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

Producing future leaders for the nation's clinical research workforce!

KL2 Training Program

The Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) KL2 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 and was awarded to CWRU in 2007.

The CTSC KL2 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 Center, and the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Medical Center. 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 CTSC KL2 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

Additional CTSC Education and Training Services

In addition to the Education and Training Core, the CTSC offers several programs and services designed to advance clinical and translational science:

The Clinical Research Scholars Program (CRSP) at Case Western Reserve University provides training leading to a Master of Science in Clinical Research, open to post-doctoral and pre-doctoral scholars. The CRSP prepares graduates to identify a research question, critically evaluate the relevant scientific literature, transform the question into a feasible study design, develop and execute a study protocol, and analyze and effectively communicate the findings. The program also provides a mentored research experience. Most CRSP graduates hold academic research appointments. The CRSP program will serve as the basis for the PhD program in Clinical Investigation. There are 2 avenues for entry into the CRSP - the pre-doctoral avenue and the post-doctoral avenue.

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research program combines knowledge from biostatistics, epidemiology and study design with training in ethical, legal and regulatory issues in patient-oriented research. Upon completion of the Certificate Program, individuals will achieve basic competency in the following domains:

  • Formulation of Clinical Research Questions
  • Literature Critique
  • Study Design
  • Analytic Methods
  • Research Ethics

Who should apply?

The Certificate program provides foundational training in clinical research methods to those individuals who are seeking an alternative to the Master of Science Program in Clinical Research. It is geared towards clinicians (physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, etc.) and other health-science professionals who are interested in conducting clinical research or collaborating with other clinician-scientists who conduct clinical research. This program is also beneficial to health-science students, basic-science researchers, and other health science professionals who would like to enhance their skills in patient-oriented research.

Program Structure

To earn the Certificate, students must complete:

  • 4 courses totaling 11 credit hours
  • The online CITI Basic course in the Protection of Human Research Subjects, or your institution's equivalent

The Certificate Program can be completed in 2-4 semesters. Once accepted into the program, individuals have a maximum of 3 calendar years to complete the requirements. The program has rolling admissions, and students may start taking courses in the summer or fall semester.

Grade of B or higher in each graded course is required for successful completion of the Certificate program.

The coursework for the Certificate is listed on the official CWRU transcript. The Certificate itself is issued by the Center for Clinical Investigation. Course credits earned could be transferred to fulfill requirements for advanced degrees at CWRU or another institution.


  • All applicants for the Certificate Program should submit a Personal Statement describing the reasons for seeking clinical research training and a recent CV or resume.
  • Individuals who are not already graduate degree-seeking students at CWRU are admitted as non-degree-seeking candidates through CWRU School of Graduate Studies. Submission of a non-degree application form is required. Individuals who are not faculty, staff, or employees of CWRU must also submit a transcript or copy of their diploma, documenting completion of a baccalaureate degree.
  • All application materials should be e-mailed to the Center for Clinical Investigation Education Manager at or mailed to:

Contact Information

  • Education Manager
    Center for Clinical Investigation
    Case Western Reserve University
    Iris S. & Bert L. Wolstein Building
    2103 Cornell Road, Room 6133
    Cleveland, OH 44106-7291
    Telephone: 216-368-2601

These educational opportunities are offered at the five partner institutions within the Cleveland CTSC. They are designed to provide training for all research team members as well as to provide awareness of the many resources that are available to the team across the institutions. Courses may offer CREC credits. Please take advantage of these shared resources!


Note: Course offerings may be institution specific and have limited sitting. Please contact course coordinators at the individual institutions with questions.


Case Western Reserve University

CWRU School of Dental Medicine

CWRU School of Nursing

Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

Cleveland Clinic

  • Contact: Colleen Rouse, RN, MS 
    Research Education Manager, Center for Clinical Research 
    Phone: (216) 444-4554 

MetroHealth Medical Center

University Hospitals

The Academic Careers in Engineering & Science (ACES+) program at Case Western Reserve University was part of the National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE program to develop a national science and engineering workforce that includes the full participation of women at all levels of faculty and academic leadership.


Education and Training Team

Raed Dweik, MD, KL2 Program Director 
Beth Spyke, MPA, Research Education & KL2 Training Program Manager

Clifford Harding, MD, TL1 Program Director
Kathy Schultz,
TL1 Training Program Administrative Director