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Pathways for BIRCWH Scholars
Two Pathways for BIRCWH Scholars

There are two pathways from which BIRCWH Scholars may choose.

1. Clinical Investigator (Bedside to Bench)

Pathway 1 is intended for those of you who have completed a residency and subspecialty fellowship but have minimal previous research experience. For you, the program will involve up to two years of intensive didactic experience focused on clinical investigation and epidemiology or outcomes research, plus four years of mentored research experience. You will be strongly encouraged to begin your research development program by completing relevant research course work in clinical investigation leading to a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) or Master of Public Health (MPH) degree.

2. Translational Scientist (Bench to Bedside)

Pathway 2 is for an individual who has completed clinical training and wishes to pursue basic research in women’s health but has no previous experience or has been away from the laboratory for a number of years. Pathway 2 may also include individuals who are switching from clinical to basic research. Pathway 2 provides the opportunity for didactic training in laboratory techniques and basic
science during the first year of training. BIRCWH scholars will be strongly encouraged to take relevant courses specific to the BIRCWH scholar’s needs. These upper division undergrad or graduate courses are designed to provide in-depth coverage of topics and methods of thought to prepare the candidate for a successful career.

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