Semmelweis University signed a letter of agreement with Harvard Medical School’s Postgraduate Medical Education (HMS PGME) on December 9. Under the agreement, HMS PGME will design and deliver an educational program in the field of clinical research for Semmelweis University.

HMS’s Central Europe Clinical Scholars Research Training program will kick off in July 2023 and run through June 2026. Semmelweis University will contribute 50% of the tuition costs for fifty participants in each annual program, or $250,000 per year for this purpose. The program is also open to candidates from neighboring countries in the Central and Eastern European region.

The curriculum will help participants to develop skills essential to pursue high-quality clinical research, including epidemiology, biostatistics, ethics, and leadership. In this nine-month program, learners with actively participate in live workshops and webinars, complete individual and team assignments, and independently engage with hours of on-demand, recorded lectures. They can expect to spend an average of 7-10 hours per week with the program content and projects. Three residential workshops anchor the program: Workshop 1 in Budapest, Workshop 2 online, and Workshop 3 in Boston.

“Harvard Medical School and Semmelweis Universities have different endowments, roots and cultures, we are separated geographically by an ocean, but we share a common goal, our mission and our principles are the same: to provide the best possible knowledge at the highest possible level. Therefore, our partnership is as much a matter of course as it is a pleasure. And with the launch of a joint course in the field of clinical research, our aim is to deepen our collaboration.“, dr. Béla Merkely, rector of Semmelweis University said at the signing ceremony.

“Clinical research fuels health care innovation and enables improved patient outcomes,” said Ajay K. Singh, senior associate dean for postgraduate medical education at Harvard Medical School. “By making high-impact educational opportunities available to health care professionals around the world, we advance the HMS mission to nurture a diverse, inclusive community dedicated to alleviating suffering and improving health and well-being.”

Participants who have satisfactorily completed the program requirements shall receive a Certificate of Completion signed by the course director(s).