Message from the Director
Leonard Egede, MD, MS
Director, MS in Clinical & Translational Science
There is a growing recognition that the clinical and translational research workforce remains inadequate to answer the challenges of our healthcare system. On average, it takes 17 years to move a scientific discovery into clinical practice. The opportunities for participating in the innovation happening from “bench to bedside” is growing, and a new translational gap of “bedside to community” has opened up. We re-designed our Master’s of Science in Clinical and Translational Science program to directly fill those gaps and train the next generation of health care professionals, clinical investigators, and research scientists for a career at any point along the translational continuum. We also specifically designed 4 new Certificates that offer a structured training opportunity to those who want to learn more about the field and gain additional knowledge and research skills, rather than obtain an MS degree.
To date we have graduated 130 clinical and translational research scientists, including 111 from the Master’s program, 14 Certificate, and five MD/MS dual degree students. Our graduates are working in a diversity of workplaces including the Medical College of Wisconsin, pharmaceutical companies, and a multitude of medical centers across the United States. We welcome you to join our program and learn the foundations of translational research, clinical statistics, epidemiology, ethics and safety, and study designs across the translational continuum. Degree candidates will then select one of four tracks and complete a thesis, after completion of core and elective courses. As a Certificate student you would select an emphasis track and complete four courses with our degree students to provide foundational material and research skills specific to your interests. We invite you to browse the curriculum outline, emphasis tracks, and course schedule as you consider our program. We believe our scientific and medical workforce will benefit from trainees with a diversity of backgrounds, prior training, interests, and career plans, so we aim to incorporate discussion and debate into many of our courses. We also believe that a well-trained and dedicated workforce can meet the needs of our healthcare system, so we value scientific rigor and excellence.
The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is one of the largest private medical schools in the United States, and the only academic medical center in southeastern Wisconsin. As an institution that values education, research, clinical care, and community engagement, we are an ideal location to learn clinical and translational research skills that span the full translational continuum. Please feel free to contact our program staff for further information, and we look forward to your application!
1 Green et al. Am J of Public Health, 2009.
MCW Graduate School
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
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