Welcome: Education & Training Programs
A primary goal of the IIMS is to create an optimal intellectual environment and nurturing atmosphere necessary for the training of future clinical and translational career research investigators. To help meet this goal, the mission of IIMS Office of Research Education and Mentoring is to establish and continually expand and improve a set of robust research education, training, and career development programs offered at many levels that will:
- Meet the needs of trainees at multiple levels and from a variety of health-related disciplines;
- Build on existing strengths, partnerships, and a diverse trainee pool; and
- Utilize a dedicated faculty for mentoring and multidisciplinary research.
To accomplish this mission, the IIMS Office of Research Education and Mentoring seeks to:
- Immerse trainees in a rich clinical and translational research environment;
- Develop and expand a comprehensive array of didactic course and workshop offerings in clinical and translational investigation;
- Provide and support effective mentors and role models for success in clinical and translational science;
- Establish incentives for academic, clinical and translational research-based career tracks; and
- Evaluate and continually improve the program.
Research Education Programs
Programs offered through IIMS Office of Research Education and Mentoring include:
Certificate and Degree Programs:
- Certificate in Translational Science (CTS): The 12 semester-credit-hour (SCH) Certificate in Translational Science (CTS) Program is conducted through the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the UT Health Science Center and is designed for research professionals who seek organized and intensive training in fundamental topics in translational science.
- Master of Science in Clinical Investigation-Translational Science (MS-CITS): Conducted through the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the UT Health Science Center, the MS-CITS degree program offers coursework and mentored research for degree-seeking and non-degree seeking students.
- Doctoral Degree in Translational Science (TS PhD): The Translational Science PhD program will coordinate courses and faculty from the four UT Components in San Antonio (UT Health Science Center, University of Texas at San Antonio, UT College of Pharmacy, and UT School of Public Health) with tracks in Type 1 and Type 2 translational science. The target date for the inaugural class is fall semester 2012.
The two-year KL2 program provides Junior faculty scholars with educational, mentoring, and other guidance opportunities, plus 75% release time for research, designed to improve their capacity to become independent research investigators. KL2 Scholars are selected for the two-year seminar and research-oriented program on a competitive basis.
Research Training Programs (Non-degree):
- Translational Science Training (TST) Across Disciplines Program: The Translational Science Training (TST) Program is designed to enhance the quality and scope of the doctoral research experience by offering additional interdisciplinary research training and mentorship in Translational Science. TST Scholars are selected on a competitive application basis from existing doctoral programs at the UT Health Science Center.
Workshops, Seminars, and Lectures:
- Grant Writing with New Investigators (GWNI): GWNI workshops are held twice monthly and offer small group evaluation, discussion, and guidance for new investigators who are actively preparing a research grant application, fellowship, or career development award. Participation is limited but applications are accepted year-round.
- F-Troop: F-Troop is offered weekly as a hands-on writing workshop for pre- and post-doctoral trainees who are working to prepare an application for an individual NRSA Fellowship (F Awards, including F30, F31, and F32) for submission to the NIH or equivalent agency.
- K-PASEO: The K-Paseo Seminar Series provides targeted training for writing a successful NIH K-series Career Development Grant Application.
- Bartter Professorship: The two-day Bartter Visiting Professorship is held in the fall of each year. The Bartter Professor delivers Department of Medicine Grand Rounds and a Research Seminar. In addition, the professorship provides UT Health Science Center faculty, fellows and trainees an opportunity to interact with premier clinical investigators from around the country.
- Council for Education Innovation, Evaluation, and Research: This council focuses on university-wide design of educational programs, outcomes assessment, and methodologies for creating efficiencies in research training programs in clinical and translational science.