Core Competencies for Clinical and Translational Research

In an effort to prepare the next generation of investigators to conduct clinical and translational research, CTSA training programs have taken the lead to create an educational environment that will define the discipline of clinical and translational science. The overall goal is to create competency-based educational curricula for training clinician-scientists in clinical and translational science.

NCATS, in collaboration with the CTSA Education and Career Development Key Function Committee, formed the Education Core Competency Work Group to define the training standards for core competencies in clinical and translational research. The work group’s final recommendations for core competencies include 14 thematic areas that should shape the training experiences of junior investigators by defining the skills, attributes, and knowledge that can be shared across multidisciplinary teams of clinician-scientists.

See how the work group used the 14 thematic areas to identify core competencies for master’s degree candidates.

Special Interest Competencies for 2011: Child Health, T1 Translation, Drugs, and Devices.

Special Interest Competencies

All of the above Core Competency documents were developed from CTSA Working Groups and Key Function Committees, and were vetted and approved by the SGC#2 and CCEC on November 15, 2011.

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