CORE Program

Clinical Observership and Research Education Program

Program Overview:

The CORE program is designed to assist prospective candidates to develop the skills and knowledge required to successfully navigate a career in clinical or translational research. The program enables scholars to be recognized as specialists in their field.

Accepted applicants will be appointed as J-1 exchange scholars, with their primary focus in research. CORE combines a carefully structured Master's Degree in Advanced Studies in Clinical Research along with a mentor-led research and clinical skills training. Scholars are acculturated to academic medicine in the U.S. while strengthening their foundations in research. The Master's Degree in Clinical Research equips professionals with a more complete understanding of epidemiology, biostatistics, patient-oriented research, health services/outcomes research, applied quantitative analysis, and professional development as well as scientific writing skills. The program is designed to equip you with the skills needed for a successful research career.

Prospective Candidates:

International graduates (i.e. from medical, dental and pharmacy backgrounds) who are interested in honing research skills for academic advancement.

Duration of Program

The typical pace of study in this program is 18 months.

Program Objectives:

  • Equip scholars with key competencies to gain a competitive-edge in careers in clinical and translational research.
  • Cultivate educational and research opportunities for future collaborations.
  • Create a network with a community of seasoned physicians and faculty from a wide variety of specialties and international backgrounds.
  • Gain first-hand experience observing in clinical settings and the simulation center.

Program Benefits

The program provides participants with:

  • A distinguished Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Clinical Research degree from UC San Diego
  • Individual research mentorship from a recognized faculty expert in your area of specialty
  • Individualized clinical exposure and insight into a leading health care system
  • Research experience, skills, and insight gained in a highly-competitive academic setting
  • An indispensable professional network
  • An opportunity to present your research projects and co-author publications – leading to future collaborative opportunities
  • Student leadership opportunities

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