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Concept for qualification and mentoring

JLU-CAREER will ascertain an expedited clinical training, dedicated time and supreme supervision on a given research project, participation in a mentoring-program and qualification in a modular designed educational program. JLU-CAREER will be open for applicants from all over the world, who seek for an excellent clinical training and an attractive scientific environment and project.

Concepts on Clinical and Scientific Qualification

Clinical training: We assure that all participants receive an expedited (fast-track) clinical education in their clinical institutions. We also expect the Hessian Medical Association to acknowledge at least parts of the research time of our Clinician Scientist Program for the board certification, and, in this regard, the applicants are currently in negotiations with the Medical Association.


Curricular activities: To acquire theoretical state-of-the-art research skills JLU-CAREER participants will also become members of the newly founded Section “Clinical Sciences“ of the International Giessen Graduate Centre for the Life Sciences GGL (https://www.uni-giessen.de/fbz/zentren/ggl; GGL), which will provide a structured curriculum specifically tailored to the scientific requirements of the enrolled clinicians. As GGL members, they will also have access to training in overarching research skills, which they will be able to select according to their own time schedule and developmental demand. The table below depicts the educational content and credit point distribution in the planned training program. By participating in the pre-set amount of teaching units (150 credits) the members successfully complete their Clinician Scientist curriculum and receive a certificate summarizing their training activities.

 

Part of the curriculum

Required
units

Calculation of
credit points (CP)

Number

of CPs

A – Overarching Doctoral Development Program

Seminars, Courses on research environment, management, communication skills, computing and software, career management

45 3/4 of an hour = 1 CP 45

B – Scientific Program

Research Seminars selected from:
Good Clinical Practice (Basics: 8 CPs); Good Clinical Practice (Advanced: 8 CPs); Medicinal Product Law (8 CPs); Clinical Trial Design (8 CPs); Epidemiology (4 CPs); Registries and Biobanking (4 CPs); Data Protection (4 CPs); Biomedical Data Science (8 CP); Animal experimentation (8 CPs); Animal protocol writing (4 CPs)

50 3/4 of an hour = 1 CP 50

Practical courses or lab rotations

8 days 1 day = 4 CPs 35

C – Communication and networking

Annual meeting of the GGL

2 days,

1 presentation

1 day = 5 CPs

1 pres. = 5 CPs

15

Retreats (within a section)

1 day 1 day = 5 CPs 5

TOTAL CPs

150

D – Alternative educational activities
(could be used to fill up CP account)

Participation in mentoring-program

Beginner workshop workshop = 5 CP 5

Organisational work within GGL

max 10h 1 h = 1 CP 10

Participation in external conferences

max 1 day,

1 presentation

1 day = 5 CPs

1 pres. = 5 CP

10

Participation in internal CME-certified activities
- Cancer Board Meeting (1h = 1 CP)
- Lung Fibrosis Conference (1h = 1 CP)

max 10h 1h = 1 CP 10

Educational excursions

max 1 day 1 day = 2 CPs 2

Research project / academic qualification: We strongly believe that publication of the projects supported by this program in top international journals represents the prime goal and will form the basis for the further career of the participants and the acquisition of independent funding. In addition, we think it will be advantageous to complete the research work and training within JLU-CAREER with an academic certificate. Therefore, JLU-CAREER offers two different academic qualifications: one being the combination of the above mentioned clinician scientist certificate (requiring 150 credit points in the coursework), alongside with the acquisition of a Dr. biol. hom. degree of the Faculty of Medicine of the JLU (requiring succesfull finalization of the experimental work, acceptance of the thesis and succesfull defense). The other option will be an MD/PhD degree (requiring 300 credit points, i.e. an additional 150 credit points apart from the JLU-CAREER certificate) in the respective PhD course work of the GGL, succesfull finalization of the experimental work, the acceptance of the work by the PhD committee, and the succesful defense). A further possibility would be the combination of the international graduate program „Molecular Biology and Medicine of the Lung“ MBML (http://www.uni-giessen.de/fbz/fb11/forschung/graduierte/mbml/profile) with one of the mentioned doctoral titles.


Mentoring program: To coach participants, they will take part in a mentoring-program and will be assigned to a mentor in the JLU mentoring program. The mentors share career-related information and their own experiences with the mentees in a structured mentoring process. We will ascertain that the mentor has no professional relationship with the mentee (i.e. that the mentor is not the mentee’s supervisor) and that the intentions and interests of the mentee match the mentor’s profile. The mentoring relationship starts with a workshop for all mentees and their mentors. In this workshop, mentors and mentees are informed about their respective roles in the mentoring process as well as about the methods of mentoring. Mentor and mentee usually meet every two months or as required. Furthermore, all mentees will meet on a regular basis.

Concepts on working time distribution

The figure depicted below illustrates some possible scenarios with regard to the distribution between clinical education time and secure time on project, pending on the kind of project. In case the participant and supervisor agree to attain a PhD title, this will need to be reported to the steering committee no later than at the end of the first year. In that case, the program will support the candidate for the entire duration of this program. Some of the selected candidates of the JLU-CAREER will have been recruited from JLU-TRAINEE, a structured M.D. training program of the faculty of human medicine, which is granting medical students a stipend for nine months for conductance of research for their doctoral thesis (Dr. med.), and which offers lectures and initial research training (50 credits). In such case, the credit points obtained in this pregraduate program will count for the JLU-CAREER.

Concepts on working time distribution