STTEP-UP for Research – Sinai Team-based Translational Education Program URM Propeller Launched

ConduITS, the Institutes for Translational Sciences is delighted to announce the start of a new National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) funded program called the STTEP-UP Initiative in Science and Medicine.

This program is designed to enable highly motivated under-represented minority (URM) trainees in residency, subspecialty fellowship training, or postdoctoral laboratory positions within our healthcare system to become innovative leaders and entrepreneurs in clinical and translational research. It is designed to provide candidates with the critical thinking skills to evaluate the validity and implications of the published literature and plethora of available information through digital and internet resources; formulate testable hypotheses; design informative, effective and efficient studies; analyze data correctly; and interpret quantitative and qualitative findings and their potential impact on the health of individuals across the life cycle.

The components of the program include:

  • Academic Skills:
    • Time management & work/life balance
    • Mentorship
    • Communication Styles
    • Leadership
    • Team Science
    • Practical Tips for Negotiating your Career
    • Must Know Financial Concepts
  • INCHOIR Learning Lab, which will entail participation in hands-on training in clinical and translational science, utilizing an established data repository for secondary data analysis, and monthly didactics on fundamentals in interventional studies culminating in a two day virtual clinical trial development workshop.
  • Opportunities for Multidisciplinary Teamwork with other trainees throughout the education process.
  • Individual Career Development with Primary Mentor & Interdisciplinary Mentor Team
  • Career Development Seminars in the following topics:
    • Loan Repayment Program
    • Diversity Supplements
    • Mentored Awards Roadmap
  • T32 Networking Seminar Series
  • “Meet the Expert” Mentored Investigator “K Club Series”
  • Annual Next Steps Symposium, which will highlight nationally-renowned URM Clinical and Translational Investigators

The Clinical Research Education Program currently seeks nominations for the academic year starting July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018. This competitive program utilizes an NCATS funded NRSA TL1 mechanism and provides salary support and tuition dollars for four postdoctoral trainees per year. Applicants will be asked to provide a brief overview (not less than one paragraph and not more than one page) concerning their prior, current and/or upcoming involvement in a research project as well as their motivation for embracing a career in clinical translational research,* and a current curriculum vitae including bibliography. Applicants must also submit a letter of recommendation from their Training Program Director and Division Chief or Department/Institute/Center Chairperson. These respective letters should indicate that the training program director, division chief or department/institute/center chairperson is committed to make time available for the trainee to participate in the required academic programs. Please send required documents and information by March 13, 2017 to the attention of Christine Acevedo (, administrative assistant for the Clinical Research Education Program. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to email or contact the Clinical Research Education Program office at 212-824-7014.

*If an applicant has recently developed or submitted a research proposal or protocol, the specific aim page or synopsis respectively can be used instead.