Commitment to Education

Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) has an established reputation for outstanding basic science research as demonstrated by its very successful and longstanding MD and PhD programs, extent of research funding, large number of training grants and the number and quality of investigators in diverse disciplines.

In 2005, aiming to expand WUSM's public health role, the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS) established new multidisciplinary educational leadership groups focused on clinical and translational research. The Clinical Research Training Center (CRTC) recruited faculty and mentors from many departments to participate in structured CRT activities focused on two key domains: 1) the development of new curricula and coursework in clinical and translational research; and 2) structured mentoring and supervision of scholars’ career development plans.

A significant challenge facing the advancement of translational medicine is ensuring that future investigators are appropriately trained and sufficient in number. Thus, a central focus of the ICTS has been to develop research education and training programs, including both coursework and experiential learning, as well as mentored research training programs to develop the next generation of successful clinical and translational investigators, and to encourage students and young investigators to participate in clinical and translational research.