The Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Education

Medical Students

Medical Students

Spectrum supports medical students in the pursuit of careers in clinical and translational research through a combination of Masters degree programs and short-term research projects.

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Anandi Krishnan, PhD email

Masters in Epidemiology and Clinical Research

The Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Epidemiology and Clinical Research is a research-oriented program that offers instruction and research opportunities leading to the M.S. degree in Epidemiology. Core faculty and academic teaching staff are administratively housed in the Department of Health Research and Policy; affiliated faculty come from a number of Stanford University departments and other Bay Area centers.

The program is designed to complement graduate training in the medical, behavioral, and social sciences and to prepare physicians and other students for research careers in clinical investigation and epidemiology.

The Program in Epidemiology has particular strengths in the following areas:

  • cancer epidemiology
  • infectious disease epidemiology
  • neuroepidemiology
  • cardiovascular disease epidemiology
  • musculoskeletal disease epidemiology
  • epidemiologic methods
  • genetic epidemiology
  • reproductive epidemiology and women’s health.

Through Spectrum funding, qualified medical students and physician fellows can pursue a master’s degree in Epidemiology and Clinical Research, providing the training and skills for conducting clinical and translational research. Information about the TL1 award for medical students or KL2 award for physician fellows who are anticipating careers in clinical and translational research is available from the Health Research and Policy education coordinator at or (650) 723-5456.

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Masters in Health Services Research

The Master’s Degree program in Health Services Research is a research-oriented program with a focus on economics and statistics, outcomes research, cost-effectiveness, and technology assessment. This program is designed to complement training in the medical and social sciences and to prepare students for research careers in health services or health policy analysis.

The program provides specialized training in selected areas of health care policy, research methodology, and the application of these skills to a specific research problem.

Course work requirements allow students to design a program of study suited to their individual backgrounds and interests.

Through Spectrum funding, qualified medical students and physician fellows can pursue a Master’s Degree program in Health Services Research, providing the training and skills for conducting clinical and translational research. Information about the TL1 award for medical students or KL2 award for physician fellows who are anticipating careers in clinical and translational research is available from the Health Research and Policy education coordinator at or (650) 723-5456.

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Scholarly Concentrations

Scholarly Concentrations are structured programs of study that promote in-depth learning and scholarship, providing all medical students with faculty-mentored scholarly experiences in areas of individual interest, combined with structured coursework to support this scholarship. This component of the MD curriculum develops critical thinking and skills in evaluation of new data, and provides hands-on experience with the methods by which new scholarly information is generated.

For more information visit the Scholarly Concentration website.

Dual Degree — MD/MBA

The dual MD/MBA degree allows you to pursue an MBA at the Graduate School of Business and an MD from the School of Medicine in five academic years of residence.

For the MD/MBA, you typically apply to the MBA Program either concurrently with the MD application or in your third or fourth year of the program. For more information, see the Graduate School of Business – Dual Degrees.

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Spectrum Supports Medical students through the Medscholars Research Program. Medical students may be selected to participate in a faculty guided research project. Projects are usually carried out in one quarter and may be in addition to the normal academic schedule.

Students carry out research in an academic setting under the direction of faculty members here at the medical school, hospital and clinics, and throughout the University. The fellowships provide funding and units as Medical Scholars Research 370.

The following are important aspects of the Program:

  • Students will be assigned to one of several the types of projects. These projects are: Resident, Away Researcher, and Traveling. Projects of four (4) quarters FTE are called Medical Scientist projects.
  • Students must register in Medical Scholars Research 370 (independent study) with their faculty research advisor. This course stipulates that:
    • Each student have a Stanford faculty advisor (students doing research away — either travel or community — must have an onsite advisor as well as a Stanford advisor)
    • The Committee on Medical Student Research and Scholarship oversee the program
    • A rigorous process be upheld (submitting a proposal, having a faculty interview, writing a final report and giving an oral presentation). Eighteen units of credit are given for each quarter of 100% research.
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Joint and Dual Degree Opportunities

Stanford supports a range of opportunities for candidates to pursue more than one advanced degree. MD students may expand their academic aspirations to include a Master's or PhD. Doctoral students may apply to the new MS in Medicine program. Students may venture to other Stanford schools to obtain an MBA, JD, or even to Berkeley to get an MPH.

Decisions about second degrees can involve many factors and second degree options must be discussed with both academic and financial aid advisors, as well as with admission officers of the program of interest, to ensure each student can meet academic, admission, and tuition requirements.

In a joint degree program, a single course may count toward multiple degrees. In a dual degree, you may apply credit from a course to only one degree.

Below are some of the degree combinations that may be of interest to the clinical and translational researcher. Click on any of the following headings for more information.

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Biostatistics PhD Training for Personalized Medicine

Personalized medicine will change the way we deliver health care, with the development of medical interventions tailored to an individual’s unique genetic makeup and health history.

Scholars in Stanford’s “Training Program in Biostatistics for Personalized Medicine” will help define the statistical foundation for this emerging field, developing the tools and methodologies for collecting, organizing and interpreting the vast amounts of health data being generated in all corners of our society.

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Funding of Graduate Studies

Spectrum Funding

In keeping with its core educational mission, Spectrum supports excellence in clinical and translational research (CTR) with funding for specialized training and multiyear degree-granting programs.

The KL2 Mentored Career Development Program provides senior fellows and junior faculty in health-related professions with financial support and advanced training in clinical and translational research. Recipients of this award receive access to career-development mentors, tuition support and a salary subsidy of 37.5-percent of Stanford’s postgraduate-year stipend. Research performed within the KL2 program is designed to help participants obtain future NIH research grants. » More Information

The TL1 Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Research Training Program provides awardees with partial tuition and stipend support for a year of full-time instruction in clinical and translational research methods. Recipients of the TL1 award receive access to career-development mentors, tuition support of up to $16,000 a year and a stipend of up to 100 percent of National Research Service Award stipend levels outlined by the National Institutes of Health. » More Information

The Biodesign Innovation Fellowship allows you to spend a year learning the ins and outs of medtech innovation — from exploring needs in a hospital setting to selecting just the right medical problem to work on. Next, you and your team will come up with dozens of potential solutions and file patents on your best ideas. Spectrum supports two fellows each year in this program. » More Information

Other Funding Sources

Clinical Research Training – Online

The National Institutes of Health, through its Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education, offers several courses for online training in the area of clinical research.

Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research

This is a course on how to effectively conduct clinical research, formalizing instruction that is normally taught through mentorship. The recommended textbook is Principles and Practice of Clinical Research, second edition (2007), edited by John I. Gallin and Frederick P. Ognibene and published by Academic Press/Elsevier (Lane Library | Amazon).
» Course information and application.

Principles of Clinical Pharmacology

This course consists of a weekly lecture series covering the fundamentals of clinical pharmacology as a translational scientific discipline focused on rational drug development and utilization in therapeutics. The recommended textbook is Principles of Clinical Pharmacology, Second Edition (2007) edited by Arthur J. Atkinson, Jr., et al. and published by Academic Press/Elsevier (Amazon). This complements the material covered in the “Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research.”

This course was designed to assist individuals who are preparing to take the certifying examinations of the American Board of Clinical Pharmacology and to meet the needs of researchers with an interest in the clinical pharmacologic aspects of contemporary drug development and utilization.
» Course information and application.

Clinical Research Training Online Course for Principal Investigators

This course addresses one of the essential standards approved by the NIH for performing clinical research in the Intramural Research Program. This material is also covered by the "Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research" and "Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Human Subjects Research" courses.
» Course information and application.

Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Clinical Research

This course is offered to anyone interested or involved in clinical research involving human subjects.
» Course information and registration.

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Geriatrics iSAGE Mini-Fellowship

In an effort to promote successful aging and end-of-life care for multicultural older adults, Stanford recently launched an Internet-based Successful Aging training program, called iSAGE. The mini-fellowship is funded with a grant from the National Institute on Minority Health Disparities, and it’s being offered for free to both health-care professionals and members of the public.

Multi-disciplinary health personnel (doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, chaplains, occupational therapists, massage therapists, physical therapists, marriage and family therapists and other allied health professionals) interested in learning about the scientific principles of successful aging and end of life care for multi-cultural older Americans should apply to become iSAGE mini-fellows.

It is anticipated that the entire mini-fellowship will take 80 hours of focused studying. These 80 hours can be completed over a three month period.

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Stanford Education Planning Initiative - SEPI

Serve as a Mentor to Minority Pre-Med Students

The Stanford University Minority Medical Alliance Medical Mentorship Program (SUMMA MMP) focuses on reaching out to disadvantaged pre-medical students at community and state colleges of the Bay Area.

By providing one-on-one mentoring between a Stanford medical student and pre-medical student, we hope to create a welcoming environment and help increase the number of disadvantaged students applying and admitted to medical school.

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Faculty & Minority Medical Students — Mentor Event

The Center of Excellence sponsors career-information nights designed to broaden the exposure of minority medical students to the various fields of medicine.

In an informal setting, students can ask questions of faculty from different departments and hear them discuss their experiences, career choices and issues of importance to the community. Fall, winter and spring quarters; medical students only.

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Find a Mentor via CAP – Community Academic Profiles

The Stanford School of Medicine’s Community Academic Profiles (CAP) is an excellent resource for finding a mentor, research jobs and connecting with colleagues.

Learn about the interests of faculty, researchers and students; explore connections across topics, and discover new opportunities to collaborate.

Be sure to log in with your SUNet ID to view complete information in CAP Network.

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Pediatric Advocacy Program

The Pediatric Advocacy Program works with a variety of community partners to improve child health and reduce health disparities. It also coordinates all child advocacy efforts sponsored by the School of Medicine. It offers medical students with several opportunities to work in the community, with these educational rotations:

  • Community Pediatrics and Child Advocacy Rotation
  • Adolescent Medicine and Advocacy Rotation
  • Stanford Advocacy Track
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Center for Innovation in Global Health

The Stanford University Center for Innovation in Global Health (CIGH) strives to enable collaborative programs in global health for residents, medical students and undergraduates by reaching across geographic, cultural, economic and gender boundaries to inspire a new generation of global health leaders by creating partnered programs which build capacity both overseas and in the U.S. in underserved low-resource communities.

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