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CRSP Program Overview - M.S. in Clinical Research

The Case Western Reserve University's Master's in Clinical Research in the Clinical Research Scholars Program (CRSP) is a flexible two-to- four year Master's program designed to provide MDs and PhDs in health-related disciplines with rigorous didactic education in clinical research methods coupled with an in-depth mentored investigative experience. CRSP is designed to prepare a new generation of clinical investigators for leadership roles in academia, government, and industry. Training in clinical research and career development provides CRSP Scholars with an educational experience that prepares them to identify a research question and critically evaluate relevant literature; transform the question into a feasible and valid study design; develop and execute the study protocol; and analyze and effectively communicate the findings. The CRSP program consists of three parts: formal didactic modular and semester-long course work; a seminar series that focuses on communication skills required for career development; and an intensive mentored experience centered on a specific clinical research problem. It is expected that individuals so trained can master fully the challenges in clinical investigation of the next decade, particularly the new translational opportunities being developed. As such, they should be attractive candidates for positions in clinical science departments, research institutes, or industry.

Administrative Arrangements and Academic Units

The program resides in the Center for Clinical Investigation in the Division of General Medical Sciences of the School of Medicine. The academic units involved include the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Management, and Dentistry. The faculty is primarily drawn from the Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Biostatistics and Epidemiology from the School of Medicine. CRSP faculty is selected for expertise and commitment to teaching and mentorship in clinical investigation.

Participating Institutions

Case Western Reserve University
-School of Medicine
-School of Dentistry
-School of Nursing
-Weatherhead School of Management
University Hospitals of Cleveland
Cleveland Clinic
MetroHealth Medical Center
Louis B. Stokes VA Medical Center

Definition of Clinical Research

Clinical research is viewed as a continuum that embraces studies involving interaction with patients, diagnostic clinical materials, and patient-oriented data or populations in any of the following categories:

  • translational research
  • disease detection
  • diagnosis and natural history of disease
  • therapeutic interventions including clinical trials
  • prevention and health promotion
  • behavioral research
  • health services or outcomes research
  • epidemiology
  • community-based and managed care-based research
  • Underlying this diversity is a common set of disciplines with which the modern clinical investigator needs to have working knowledge. CRSP provides this core material in a complementary fashion with the specific technical research tools that Scholars learn during their individual mentored research experience.