Educational Opportunities for Faculty

Research Career & Writing Group (K-Award)

The Research Career Award Writing Group (K-Award) was established in 2007, is co-lead by Drs. Doug Ziedonis and Sherry Pagato, continues to meet monthly to support junior faculty on new submissions and has aligned with the UMMS Office of Faculty Affairs and Dr. Rob Milner.

UMCCTS Clincial Research Scholars (K12) Program

Training of investigators who will make a career of innovative, hypothesis-driven clinical and translational research is a top priority of the UMCCTS Clinical Research Scholars Program, which combines coursework, seminars, and mentored research.

Master of Science in Clinical Investigation 

The Master of Science in Clinical Investigation Program provides MD as well as PhD trainees with methodologic and content skills that will enable them to design, conduct, and analze the results of clinical, public health, and translational research investigations.

Minority Faculty Development

The Minority Faculty Research Program provides additional institutional support to departments to assist recruitment of clinical researchers from under-represented minorities.  These supplemental funds allow trainees to develop research careers by permitting them to reduce their clinical time obligations for up to five years.

Junior Faculty Development Program

The Junior Faculty Development Program was launched in the Fall 2010 by the Office of Faculty Affairs.  The program provides a year-long intensive professional development experience for junior faculty, designed to facilitate their success in academic medicine.  The first class of 26 junior faculty graduated in May 2011 and included two UMass CCTS Clinical Research Scholars, Drs. Olga Hardy and Heena Santry.

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  • Pilot grant programs eligibility
  • Research core services
    at competitive rates
  • Electronic resources access at Amherst libraries
  • Medical School Library access
  • Consultation services
  • Notification of special events and opportunities

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