Clinical Research Scholars Program


The Clinical Research Scholars Program (CRSP) at Case Western Reserve University is a flexible two-to-four year Master's program designed to provide MDs, PhDs and other health-related professionals with rigorous didactic education in clinical research methods. The program focuses on preparing a new generation of clinical investigators for leadership roles in academia, government and industry.

Training in clinical research and career development provides CRSP Scholars with an educational experience that prepares them to identify a research question and critically evaluate relevant literature; transform the question into a feasible and valid study design; develop and execute the study protocol; and analyze and effectively communicate the findings.

The CRSP program consists of three parts: formal didactic modular and semester-long course work; a seminar series that focuses on communication skills required for career development; and an intensive mentored experience centered on a specific clinical research problem. The program is availalbe on a part-time of full-time basis. Tuition support may be available through institutional training grants, individual fellowships, research career awards (e.g., NIH-funded T, F, or K grants), employers’ tuition benefits program, or other resources.

The CRSP program resides in the Center for Clinical Investigation in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics of the School of Medicine. The academic units involved include the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Management and Dentistry. The faculty is primarily drawn from the Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics and Biostatistics and Epidemiology from the School of Medicine. CRSP faculty is selected for expertise and commitment to teaching and mentorship in clinical investigation. CRSP courses are also open to individuals who are not pursuing a Master’s degree but wish to enhance their skills in the design and conduct of clinical research.

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