Encourage young professionals to pursue careers in clinical research
Foster individual career development
In seminars, short lab visits, and practical courses, undergraduates are involved in sepsis research at very early stages of their career. Close interactions exist with the research-oriented track of the reformed studies of medicine in Jena (JENOS). Talented and ambitious students can then apply for MD scholarships to continue projects they started in seminars and lab visits. The CSCC career program also offers the opportunity to achieve a dual qualification MD/PhD in a 10 years fast track.
A key aim of the CSCC is the promotion of young scientists, in particular clinician scientists. The research training group (RTG) of the CSCC was thus established to provide a framework for structured training and mentoring of junior researchers within the CSCC. As a rarity in the German academic system, PhD and MD students are trained together in lectures and methods courses. Special emphasis is placed on translational aspects of sepsis research. Moreover, the center aims to highlight career options in academic medicine and clinical research. In this regard, PhD and MD students are supported on their career paths by active mentoring. The CSCC RTG is open to all PhD and MD students working in CSCC research groups, irrespective of individual funding, as long as the thesis topic is related to sepsis research or infection medicine.
Clinician scientists profit from protected time for research as part of their clinical specialization, whereas life scientists, after finishing their PhD, can obtain start-up grants to facilitate their independent acquisition of third party funds. Travel grants enable graduate students and young professionals to present own results at international congresses, to participate at workshops or summer schools and to establish connections to the international scientific community.