CRSP Mentored Research

Mentored Research (Type A Pathway - Master's Degree in Clinical Research)

The mentorship of a new investigator in the Program is by experienced senior colleagues is an essential element of the program and the success of the mentee. Every CRSP Scholar in the Type A (Thesis) pathway is guided by two mentors: a Scientific Research Mentor and a CRSP Faculty Advisor/Career Mentor.

  • The Scientific Research Mentor is responsible for research supervision and aspects of research career development. The Scientific Research Mentor has primary responsibility for guiding the scholar's thesis research. The Research Mentor should hold a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University or the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. CRSP Scholars must identify their research interests and a research mentor by the end of their second semester.
  • The CRSP Faculty Advisor/Career Mentor assists the Scholar in understanding and managing participation in the overall program. The CRSP faculty is comprised of a select group of highly qualified instructors who are successful clinical scientists in their own right. The CRSP Faculty Advisor assures integration of the didactic and research components of the program, and works with the scientific mentor to ensure that the Scholar gains maximum benefit from the program. The role of the CRSP Faculty Advisor is to help identify and clarify program goals, clarify expectations about the program, support the Scholar's goals, teach, advise, encourage and, when asked, provide clear and timely feedback to the Scholar. Also, the CRSP Faculty Advisor is the go-to person for the Scholar to address any questions or concerns about the program overall. A CRSP Faculty Advisor is accessible, fosters a personal and reciprocal relationship, is a knowledgeable teacher and a positive role model. The CRSP Faculty Advisor will be assigned by the CRSP Program during the first semester of study. The Scholar has the option of selecting a different CRSP faculty advisor if desired.

The above two mentors will interact closely with the Scholar to: (1) formulate a research project; (2) develop a career plan including didactic material that can be targeted to the Scholar's professional needs; and (3) act as thesis development advisers. Both individuals will serve on the Scholar's thesis defense committee and either the CRSP Faculty Advisor or Research Mentor (if they have a faculty appointment) may chair the committee.

For complete guidelines, roles and responsibilities, please review the 'Mentorship Guidelines' handbook.

Capstone (Type B Pathway - Master's Degree in Clinical Research)

The mentorship of a new investigator in the Master's in Clinical Research in the Clinical Research Scholars Program (CRSP M.S.) by experienced senior colleagues is an essential element of the program and the success of the mentee. Every Type B CRSP Scholar is guided by two mentors: a CRSP Faculty Advisor and a Capstone advisor.

The Capstone Advisor will be identified to guide the student through the Capstone project. The purpose of the Capstone project is to provide hands-on experience in conducting clinical research. The project will consist of approximately 160 hours over the course of a semester (e.g. 20 hours per week for 8 weeks, 10 hours per week for 16 weeks, etc.), and the student will enroll in the 3 credit hour CRSP 650, "Capstone." The Capstone project of Internship/Practicum may take diverse forms:

  • A study project
  • Internship/Practicum: A combination of tasks necessary for the successful implementation of a study, such as attending team meetings, developing an IRB protocol, designing study forms, assisting with recruitment, study procedures, data management/cleaning, descriptive analysis, secondary analysis
  • Another format, with approval of CRSP director and Capstone Advisor

Grading may involve a number of Capstone "products: a report completed by the student describing the study purpose, specific aims, methods, and IRB considerations; a description of all accomplished activities; an evaluation of the student by the advisor; an annotated bibliography describing a minimum of 10 readings from the scientific literature related to the Capstone Project (list pre-approved by the advisor).