Program Structure

Once enrolled in the PORTAL program, you will be introduced to the thought processes used by patient-oriented clinical and translational researchers, and taught the techniques they use. We offer a specific yet flexible program structure in a collaborative environment that offers challenge and invites inquiry.

ISMMS students will begin the PORTAL program during their second year of medical school. PORTAL adds a fifth year to the traditional four-year medical school track. This additional scholarly year provides the opportunity for students to dedicate uninterrupted time to the completion of a scholarly project and thesis.

Curriculum and Research

The curriculum focuses on helping you gain critical thinking skills and offers a solid foundation for conducting independent patient-oriented research studies.

Core Competencies & Learning Objectives include the ability to:

  • Recognize major clinical, translational, and public health research problems
  • Describe observational and experimental clinical research methods and study designs
  • Identify measurement and methodological issues in incorporating basic science, translational, clinical, and population variables into clinical research
  • Implement data analysis and management
  • Employ written and oral scientific communication and dissemination skills
  • Explain, assess and employ research ethics

For your thesis research, you will pursue original scholarly research on a subject of your choice, guided by a faculty mentor and the program directors. This entails formulation of a research question, design and conduct of a research plan, analysis of the resulting data, and presentation of the findings.

You should expect to spend approximately three to four extra hours per week on PORTAL during your second year. The remaining coursework will be completed during the scholarly year. There are no additional courses required during the remaining years, which will allow you to focus on the MD curriculum during that time. 

PORTAL Program Academic Calendar

PORTAL Program Curriculum

Term

Course Number

Title

Credits

Fall

 

 

 

Yr2

CLR0006

Spectrum of Measurements in Clinical & Translational Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods 1

3

SY

MPH0300

Introduction to Biostatistics

3

SY

CLR0001

Clinical Research Masters Thesis Design and Conduct

3

  **SY

 -

Elective

3

SY

CLR0017

Clinical and Translational Research Journal Club and Seminar Series

1

 

Spring-I

 

 

 

Yr2

CLR0016

Spectrum of Measurements in Clinical & Translational Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods 2

3

SY

MPH0812

Applied Linear Models I

3

SY

CLR0001

Clinical Research Master’s Thesis Design and Conduct

3

SY

CLR0018

Clinical and Translational Research Journal Club and Seminar Series

1

 

Spring-II

 

 

 

SY

CLR0007

Spectrum of Measurements in Clinical & Translational Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods 3

3

Yr2

N/A

Preparation for USMLE step 1

 0

SY

CLR0501

Computational Tools for Clinical Research

2

SY

MPH0623

Applied Linear Models II

3

SY

CLR0011

Grant Writing

1

SY

CLR0001

Clinical Research Masters Thesis Design and Conduct

3

SY

 CLR0019

Clinical and Translational Research Journal Club and Seminar Series

1

 

 

 

Total Credits

38

 

 

* SY = Scholarly Year
** Elective may be taken during any term of the SY

 

 

Portal Program Standard Curriculum

Term

Course Number

Title

Credits

Fall

 

 

 

Yr2

CLR0006

Spectrum of Measurements in Clinical & Translational Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods 1

3

Yr2

MPH0300

Introduction to Biostatistics

3

SY

CLR0001

Clinical Research Masters Thesis Design and Conduct

3

  **SY

 -

Elective

3

SY

CLR0501

Computational Tools for Clinical Research

3

***SY

CLR0301

Tools in Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research in Clinical and Translational Science

3

SY

CLR0017

Clinical and Translational Research Journal Club and Seminar Series

1

 

Spring-I

 

 

 

Yr2

CLR0016

Spectrum of Measurements in Clinical & Translational Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods 2

3

SY

MPH0812

Applied Linear Models I

3

SY

CLR0001

Clinical Research Master’s Thesis Design and Conduct

3

SY

CLR0700

Professionalism and Ethics in Clinical Research

2

SY

CLR0018

Clinical and Translational Research Journal Club and Seminar Series

1

 

Spring-II

 

 

 

Yr2

CLR0007

Spectrum of Measurements in Clinical & Translational Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods 3

3

Yr2

N/A

Preparation for USMLE step 1

 0

SY

MPH0822

Applied Linear Models II

3

SY

CLR0011

Grant Writing

1

SY

CLR0001

Clinical Research Master'sThesis Design and Conduct

2

SY

CLR0019

Clinical and Translational Research Journal Club and Seminar Series

1

***SY

CLR0610

Meta-analysis, Decision Analysis and Cost Effectiveness Analysis

3

 

 

 

Total Credits

38