Fellowship in Clinical Trials at Penn Medicine

Developing the Penn Medicine Clinical Trialist Workforce

Clinical trial activity at Penn Medicine has steadily increased in volume and complexity over the past 5 years. Most of the growth has been evident in the realm of first/early-in-human studies. Coupled with the unprecedented opportunity to perform translational research based on preclinical discoveries in our labs, Penn Medicine is poised to continue to be leader in clinical and translational science.

Junior faculty are increasingly interested in playing a key role in facilitating the translation of preclinical studies into clinical development.  As an institution we recognize that design, implementation and reporting of clinical trials is a form of science conducted in humans that requires specialized training. This Fellowship in Clinical Trials is designed to provide this training through education, mentorship, and the provision of protected time.

Check out the Inaugural Cohort here.

Application deadline for funding beginning July 1, 2020 is October 25, 2019.

Project Selection

The applicant will select an established clinical trialist as a mentor and have a phase 1 trial concept. The project is ideally based on Penn science and one where the fellow will serve as a lead investigator.  Individuals who have first/early-in-human trials will receive priority.

Milestones will be established for each fellow. The product or output of this program is a fully developed trial that has opened to, and is ideally in the midst of, accrual by the end of year one. As a requirement of successful completion of the program the fellow will be expected to prepare a manuscript for submission or presentation at a national meeting.

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Fellows will pursue a formal didactic series that will focus on:

  • Principles of drug development
  • Clinical trial design and protocol development
  • Operational study management, clinical trial execution
  • Regulatory principles

The option to advance to a more formal existing degree programs (MSCE or MSTR) will be made available.

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Effective mentoring requires that the primary mentor dedicate substantial time to ensure personal and professional development of the mentee. We recognize the importance of strong mentoring attributes and the significant time required to mentor effectively, thus experienced clinical trialists will serve in this role.

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  • Applicants will be committed to a career path in developing and implementing investigator initiated clinical trials
  • Applicants must have an MD degree
  • Applicants must be an Instructor or Assistant Professor at Penn as of July 1 2020
  • If Assistant Professor, applicants must be in their first three years of appointment

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Clinical Trials Scholarship

ITMAT is providing a Clinical Trials Scholarship to support the Clinical Trials Fellows.

The Scholarship will provide:

  • Up to 25% protected time to dedicate towards the fellowship for two years

The Clinical Trials Scholarship is part of the suite of ITMATEd Career Development Awards

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Only one application is required for both the Fellowship Program and Fellowship Scholarship. All eligible applicants who apply during the fall application cycle are considered for the scholarship.

The application includes the following required items:

  1. Application Form which includes:
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement: a one page description of the applicant’s career goals and how the fellowship will support these goals
  • Research plan: 2-3 page description of proposed trial or clinical protocol
  1. Letter of Support from Primary Mentor emailed to Jessica German.

The mentor's letter of support should include the following:

  • The commitment to mentor the candidate
  • The suitability of the candidate for the fellowship
  • The mentor’s prior experience mentoring clinical researchers
  • Please comment on the candidate's access to clinical research support staff

As an appendix, the mentor should provide:

  • List of trials you have conducted as PI
  • Documentation to show how the trial is funded (ie budget, contract, or similar documentation)
Please Note: Applications received after the deadline or incomplete applications will not be considered.

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If you have questions, please contact:
Director of Education, Rachel McGarrigle, MSEd
Program Director, Emma Meagher, MD

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