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Cardiology and Pulmonary Clinical Research Training Program

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Grant #: T32 HL007891
Program Director: Stephen Kimmel,

Trainees Supported: Postdoctoral (6)

Areas of Emphasis: Epidemiology, clinical research methodology, biostatistics, and cardiopulmonary epidemiology

Program Summary:

This postdoctoral training program is based at The Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB) of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn). This program proposes to continue and enhance an innovative, rigorous, and successful two- to three-year research training program for clinicians in both adult and pediatric cardiology and pulmonary clinical research. The program will: 1) train clinicians to be rigorous and independent academic investigators able to use the range of approaches available in epidemiology to address research issues in cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases related to the etiology, prognosis, prevention and early detection, treatment, clinical economics, technology assessment, medical decision making, and quality of patient care; 2) provide closely mentored research experiences with faculty preceptors in clinical epidemiology and cardiovascular and pulmonary medicine; and 3) strengthen the links between traditional epidemiology and cardiovascular and pulmonary medicine. Trainees matriculate in the Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology (MSCE) program. Strengths of the proposed program are: 1) the long history of successful research and training programs in the CCEB and adult and pediatric cardiology and pulmonary divisions, including this training program; 2) the collaborative links that have been forged among faculty with interests in clinical research in cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases; 3) the comprehensive course offerings and research programs that are available to trainees; and 4) an extensive set of experienced and multidisciplinary faculty with successful training records. In addition, numerous existing large databases that can be used for research projects and training, a broad array of specialized analytic capabilities available for clinical studies employing methods of clinical epidemiology (e.g., clinical trials, case-control, cohort research, etc.), and commitment of faculty to collaborative research and training, combine to provide an ideal environment for this training program. Finally, Penn and the Perelman School of Medicine promote an academic environment in which basic and clinical research are encouraged and viewed as attractive career paths for physicians.

This program is in its 14th year and has been successful in attracting and retaining individuals from diverse populations. Of the 31 trainees supported by this program, four are from underrepresented minority groups.

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Last updated: June 2014

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