Predoctoral Training

Predoctoral Training

Predoctoral CAM-Relevant Training

 

Additional information about CSCAT and its activities may be obtained from the CSCAT, University of Virginia, P.O. Box 800782, Charlottesville, VA 22908-0905, phone (434) 924-0113; Fax: (434) 243-9938; email: cscat@virginia.edu.


 

  • Q: Who should apply for Predoctoral training?

    A: Predoctoral students enrolled in a health-related PhD program or other professional schools at the University of Virginia (for example, Department of Neuroscience, School of Medicine; School of Nursing; Biomedical Engineering Department, School of Engineering and Applied Science) who wish to acquire skills and knowledge to support a career in CAM-relevant research are afforded the opportunity to do so as a predoctoral trainee in the CAM Research Training Program. Curricula for a trainee will be that of the particular doctoral program in which the doctoral student is enrolled. However, trainees will work closely with their academic advisors from the beginning of their program planning to incorporate into their academic degree programs coursework specific to CAM research. This coursework can be added as electives, cognates, and mentored research practica, for example.  A CAM-related dissertation is to be completed by all predoctoral trainees. 
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  • Q: How do predoctoral trainees learn about CAM-relevant research through their conventional doctoral programs?

    A: The trainees' plan of doctoral study will include mentored research opportunities with a member of the CAM training faculty that will be related to the trainees' academic program.
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  • Q: What is the time commitment?

    A: Predoctoral trainees spend 10 hours a week and two summers participating in CSCAT-sponsored research.  Additionally, opportunities for mentored research are provided and trainees are expected to pursue dissertation research that has CAM relevance.
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  • Q: What are the costs/stipends associated with the CAM research training for predoctoral trainees at the University of Virginia?

    A: Health insurance is provided for the trainee, and 60% of tuition and fees are covered (maximum of $16,000).  An annual, NIH-established stipend is available. In 2009 , the stipend is $20,976, and renewable upon satisfactory progress.
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  • Q: What is the application process?

    A: The application process involves hard copy materials, although instructions for completion of the application are Web-based. Applicants are notified by email when their application packet has been received and assessed to contain all needed materials for review. Following the review process, applicants are notified of the outcome by email. Accepted applicants must submit a letter of intent to pursue the CAM research training to reserve a predoctoral trainee position (address on application instructions).

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