Mentored Career Development (KL2) Training Program

Mentored Career Development (KL2) Training Program

A major goal of the University of Massachusetts Center for Clinical and Translational Science (UMCCTS) is to develop and support the next generation of leaders in clinical and translational research. Success in today's complex and competitive environment requires training that is truly transdisciplinary in nature, encompassing the full spectrum of translational research from first-in-human studies to implementation science with additional continuous feedback to basic science research.

Training of investigators who will make a career of innovative, hypothesis-driven clinical and translational research is a top priority, and the Mentored Career Development (KL2) Training Program is designed to address this need. The KL2 Training Program will combine coursework, seminars, and mentored research.

The Aims of the KL2-Training Program are:

  • Promote a research career development program across the basic, clinical, and population health disciplines geared towards translating research into effective clinical practice and policy, as well as generating new questions spanning the entire spectrum of research.
  • Recruit promising post-doctoral scholars resulting in a diverse scholar pool with respect to sociodemographic characteristics, clinical background, and disciplinary perspectives. We expect that a significant proportion of our scholars will become clinician-investigators in academia and industry.
  • Provide scholars with the individual mentoring, academic career development, and technical skills necessary to ensure their success as independent investigators as well as contributors to team science.
  • Provide an independence-targeted research experience within transdisciplinary teams that builds on the strengths of the current environment of linkages between UMass campuses, departments, centers, and institutes.

Resources Available to Scholars

It is expected that applicants will take advantage of the many resources available at UMMS, such as:

  • Translational Research Lecture series and Grand Rounds
  • A Scientific Journal Internship
  • Opportunities to develop writing skills
  • K to R Club Workshop
  • Annual UMCCTS Research Retreat (May 20, 2016)
  • Junior Faculty Development Program
  • Special Population Resource Center
  • MassTERi educational programs related to product development
  • Regional CTSA research conferences
  • Mini-sabbaticals or research rotations at other UMass campuses or CTSA Hubs
  • On-line CTSA offerings

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Training Program

Training for KL2 scholars has 4 key components tailored to individual goals:

  1. a transdisciplinary mentoring team and an intensive mentored research experience targeted to independence
  2. coursework targeted to provide either advanced understanding of analytical methods (for more advanced entering scholars) or a degree (PhD for select MDs, MSCI for clinically-oriented postdoctoral scholars who do not already have an MPH degree)
  3. KL2 resources
  4. enrichment activities (e.g., research seminars, workshops) available through UMMS or other UMass institutions, collaborating programs and centers

Scholars will pursue career development full-time, pursuing their independent research projects designed to launch their career, while developing the skills needed to compete for independent funding.

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, relevant to project; 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.

Years 2-3:

  • Mentored research project
  • Submission of intramural and extramural grant applications to develop additional sources of funding

Thank you for your interest in the KL2 Training Program.  We look forward to your ideas.