Overview of the Curriculum

The Clinical Scholars Program curriculum is designed to allow busy clinicians and faculty PhDs to participate with minimal disruptions to their duties. Teaching sessions are held from 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. on Tuesdays (and a few Thursdays) during the first year. Full participation is expected. Some classes may include graduate students and/or postdoctoral students. Students enrolled in the Cedars-Sinai Clinical Scholars Program are automatically concurrently enrolled in the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) certificate program, Training Program in Translational Science (TPTS). After fulfilling the requirements for both programs, students receive a certificate of completion from each. Parameters for attending the Clinical Scholars Program are as follows.

Clinical Scholars Program Requirements

  • Minimum 70 percent attendance rate is required for all courses; complete all coursework including assignments and exams in
    • Biostatistics
    • Grants Intro
    • Grant Writing Seminar
    • Bioethics
  • Submit a Cedars-Sinai CTSI Clinical Scholar Grant as well as an Eigler-Whiting-Mann Grant application (includes oral presentation)

UCLA CTSI/TPTS Program Requirements

  • Attending and presenting at the CTSI/TPTS monthly meeting once each year for the two years of the program: the first-year presentation is on the student’s research interest; the second-year presentation is on a research challenge faced by the student.
  • Participating in-person or by video conference at the monthly meetings is recommended, but not required.