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Gastroenterol Hepatol (N Y). 2011 Dec;7(12):810-3.

The value of formal clinical research training in initiating a career as a clinical investigator.

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Mr. Kapoor is a medical student at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey. Dr. Wu is an Instructor of Medicine and Dr. Banks is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. They are both also affiliated with the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Endoscopy at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine whether formal clinical research training is of value in the initiation of a successful career as a clinical investigator. We conducted a retrospective review of the career choices of all 25 fellows who entered the Academic Clinical Research Track at Brigham and Women's Hospital since its inception in 1995 and examined the impact of formal clinical research training during their fellowship on their career choice. The primary measure of a successful career as a clinical investigator was the obtainment of external funding for clinical research within 3 years of completion of fellowship. Thirteen of the 25 fellows (52%) received a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at the Harvard School of Public Health during their fellowship. Ten of these 13 fellows (77%) obtained external funding for clinical research within 3 years of completion of their fellowship. None of the 5 fellows who had already obtained an MPH degree prior to their fellowship and none of the 7 fellows who completed a 7-week summer Program in Clinical Effectiveness but did not complete an MPH degree attempted to receive external funding for clinical research within 3 years of completion of their fellowship. We conclude that formal clinical research training culminating in an MPH degree was extremely valuable in the initiation of a successful career as a clinical investigator.

KEYWORDS:

Formal clinical research training; career; clinical investigator; fellows; gastroenterology

PMID:
22347819
PMCID:
PMC3280412

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