In July 2011, 20 Clinical Research Training Institute participants will convene in La Jolla, CA, for a weeklong summer workshop, which focuses on the foundation, methodologies, and application of patient-oriented clinical research. Presentations by leaders in clinical hematology research are specifically designed to illustrate the variety of opportunities available within the field. Throughout the week, participants work on their own proposed clinical research projects with workshop faculty members and a small group; this provides participants with intensive exposure to informational and networking resources. Further developing their clinical research projects, participants refine and revise their plans through formal and informal one-on-one interaction and mentoring with the faculty.
The program begins with this weeklong summer class, but there are also two subsequent mandatory sessions during the year. The first is at the ASH annual meeting and the second is on the third Thursday in May at ASH Headquarters in Washington, DC. These two additional sessions provide an opportunity for further interaction and mentoring. ASH pays awardees’ travel expenses to the summer workshop and spring meeting.
Dr. Lauren Maeda of Stanford University reflects on her experience as a 2010 participant, “The opportunity to completely immerse myself in a weeklong experience focusing on clinical research was extremely productive and motivational. Not only was I able to work with senior faculty with extensive experience and success in clinical research, but I was also able to meet fellows and junior faculty colleagues from many different institutions who were all working on novel and important research in hematology.” She highly recommends this course to all young investigators.
To be a part of this unique yearlong education and mentoring program for hematology, hematology-oncology, and hematology-related fellows in training, as well as for junior faculty physicians at academic medical centers, you must submit a letter of intent for the 2011 application cycle by January 5, 2011. Those who have fulfilled the letter-of-intent requirements will be invited to apply; applications are due by March 1, 2011. The finalists for the 2011 class will be notified on June 1. There is no fee to apply or participate in this program; however, all applicants must be ASH members.
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