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Advanced Course Work

Fellowship trainees whose career interests involve Research Investigation may wish to discuss options for additional training in clinical investigation, including the pursuit of an advanced degree. A wealth of opportunities exists for additional training through the Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center (Harvard Catalyst) and the Harvard School of Public Health. Education programs/fellowships that past Infectious Disease fellows have participated in include:

The Summer Program in Clinical Effectiveness (PCE)

This intensive 7 week summer program provides a foundation for clinical research pursuits and may be applied towards the coursework required for a Masters in Public Health. The PCE is run under the auspices of the Harvard School of Public Health and is targeted toward physician scientists. Additional information can be found at their website:
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/clineff/

Masters of Public Health (MPH)

Some trainees find that completion of the Program in Clinical Effectiveness is a good introduction to clinical investigation, but because of their career goals, they require additional coursework leading to a Masters in Public Health (MPH) degree. Trainees may pursue this additional training, and may apply the PCE credits toward the MPH degree.

Coursework tuition must be arranged by the trainee. For additional information on the MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health, please visit: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/admissions/

The Scholars in Clinical Science Program (SCSP)

The Scholars in Clinical Science Program (SCSP) is a two-year postgraduate training program in clinical investigation. The SCSP consists of formal didactic courses, a longitudinal seminar series, and a mentored clinical research project. Trainees who successfully complete the program are awarded a Master of Medical Sciences (MMSc) degree from Harvard Medical School.

The SCSP was established to address the critical need for formal training in clinical research, which is vital to the advancement of scientific knowledge and the development of improved treatments for human disease. The goal of the SCSP is to provide superior, coordinated didactic and practical training for individuals interested in careers in translational investigation (e.g., human physiology, pathophysiology, genetics), human pharmacology, and clinical trials. The program prepares trainees to be effective leaders of complex research groups, academic departments, academic medical centers, or industrial or managed care groups.

Additional information can be found on their website: http://www.catalyst.harvard.edu/services/scholars/

The Clinical Investigator's Training Program (CITP)

The two-year Clinical Investigator Training Program is a cooperative effort between Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. The goal of the fellowship is the training of physicians from a variety of clinical disciplines in the techniques and processes utilized in patient-oriented research. The program is based on a specific curriculum that allows trainees to develop direct experience in the performance of clinical investigation and at the same time, through didactic course work, provides them with a strong foundation in the computational and statistical sciences, biomedical ethics, principles of clinical pharmacology, in vitro and in vivo measurement techniques, and many aspects of the drug development process. The program prepares graduates to follow a career path as clinical scientists who are skilled bedside clinicians, recognizing problems at the bedside and possessing the technical skill and knowledge to solve these problems at the bench. The program is funded by an unrestricted educational grant from Pfizer Inc, and Merck & Co., Inc.

The CITP is a two-year program that consists of both a didactic curriculum and a mentor-supervised research program. Each fellow is expected to commit 80% of their time to the program. The didactic curriculum is delivered on Tuesday afternoons except for two week long courses held annually in Study Design and Statistics. A week long course in Clinical Pharmacology is delivered biennially. In recognition of its academic and curricular strength the Harvard Medical School confers a Masters in Medical Science to each graduating CITP fellow when all requirements have been successfully met.

Click here for more information on the program,  http://www.bidmc.org/citp.

Funding

Funding for these advanced educational training programs is not guaranteed. In many cases, funding for the PCE and MPH can be obtained through Harvard-wide training grants, or through specific fellowship training programs (link to Hospital Epi). In certain circumstances, the ID division has supported fellows to take the PCE when other resources were not available. However, this must be approved by the Infectious Disease Division Chief and the Program Director. Guidance in the careers of our trainees is of paramount importance to us, and we work closely with each fellow to help ensure that the necessary training resources are available to our fellows.

Contact Information

Division of Infectious Diseases - Education and Fellowship Program
Department of Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Lowry Medical Office Building, Suite GB
110 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02215
617-632-0760
617-632-0766