The YCCI Junior Faculty Scholars Program began in 2006 as the educational arm of the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation. The mission remains to attract a diverse group of highly talented junior faculty across multiple disciplines in the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health and Biomedical Engineering who are interested in pursuing careers in any aspect (T1-T4) of translational research: to imbue them with a spirit of discovery; to train them in the use of state-of-the-art research tools; to give them the skills to work in complex and diverse multidisciplinary research teams; and to support their professional development.
This Program has been highly successful, attracting to date 123 Scholars who have successfully competed for more than 140 individual NIH awards and of whom 98% have gone on to positions in academia or industry after completion of the Program. Going forward we seek to build on this exciting success in developing the next generation of translational researchers by promoting our core strengths of strong mentor/mentee relationships, outstanding learning opportunities, and strong programs for career development while simultaneously encouraging even greater numbers of this diverse group of Scholars to participate in multidisciplinary team science, community-based participatory research, and industry-academia partnering.
Scholars regularly present their work at bimonthly Research in Progress meetings with students from the Investigative Medicine Program and participate in the YCCI Clinical Scholars' Research Day, where they have an opportunity to make formal presentations to their peers and to faculty across the institution, allowing a broad interchange and providing valuable experience for presentations at national meetings. All of the program's components are designed to create an environment that encourages cross-fertilization and multidisciplinary approaches and maximizes the likelihood of successful careers in clinical and translational research.