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Graduate Program in Clinical Research

 

Brief Overview of the Program

There is a nationally recognized shortage of adequately trained clinical researchers. To set the context for future clinical research activities, the NIH convened a Director's Panel in the late 1990s. They recognized the state of clinical research as a national problem and made certain recommendations. These recommendations included improving the quality of clinical research training, initiating training programs to attract students into clinical research careers, and educating the public about the importance of clinical research.

NIH Roadmap clearly identifies that in order to provide 21st century medicine; we need expanding medical/dental advances. To support such advances, a trained clinical research workforce is needed who will take research from bench-to-bedside or chair side. As of April, 2013, globally, there were 144,219 clinical trials listed on the National Institutes of Health Clinical Trials Web site (http://clinicaltrials.gov/). Over 75,104 of these trials were in North America (68,444 in the U.S.). We need trained clinical research personnel at all levels to conduct these studies using the highest scientific, ethical and regulatory standards. In keeping with this growing need, New York University College of Dentistry initiated the Clinical Research Training Program in 2000.

We offer two programs: 1-year Certificate Program, and a two-year MS Program. Our goal is to keep the programs small and manageable, and since inception; we have enrolled over 165 students and graduated 118 from both programs. There are 30 students currently in both programs as well. Enrollment data for the first decade are shown in the figure above.

On October 27-28th of 2011, three external reviewers (industry and academia based) evaluated the MS Program in Clinical Research that just completed its 10th year. In the report they submitted on December 2, 2011, the reviewers provided a constructive feedback for the sole purpose of improving the program. They concluded that there was overwhelming support of the program by the students who were extremely positive of the faculty. Based on their recommendations, we have further improved the program by revising our curriculum by adding electives that are given in other schools at NYU and making the first year courses the same for both programs.