Clinician Scientist Track

Structure

The Clinician Scientist Program begins at the earliest after the third year of residency. Participants devote 50 percent of their working hours to research over a period of three years. 

  • Funding for the Clinician Scientist Program is structured as follows: the program finances 50 percent of the position and the hospital continues to fund the other half. 
  • Times for research and clinical work are set out in advance in a written agreement on objectives
  • The Clinician Scientists are supported throughout the program by their clinical and scientific mentors.
  • The program offers seminars on translational and interdisciplinary topics, and regular meetings that allow exchange between clinical workers and researchers.
  • In addition to the sessions in the Clinician Scientist Program, the structured curriculum includes modules on further scientific training. Participants can also acquire key qualifications in clinical and interdisciplinary fields.
  • At the end of the program, participants should have completed their residency. They should also have completed their postdoctoral teaching qualification (Habilitation) and have successfully published the data from their research project.

Process

Defining objectives

Before the program starts, a discussion to agree on objectives is held with all new participants, their mentors, and the clinic directors. This discussion should help ensure that the program runs smoothly, and it is an opportunity to clear up any unresolved issues before the program start. During the discussion, the group also addresses, plans, and sets out in writing the times for clinical work and research over the three-year course.

Mentoring

Clinician Scientists produce regular written reports on the progress of their research project and clinical training. The reports are discussed in feedback sessions with the program leaders and the mentors. The Clinician Scientist Mentoring Team uses the report as the basis for a performance evaluation. The evaluation establishes whether participants are making sufficient progress in terms of their engagement in the specialist training program and with regard to the status of their research project.

Clinician Scientists also have a monthly meeting during which they present their research projects to the other program participants and the program leader, and share views and information.

Events

As part of the accompanying curriculum, seminars in the Hot Topics series are held around twice a year on various topics of translational medicine. The Clinician Scientists organize the program with support from our team. The seminars are public and aim to give clinicians and researchers a forum where they can discuss interdisciplinary topics.

A two-day Clinician Scientist Symposium on Translational Medicine is held in Berlin every two years. The Clinician Scientists can invite internationally renowned physicians and researchers to attend the event as speakers and this means the Clinician Scientists can discuss their project in person with leading figures in their own research field. The Clinician Scientists also have the opportunity to present their research during the symposium (in the form of a short talk or poster presentation).

A two-day retreat for the Clinician Scientists and their mentors is held every two years, on alternate years to the symposium. The aim is to create a communication platform for Clinician Scientists and to help expand the network between the program participants and the mentors.

Reporting requirements

At the end of each year and at the end of the funding period, Clinician Scientists prepare a report on the current status of their research and specialist clinical training. They submit the report to the Clinician Scientist Coordination Office at the BIH Biomedical Academy.