Individualized training plans. The duration of training of each KL2 Scholar will be flexible and individualized. Scholars who have already completed research coursework, and have a well defined area of research and pilot data will be ready to begin submitting applications for external research funding early in the KL2 funding period. Scholars at that stage will likely need only 2 years of support to become successfully funded independent scientists, while others may need up to 3 years of training and research experience. The needs of each Scholar will be evaluated on a yearly basis by the Mentoring and Career Development Advisory Panel. Based on candidate’s prior research training and experience, training plans will differ primarily in the amount of didactic coursework required for the scholar to develop as an independent researcher. For example, candidates who hold a clinical doctorate and have little or no prior clinical or translational research training are expected to need at least a 3-year training period in order to develop the research skills needed to become outstanding, competitive clinician-scientists. In contrast, candidates who hold a PhD in a health-related discipline or who hold a medical degree and a Master’s degree in a research discipline are expected to need only a 2-year training period to further their development. The more experienced candidates in the latter category may be able to enter immediately into a mentored research experience without the need for additional coursework.
Courses. KL2 students will select from graduate courses offered within the Department of Public Health Sciences upon recommendation of their mentoring team working in conjunction with Drs. Tom Lloyd and Douglas Leslie in Public Health Sciences. The career development plan for KL2 scholars will provide time for scholars to earn either a 30 credit Master’s of Science in Public Health Sciences or a 15 credit certificate in clinical and translational research depending upon their prior level of training. Scholars also may enroll in one or more courses, as needed, without earning a certificate or degree. CTSI funds allow for up to 3 courses/semester per student. Most courses are offered in designated time slots 2 evenings per week or a designated early morning session in order to facilitate attendance by both clinicians and non-clinicians, including individuals based at UP. The program plans to videoconference classes to the two campuses for those who cannot travel for course sessions.