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If We Expect Future Scientists to Work in Teams, They Should be Trained in Teams: Team Training for Clinical & Translational Ph.D Students

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McCormack W. If We Expect Future Scientists to Work in Teams, They Should be Trained in Teams: Team Training for Clinical & Translational Ph.D Students. Oral presentation at 2017 SciTS Conference. Clearwater Beach, FL. Jun 13, 2017. Team Science Training for Graduate Students and Postdocs Online at:

The UF Clinical & Translational Science (CTS) Ph.D. program is based on the premises that team science training enhances research effectiveness, and that researchers must be prepared for academic and nonacademic career pathways. Essential elements include a curriculum based on team science and team-based research training. A CTS Ph.D. co-major is available to students in over 40 partner Ph.D. programs in eleven colleges. Core courses strengthen research skills through experiential work requiring collaboration, e.g., “Translational Research & Therapeutics: Bench, Bedside, Community, & Policy”, in which multidisciplinary teams identify an unmet medical need, experience multimodal instruction including team-based learning (TBL), and develop research proposals at T0-T4 stages of translational research to address their unmet medical need, and “Team Science”, in which teams practice skills for team assembly, management, and performance monitoring. Mentored dissertation research includes clinical/translational specific aims, and an extensive program for career and professional development supports academic and nonacademic career interests. A unique feature of our CTS program is a team-based model for research training in which Ph.D. candidates perform collaborative research, with direct support via a TL1 training grant. “TL1 Teams” include two or more Ph.D. students from different degree programs in at least two colleges. Team members collaborate to develop new team specific aims that expand the scope of individual research projects related to human health. TL1 Teams have a common research interest, e.g., a particular human disease being investigated at different levels (molecular to population), with different experimental approaches, and/or at different parts of the T0-T4 continuum. Teams identify ways in which research projects of team members will inform each other, provide alternative experimental approaches or data analysis methods, assist with data collection or analysis, etc. The science of team science can transform doctoral training, and we welcome opportunities to expand this training model across institutions.



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Oral presentation


SciTS 2017 Conference, Presentation, Team Science Training, Postdoc, Graduate Students, Team Training

Addresses these goal(s):

  • Provide training for team science to team members or students
  • Conduct research on/evaluate team science

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Resource created by Jane Hwang on 10/3/2017 9:54:33 AM.

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