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Curriculum

Individualized training plans
Upon entry into the KL2 Program, all scholars are required to develop an Individual Development Plan (IDP) with input from their mentors and the KL2 Program Directors. The percentage of effort devoted to training activities for each KL2 scholar is 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 three 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, individual training plans (IDPs) 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 select from graduate courses offered by a variety of graduate programs within the University including Clinical and Translational Science (CTS),and Public Health Sciences (PHS). The career development plan for KL2 scholars will provide time for scholars to earn either a 30 credit Master of Science in Public Health Sciences or a 15 credit Graduate Certificate in Translational Science depending upon their prior level of training. Scholars also may enroll in one or more courses, as needed, without earning a certificate or degree. Most courses are offered in designated time slots 2-3 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. Several courses are available via videoconference between the two campuses for those who cannot travel for course sessions.

KL2 Seminar Series
The KL2 Seminar Series is a joint initiative of the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Program and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s KL2 Program. This mandatory seminar series for junior faculty enrolled in these programs is held monthly. The new seminar series beginning January 2018 will run from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and alternates locations each month between University Park and Hershey Campuses. The seminar focuses on scientific and career development topics of interest to junior faculty, as well as, offering opportunity for scholar scientific presentations, networking and peer critique of abstracts, manuscripts and grant proposals. Opportunities for informal networking are offered during the lunch break. An open invitation is extended for junior faculty recipients of individual K awards. A full scheduled of the current KL2 Seminars can be found at: http://sites.psu.edu/bircwh/k-seminar-series/

Mentor Workshops
Primary mentors for the KL2 applicants must participate in the Mentor Workshop within the applicant’s first six months in the program. This workshop is run in collaboration with the CTSI at the University of Rochester and is offered yearly on each campus. As part of the workshop, mentors will complete questions on a series of online cases depicting varying situations that arise within mentor/mentee relationships in advance of the workshop. THe answers will form the basis for discussions in the mandatory two-hour workshop.