Our program is built on the principle of “learning by doing.” We are convinced that the best way to train first-rate clinical scientists is to involve students intensively and continuously in doing collaborative research with established, productive investigators. This type of close working and learning relationship with mentors is the keystone of our clinical training program.
You are admitted to the program with the expectation that you will work with a particular mentor on a research program, investigating clinically relevant problems of mutual interest and in the mentor’s area of expertise. This initial participation in research enables you to become proficient in specific research methods, to become knowledgeable about the issues and literature in a problem area, and to develop competence as an investigator.
You may switch primary research advisors at any time, but that is uncommon. However, it is common for our students to become involved in research in more than one laboratory, and they often forge new collaborations between faculty both within the Clinical Science program, across areas of the department, and across departments at Indiana University.
As you gain research experience in a particular problem area, it is expected that you will evolve into an increasingly independent and original investigator, and that by the time of the dissertation research, your relationship to the research advisor will have changed from that of an assistant to that of a research collaborator and colleague.