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 Clinic, MetroHealth Medical Center, University 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.
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 email@example.com or mailed to:
- 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
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
- Contact: Tracy J. Wilson-Holden
Research Integrity Officer
Phone: (216) 368-6131
- Research Education + Training
CWRU School of Dental Medicine
- Contact: Patricia Mehosky Ribeiro
Assistant Dean for Research Administration
- Research Support
CWRU School of Nursing
- Contact: Shirley M. Moore, RN, PhD, FAAN
Associate Dean for Research
Phone: (216) 368-5978
- IRB + Research Compliance
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
- Contact: Smitha Krishnamurthi, MD
Associate Professor, Hematology and Medical Oncology
- Clinical Research Office
- Contact: Colleen Rouse, RN, MS
Research Education Manager, Center for Clinical Research
Phone: (216) 444-4554
MetroHealth Medical Center
- Contact: Carey Gorden, JD, MA
Manager, Human Research Protection Program
Address: Center 2500 MetroHealth Drive Cleveland, Ohio 44109-1998
Phone: (216) 778-2021
- MetroHealth System IRB
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.