The Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) is sponsored by the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute. This program is part-time and consists of evening courses primarily for medical residents, fellows and junior faculty members who wish to receive formal training in clinical research. Medical professionals in the Chicago area who are not affiliated with Northwestern may also be eligible to enroll.
The objective of the MSCI program is to produce clinical researchers who are skilled in clinical research techniques, competitive in seeking research support and knowledgeable about the complex issues associated with conducting sound clinical research, particularly in translational and clinical epidemiologic patient-oriented research. As such, all program participants are expected to be actively engaged in research with a mentor, preferably one at Northwestern University, who should have national funding -- NIH, AHA, etc. Prior to enrolling, applicants should prepare a brief research plan reviewed by their mentor(s).
Students can enter the program at the beginning of any of the four quarters. The degree is typically obtained in two to three years.
The MSCI Program Director is Michael Fleming, MD, MPH, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. The Co-Director and Student Advisor is Ravi Kalhan, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care) and Preventive Medicine. The Program Administrator is Adam White.
Use the links below to learn more about the program.