Clinical Translational Science
Director: Surachai Supattapone, M.D., Ph.D., D.Phil
Program Manager: Cindy Stewart. Professors S. Bartels, K. Dragnev, A. Eastman, M. Karagas, L. Lewis, W. North, R. Powell, W. Rigby, B. Roebuck, D. Roberts, J. Rosen, P. Wright. Associate Professors R. Barth, A. Das, J. DiRenzo, P. Holtzheimer, B. Jobst, J. Lurie, C. Marsit, G. Schwartz, M. Spinella, R. Stan, E. Usherwood, M. Whitfield, R. Zuckerman. Assistant Professors A. Andrew, J. Doherty, J. Gui, A. Gulledge, A. Kono
Master’s Degree Program in Clinical and Translational Science
Dartmouth SYNERGY offers a Master’s degree program for individuals interested in clinical and translational science. The objective of the Master’s Program in Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) is to train investigators to properly design, conduct, coordinate, analyze and report on research studies involving human subjects. The emphasis of the program is on developing the skills to design rigorous bi-directional (bench to bedside and back) translational research projects. Students will be trained to formulate a testable hypothesis, choose the most appropriate and ethical study design, and recognize its inherent limitations and, to develop strategies to avoid common mistakes. Students will be taught how to effectively use informatics to acquire, manage, and analyze research data. Students will learn the principles of both questionnaire and tissue-based assessment. They will gain experience critically evaluating, interpreting and presenting research ideas and findings to interdisciplinary research teams, to scientific collaborators, to reviewers, and to the public.
In addition to the new Master’s degree program in CTS, for students who have a strong background in clinical translational science and wish to augment their knowledge, you may enroll in courses through Dartmouth Graduate Studies as a graduate special (non-degree) student. Students may choose up to 3 required courses from the CTS Master’s Program curriculum.
All candidates must possess a doctoral level degree in a field related to biomedicine—i.e., MD, PhD, or DVM candidates. This program is geared towards post-doctoral-level basic and clinician scientists with an interest in bi-directional translational research. These prospective students may include laboratory- based post-doctoral PhD investigators with prior experience in basic research using cell culture and animal models, nurse-scientists with doctoral degrees, and PharmD graduates. MDs interested in initiating or collaborating on human studies are particularly encouraged to apply.
Students in the CTS Master’s Program must successfully complete 11.5 units of course work. The timing of the program is designed to typically be completed part-time over a period of 3 years, with the flexibility to accommodate the busy schedules and on-going projects and clinical duties of post-doctoral and clinician-investigators. The program will consist of didactic coursework, workshops, computer labs, and a longitudinal capstone project, in which students will be longitudinally mentored by a project-specific, DHMC-based clinical researcher as well as the CTS capstone course director through the preparation of an original NIH formatted human subjects research grant proposal that could be carried out at DHMC.