The Washington University ICTS TL1 Program: Training the Future Clinical and Translational Workforce

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Washington University TL1 program postdoctoral trainee Edwin Baldelomar, PhD

One could argue that there has never been a more essential time to pursue a research-based career in clinical and translational science. With the onset of the current pandemic in tandem with the rapid release of new medical technologies, a well-trained translational science workforce is necessary for the future of public health.

And, the need is real. According to the NIH Physician-Scientist Workforce Work Group, up to 1,000 trainees will need to enter the physician-scientist training pipeline each year in order to sustain the workforce1. Candidates are encountering more barriers than ever, such as leaky training pipelines, educational debt, and an extensive time horizon until scientific independence.

The current outlook requires active support, making the program goal “to train and cultivate the translational science workforce” of the NCATS Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program, more important than ever.

CTSA Program In Action Goals
Goal 1: Train and Cultivate the Translational Science Workforce
Goal 3: Promote the Integration of Special and Underserved Populations in Translational Research Across the Human Lifespan