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Sabbatical in Clinical Research Management

"The Clinical Center's sabbatical is an innovative approach to assuring leadership in clinical research, which will lead—in turn—to more rapidly moving advancements in medical science to improvements in health and health care for all. We are pleased to be at the forefront of this endeavor." --Dr. John I. Gallin, Director of the NIH Clinical Center (September 29, 2009)

A Self-Directed Program for Mid-Career Professionals
The Clinical Research Management Sabbatical at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center is a self-directed experience designed for experienced clinical research investigators and managers of clinical research programs interested in enhancing their skills through one-on-one meetings and demonstrations by experts in clinical research management. Although participants do not engage in clinical research during their sabbatical, the program provides them with training opportunities from experienced investigators and managers who are engaged in research in the country's largest hospital totally dedicated to clinical research. An overview is provided in the Sabbatical Program Flyer.

This training opportunity is open to extramural professionals and NIH investigators and staff who have at least seven years of meaningful clinical research experience beyond an advanced degree in their field. Typically, candidates should fit into one of the following four categories:

  • Principal investigator conducting research
  • Administrative professionals managing a clinical research program
  • Healthcare professionals managing a clinical research program
  • Institutional officers overseeing research

Sabbatical Experience:
Electives and Modules: Led by staff in the Clinical Center's Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education, participants select their focused areas of interest, referred to as 'electives' from six modules that offer exposure to administrative, clinical, support, and research settings:

  • Critical Infrastructure
  • Support Services
  • Legal and Regulatory Infrastructure
  • Communications and Outreach
  • Strategic Management
  • Funding Opportunities

For a detailed curriculum, frequently asked questions, and the program application, please select the links to the right, under Program-Specific Elements.

Length: The length of the sabbatical experience is flexible and tailored to the interest of the sabbatical participants, but generally will not exceed six months.

Support: There is no fee for participating in the program, and applications are accepted year-round. Stipends are not provided by the NIH for travel or living expenses, so individuals must be self-supported or supported by their home institution. The Clinical Center expects to have approximately 10 participants per year.

Educational Partners:
Our educational partners who lead and support the electives include:

This page last reviewed on 09/03/2015

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