An eight-week program for PhDs interested in clinical and translational research. Clinical Research Orientation Program for PhDs (CROPP)
At a glance
Opportunity for
  • PhDs with an interest in, but little or no experience with, clinical and translational research
  • PhD
Time commitment
  • Four to five hours per week for eight weeks
Funding level
  • Tuition-free
Session dates
  • September 7 - October 26, 2017
Application Due
  • 5:00pm on July 14, 2017
  • Endorsements due 5:00pm on July 18, 2017
  • All applicants will be notified of their status no later than July 28, 2017.
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Are you interested in launching your clinical research career?

Clinical Research Orientation Program for PhDs (CROPP) is designed to give PhDs who have an interest in clinical research first-hand experience within a clinical translational research setting.

This eight-week program has three main components that will allow participants to apply learned concepts to their hypothetical research projects.

(1) Insight into the Clinical Research Process:

  • Experienced mentors provide guidance on the clinical research process
  • Mentor/mentee parings are matched to provide guidance in the research process, rather than for scientific alignment
  • Weekly meetings with mentor throughout the program

(2) Didactic Curriculum:

  • Weekly lectures and discussions centered on designing clinical research studies, working with study participants and clinical research personnel, and navigating the regulatory processes

(3) Clinical Research Center (CRC) Visits:

  • Exposure to Harvard Catalyst Clinical Research Centers (CRCs) and their resources with on-site visits
  • Information on accessing and leveraging the services the centers provide, including guidance on the logistical and administrative processes

The CROPP program will outline the professional roles required for clinical research, such as support personnel (nurses, assistants, social workers, nutritionists, etc.) and the human subject protection office. Potential challenges and barriers in conducting clinical research will be covered, addressing topics such as interactions with patients and clinicians, protocol preparation and study design, and the process of integrating as a basic scientist into a clinical setting.

Both the didactic curriculum and mentored hands-on clinical experience are designed to expose participants to several components of clinical research, including the transition from bench to bedside, the advantages and limitations of human and animal models, the regulatory process that governs clinical research, and the difference between clinical research and clinical care.