The primary objectives of the Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE) are to develop, nurture, and support a cadre of clinical and translational scientists by building on the University of Pittsburgh's existing clinical research training programs to establish a comprehensive program with activities ranging from early research exposure for high school students to programs for faculty.

Program Objectives and Participants

The Research Education in Advancing Investigative Careers for Housestaff and Fellows (REACH) Program is an intensive 8-week program designed to teach fundamental skills of clinical research to physicians in UPMC-affiliated residency and fellowship programs.

The program is offered by the Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE). The primary objectives of the ICRE are to develop, nurture, and support a cadre of clinical and translational scientists by building on the University of Pittsburgh's existing clinical research training programs to establish a comprehensive program with activities ranging from early research exposure for high school students to programs for faculty.

REACH versus Other Clinical Research Programs Offered by the ICRE

REACH is not part of a degree program, and University credit is not awarded for REACH. The aim of the program is to provide high-quality instruction to medical professionals who are interested in gaining a better understanding of clinical research or are interested in participating in clinical research studies as an active member of a research team.

For physicians who are interested in becoming independent investigators, the ICRE offers several programs through the University of Pittsburgh that entail more extensive formal training in clinical and translational research, including certificate, master of science, and doctoral programs. For more information about these programs, see www.icre.pitt.edu/degrees/degrees.html.