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The ITHS TL1 program is a one-year mentored research training program in translational science for predoctoral students. This program creates a cross-disciplinary community of emerging researchers and provides them with specific training, career development opportunities, and team science skills to help them function effectively within translational science teams.
The TL1 program is open to applicants from all disciplines and backgrounds who meet the eligibility criteria.
Through a combination of thoughtful mentorship, interdisciplinary interaction, and focused training, TL1 Trainees develop the skills needed to become impactful translational researchers.
The TL1 Program is a predoctoral training program sponsored by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), a center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The major components of the TL1 program are:
By the end of their appointments, Trainees can expect to be able to:
The ITHS TL1 program supports trainees with the following:
Please note, TL1 support is contingent upon continual trainee progress and compliance with ITHS directives, as well as continued support from the NCATS grant that funds the TL1 program.
The TL1 program is open to students enrolled in predoctoral programs at the University of Washington. These include Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Social Work, as well as health-related programs in the College of Engineering and College of Arts and Sciences.
ITHS is currently exploring options for incorporating trainees from our partner institutions, however the program is not open to students from outside the UW at this time.
To be considered eligible for the TL1 Program, applicants must be:
Applicants must not:
TL1 trainees will continue the pursuit of their terminal degrees while also incorporating the TL1 curriculum. The required curriculum includes the TL1 seminar (UCONJ 599) each quarter, as well as courses in Biostatistics (e.g., BIOST 511, 512, 513 or BIOSTAT 517, 518), and Epidemiological methods (e.g., EPI 511 or EPI 512, 513 or equivalent). BIOST 524 (Design of Medical Studies) is highly recommended. The exact course plan to meet these requirements will depend on each individual’s prior course work, area of study and goals. Other relevant methods courses may also be taken, such as qualitative and mixed-methods
Course credits from the TL1 program can be fully transferred to more advanced master’s or doctoral programs. Some students who enter the program will extend their professional predoctoral training up to a year. However, there will be some students whose prior coursework or experience may allow them to integrate their coursework easily into their ongoing professional doctoral work.
You will need one letter of recommendation:
1) Letter of Recommendation from Primary Mentor – Letters of recommendation should be no longer than two pages, address the applicant’s promise as a translational researcher, and include information on the level of support and involvement the mentor expects to provide the applicant during their potential appointment. Letters of recommendation should be submitted by mentors through the Mentor Letter of Recommendation Form.
Applicants: Please direct your mentors to the Mentor Letter of Recommendation Form as early as possible. All letters of recommendation are due on January 15, 2021 at 11:59pm PDT.
1. Copy the following link, and deliver it any way you’d like (e.g. Craft your own email).
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The NIH TL1 Program is funded through NCATS as part of a broad Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Initiative.
The TL1 program aims to appoint sixteen (16) trainees per year.
From the NIH Grants Policy Statement: “NIH recognizes that Kirschstein-NRSA fellows (such as in the TL1 program) may seek part-time employment incidental to their training program to offset further their expenses. Fellows and trainees may spend on average, an additional 25% of their time (e.g., 10 hours per week) in part time research, teaching, or clinical employment, so long as those activities do not interfere with, or lengthen, the duration of their NRSA training.”
The TL1 program cannot fund any research work or travel outside of the United States and Canada, with the exception of international travel for the purpose of attending conferences. Conducting research in the United States with foreign samples and data is allowed.
For information regarding this program, contact:
Training Programs Specialist
Institute of Translational Health Sciences
850 Republican Street, Box 358051, Seattle, WA 98109
Email / 206.543.0542 / fax 206.616.9250
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