (KL2) Program

Training of investigators who will make a career of innovative, hypothesis-driven clinical and translational research is a top priority of the UMCCTS.  The Clinical Research Scholars (KL2) Program has been developed to address this need.  The training program will combine coursework, seminars, and mentored research.

Training Program

  • Year 1 - Suggested coursework (if not already completed) includes: training in research study design, epidemiology, informatics for data storage/analyses, critical interpretation of literature and data, statistics, science integrity and the responsible conduct of research, human subjects training, regulatory presentation of research, mentoring, team and leadership skills, individualized coursework relevant to project, and tutorials or mini-rotations with potential mentors in addition to coursework.
  • Participants will be urged to give strong consideration to completing the Master's in Clinical Investigation (if appropriate).
  • Year 2-5 - Mentored research project.
  • Submission of intramural and extramural grant applications to develop additional sources of funding.

The Clinical Research Scholars (KL2) Program provides:

  • Up to five years of 75% salary support for trainees up to the NIH salary cap. If the applicant's salary is greater than the salary cap, the applicant's home department is responsible for the remaining salary above the cap.
  • Up to 5% effort for the mentor, but salary support for the mentor will not be supported.
  • Course tuition.
  • $25,000 in Year 1 for research supplies (one-time payment).
  • $1,500 per year for travel.

The funding announcement for the Clinical Research Scholar (KL2) program can be found here.

Master of Science in Clinical Investigation

The UMMS Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) Program provides MD as well as PhD trainees with methodologic and content skills that will enable them to design, conduct, and analyze the results of clinical, public health, and translational research investigations.

MD/PhD (MSTP) Program

The goal of the UMMS Graduate School of Biomedical Sciencs MD/PhD (MSTP) Program is to provide highly motivated students the opportunities to develop skill and experience in biomedical investigation and the practice of medicine. This is a rigorous and challenging program, and upon successful completion, the student is awarded both the PhD in Biomedical Sciences and the MD. The objective is to train physician-scientists who will make significant contributions to health care and who will become the leaders of academic medicine.

Clinical/Translational Research Pathway (CTRP) Program

The UMMS Office of Undergraduate Medical Education Clinical/Translational Research Pathway (CTRP) Program will assist its graduates to:

  • become leaders in combining a clinical and research career, often needed for placement in the most competitive residencies.
  • contribute to the evidence-base underlying the practice of moder medicine.
  • learn skills needed to keep their practice base up-to-date with new evidence-based medicine.

Successful participation in the Clinical Translational Research Pathway entails appropriate participation in courses and experiential learning in parallel with the traditional medical student curriculum. This includes acquiring the broad array of skills necessary to lead and participate in CTR such as epidemiology biostatistics and cellular-molecular biology at the level expected for a Master's degree.

Millennium PhD Program (MPP)

The UMMS Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Millennium PhD Program (MPP) ensures that physicians are equipped with the tools necessary to allow patients to benefit from the remarkable advances in knowledge derived from basic biomedical research.

Clinical and Population Health Research PhD Program

The UMMS Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Clinical and Population Health Research Program was specifically designed for students with an advanced degree and/or relevant clinical research experience; therefore, students have the opportunity to be directly involved in research from the very beginning of the program.  The strong and diverse clinical and health services research portfolio available provides students with a range of hands-on experiences while they take courses and choose dissertation projects.

Master in Public Health Program

A Master of Public Health degree is offered at the University of Massachusetts Medical School campus in Worcester.  This degree is granted though and accredited by the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.  The courses are taught in Worcester by faculty from both campuses.

The MPP grants PhD degrees to people who previously earned an MD.  The students are given substantial credit for medical school classes, so that only a minimum number of additional didactic courses (as few as one) are required before the student can take a qualifying exam.

Faculty Diversity Scholars Program (FDSP)

The UMMS Office of Faculty Affairs Faculty Diversity Scholars Program (FDSP) is part of UMMS' multifaceted approach to workforce diversity.  The primary goal of the FDSP is to recruit new faculty (including the School of Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and the Graduate School of Nursing) from underrepresented groups in the health sciences and to support their successful academic career advancement.

Junior Faculty Development Program

The UMMS Office of Faculty Affairs Junior Faculty Development Program provides a foundation for the success of junior faculty at UMMS.  The program provides a year-long intensive professional development experience for junior faculty, designed to facilitate their success in academic medicine.


The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School encompasses two divisions:

  • Basic & Biomedical Sciences
  • Clinical & Translational Sciences

The programs within the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences train students in their selected specialty area and emphasize a broad background in the basic medical sciences, in preparation for research with direct relevance to human disease.


The UMMS Graduate School of Nursing (GSN) is to prepare practice-focused and research-focused doctorally prepared nurses and leaders to improve the quality of life and health outcomes for the Commonwealth and beyond.  Through partnerships with mult-cultural communities and clinical organizations; research practice, service and education are integrated to advance nursing knowledge, science and competencies to provide exemplary health care for all.


The University of Massachusetts Medical School - School of Medicine was founded in 1962 to provide affordable, quality medical education to state residents and to increase the number of primary care physicians practicing in underserved areas of the state. Our mission is to advance the health and well-being of the people of the commonwealth and the world through pioneering education, research, and health care delivery with our clinical partner, UMassMemorial Health Care.