Clinical science training at the University of Colorado: a measurement of trainee satisfaction

J Investig Med. 2007 May;55(4):181-6. doi: 10.2310/6650.2007.06030.


Background: Clinical science (CLSC) research education differs from basic science education in that many CLSC programs have an added goal of creating successful academicians. CLSC programs have expanded curricula that include teaching career development techniques, such as manuscript and grant writing, and helping young investigators establish successful mentor-mentee relationships.

Methods: A group of K30 CLSC training program students coordinated a pilot survey to determine if the CLSC training programs at the University of Colorado were meeting the needs of the participants in both didactic courses and in other aspects of academic medicine, including research. The small group survey was conducted as part of a clinical outcomes assessment course. Opportunities for improvement in the CLSC training programs were explored based on the results.

Results: Of 117 CLSC training program participants surveyed, 56% responded. Overall, there was a positive improvement found for the didactic CLSC research constructs. Participants also reported success in manuscript publication and grant writing applications. The CLSC program, however, was not successful in coordinating faculty mentor support for student research projects for 78% of respondents. Once a mentoring relationship was established, students were satisfied with the mentoring they received.

Conclusion: In general, CLSC trainees were satisfied that the K30 clinical research curriculum was meeting their needs. Many of the trainees were successful in developing academic skills during the program. Establishing a mentor relationship was the missing ingredient within the K30 CLSC training program. This may be an important component that should be considered when developing programs to create the next generation of clinician-scientists.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / economics*
  • Biomedical Research / education*
  • Clinical Laboratory Techniques / methods*
  • Clinical Laboratory Techniques / trends*
  • Colorado
  • Education / methods
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
  • Research Support as Topic
  • Science / education*
  • Students, Health Occupations*
  • Teaching*
  • United States
  • Universities
  • Workforce