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Program Curriculum

The curriculum of the Clinical Scholars Program is designed to allow busy clinicians and faculty PhDs to participate with minimal disruptions to their professional duties.

Teaching sessions are held in the early evening Tuesdays and Thursdays. Attendance is required.

If you are enrolled in the Clinical Scholars Program you are automatically enrolled in the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) certificate program/Training Program in Translational Science (TPTS) at the same time.

After fulfilling the requirements for both programs, students receive a certificate of completion from each.


  • Provide a comprehensive curriculum that covers the basic knowledge base required to engage in human disease-related research and teach how such knowledge may be integrated into novel and creative applications of human-disease research.
  • Mentor clinical scholars individually to support human-disease research careers.
  • Train clinical scholars to think, write and communicate scientifically, with an emphasis on proficiency in articulating ideas, knowledge gaps and hypotheses.
  • Educate clinical scholars in the development of fundable translational research proposals, including designing and conducting experimental plans, formulating a cohesive and logical research project application and completing competitive applications for appropriate grant programs.
  • Demonstrate the advantages and techniques of scientific networking and mentoring across clinical, applied health services and laboratory domains.
  • Instruct in leading-edge research methodologies and provide exposure to developing technologies relevant to human-disease research.


Clinical scholars program participants are expected to:

  • Biostatistics
  • Grants Intro
  • Grant Writing Seminar
  • Bioethics

UCLA CTSI/TPTS Program Requirements

  • Clinical Scholars Program participants must meet the requirements for the CTSI certificate program/TPTS.
  • These include 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 other monthly meetings is recommended, but not required.

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Have Questions or Need Help?

If you have questions or would like more information about the Clinical Scholars Program at Cedars-Sinai, please call or send us a message.

Emma Yates Casler, Program Manager