Harvard Medical School’s program at Semmelweis University returns after its successful launch last year, offering a unique training opportunity for young professionals committed to clinical research.

Participants of Harvard Medical School’s Clinical Science Scholars program at Semmelweis University (CSS) will explore the latest advancements and best practices in clinical research, broadening their knowledge of research methodology, so that by the end of the nine-month training they can be confident in designing and performing clinical research, analyzing and interpreting research data, as well as master the know-how and how-tos of successful grant proposals and leading clinical teams.

Workshop dates

  • July 15-18, 2024, Semmelweis University, Budapest
  • November 4-7, 2024, Live Virtual
  • March 17-20, 2025, Harvard Medical School, Boston

In the CSS program, participants will work in teams to discuss and problem-solve, complemented by monthly webinars and more than 85 recorded online lectures. Three workshops – one in Budapest, one online and one in Boston – form the backbone of the program. The curriculum is structured in five modules, with lectures, discussions and assignments on epidemiology, research ethics, biostatistics, clinical trials and leadership/teamwork themes, with selected program faculty including Dr. Béla Merkely, Rector of Semmelweis University; Dr. Ajay K. Singh, Senior Associate Dean for Postgraduate Medical Education at Harvard Medical School; Dr. Zoltán Ungvári, Director of Semmelweis International Training Program in Geroscience; and Dr. Péter Hegyi, Director of Semmelweis University’s Center for Translational Medicine. In addition to the core curriculum, electives such as Secondary Analysis of Clinical Trials, Genetic Epidemiology or Cost-effectiveness and health decision making allow the training to be personalized to meet the individual needs of the participants.

Participants of Harvard Medical School’s Clinical Science Scholars program at Semmelweis University will also develop a research proposal, with the top ten submissions being presented in a webinar and the top three at the final workshop in Boston.

Dr. Béla Merkely noted that the first program started in Budapest in 2023 with several Central European participants. “Semmelweis University will host the CSS program again in 2024, offering an excellent learning opportunity for early-career clinicians, PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and residents,” the rector pointed out.

Under the terms of the agreement between Semmelweis University and Harvard Medical School Postgraduate Medical Education, the Foundation for National Health Care and Medical Education will fund 50 percent of the tuition fees of fifty Semmelweis Citizens.

Applications for the CSS program are open on Harvard Medical School’s website, where prospective participants can submit their CV, cover letter and letter of recommendation. The deadline for early application and scholarship is April 19, 2024. Applications close on May 15, 2024.

For further questions, please contact pgme_admissions@hms.harvard.edu (program specifics) or scholarship@semmelweis.hu (tuition reduction).

Judit Szabados-Dőtsch 
Photo: Bálint Barta – Semmelweis University, https://hms.harvard.edu/