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 advanced training in the methods and conduct of clinical research. The blended-learning approach of this one-year program enables clinician scientists from around the world to participate.

The 2018-2019 program will enroll three cohorts: a Boston cohort that will draw students from the Americas and Caribbean, a London cohort that will draw students from the UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle-East, and a Shanghai cohort that aims to draw students from China, Australia, South Asia and the Pacific.

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 an equivalent degree are eligible to apply. We will consider candidates with a Master's degree for admission on a case-by-case basis.

The 2018 - 2019 Program

The 2018 - 2019 program begins on June 16, 2018 and ends on June 8, 2019. During this year, the blended-learning approach combines the traditional face-to-face teaching methods of three workshops and recorded online lectures supported by interactive webinars, to form an integrated instructional approach. Scholars have 24/7 access to 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 teams 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 consists of approximately 85 recorded online lectures, including nine foundation courses, the option to choose a concentration  (Advanced Epidemiology or Clinical Trials), and a choice of one of three electives (Drug Development, Secondary Analysis, or Survey Design). Lectures are supported by interactive webinars and face-to-face workshops. Throughout the program, scholars are expected to develop and submit a research proposal.

Participants who achieve all of 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, scholars 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.

Application Deadlines


Boston Application Deadline: May 20, 2018
London Application Deadline: June 7, 2018
Shanghai Application Deadline: June 15, 2018

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