History and Program Components
The program was begun in 2005, when Yale was one of 10 medical schools to receive support from an NIH Roadmap initiative to establish an institutional training program that would expand clinical research training among medical, nursing, and biomedical engineering students at Yale and increase the entry of these students into careers in clinical research. In 2006, this grant was integrated into the current CTSA award. Since then, 26 medical students have been supported by TL1 funds during their elective fifth year and 44 medical students have received short term funding. In addition, 18 pre-doctoral students from the School of Nursing, department of bioengineering and Medical Scientist Training program have received one-year TL1 fellowships.
The TL1 program takes maximum advantage of the unique resources at Yale, including the medical student MD thesis program, established research training programs in patient-oriented research, the new MD-Masters in Health Sciences program, and faculty strengths in clinical research, basic sciences and inter-and multi-disciplinary approaches. Its centerpiece is a newly approved joint degree (MD and Masters of Health Science) for students completing specific course requirements and a one-year clinical research project under the supervision of a faculty mentor and a three-person thesis committee. Medical students, MD-PhD students, biomedical engineering students, and other students studying for the MHS or the Nursing PhD degree in clinical research are eligible for this program. In 2010, there are 22 medical students in the joint MD-MHS degree program, seven of whom are supported by the CTSA-TL1 and 15 by Doris Duke, HHMI, and institutional fellowships. They all participate in monthly Research-in-Progress meetings, a journal club, and a new Leadership in Medicine lecture and dinner series, where selected senior faculty members discuss issues relevant to choosing a career in academic medicine and research.