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T32 Training Program

The Division of Geriatrics offers an NIH-funded T32 program with the long-term goal of producing a new generation of investigators with a background in the health professions who have the enthusiastic commitment, knowledge, and skills to succeed in a career in clinical and translational aging research. Our program is one of only a few in the nation that focuses exclusively on individuals from the health professions. The University of Pittsburgh offers an outstanding milieu for this training, with exceptional depth and breadth of well-funded, multidisciplinary aging research; experienced and involved mentors; extensive resources for training in clinical and translational research; and a well-established Concentration in Aging Research Methods.

The comprehensive training program is built on a well-defined structure with six main areas of competency:

Clinical and Translational Research Methods
Principles of Aging and Geriatrics
Aging Research Methods
Professional Skills
Topical Expertise
Responsible Conduct of Research

To achieve competency in these areas, we employ the following training strategies:

An individual career plan
Formal didactics
Seminars and workshops
An individualized mentoring team
Experiential learning
Scheduled oversight and mutual feedback

The training program offers three options for trainees at various training stages:

    1. Two-to-three year postdoctoral program for physicians, pharmacists, physical therapists, and (new to this renewal) nurses
    2. One-year predoctoral training program for medical students integrated into Pitt School of Medicine five-year MD/Research track
    3. Short-term summer training program for medical, physical therapy, and pharmacy doctoral students

Current Appointees
Mary Kotlarczyk
John Alan Willis
Sagar Kampreth