Program Begins in Fall 2016
2016-2017 are due July 31, 2016
training program is offered by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National
Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the Clinical Research
Training Program (CRTP) at Duke University, and the American Society for
Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and it meets an existing need for formalized
academic training in the quantitative and methodological principles of clinical
research in reproductive medicine. Designed specifically for physicians
in private or academic clinical practice in reproductive medicine, this
innovative program engages the practicing physician in clinical research while
allowing the individual to maintain an active role in clinical practice. It is
a one year program with an optional second year.
the first year, participants in the program, CREST Scholars, receive didactic
on-line training from the CRTP, attend CREST seminars at the ASRM Scientific Congress & Expo, and attend an intensive weekend seminar at the NIH. Scholars who successfully complete the
didactic component of the program receive a certificate from the CRTP at Duke
University. In an optional second year, each Scholar is assigned a research
mentor who provides guidance for practical engagement in research activities
that are relevant to the Scholar’s own interests and that will continue beyond
the CREST program. Such opportunities
include: 1) participating in secondary analysis of data relating to Reproductive
Medicine Network or other selected studies; 2) developing and
completing a clinical research project in their own practice; 3) participating
in other NIH or ASRM activities that pertain to research and/or assessment of
the literature (e.g., an ASRM guidelines task force).
M.D. engaged in the practice of reproductive medicine – regardless of specialty
– and who has completed training is eligible to apply. Applications from
obstetrician-gynecologists, urologists, internists, and family practitioners
(among others) are welcome.
Applicants must have:
- Received the M.D. degree
- Completed a residency in
a recognized medical specialty
- Fellows must have
completed training and be engaged in clinical practice prior to the start
of the program
- Clinical experience and
a demonstrated interest in reproductive medicine.
In addition, applicants must be:
- Members of ASRM
- Eligible for
Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) funding. Individuals with these
credentials are encouraged to apply.
Applicants should submit electronically, the application form
and provide the following supporting documents:
Vitae (CV). A current CV must be
included with the application form.
of Interest. A 500-word statement
of interest describing career goals and the expected role of this program in
accomplishing those goals.
of IPA Eligibility. A statement certifying
the applicant’s eligibility to be funded under an IPA agreement.
of Evaluation. Three letters are
required. They should be written by persons, such as potential mentors,
who are qualified to testify to the applicant’s capacity for graduate work.
Letters should be emailed to The CREST Program directly (email@example.com) by the evaluators.
Citizenship. To qualify for
an IPA for the CREST program, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
(green card). Please verify your citizenship status.
will be selected by an ASRM review committee.
Award Compensation: CREST will cover the didactic component fees
for each scholar as well as travel expenses and a small stipend for the
intensive weekend seminars. The
scholar’s home organization or institution will be responsible for salary and
fringe benefits. Scholar awards are
contingent on the availability of federal funds.
Orientation to the program will occur at the
ASRM Scientific Congress & Expo in October. Selected
CREST scholars will have their travel paid by the CREST program.
The deadline for receipt of applications for the 2016-2017
academic year is July 31, 2016, midnight CDT. All application materials and correspondence
concerning the application should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org (please mark the subject line: CREST
Application Submission). Only electronic submissions will be accepted.
will be notified of admission decisions not later than August 31, 2016.
Materials submitted in support of an application will not be released for other
purposes and cannot be returned to the applicant.
See what the CREST Scholars say about the
feel very fortunate to be participating in the CREST program. I’m relearning
some concepts that I was introduced to as a reproductive endocrinology fellow,
but I am better able to appreciate them now that I have been in clinical
practice. I’d highly recommend the program to anyone wishing to improve his/her
clinical research skills.
-- Valerie Baker, M.D., CREST Scholar
thought I had a good understanding of study design and statistics. CREST has
put it all together for me in an intelligently formatted series of modules. I
can’t wait to design and implement my next study.
-- Ruben Alvero, M.D., CREST Scholar
CREST program has increased my knowledge and comfort with study design and
statistical methods. ASRM, NIH and Duke are to be commended for the tremendous
effort and resources they have committed to the program.
-- John L. Frattarelli, M.D., CREST Scholar
has helped to further my understanding of clinical research design and
statistics. The web-based format makes it easy to interact with the CREST
faculty and other CREST scholars. I feel lucky to participate in the program in
its inaugural year.
-- Rebecca S. Usadi, M.D., CREST Scholar