The Rockefeller University has been a center for excellence in the conduct and teaching of biomedical research since its founding in 1901 as The Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research. The Rockefeller University Clinical Scholars Program has been in existence since 1976, and is a rigorous three year training experience designed to prepare physician-scientists and select doctoral level PhD investigators for independent careers in clinical and patient-oriented translational research. The program leads to a Master’s degree in Clinical and Translational Research. The Master’s Program is designed to provide an optimal training environment and mentoring structure to develop the experience and capabilities necessary to become a successful independent investigator.
In 2008, the Rockefeller University, sponsored by the Center for Clinical and Translational Science, established a new Certificate Program in Clinical and Translational Science Program. This program was developed in collaboration with students and postdoctoral fellows to provide basic science trainees with an introduction to the principles and practice of clinical and translational research. Trainees who successfully complete the two courses receive a Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science and this information is included on the transcripts of Rockefeller University students.