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Predoctoral Clinical Research Training Program

Director: Mary Catherine Beach, MD, MPH             Associate Director: Gail Daumit, MD, MHS

Clinical research, the systematic research undertaken to evaluate methods of treating, preventing, or diagnosing disease in humans, is evolving rapidly and requires an increasingly sophisticated knowledge base, early acquisition of advanced skills, and more collaboration among disciplines.

The Predoctoral Clinical Research Training Program at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions provides exposure to and training in clinical research for predoctoral trainees during their early professional development, specially tailored to their degree of interest and commitment.

The program builds on a strong foundation of interest and expertise in training in patient-oriented research at Johns Hopkins based in the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research. The Center brings trainees together with clinical researchers, epidemiologists, biostatisticians, behavioral scientists, molecular scientists, and clinical specialists to address a wide variety of important scientific challenges. The program offers trainees opportunities to become part of specialized research teams, collaborating across the Hopkins medical institutions and with colleagues across the U.S.

The Predoctoral Clinical Research Training Program provides all trainees with core knowledge, attitudes, and skills for lifelong interest in participation in clinical research studies. The program also offers trainees meaningful short- and long-term clinical research experiences intended to stimulate and maintain interest in a clinical research career during their medical school and post-graduate training. Opportunities afforded by the program provide trainees with intensive and hands-on learning experiences that prepare them to be exemplary clinical researchers (in any discipline, specialty, or subspecialty) and teachers of clinical research. Finally, the Program increases the diversity of trainees and, ultimately, of the academic faculty participating in clinical research.

In this unique predoctoral approach to clinical research training, the program helps to focus and prepare young scholars for careers in clinical research, ideally lessening the gap between biomedical discovery and implementation of new therapies to improve health. 

For more information, please visit the program's website,
or contact Michelle Moody, Senior Academic Program Coordinator, 
or contact Dr. Mary Catherine Beach, Program Director

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