Summer program trains the next generation of clinical and translational researchers

Summer program trains the next generation of clinical and translational researchers
June 21, 2017

On June 20, an interdisciplinary group of students, representing two campuses, three colleges, four graduate programs and Medical Education, began a ten-week experiential program to develop their skills as clinical and translational researchers as part of the Short-term Intensive Translational Experience (SITE) Program.

The SITE program provides early-stage learners, medical and graduate students in their first or second year of study, with training in both foundational (research design, data analysis) and professional (communications, ethics, teamwork) skills needed to become well-rounded clinical and translational researchers.

During the program, students attend ten days of classes, two sessions per day in each of which team leaders assisted by subject matter experts pose an unanswered question health or biomedical sciences. The students, working in small groups develop methods to approach the issue or question. Throughout the course students are exposed to central topics such as bioethics, mental health research, health economics, big data and health networks. Also during the program, students will learn skills to effectively communicate across disciplines, recognize best practices for collaboration with interdisciplinary teams, distinguish the difference between the different phases of the translational research spectrum and understand the role the scientific process plays in translational science.

Students selected to participate in the SITE Program include; Jonathan Casey, Ph.D. student, Biomedical Engineering, Toan Do, medical student, N. Todd Froelich, medical student, Scott Graupensperger, Ph.D. student, Kinesiology, Emily Johnston, Ph.D. student, Nutritional Sciences, Bethany Latten, medical student, Beth Worley, Ph.D. student, Biomedical Sciences and Zachary Wynne, medical student.

The SITE Program is funded through the Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute, supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health.

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