TL1 Program Curriculum
Short-term, Intensive Translational Experience (SITE) Program
SITE is a highly interactive five-week program designed to introduce medical and predoctoral students to the fundamental aspects of clinical and translational research. Weekly sessions include a mix of:
- Pre-class reading assignments
- Short didactic presentations
- Web-based videos
- In-class discussions based on the reading assignments
- Case-based learning project related to each week’s topic
Training in scientific communication is emphasized by filming student presentations in order to provide feedback to enhance communication skills. For more information visit the SITE Program.
Year-long Training Options
Predoctoral students, M.D./Ph.D. students and medical students who opt to take a year out from their clinical education can pursue one of three curricular tracks leading to a:
- Graduate Certificate in Translational Science
- Master of Science in Public Health Sciences
- Dual-title Ph.D. in Clinical and Translational Sciences
Students develop a highly customized curriculum by choosing from a selection of approved courses offered by Penn State graduate programs on the Hershey and University Park Campuses. A growing number of courses are available by videoconference between campuses, including CTS 590 – Seminar in Clinical and Translational Sciences, which is a requirement for all TL1 Scholars funded for at least one year.
Common to all three curricular tracks are core and elective courses in statistics, epidemiology, experimental design and interpretation, the regulatory environment, and scientific communication. TL1 Scholars also receive training in translational science tools including the i2b2 cohort discovery tool, the eagle-i resource catalog and search tool, and REDCap electronic data capture tool, in addition to free consultation with faculty in Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design. New additions to the TL1 Training Program include didactic and experiential learning activities in team science, community engagement, commercialization and entrepreneurship, and rigorous research methodology.