Curriculum

The typical curriculum for each scholar will include a minimum of 75% protected time

First Year Curriculum

First Summer
During the summer of the first year, each scholar will be required to take at least 2 credit hours per week in class work (and may take additional courses) and will be able to select an educational immersion experience with an established omics- or pulmonary-based team (10 hours/week).

First Fall
During the fall semester, the CRTC Program will require 9 credit hours per week for class work, and each scholar will select a second educational immersion experience (10 hours/week) supplemented by attendance at the Omics of Inflammatory Airway Disease conference and other relevant conferences (2 hours/week).

First Spring
During the spring semester of first year, each scholar will spend 9 credit hours per week in course work (10 hours/week) supplemented by conference attendance (2 hours/week). After consultation with the PD/PIs and Advisory Committee, each scholar will be expected to select a mentor from the CRTC or an immersion team who can provide her/him with support for quantitative skills and an additional mentor from one of the established omics or pulmonary investigative teams by January of the first year. In addition, in January of the first year, after consultation with the PD/PIs, each scholar will constitute a Scholarship Oversight Committee and meet with this Committee to review plans for development of a research project. Both the choice of mentors and the membership of the Scholarship Oversight Committee will be reviewed and approved by the PD/PIs and by the Advisory Committee. Each scholar will develop her/his independent research proposal by March of the first year and submit a completed, manuscript-quality proposal by August of the second summer. Progress on this proposal will be reviewed in late spring by the Scholarship Oversight Committee and through presentations by each scholar at the Omics Basis of Inflammatory Airway Disease Conference and for the Advisory Committee. In addition, each scholar will attend the annual scholars’ meeting hosted by the PD/PIs from K12 Omics in Lung Diseases career development programs.

Sample Curriculum for MSCI Program

Semester Course Course Number Credit
1st Summer Intro. to Stats. for Clin. Res. CLNV 523 2
Fall semester Intermed. Stats. for Health Sciences CLNV 524 3
  Designing Outcomes & Clin. Res. CLNV 513 3
  Ethical & Legal Issues in Research CLNV 510 3
Spring semester Epidemiology for Clin.Res. CLNV 588 3
  Scientific Writing and Publishing CLNV 529 3
  Grantsmanship CLNV 528 3
2nd and 3rd years IndependentResearch/Concentration Courses   13
Total credit hours     33

Second and Third Year Training Curricula (Mentor Teams)

The second year is focused on submission of a manuscript (Fall) and submission of a K Award application by each scholar no later than the 12 February deadline. The development of a K Award application time line by each scholar in collaboration with her/his mentor team will begin no later than February of the first year. This goal is reasonable in view of the anticipated completion in August of the second year of the independent research project required by the CRTC programs, selection of a research mentor team 13 months prior to this deadline, and adequate time allotted to development of this proposal by the proposed curriculum. The mentor team will anticipate that each scholar will have submitted a manuscript for publication by mid-Fall of the second year based on the scholar’s mentored research conducted through the CRTC Programs. During the spring semester of second year, each scholar will continue to work on manuscript submission with her/his mentor team and will take additional courses as deemed appropriate by the mentor team, the Scholarship Oversight Committee, the PD/PIs, and the Advisory Committee. If the submitted Award application is funded, the scholar will complete the K12 program in spring of her/his second year after a final meeting with her/his Scholarship Oversight Committee and presentations to the Omics Basis of Inflammatory Airway Disease conference and the Advisory Committee. If the submitted Award application is not funded, the mentor team will review with the scholar the revisions required to achieve a fundable priority score. The scholar will then submit a plan for revision to her/his mentor team for the 12 November resubmission deadline. This plan will also be reviewed by the Scholarship Oversight Committee, the PD/PIs, and by the Advisory Committee. Failure to re-submit will be a major consideration in continuation of support from this program.

If the initial K Award application requires revision, and the scholar submits an acceptable plan for revision, or if, in the judgment of the mentor team, the Scholarship Oversight Committee, the PD/PIs, and the Advisory Committee, the scholar requires additional time to submit a successful K Award application, the scholar will receive a third year of support from the program. Scholars who submit an amended version of an Award application will be expected to do so for the 12 November resubmission deadline. Scholars who submit a new application during the third year will be expected to do so for the 12 October deadline. All scholars supported by this program during a third year will be expected to continue to meet 4 times a year with their Scholarship Oversight Committees, maintain active mentoring relationships with their mentor teams, and present their work to the Omics of Inflammatory Airway Disease conference, the visiting, external member of the Advisory Committee, and attend the annual meeting for active grantees. During the third year, additional course work deemed necessary by the mentor team will be reviewed and approved by the Scholarship Oversight Committee, the PD/PIs, and the Advisory Committee.

The mentor team will play a critical role in the success of each scholar during a 2 to 3 year interval after successful K Award application and completion of this program. Specifically, this team will maintain an ongoing collaborative relationship with each scholar, likely through the scholar’s K Award’sCareer Development Program Scholarship Oversight Committee. A major advantage of engaging each scholar with an established research team as part of the mentor selection process is that this team will be available for collaboration and insuring maintenance of focus by each successful scholar.