CCTS: Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science

photo: UNM HSC students in a labAbout the CCTS Program

The Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) program is designed to meet the needs of a variety of learners who are seeking exposure to clinical and translational research competencies.  The CCTS, along with the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences, Clinical Research concentration (MS-BIOM-CR), is an educational initiative to integrate and expand the reach of biomedical research from the laboratory to clinical and medical practice: promoting a bench to bedside to community effort. Increasingly, pressing global health problems have led educators to accelerate the training of clinical, basic science, and translational researchers. Therefore, this program will provide students the basic tools necessary to translate scientific discovery into actionable solutions.

ANNOUNCEMENT: To all training grant applicants (institutional and individual) and Clinical Fellowship and Residency Program Directors: The Master of Science in Clinical Research and related Certificate programs are excellent opportunities to provide training to Clinical or Research Fellows and/or Junior Faculty. However, due to the limited space available and the increased interest and demand, a Letter of Institutional Support signed by Dr. Shiraz Mishra, MSCR/CCTS Program DIrector, must be obtained PRIOR to listing these training programs in any internal or external grant applications. Please contact the BREP office for more information.

photo: UNM HSC anatomy labProgram Goals

The CCTS is designed to enhance academic success, persistence, retention, scholar satisfaction, and graduation from UNM through the attainment of competencies.  Courses will address “Level 1” competencies, or the basic language and understanding of the particular domain, in domains considered essential for clinical and translational research.

photo: UNM HSC Anatomy studentProgram Expectations

The CCTS has high expectations of its scholars; to ensure success you must work cooperatively with faculty and staff to develop a personalized education plan and as a CCTS scholar you must make a commitment to the responsibilities and policies as outlined below:

  1. Be responsible for understanding and abiding by all academic policies, graduation requirements, class and seminar schedules, and program related procedures outlined in the UNM Catalog, HSC Code of Conduct, contents of the CCTS Orientation binder/handbook, course syllabi, etc.
  2. Perform at a high standard of excellence and integrity in all of your work. Complete original work for all assignments and earn a B or better in all coursework.
  3. Be respectful of the time and efforts of all members of the interdisciplinary team (professors, thesis advisors/mentors, administrators) and communicate any needs, challenges, and/or concerns as or before they arise.
  4. Attend and actively participate in all courses and class meetings as scheduled, including timely arrival and departure and minimal external distractions (pages, phone calls, texts, emails, etc).  The program schedule is predetermined and intensive, so regular attendance in each course is required. Scholars are expected to arrange their personal vacations and professional obligations to avoid routine interruption of in-class participation.  Instructors may require scholars to use distance learning technology (such as Skype) to participate in the class if they must travel away from Albuquerque during the course period.
  5. Personal time away from the program should be planned during the breaks listed on the annual schedule.