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Course Schedule

The MSCI program includes five semesters of didactic coursework. While the course schedule changes each year, prospective candidates are encouraged to review the attached document in order to understand the general progression of didactic courses within the program.

MSCI Core Courses 2022-2023

Fall 2022

Wednesday, August 24: First day of classes

Wednesday, August 24 – Friday, December 9

The Case Studies I course is designed to utilize a studio process to enrich trainee research. Studios are structured, dynamic sessions which bring together relevant research experts with the purpose of enhancing research quality, improving funding success, fostering advances in clinical practice and improvements in patient health, increasing publications, and generating new hypotheses. Participants include 2 to 6 experienced faculty, your mentor, your MSCI peers, and the MSCI program directors. You choose the most appropriate studio depending on the stage of your research: hypothesis generation, aims, study design, implementation, analysis and interpretation, translation, manuscript development, or grant development. Presentations should be conducted as if presenting at a research conference. Attendance at peers’ studios is expected as it will foster critical thinking from an interdisciplinary approach, collegiality, and collaboration.

Fall, Spring, Summer [1]

Friday, September 9 – Friday, October 7

M, T, W, Th, F: 8:30 – 11:30 am

This is the first of the two core courses on biostatistics offered in the MSCI program. Students are introduced to basic concepts, terms and methods in statistics ranging from descriptive statistics and graphics to hypothesis testing. Simple linear regression will also be covered as a transition to Biostatistics II. R language will be used throughout the entire course. A pre-course R Boot Camp will be offered to prepare for the use of RStudio. The course’s goal is to provide a statistical foundation for students to design clinical research studies including the choice of outcomes and exposures/independent variables and to independently perform basic statistical analysis not including confounding variables. The course will prepare students for the MSCI Biostatistics II core course.

Fall [4]

Edge for Scholars

Edge: August 25, September 15, October 21, November 10, December 8

Newman: August 23, September 22, October 21, November 17, December 8

This seminar series, conducted in conjunction with the office of Clinical and Translational Scientist Development, features two pathways based on the trainee’s current career stage: Edge – Post-doctoral MD and PhD investigators completing training and establishing careers in clinical and translational research; Newman Society – Junior faculty members pursuing a career as a physician-scientist, biomedical scientist, or as a clinical educator with significant research involvement. Topics of discussion will include academic ‘rules of the road’, time management, promotion/tenure issues, publication compliance, independence, scientific branding, grants management, and overall program evaluation. Trainees will also submit a poster abstract to the annual Clinical and Translational Research Forum hosted in the fall. The seminars occur throughout the MSCI matriculation.

Fall, Spring, Summer [1]

Wednesday, August 24 – Friday, December 9

Trainees will participate in this course throughout the first and second years of the MSCI program. The Master’s Research course, along with the Case Studies series, is designed to guide trainees to the successful completion of the Master’s Final project. All trainees are required to spend a minimum of 75% time in research activities, which include didactic coursework and activities within the mentor’s lab.

Fall, Spring, Summer [2-3]

Wednesday, August 24 – Friday, December 9

Trainees will participate in this course throughout the first and second years of the MSCI program. The Master’s Research course, along with the Case Studies series, is designed to guide trainees to the successful completion of the Master’s Final project. All trainees are required to spend a minimum of 75% time in research activities, which include didactic coursework and activities within the mentor’s lab.

Fall, Spring, Summer [2-3]

Wednesday, August 24 – Friday, December 9

Trainees will participate in this course throughout the first and second years of the MSCI program. The Master’s Research course, along with the Case Studies series, is designed to guide trainees to the successful completion of the Master’s Final project. All trainees are required to spend a minimum of 75% time in research activities, which include didactic coursework and activities within the mentor’s lab.

Fall, Spring, Summer [3]

Wednesday, August 24 – Friday, December 9

The Case Studies II course provides an opportunity to present and discuss the progress and results of the trainees’ primary MSCI project. In accomplishing this goal, the course utilizes a studio process and/or presentation format. You choose the most appropriate format depending on the stage of your research: presentation, manuscript studio, data analysis studio, or grant review studio. Studios will be conducted in the same manner as in Case Studies I. Presentations should be first-authored at a research conference. Attendance at peers’ studios is expected as it will foster critical thinking from an interdisciplinary approach, collegiality, and collaboration.

Fall, Spring, Summer [1]

Wednesday, August 24 – Wednesday, September 7

M, T, W, Th, F: 8:30 – 11:30 am

Introduction to epidemiology with an emphasis on clinical practice. Includes use of data to study disease etiology, prognosis, and treatment. concepts of interpreting tests, predicting outcomes, choosing treatments and reading medical literature emphasized.

Fall [4]

Monday, October 17 – Friday, November 4

M, T, W, Th, F: 8:30 – 11:30 am

This course will cover design and data analysis for clinical trials in biomedical research. Primary topics include specification of study objectives, design options, ethical guidelines, randomization, blinding, sample size determination and power analysis, interim monitoring and data analysis appropriate for parallel, crossover, nested, factorial and group allocation designs. Other topics include the role of FDA in the drug approval process, adaptive trial designs, non-inferiority trials, and bio-equivalence trials. Emphasis is on the practical use of methods rather than formal statistical theory.

Fall [3]

Wednesday, August 24 – Friday, December 9

Trainees approved for the part-time track will participate in this course at the end of their MSCI program of study. The three-part Master’s Capstone series, along with the Case Studies series, is an integrated clinical or translational research project that spans the entire curriculum and culminates with the successful completion of the Master’s Final Project. Based on the trainee’s stated personal career objectives, the capstone project will afford the learner the flexibility to complete a thesis, a publishable manuscript, or a grant application.  This course may be taken concurrently with MSCI 5005 Case Studies in Clinical Investigation I.

Fall, Spring, Summer [2-3]

Wednesday, August 24 – Friday, December 9

Trainees approved for the part-time track will participate in this course at the end of their MSCI program of study. The three-part Master’s Capstone series, along with the Case Studies series, is an integrated clinical or translational research project that spans the entire curriculum and culminates with the successful completion of the Master’s Final Project. Based on the trainee’s stated personal career objectives, the capstone project will afford the learner the flexibility to complete a thesis, a publishable manuscript, or a grant application.  This course may be taken concurrently with MSCI 5005 Case Studies in Clinical Investigation I.

Fall, Spring, Summer [3]

Wednesday, August 24 – Friday, December 9

Trainees approved for the part-time track will participate in this course at the end of their MSCI program of study. The three-part Master’s Capstone series, along with the Case Studies series, is an integrated clinical or translational research project that spans the entire curriculum and culminates with the successful completion of the Master’s Final Project. Based on the trainee’s stated personal career objectives, the capstone project will afford the learner the flexibility to complete a thesis, a publishable manuscript, or a grant application.  This course may be taken concurrently with MSCI 5005 Case Studies in Clinical Investigation I.

Fall, Spring, Summer [3]

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

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Poster Printing

Poster printing services are available for MSCI trainees through BRET Poster Printing Services. Please submit poster printing requests through Vanderbilt Core Facilities.

BRET Poster Printing Services: Light Hall 307

Student Computing Policy

VUSM students use laptops for a number of required activities, including, in some programs, online exams. Each student is required to possess a laptop that meets the minimum technical specifications throughout their time enrolled at VUSM. These specifications are updated annually and published online on Explore VUSM.