Global Clinical Scholars Research Training Program

Global Clinical Scholars Research Training Program

About the Program

The Harvard Medical School Global Clinical Scholars Research Training (GCSRT) Program provides clinicians and clinician-scientists a strong foundation in the methods and conduct of clinical research. The blended-learning approach to this one-year program enables clinicians from around the world to participate.

Candidates for This Program

This program is designed for clinicians working in clinical research at the faculty level (or equivalent). Candidates holding an MD, PhD, MBBS, DMD, DDS, PharmD, DNP, or equivalent degree are eligible to apply.

The 2014 - 2015 Program

The  2014 - 2015 program begins on June 21, 2014, and ends on June 6, 2015. During this year, the blended-learning approach combines the traditional face-to-face teaching methods of three workshops with computer-mediated activities, webinars, to form an integrated instructional approach. Scholars have 24/7 access to all learning content and can participate at any time and place best suited to their needs. The program emphasizes team-based learning with scholars working together in groups to collaborate, discuss and problem solve while also learning from each other – a method that leads to a deeper and more enduring understanding of topics. In addition, scholars will have access to program faculty throughout the year for methodologic guidance and support.


The program curriculum is comprised of approximately 60 lectures, including two foundation courses, one in epidemiology and one in biostatistics, as well as the option to choose a concentration in either advanced epidemiology (the Epi-GCSRT concentration) or in clinical trials (the Trials-GCSRT concentration). Nearly 30% of the lectures will focus on the concentration selected by each scholar.  The lectures are supported by regular interactive webinars and face-to-face workshops, and at the program's conclusion scholars will be expected to develop and present a research proposal, the capstone project.

All participants who achieve the program objectives are granted a Certificate of Completion, and will be eligible to become Associate Members of the Harvard Medical School and Harvard University Alumni Association.

After completing this program, participants will be able to:

1. Perform both observational and experimental clinical research.
2. Plan and implement a clinical research project.
3. Analyze, interpret, and present clinical research data.