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Clinical Research Scholars Program (CRSP)

Status: Application opens November 1, 2020 | Applications due by May 31, 2021 | Program begins September 14, 2021

Clinical Research Scholars Program (CRSP)

The Medical College of Wisconsin has a tradition of excellence in research. In keeping with this tradition and to address the need for expanding medical knowledge, the Medical College of Wisconsin has identified the training of new clinical investigators as a priority. The Clinical Research Scholars Program was developed to address this goal.

The mission of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s Clinical Research Scholars Program is to provide didactic training and individual mentoring in career development and clinical research to junior faculty who are committed to pursuing careers in academic medicine as independently funded, clinical and translational investigators. The program faculty is dedicated to ensuring the success of its Clinical Research Scholars by providing protected research time, a supportive research environment, research-related resources, individual mentoring and skills in clinical research methodology.

The Clinical Research Scholars Program is made up of a diverse group of researchers, educators, physicians and junior faculty. All of these individuals work together to promote an environment which facilitates research and learning while fostering collaborative investigation. The Program is made up of the primary faculty, the selection committee, and the clinical scholars.

Goals & Objectives

Goals & Objectives

The goal of the program is to enable each Clinical Research Scholar to successfully compete for clinical research funding. The specific objectives for the program are to:

  • Provide Scholars with an enriched academic environment that will enhance the development of their clinical research.
  • Provide instruction to Clinical Research Scholars in practical research skills.
  • Assist Scholars in identifying and accessing research-related resources.
  • Ensure the development of a research proposal which is submitted to an appropriate funding agency.

Scholars are expected to participate fully in the program by attending program sessions, contributing to discussions, and completing assignments. Scholars will be asked to give presentations and regular updates on their research projects. They will also be asked to provide appropriate suggestions, constructive criticism, and feedback to other Scholars. Scholars will be asked to meet regularly with their research mentors or advisors.

Eligibility

Eligibility

All junior faculty who are interested in a clinical/translational research career are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents to be eligible. Selection of a Clinical Research Scholar is based on the Selection Committee’s review of the candidate’s materials. They may also elect to interview the candidate.

Required Materials

  • A letter of nomination from the departmental chair. This letter must also provide assurances that the candidate will have a minimum of 20% protected time for clinical research activities, although 40% protected time is recommended.
  • A letter of support from a mentor or a senior colleague who agrees to provide guidance on the candidate’s research project.
  • A current curriculum vitae in the MCW format or equivalent format.
  • A completed Clinical Research Scholars Application.
  • A brief (1-2 page) description of the clinical research project that the candidate will develop and conduct.

When selected for the program Clinical Research Scholars are required to:

  • Attend twice monthly training seminars.
  • Demonstrate research-related core competencies in research methods.
  • Complete the MCW Human Research Protection Certification Program (CITI or equivalent) if not already completed.
  • Complete additional individualized curriculum components.
  • Meet regularly with a program advisor and with research mentors.
  • Develop a clinical research proposal and submit the proposal to a funding agency by the end of the 2-year curriculum.
  • Participate/present at the CTSI’s Translational Research seminars.

In addition, Scholars are encouraged to:

  • Submit a protocol to the appropriate CTSI Translational Research Unit (TRU).
  • Attend research related conferences or training courses.
  • Present work-in-progress in an established research forum or seminar series.
  • Develop basic research skills by taking appropriate academic course work through the MCW Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
Selection Criteria

Selection Criteria

Junior faculty, who are committed to academic careers and to clinical research, are encouraged to apply. Decisions to accept candidates are made on the basis of the candidate’s interest in clinical research, the candidate’s statement of commitment to participating in the program, and assurances that the candidate will have protected time to engage in research.

Advisory and Selection Committee

The role of the Advisory and Selection Committee of the Clinical Research Scholars Program is to provide oversight to the program by advising on the selection of scholars, providing oversight for the curriculum, evaluating the program, and providing guidance on the integration of the Program with Medical College of Wisconsin Centers and resources.

Curriculum

Curriculum

The Clinical Research Scholars Program is a didactic program of the theory and methods of clinical research integrated with instruction in practical research skills. At the culmination of the program, scholars will have a wide range of theoretical, methodological, and practical experiences in the conduct of clinical research.

The Clinical Research Scholars Program uses a guided apprenticeship model to help Clinical Research Scholars develop research skills. Twice monthly seminars held over a two-year period allow the Scholars to use their own research projects, and those of the other Scholars, as vehicles for learning. Experienced clinical investigators serve as facilitators for the seminars. Meeting together in small groups to discuss these research projects allows the Scholars to serve as colleagues and advisors for one another. Outside of seminars, each Scholar works closely with an experienced mentor who provides individualized, project specific guidance. The progress of each Scholar is carefully monitored, and the program is continuously evaluated.

Additionally, scholars are encouraged to participate in the Clinical and Translational Science Program whereby they can earn a Master of Science from the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Faculty

Faculty

The program faculty is dedicated to ensuring the success of its Clinical Research Scholars by providing protected research time, a supportive research environment, research-related resources, individual mentoring and skills in clinical research methodology.

David Gutterman, MD
Program Director
Professor and Senior Associate Director
Medicine/Cardiology

Ryan Spellecy, PhD
Program Co-Director
Assistant Provost, Director, Professor
Bioethics and Medical Humanities

How to Apply

How to Apply

CTSI Announces the 2021 RFA for the Clinical Research Scholars Program for junior faculty committed to pursuing careers in academic medicine as independently funded, clinical and translational investigators.

  • Application Opens: November 1, 2020
  • Application Deadline: May 31, 2021
  • Program Start Date: September 14, 2021

Application Instructions

Background

The Clinical Research Scholars Program is a major initiative in the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) to assist junior faculty in developing their research careers. With over ten years of experience in training junior faculty in critical competencies for successful research careers, our graduates have achieved external funding, established strong publication records and received national recognition. Our program emphasizes the following skills: grantsmanship, ethical conduct in research, research study design, grant management, research career development, and effective scientific communication via abstracts, manuscripts, and presentations.

Program Requirements

Clinical Research Scholars are required to:

  • Attend seminars twice monthly on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday. Attendance is required.
  • Demonstrate research-related core competencies in research methods
  • Attend and participate in the Research Methods Workshop Course, if not already completed (This course is offered each fall semester of the academic school year)
  • Complete the MCW Human Research Protection Certification Program (CITI or equivalent), if not already completed
  • Submit manuscripts for publication
  • Complete additional individualized curriculum components
  • Meet regularly with program advisors and research mentors
  • Develop a clinical research proposal and submit the proposal to a funding agency by the end of the 2-year curriculum
  • Participate/present at the CTSI’s Translational Research Seminars

All junior faculty at CTSI partnering institutions, who are seeking to pursue careers in clinical/translational research, are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent U.S. Residents to be eligible. Candidates must have a letter of support from their departmental chair guaranteeing a minimum of 20% (40% is recommended) protected time for research activities. Each candidate must have a research mentor and a clinical/translational research project to be developed into a grant proposal during the program. After receipt of all of the application materials, the CRSP Selection Committee will review the candidate’s material. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.  Acceptance into the program is made on a competitive basis. Decisions to accept candidates are made on the basis of the candidate’s interest and commitment to a research career and assurances that the candidate will have sufficient protected time to engage in research-related activities.

Please complete the entire application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

  • Part I – Applicant Information (Fillable form fields)
    Please complete all of the items listed. Be sure to list all of the individuals who will be writing a letter of support, including your department chair and primary mentor.
  • Department Chair’s Letter of Support & Nomination (File upload)
    Note that the letter of support from your department chair mustexplicitly state that you will have at least 20% protected time (stronger applications state 40%) for research activities.
  • Part II A-B – Personal Statement and Commitment Plan (File upload)
    Please limit your personal statement and commitment plan to a maximum of two pages. Be sure to include your background in clinical/ translational research (education, previous roles in grants, etc.) and what impact this has had on your career. Also, please describe your future career goals and how your participation in the CRSP will help you accomplish those goals.
  • Part III – Research Proposal (Fillable form fields)
    Please provide a brief narrative of your intended research focus for the 2-year Clinical Research Scholars Program with the headings below: (Each section should be one paragraph)

    • Statement of the problem (include importance to field)
    • Specific research question
    • Proposed methods (e.g., who, what, how)
    • Preliminary results (if available)
    • Anticipated conclusions and how these might relate to future research directions
  • Part IV – Advisors and Resources (Fillable form fields)
    List all additional advisors / mentors who will not be submitting a letter of support but will have a significant role in guiding your research project and career. List any additional resources that you have or need, but are not listed.
  • Additional Files (File uploads)
    • Applicant’s updated Curriculum Vitae
    • Copy of Applicant’s Publications (up to three in a single document, including unfunded submissions) – Candidate’s previous work related to the research project or a key article in the field.
  • Mentor Plan: This form should be filled out by your primary mentor. (Separate form; all fillable fields)
    This is the same mentor that is providing the letter of support in Part I of this application. Your mentor also needs to provide a current NIH-style biosketch.

Application Deadline

Applications are due by May 31, 2021. Program begins September 14, 2021.

All applications must be received electronically through linked forms. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us at the phone number or email below.

Memory Bacon
Program Manager
Clinical & Translational Science Institute
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road, Suite M1350
Milwaukee, WI 53226
414-955-8762 / Email

Meet Our Clinical Research Scholars

Meet Our Clinical Research Scholars

ScholarInstitutionCohort
Kelly Calkins, PhD, MSN

College of Nursing
Marquette University2019-2021
Susan Cohen, MD

Pediatrics
MCW2019-2021
Sarah Dalton, PhD, MSP

College of Health Sciences
Marquette University2019-2021
Adam I. Edelstein MD

Orthopaedic Surgery
MCW2019-2021
Constance Gundacker, MD, MPH

Pediatrics
MCW2019-2021
Natalie McAndrew, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN-K

College of Nursing
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee2019-2021
Amy R. Newman, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, CPHON

College of Nursing
Marquette University2019-2021
Jenna Sarvaideo, DO

Endocrinology and Molecular Medicine
MCW2019-2021
Andres J. Yarur, MD

Medicine
MCW2019-2021
Joseph Zenga, MD
Otolaryngology
MCW2019-2021
Sameem Abedin, MD

Medicine
MCW2017-2019
Panna A. Codner, MD

Surgery
MCW2017-2019
Michael S. Harris, MD

Otolaryngology & Communication Sciences
MCW2017-2019
Josh Hunt, PhD

Surgery
MCW2017-2019
Tammy Kindel, MD, PhD

Surgery
MCW2017-2019
Jennifer Ohlendorf, PhD, RN

College of Nursing
Marquette University2017-2019
Anna Palatnik, MD

OB/GYN
MCW2017-2019
Rachel Phelan, MD, MPH
Pediatrics
MCW2017-2019
David Vyles, DO, MS, FAAP
Pediatrics
MCW2017-2019
Lubna N. Chaudhary MD, MS
Hematology & Oncology
MCW2017-2019
Aaron Winn, PhD

School of Pharmacy
MCW2017-2019
Mukoso N. Ozieh, MD, MSCR

Medicine
MCW2017-2019
Meredith Adams, MD

Anesthesiology
MCW2015-2017
Meredith Cruz, MD, MPH, MBA
OB/GYN
MCW2015-2017
Sarah Dobrozsi, MD, MS

Pediatrics
MCW2015-2017
Arndt Guentsch, DMD, PhD, MHBA

Surgical Sciences/Dentistry
Marquette University2015-2017
William Hall, MD

Radiation Oncology
MCW2015-2017
Katja Kovacic, MD

Pediatrics
MCW2015-2017
Abiola Keller, PA-C, MPH, PhD

Physician Assistant Studies
Marquette University2015-2017
Jacqueline Kulinski, MD

Medicine
MCW2015-2017
Peter LaViolette, PhD, MS

Radiology
MCW2015-2017
Jennifer McIntosh, DO, MS

OB/GYN
MCW2015-2017
Michelle Pickett, MD, MS

Pediatrics
MCW2015-2017
Ramapriya Sinnakirouchenan, MD

Medicine
MCW2015-2017
Erin Bishop, MD

Ob-Gyn
MCW2013-2015
Arash Babaei, MD

Gastroenterology
MCW2013-2015
Carmen Bergom, MD, PhD

Radiation Oncology
MCW2013-2015
Susanne Cabrera, MD

Pediatrics
MCW2013-2015
Anita D'Souza, MD

Medicine
MCW2013-2015
Amy L. Delaney, PhD

Otolaryngology
MCW2013-2015
Sarah Eickmeyer, MD

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
MCW2013-2015
Guilherme Garcia, PhD

Otolaryngology
MCW2013-2015
Salil Ginde, MD, MPH

Pediatrics
MCW2013-2015
David M. Gourlay, MD

Pediatric Surgery
MCW2013-2015
Angelique Harris, PhD

Sociology
MU2013-2015
Teresa Kelly, MD

Radiology
MCW2013-2015
Alison Kriegel, PhD
Physiology
MCW2013-2015
Marc A. Lazzaro, MD

Neurology
MCW2013-2015
Stacee Lerret, PhD, RN

Pediatric Gastroenterology
MCW2013-2015
Michael Levas, MD

Emergency Medicine
MCW2013-2015
Andrea Morrison, MD, MS

Emergency Medicine
MCW2013-2015
T. Hang Nghiem-Rao, MD

Pediatrics
MCW2013-2015
Jayshil Patel, MD

Medicine
MCW2013-2015
Joseph Schwab, MD

Orthopedic Surgery
MCW2013-2015
Na Jin Seo, PhD

Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering
UWM2013-2015
Dawn Wolfgram, MD

Medicine
MCW2013-2015
Kirsten Beyer, PhD, MPH, MS
Institute for Health & Equity
MCW2011-2013
Jonathan Bock, MD
Otolaryngology
MCW2011-2013
William Bradley, MD
Ob-Gyn
MCW2011-2013
Yvonne Chiu, MD
Dermatology
MCW2011-2013
John Densmore, MD
Surgery
MCW2011-2013
Matthew Durand, PhD
Medicine
MCW2011-2013
Veronica Flood, MD
Pediatrics
MCW2011-2013
Amy Harley, PhD, MPH, RD
Public Health
UWM2011-2013
Allison Hyngstrom, PhD, PT
Physical Therapy
MU2011-2013
Sheri Johnson, PhD
Pediatrics
MCW2011-2013
Jennifer Knight, MD
Psychiatry
MCW2011-2013
Joanne Lagatta, MD
Pediatrics
MCW2011-2013
Victoria Moerchen, PhD, PT
Human Movement
UWM2011-2013
Kathleen Mussatto, PhD, RN
Surgery
UWM2011-2013
Mahsa Ranji, PhD
Electrical Engineering
UWM2011-2013
Jennifer Strande, MD, PhD
Medicine
MCW2011-2013
Monica Thakar, MD
Pediatrics
MCW2011-2013
Danny Thomas, MD, MPH
Pediatrics
MCW2011-2013
Jinsung Wang, PhD
Human Movement
UWM2011-2013
Amy Zosel, MD, MSCS
Emergency Medicine
MCW2011-2013
Amanda Brandow, DO, MS
Pediatrics -€“ Hematology, Oncology, and Bone Marrow Transplant
Medical College of Wisconsin2009 - 2011
Terri deRoon-Cassini, PhD
Surgery -€“ Trauma and Critical Care
Medical College of Wisconsin2009 - 2011
Amy Drendel, DO, MS
Pediatrics- Emergency Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin2009 - 2011
Kelly Duffy, PhD
Dermatology – Pediatric Dermatology
Medical College of Wisconsin2009 - 2011
Leigh LoPresti, MD
Family and Community Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin2009 - 2011
Jeanne Palmer, MD
Medicine -€“ Neoplastic Diseases and Related Disorders
Medical College of Wisconsin2009 - 2011
Kevin Regner, MD
Medicine &“ Nephrology
Medical College of Wisconsin2009 - 2011
J. Carson Smith, PhDUniversity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee – Health Sciences2009 - 2011
Ryan Spellecy, PhD
Institute for Health and Society -€“ Bioethics
Medical College of Wisconsin2009 - 2011

Martha Stevens, MD, MSCE
Pediatrics & Emergency Medicine

Medical College of Wisconsin2009 - 2011
Hao Zhang, PhDNorthwestern University2009 - 2011
Kristin Bingen, PhD
Pediatrics
Medical College of Wisconsin2007 - 2009
Joel Blumin, MD
Otolaryngology
Medical College of Wisconsin2007 - 2009
Suzanne Brixey, MD
Pediatrics
Medical College of Wisconsin2007 - 2009
Kathryn Bylow, MD
Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin2007 - 2009
Joseph Goveas, MD
Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin2007 - 2009
Rachel Greenley, PhD
Pediatrics
Medical College of Wisconsin2007 - 2009
Jinger Hoop, MD, MFA
Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin2007 - 2009
Srividya Kidambi, MD
Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin2007 - 2009
Shelly Lund, PhDUniversity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, College of Health Sciences2007 - 2009
Jutta Novalija, MD, PhD
Anesthesiology
Medical College of Wisconsin2007 - 2009
Tara Sander, PhD
Pathology
Medical College of Wisconsin2007 - 2009
Alan Silverman, PhD
Pediatrics
Medical College of Wisconsin2007 - 2009
Scott Strath, PhDUniversity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, College of Health Sciences2007 - 2009
Denise Teves, MD
Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin2007 - 2009
Michael Widlansky
Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin2007 - 2009
Jennifer Niskala Apps, PhD
Psychiatry
Medical College of Wisconsin2005 - 2007
Andrew Dentino, DDS, PhDMarquette School of Dentistry2005 - 2007
Timothy Fenske, MD
Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin2005 - 2007
John Jensen, MD
Plastic Surgery
Medical College of Wisconsin2005 - 2007
Michelle Johnson, PhD
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Medical College of Wisconsin2005 - 2007
Jennifer Koop, PhD
Neurology
Medical College of Wisconsin2005 - 2007
Raymond Migrino, MD
Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin2005 - 2007
Neil Mulrooney, MD
Pediatrics
Medical College of Wisconsin2005 - 2007
Emmanuel Ngui, DrPH, MSc
Pediatrics
Medical College of Wisconsin2005 - 2007
Christopher Okunseri, BDS, MSMarquette School of Dentistry2005 - 2007
Julie Panepinto, MD
Pediatrics
Medical College of Wisconsin2005 - 2007
Shane Phillips, PhD, MPTUniversity of Illinois at Chicago2005 - 2007
Nancy Davis, MD
Medicine (Neoplastic Diseases and Related Disorders)
Medical College of Wisconsin2003 - 2005
Amy K. Heffelfinger, PhD
Neurology (Neuropsychology)
Medical College of Wisconsin2003 - 2005
Diana Kerwin, MD
Medicine (Geriatrics)
Medical College of Wisconsin2003 - 2005
Albert L. Merati, MDUniversity of Washington School of Medicine2003 - 2005
Ndidiamaka L. Musa, MD
Pediatrics (Critical Care)
Medical College of Wisconsin2003 - 2005
Kimberly M. Rennie, PhD 2003 - 2005
John S. Rhee, MD
Otolaryngology (Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery)
Medical College of Wisconsin2003 - 2005
Linus Santo Tomas, MD, MS
Medicine (Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine)
Medical College of Wisconsin2003 - 2005
Francisco Soto, MD
Medicine (Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine)
Medical College of Wisconsin2003 - 2005
Renae E. Stafford, MD 2003 - 2005
Michael C. Stephens, MD
Pediatrics, Gastroenterology
Medical College of Wisconsin2003 - 2005
Kelly S. Tieves, DO, MSChildren's Mercy Hospital
Kansas City, MO
2003 - 2005
Timothy D. Woods, MD
Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin2003 - 2005
David Brousseau, MD, MS
Pediatric, Emergency Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin2001 - 2003
Capri-Mara Fillmore, MD, MPH, MS
Indian Health Services
Medical College of Wisconsin2001 - 2003
Hosam Kamel, MDMission Clinical Services
Hot Springs, AZ
2001 - 2003
Subra Kugathasan, MDEmory University School of Medicine2001 - 2003
Todd Loehrl, MD
Otolaryngology & Communication Science
Medical College of Wisconsin2001 - 2003
Paul Millea, MD 2001 - 2003
Cheryl Muszynski, MD 2001 - 2003
Lonie Salkowski, MD
Radiology
University of Wisconsin-Madison 2001 - 2003
Matthew Scanlon, MD
Pediatrics, Critical Care
Medical College of Wisconsin2001 - 2003
Zia Agha, MD, MSUniversity of California -€“ San Diego2000 - 2001
Kulwinder Dua, MD
Medicine, Gastro-Hep
Medical College of Wisconsin2000 - 2001
MaryAnn Gilligan, MD, MPH
Medicine, General Internal Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin2000 - 2001
Diana Maas, MD
Medicine, Endocrinology
Medical College of Wisconsin2000 - 2001
John McGuire, MD
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Medical College of Wisconsin2000 - 2001
Marcos Montagnini, MD
Geriatric Medicine
University of Michigan 2000 - 2001
Attila Nakeeb, MD
Surgery
Indiana University School of Medicine 2000 - 2001
Betty Jo Salmeron, MD
NIH/NIDA -€“ Neuroimaging Research
Medical College of Wisconsin2000 - 2001
Stuart Wong, MD
Medicine, Neoplastic Diseases
Medical College of Wisconsin2000 - 2001
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What our scholars are saying about the program

Christopher Okuseri

The Clinical Research Scholars Program at MCW provided me the opportunity to realize my full potential as a researcher within a supportive environment. I am delighted to say that even after the program, I still continue to collaborate with colleagues at MCW in my publications and grants.

— Christopher Okunseri, BDS, MSc, Associate Professor and Predoctoral Program Director for Public Health, Marquette School of Dentistry

The Clinical Research Scholars program was invaluable in helping to advance my career in research at MCW. Having a group of peers available to help review manuscripts and grants and senior investigators to provide advice and expertise was so important. In addition, I had close contact with the statistical team on my research projects and they really helped keep me on track with my work. We continue to work together even now.

— Julie A. Panepinto, MD, MSPH Professor of Pediatrics/Hematology/ Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplantation Medical College of Wisconsin

Julie A. Panepinto, MD, MSPH

NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important Reminder – Please acknowledge the NIH when publishing papers, patents, projects, and presentations resulting from the use of CTSI resources by including the NIH Funding Acknowledgement.

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