In 2009, YCCI launched the Master of Health Science Research program specifically designed for junior faculty Scholars. It is required for those who receive 75 percent salary support from the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) and who do not already hold an advanced degree in a field related to clinical or translational science. Required courses include Introduction to Biostatistics, Principles of Clinical Research and Ethical and Practical Issues in Clinical Investigation. In addition, students are required to take at least one elective in clinical and translational informatics, drug development or grant writing. Additional electives that relate to the Scholar’s research can also be incorporated into the program.
Scholars meet periodically with a mentoring committee composed of their primary mentor, a second member chosen by the Scholar with the approval of the co-directors of education, and a third member from a list of senior investigators. Scholars are also required to produce a manuscript based on their original research that is suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
Although still in its infancy, the program is already well underway. Lei Chen, MD, MHS, assistant professor of pediatrics, received his degree in May; Raimund Herzog, MD, instructor in endocrinology, is currently enrolled in the program and another Scholar is undergoing the application review process.