PhD/MSCR Track

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This dual degree track provides the opportunity to integrate clinical and translational research training into established doctoral degree programs in the Emory Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (GDBBS), the Emory Laney Graduate School, the Emory Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH), the Emory School of Nursing (SON), the joint Emory-Georgia Tech Biomedical Engineering (BME) program, the Georgia Tech Bioengineering program, and the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) PhD Biomedical Sciences program. The Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) program for predoctoral students is designed to begin after the required rotations, courses, and qualifying examinations are successfully completed (e.g. beginning after the second or third year of graduate school). PhD graduate students can apply to the MSCR program in their second or third year of graduate school. The MSCR program is expected to add only one year to the typical PhD graduate program training period. The ACTSI NIH-funded TL1 grant mechanism will support training of MSCR students in the combined program. Interested graduate students are encouraged to contact the RETCD predoctoral student program director, Thomas R. Ziegler, MD, Professor of Medicine, Emory University, to setup a meeting to discuss their interests, career goals, potential mentors, and the specific training programs. For assistance with the application process, please contact Cheryl Sroka.

Graduate students funded by the ACTSI TL1 mechanisms will receive a tuition scholarship for the MSCR coursework and stipend support during the year spent in the MSCR program. Those students receiving a stipend will also receive health insurance coverage during the MSCR year. The RETCD Executive Committee will review applications, make decisions on acceptance to the program, and designate tuition and stipend support for the program, based on the potential of the student to subsequently pursue a career in clinical investigation, on recommendations from the respective Deans of Students and other letters of support and the availability of funding support.

Core Didactic Training

PhD/MSCR dual degree candidates will complete the 30 credits of the MSCR required core curriculum while maintaining four research dissertation credits per semester in their PhD program. The MSCR thesis will not be required of PhD/MSCR trainees because of their PhD dissertation. The afternoon courses will need to be taken during the course of a full academic year (September to early May); trainees will have a limited amount of time during this period to also pursue a clinical and/or translational research project. Requirements of the graduate school (GDBBS, MSM, SON, RSPH, BME, Georgia Tech Bioengineering) must also be completed satisfactorily. Emory MSCR Course Descriptions

PhD/MSCR Program Expectations

The goal of this integrated training is for graduates to pursue long-term careers in multidisciplinary clinical/translational research as leaders and members of multidisciplinary research teams in academic, industry, or other settings. This includes preparing trainees to be competitive for assistant professor positions at excellent academic medical centers and universities or colleges as well as positions at federal agencies such as NIH, FDA, and CDC and for clinical/translational research careers in industry. These expectations will be facilitated by professional development activities during training that includes didactic classroom training. Predoctoral MSCR trainees are expected to submit a career development training grant (e.g. NIH K-series, F32 NRSA, NSF, or non-federal foundation grants) as part of the MSCR scientific and grant writing course.

During the MSCR training period, PhD students will continue to participate in programmatic responsibilities of their PhD program including seminars, ethics training, close interaction, and meetings with their mentors and research supervisory committee, etc.