Cardiovascular Imaging Training Program
Didactic Training Activities
Our program includes a Master of Clinical and Population Translational Sciences. This degree is conferred by the Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and administered primarily the Division of Public Health Sciences, with ties to the Translational Science Institute.
The CPTS program aims to develop student competencies in six areas: (1) development of meaningful and feasible research questions; (2) study design and implementation; (3) statistical analysis; (4) research ethics; (5) scientific communication; and (6) transdisciplinary collaboration. To assist students in becoming independent scientists, program requirements also ensure that graduates leave the program in possession of a publishable manuscript and a peer reviewed grant application.
These six competencies are initially developed through formal coursework and mentored research experiences. Together the fall and spring semesters include training in epidemiology, including clinical trials; research methods; biostatistics; and ethics. A capstone course in research grant preparation is required in the summer term. Also in the summer term students complete a team science practicum with a mentor of their choice who meets the requirement of their fellowship training program. This coursework requires a one year commitment from late August one year to the early August the following year. Courses meet all day on Tuesday and Thursday in downtown Winston-Salem.
The CPTS program also requires a thesis, which must be completed within two years of coursework completion. The thesis must address a translational research question that involves human subjects. The thesis consists of a thorough literature review, publishable manuscript, and ancillary materials such as additional analyses and future plans. The thesis is completed under the supervision of a mentor, typically the same individual who oversaw the team science practicum. A committee that includes a biostatistician and one other topical expert also guides the student. Students must orally defend their thesis before these three individuals and an outside member designated by the CPTS Program Directors.
Full details about the program, including the current schedule and course descriptions, can be found at: http://www.phs.wfubmc.edu/docs/dep/CPTS%20Handbook.pdf