Overview of the Curriculum

The curriculum is designed to allow busy clinicians to participate with minimal disruption of their duties. Teaching sessions are held from 5:00-6:30 p.m. twice a week (Tuesdays and some Thursdays) during the first year; full participation is expected, 75% attendance is required. Some of these classes are taken with graduate students.

  • Required courses – Biostatistics, Grantsmanship, Scientific Ethics and Directions in Clinical Research & Personalized Medicine.
  • Roundtable Presentations - These lunchtime gatherings of clinical scholars include interactive discussions with distinguished clinical scientists on topics of current relevance to clinical research.
  • Grant Writing Workshops - These will be conducted as small working group encounters with a member of the Research Grant Development Team. The goal is to generate a real application within an assigned period of time.
  • Mentoring – All clinical scholars will receive ongoing mentoring from the Director of the Program and from the Grants Mentor.
  • Basic Science Liaison - Clinical scholars are assisted in identifying basic science mentors when it is deemed useful for their career development. Attendance at the laboratory meetings of the mentor would allow the scholar to understand better the language of science and to interact with scientists in a related discipline.

The Curriculum - Program duration of 2 years

The Clinical Scholars Curriculum is designed with clear "expectations" set out for S=scholars to meet upon graduation from the program:

Research Design

  • Develop a valid and achievable research question that can be quantified in measurable terms
  • Utilize available databases for relevant literature
  • Properly reference citations and bibliographies
  • Critique research approaches and applications as to significance, innovation, approach and feasibility
  • Develop a strategic career plan for independent research


  • Identify and adhere to ethical practices and principles during the design, data collection, and reporting of research on humans and animals
  • Identify requirements for research involving vulnerable groups, e.g. children, women, underserved minorities

Communication Skills

  • Clearly present and communicate scientific ideas and research results
  • Engage in research collaborations with colleagues from varied backgrounds and areas of research


  • Research and locate different types of funding opportunities
  • Write a scientific grant application for solicitation of funding, including preparation of a grant budget

Year 1 Requirements

  • Attend all required courses (75% attendance rate required), roundtables and workshops
  • Fully participate in the Biostatistics course, by completing all homework assignments and taking the final examination
  • Interact with the Grant-writing mentor from the Research Grant Development Team
  • Meet with the Program Director twice/year to plan an individualized two year program, identify a local mentor and discuss program progress
  • Submit a Cedars-Sinai Clinical Scholar/Eigler-Whiting-Mann Grant application (includes oral presentation) at the end of Year 1 (see below)

Year 2 Requirements

  • Full-time/substantial part-time (≥ 50%) research under the supervision of an experienced mentor
  • By full-time, it is implied that the clinical scholar and the mentor can assure the program that blocks of time will be set aside for full-time research over a one to two year period. The program aspires to a minimum of 100% time over one year or 50% time over two years.

Please Note - In special cases, admission for a one year program, which combines full-time research with participation in the curriculum, may be considered.