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Externships & Experiential Learning

SCTR Institute

Few, if any, institutions have comprehensive strengths in all areas of translational research. Therefore, 7 CTSA hubs (MUSC, Duke, UNC, Children’s National, U Florida, Virginia Commonwealth and Emory) have committed to provide reciprocal externship opportunities for KL2 scholars. The table below lists training and mentoring opportunities in areas of strength at each participating CTSA that are available to KL2 scholars at other CTSAs. The KL2 directors will help find training opportunities for KL2 scholars from any of our centers who may be interested in an area that is not yet available at any of our centers.

Participating CTSA Institutions & Opportunities

There are other externship opportunities available. The table shows representative programs but many more are available to KL2 scholars.

Clinical & Translational Science Institute at Children’s National

Contact: Amanda Kasper, MPH
KL2 TR000076

  • Diseases/disorders of infancy/childhood that impact adult health

  • Neurosciences, including imaging

  • Health policy

  • Device development and innovation

  • Genomics/metabolomics of rare diseases

Medical University of South Carolina SCTR Institute

Contact: Diana Lee-Chavarria
KL2 TR001452

  • Clinical trials design and implementation

  • Biomedical Imaging

  • Medical informatics

  • Therapeutics Translation

  • Health Technology Solutions (eg. Mobile Apps)

Duke University Clinical & Translational Science Award

PI: Laura Svetkey, M.D.
Contact: Stephanie Molner
KL2 TR001115

  • Multi-center clinical trials coordination

  • Human systems biology studies

  • TL1 Translational Research

  • Community-based research

  • Minority health and health disparities

The North Carolina Translational & Clinical Sciences Institute

PI: Morris Weinberger, Ph.D.
Contact: Susan Pusek
KL2 TR001109

  • Comparative effectiveness research

  • Biostatistics methodologies

  • Practice-based research networks

  • Community Engagement

  • Rare disease registries (with Research Triangle Institute)

University of Florida Clinical & Translational Science Institute

Contact: Maria Gavidia
KL2 TR001429

  • Neuromuscular disease

  • Type 1 Diabetes

  • Metabolomics

  • Pain research and therapeutics

  • Pharmacodynamic modeling

Virginia Commonwealth University

PI: Arun Sanyal, MBBS, M.D.
Contact: Teraya Donaldson
KL2 TR000057

  • Responsible conduct of research and research ethics

  • Repurposing Medicinal Compounds

  • Regulatory Sciences

  • Bioinformatics

  • Transparency in science

Atlanta Clinical & Translational Science Institute

PI: David Stephens, M.D.
Contact: Cheryl Sroka
KL2 TR000455

  • Externships with biotechnology companies

  • Drug Discovery

  • Vaccinology

  • Metabolomics & Hercules Expansome Research Center

  • Community Engagement and Health Disparities Research


Diana Lee-Chavarria, MA
Workforce Training and Development Manager