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Clinical, Community, and Translational Research Pathway

Rachel Gerstein, PhD | 

Education Program Specialist
Christopher Ives |

Class of 2027 Student Representatives
Emily Fernandez | 

Pathway Description

This Pathway gives students interested in clinical, community, and translational research an opportunity to learn about methodologies and skills that translate to real-life research experiences. Students will have the chance to engage with leaders at UMass Chan to understand contemporary topics and approaches for diverse medical research sampling. Students will develop skills needed to formulate their own projects and work with mentors to develop their Pathways Longitudinal Projects (PLP).


  • Understand current topics and approaches in medical research including qualitative, clinical, and basic research pipelines
  • Critique medical research findings, evaluate evidence-based practice guidelines, and analyze new treatments and therapies
  • Synthesize and effectively communicate medical research findings
  • Explore personal interests and identify research opportunities that align with individual goals and aspirations
  • Receive mentorship from faculty and upperclassmen alike

Sample Topics Covered

  • Community Engagement in Research: didactic session followed by a journal club discussion of a relevant publication
  • Qualitative Methods for Health Research: a didactic session followed by two group exercises, providing students with practical experience in applying qualitative research methods
  • Fundamentals of Clinical Research: introductions to the essentials of biostatistics and epidemiology as it relates to clinical research

January 2024 | cjb