Education, Training, and Career Development at YCCI

One of YCCI’s most important missions is to attract the best and the brightest students, fellows, and junior faculty members to careers in clinical research, and offer them the training necessary to master a daunting array of research approaches and technologies and work effectively within complex teams.

Since its inception in 2006, YCCI has launched a number of initiatives to enhance the training of tomorrow’s leaders in clinical and translational research. The foundation of YCCI rests on the strength of its core faculty or “Society of Mentors,” a diverse and accomplished group of senior investigators committed to training the next generation of clinical scholars. The YCCI Junior Faculty Scholars Program is focused on furthering the training of junior faculty members or postdoctoral fellows who are ready to transition to faculty and are strongly committed to careers in clinical or translational research. YCCI has also expanded Yale’s unique Investigative Medicine Program, which offers a PhD degree in Health Sciences to a select group of MD postdoctoral fellows. This highly innovative and successful program serves as the administrative home for the educational component of the CTSA and its courses are also available to all trainees and faculty in the medical center. YCCI has also brought under its educational umbrella a broad group of fellows and students from such programs as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJ) Clinical Scholars Program and the HHMI “Med into Grad” component of Yale’s interdepartmental PhD Program in Biological & Biomedical Sciences (BBS). YCCI’s vision is to create a unique educational environment for the training of future interdisciplinary teams of scientists.

Clinical Research Training

The YCCI Clinical Research Support Training Program is committed to providing support to facilitate the highest possible quality in clinical research. We provide training opportunities for all research staff to ensure that research is carried out appropriately and efficiently. Our educational offerings include professional development for research nurses, coordinators, data managers, IRB staff, and other personnel involved in clinical research.

We maintain broad-based information on federal, state, local and institutional requirements needed to initiate and manage clinical research, including all regulatory requirements, detailed knowledge about specifics for implementing research at Yale and affiliated sites, and a robust system for educating and updating those involved in clinical and translational research about compliance and regulatory requirements and procedures. In addition, our program is designed to help educate research staff on resolving problems encountered in their work environment as they arise.