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Predoctoral Clinical Research Training Program

The Predoctoral Clinical Research Training Program (PCRTP) provides a multidisciplinary, broad based, integrated educational and mentored clinical research training experience for predoctoral students in the Health Sciences. The program is available to students enrolled in the UCSD School of Medicine (SOM) and the Skaggs School of Pharmacy (SSPPS). This program is supported by the Clinical and Translational Research Institute at UCSD School of Medicine.  The TL1 training component of the CTRI Education and Training Division provides support for this program.

PCRTP provides both short-term as well as intensive training experiences in clinical research or research methodologies for predoctoral students.  The short term experiences typically last for 10-12 weeks during the summer.  First year medical students and first and second year pharmacy students are eligible to apply for support from this program.  An orientation session is typically held in November for this and other short term research programs.  Applications are typically due in early April, with funding notifications by the last week in April. 

The intensive training experience includes a more in depth clinical research training experience in conjunction with a comprehensive curriculum covering the methods of clinical research.  Completion of this curriculum can lead to a Master's of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research

Medical students interested in obtaining this Master's degree would typically pursue the curriculum following completion of their third year of medical school for a 12 month period from January through December, or from July through June.   Questions about eligibility for the program should be directed to Dr. Carolyn Kelly at

For both Short- and Long-term pathways, the TL1 includes stipend support at the current NIH predoctoral level .   For students enrolled in the MAS Clinical Research program, the TL1 also provides support for health insurance, and partial support for the tuition and ancillary fees.  Current fees for the program are available here under “Fee schedule for medical students” 12-month pace.

For more information about either the Short-term or Long-term programs, please contact Dr. Kelly at


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