MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

The TL1 is an enrichment pathway for highly qualified predoctoral students and postdoctoral fellows.  It prepares them to rapidly integrate their skills into the clinical and translational sciences workforce. 

We accomplish this by targeting stage-specific (pre- versus post-doctoral) training that comprises a competency-based curriculum along with career development enrichment pertinent to the translational workforce.  

competency based training

Core Competencies in Translational Research

Our competency-based curriculum encompasses fundamental, thematic areas of clinical and translational sciences but also allows considerable flexibility in how each competency is achieved to fit each trainee’s research interests and career stage-specific goals.

Clinical & Community Engagement

All TL1 trainees are required to have a clinical mentor and obtain compliance and other training to undertake shadowing every month. This opportunity not only allows exposure to a clinical setting but also community (patient) engagement to increase their understanding of the population most immediately affected by their research (T1/T2 translation) and to promote understanding and awareness of the public population that will benefit from translational research (T3/T4).

Translational Science Seminar Series

The TL1 Core Monthly Seminar Series promotes peer and near-peer education, discussion, and debate about translational science and enhances research communication skills and career development.

Training Plan Agreement

Upon acceptance into the TL1 Program, Trainees are expected to confer with their mentors to devise a customized Training Plan outlining proposed coursework and clinical shadowing. Once approved by the TL1 Co-Directors, the Training Plan is signed by the Trainee, Mentor, and Co-Directors. For competitive renewal of the TL1, Trainees must show regular participation in TL1 Program activities, progress along their TL1 Training Plan, and progress within their home degree program.

National TL1 Predoctoral Meeting

All trainees are required to attend and present their work at the annual meeting of the Association for Clinical and Translational Science at least once during their TL1 training period. At the meeting, TL1 programs from across the country convene with opportunities to gain advocacy experience by visiting Congress on Capitol Hill and to network with translational scientists from around the country. 

Questions about the TL1 Training Curriculum should be addressed to Nicolle Patterson (713.500.9874).