Clinical Investigation Pathway

The CIP Bootcamp takes place during an elective block in early fall. It includes the foundational course in biostatistics, a series of lectures and hands-on workshops led by a Harvard catalyst biostastician that includes a free, two year subscription to the Harvard catalyst biopstatistics certificate course. It also includes journal clubs, question and answer sessions with clinical investigators at all stages of their career, lectures on obtaining federal grants and research design, and evening dinners with faculty. A particular highlight of the course is a field trip; most recently, we visited the Federal Drug Administration in Washington, D.C. 

Reflections from Prior Attendees

“The trip to the FDA really opened my eyes to the diversity of career paths available to the clinical investigator – and it was so fun exploring Washington, D.C. together with my resident colleagues”

“The biostatistics course was a huge bonus – both for practical applications to my current research projects, and the boost to my CV”

“I loved meeting clinical investigators from the beginning, middle, and advanced stages of their respective careers – their advice helped me visualize my future career paths”

Bootcamp Curriculum

Clinical Investigation Pathway Sample Bootcamp Schedule

Week 1WednesdayThursdayFriday
Morning session

Lecture: Introduction

Lecture: Resources for Conducting Clinical Research

Workshop: Statistics courseWorkshop: Statistics course
Afternoon sessionIndependent research time

Independent research time

Evening Dinner with Faculty

Statistics course
Week 2MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Morning session

Lecture: Manuscript positioning

Lecture: NIH Research Awards

Lecture: Human Research Oversight

Lecture: Genetics/genomics


Workshop: Statistics course

Workshop: Clinical Trial Design


Workshop: Statistics course
Afternoon sessionIndependent research timeIndependent research timeIndependent research time

Independent research time

Evening Event with Faculty

Workshop: Statistics course
Week 3Monday
Morning sessionWorkshop: Resident project proposals
Afternoon sessionIndependent research time

Clinical Investigation