Vice President’s Clinical & Translational Scholars Program

The Vice President’s Clinical & Translational (VPCAT) Research Scholars Program has been designed to offer intensive mentorship and support to junior faculty in the University of Utah Health Sciences committed to careers in clinical or translational research.

VPCAT Research Scholars are selected through a competitive application process each fall; accepted scholars participate in a two-year program designed to provide leadership competencies and develop the essential research knowledge and practical skills to be an effective clinical or translational researcher.

The two-year competitive program incorporates:

  • Formal and informal mentoring
  • Structured curriculum focused on leadership competencies and essential knowledge and practical skills to be an effective clinical or translational researcher
  • Access to resources to facilitate appropriate study design, collection of pilot data and preparation and submission of competitive grant applications.

A mentoring team consisting of a Scientific mentor, a VPCAT Senior mentor, Peer mentors and Staff mentors support each VPCAT Scholar. Scholars have access to biostatisticians in the Center for Clinical & Translational Science (CCTS) and grant submission specialists. These resources facilitate appropriate study design, collection of pilot data and the preparation and submission of competitive grant applications.

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Michael Rubin, MD, PhD, MS

Michael Rubin, MD, PhD, MS
Director of VPCAT Program

Jenny Cochrane, MA
VPCAT Program Coordinator
801-585-9354
jenny.cochrane@hsc.utah.edu

Erin Wachs
Research Manager
801-587-8559
erin.wachs@hsc.utah.edu