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Fellowship in Clinical and Translational Research Ethics

The Fellowship in Clinical and Translational Research Ethics (CTRE) Program was created by the Institute of Human Values in Health Care (the Institute) as part of the CTRE Core of the South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institute (SCTR). The program is designed to provide health professionals who are interested in clinical research ethics with sufficient background in that discipline to warrant special recognition in the form of a certificate in clinical and translational research ethics. Please click here for a short informational video.

Fellowship application protocol: Health professionals who are interested in applying to the Fellowship Program must submit an application . Applications are accepted and reviewed by the CTRE Fellowship Admissions Committee on a year-round basis; however, the Program matriculates only during the Fall semester each year. Interested parties that wish to obtain academic credit for the individual courses that comprise the Fellowship must also register for the courses through the MUSC Office of Enrollment Management at current enrollment fees before the University Drop/Add date. Those who do not wish to obtain academic credit need enroll only through the Institute office (not through the Office of Enrollment Management). All Fellows must finish on time all courses in which they are enrolled.

Fees:

  • For applicants who do not want academic credit: Free enrollment.
  • For applicants who wish to receive academic credit, payment must be made to the MUSC Office of Enrollment Management.

The program comprises several components: ETH 750, a one semester, one-credit hour course in research ethics, Ethical Issues in Clinical Research , to be completed in the Fall semester; ETH 789, a one-credit hour sister course, Advanced Ethical Issues in Clinical Research in the Spring semester; ETH 738, a one semester, one-credit hour interprofessional course, Clinical Research Ethics Seminar Series in Fall semester; and ETH 705, a one semester two-credit hour course, Key Ethical Concepts in Clinical and Translational Investigation in Spring semester. The MCR 750 course may be substituted for ETH 750 and the IP 738 course may be substituted for ETH 738. A mentor guided research project on a topic in CTRE that results in a publishable manuscript may be substituted for ETH 789. A research project proposal to include the mentor’s contact information must be submitted to the Director for consideration before the start of the Spring semester ETH 789 course. All courses are available online.

The Fellowship can be completed in one year or two. Those who elect to take the two-year track must complete ETH 750 and ETH 789 the first year and ETH 738 and ETH 705 the second year. (See Table)

Semester 1 Year Track 2 Year Track
 Fall 1 ETH 750
ETH 738
ETH 750
Spring 1 ETH 789
ETH 705
ETH 789
Fall 2 N/A ETH 738
Spring 2 N/A ETH 705

Academic credit students: Each course must be completed in the semester in which it was registered. If not completed on time, a status of “Incomplete” will be submitted to the MUSC Office of Enrollment Management. At the end of the following semester, the grade of incomplete will be changed to the merit grade that fits the level of work completed for the course. A grade of 85 (merit grade 3.0 B) or better is required for fellowship credit.

Non-academic credit students: Each course must be completed in the semester in which it was registered. If not completed on time, the course must be restarted when it is available next. A grade of 85 (merit grade 3.0 B) or better is required for fellowship credit.

Using a variety of instructional methods, these courses provide a broad and deep background in research ethics, sufficient to earn special  recognition in the form of a certificate. The Program covers all clinical and translational research ethics competencies.

The Faculty of the CTRE Fellowship Program comprises a wide variety of health care professionals at MUSC, other universities, and the National Institutes of Health, who are dedicated to providing the best possible program.  With their expertise, the program boasts a broad spectrum of specialties.