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Enlarging the Pool of Clinical Researchers in New York and Houston

A decade ago, Weill Cornell and Houston Methodist Hospital forged a unique affiliation between academic medical centers--one that spans more than 1,600 miles. Since that time, we've implemented a variety of programs designed to connect our faculty, students, residents, and fellows and to foster collaborations among them.

One initiative, the Mentored Clinical Research Training Program, recently launched its second year. Led by John Leonard, associate dean of clinical research at Weill Cornell, and Timothy Boone, co-director of the Houston Methodist Institute for Academic Medicine, the accelerated one-year program provides junior faculty with the crucial skills needed to lead clinical research studies.

The first group of eight participants is just wrapping up its work. The second batch of trainees, which includes five junior investigators from Weill Cornell and three from Houston Methodist, recently completed an introductory four-day workshop at the Cornell Club in New York City. Weill Cornell faculty and staff led participants through the fundamentals of clinical research, including trial design and methodologies, data management and analysis, and the regulatory process.

Over the coming year, participants will work with mentors to develop their own clinical research project proposals. Their areas of interest range from pediatric mental health to cardiac electrophysiology and breast cancer, with some projects focusing on data collection and others on the development of novel treatment or prevention strategies.

I think this program is vital to Weill Cornell and Houston Methodist for several reasons. In addition to strengthening our transcontinental partnership, it supports our junior researchers in their career development. It fosters a culture of mentorship among our faculty and trainees. And most importantly, it is helping to develop a robust cadre of clinical investigators who are committed to improving the care we provide our patients.

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Program participants from left to right: Drs. Tejal Patel (HMH), Timothy Boone, (HMH - Co-Director), Cori Green (WCMC), Robert Schutt (HMH), Lisa Witkin (WCMC), Deepa Gotur (HMH), Rajesh Swaminathan (WCMC), Sangmin Lee (WCMC), James Ip (WCMC), John Leonard (WCMC - Director)

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