Optional Experiences


TL1 Trainees will be offered opportunities to work with junior faculty to introduce translational science to other audiences. For example, participation in panel discussions on careers in translational research for undergraduate student audiences.


TL1 Trainees can request assignment to a senior leader to gain exposure to leadership techniques. Depending on the Trainee’s specific interest, we will identify a senior leader and identify the optimal time for a one-month experience.

Statistical expertise

Each Trainee can take advantage of courses offered through the Odum Institute for Social Sciences Research on the UNC campus to learn the SAS, STATA or SPSS statistical programs. The choice of which program depends on the Trainee’s background and what the research team is currently using.

MD/PhD clinical case conferences

TL1 Trainees who wish to develop familiarity with clinical situations may attend these case conferences, held monthly and led by an MD/PhD student who is in his/her third or fourth year of medical school. The goals of the conference are to maintain clinical exposure for MD/PhD students who are in graduate school and to explore interesting cases that stimulate research questions. A fourth year MD/PhD student, assisted by program faculty, leads the discussion on potential research approaches to address the clinical issue.

Training in epidemiology, biostatistics, manuscript and proposal writing

A variety of options are available for training in these areas depending on the needs of the Trainee.

Research Projects

The proposed research project should have a translational component, or said in another way, how the research has implications for future work. Note that this may be future work that is done after the TL1 period and may not be done by the Trainee themselves. Research should not include any international work. No research funds may be used for research-related work or travel outside the US and Canada.

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