K12 Training Program

Program Director, Raed Dweik, MD, mentors a CTSC KL2 Scholar.

The Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) K12 is designed to address the need to enhance the training of individuals interested in clinical research. The CTSA creates a definable academic home for the discipline of clinical and translational science at institutions across the country.

K12 Scholars come from diverse professional disciplines, and will be trained to conduct team-based, multidisciplinary, patient-oriented clinical research. Once the training is complete, our Scholars will have the knowledge and skills to conduct cutting-edge translational clinical research and lead teams of investigators who recognize the mutuality of different research paradigms - ranging from molecular medicine to public health sciences.

The CTSC is one of 60 academic health centers funded under this consortium nationwide and coordinates resources relevant to clinical research at Case Western Reserve University and its hospital affiliates, Cleveland ClinicMetroHealth Medical CenterUniversity Hospitals Cleveland Medical CenterLouis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Medical Center, Northeast Ohio Medical University, and the University of Toledo. Several schools and colleges within Case Western Reserve University are involved in the program including the School of Medicine, the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, the Weatherhead School of Management, the School of Dental Medicine, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

The K12 Program is committed to producing excellent independent clinical investigators capable of leading multidisciplinary team-based research and meets the goals of the "roadmap" initiative to:

  • Promote better integration of existing clinical research networks
  • Encourage the development of technologies
  • Improve the assessment of clinical outcomes
  • Enhance training for clinical researchers