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The best way to learn about the impact of TRANSFORM programs is from our former scholars and trainees. Here is what they have to say:

 

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Associate Professor of Medicine & Epidemiology
Columbia University Medical Center
TRANSFORM Programs: KL2 and MS in POR

"The POR and K12 programs have transformed me from a clinical fellow with no research training into an Assistant Professor with grants and first-author papers under my belt. From intense training in biostatistics and epidemiology to hands-on practical career guidance to the incredibly helpful grant-based Master's thesis, the CTSA and its outstanding leadership have been integral in launching my academic career."

 

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Instructor in Pathology
Icahn School of Medicine/Mount Sinai Medical Center
TRANSFORM Program: TL1

“Upon the completion of the TL1 program, I embarked on an entirely new dissertation project that would examine molecular and pathophysiological aspects of cancer within a traditional risk factor epidemiological framework. In my mind, my project would link common environmental and lifestyle exposures to specific molecular and phenotypic changes in human tissues, shedding new light on mechanisms and offering new paths to prevention and treatment. Although considered by many to be somewhat risky if not entirely foolish to break so far from my current skills set that late in the PhD process, my mentor disagreed. After applying, and being granted a spot on the T32, I learned that there are those who actually encourage high-risk/low probability of success, multidisciplinary projects with the potential to inform new prevention and treatment strategies”

 

http://csri.cumc.columbia.edu/images/meganwinner_small.jpg Megan Winner, MD, MS
Surgical Oncology Fellow
Johns Hopkins University
TRANSFORM Programs: CSRI and MS in POR

“On the first day of CSRI I recognized how extraordinary my experience was going to be among peers in my field.  The CSRI instructors are the thought leaders in epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy and management, and health care disparities at the Mailman school, and they essentially placed themselves at our disposal for five weeks.  Without question the instruction I received at the CSRI made me a better researcher, transforming my approach to study design, data collection, and analysis.  And the instruction in career development and grantsmanship launched me several years ahead in my professional and research career.  But my experience there—the connections I made and the perspectives that I gained as to what was possible--also distinguished me as a collaborator and leader among my colleagues, empowering me to help others approach their own research questions and design their own studies, a trend that continues today.  The CSRI is not only one of the most fruitful investments a young investigator can make in their own career, but is also a wonderful investment on the part of a department or division, which will see the benefits of teaching, elevated discourse, and innovative and multidisciplinary research ripple through the department for years following a CSRI graduate.”

http://www.smarttots.org/images/CI.jpeg Caleb Ing, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Columbia University Medical Center
TRANSFORM Programs: CSRI and MS in POR

“It wasn't until after I completed the CSRI and returned to my research that I was able to appreciate how much I had learned in a short period of time. In addition to helping me to establish a firm foundation in basic statistics and study design, the CSRI gave me skills in data analysis that I was able to immediately apply. The career advice from respected faculty members and the formal training we received in grant writing are also invaluable for anyone interested in a career in academic medicine.”

 

 

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Assistant Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research
Weill Cornell Medical College
TRANFORM Programs: CSRI and MS in POR

“I filled out a survey recently that suggested you are gathering evidence to show how your educational programs support the development of multi-disciplinary research.  Our CDC grant might be a good example for you to use.  The grant includes methods and techniques from clinical epilepsy (adult and pediatric), clinical informatics, epidemiology, health services research, linguistics, and (of course!) biostatistics.”