Established in 2021, the National Medical Fellowships Diversity in Clinical Trials Research program (NMF Dctr) seeks to increase the number of clinicians underrepresented in medicine (URM) who serve as Principal Investigators (PIs), as part of the strategy to increase patient diversity in clinical research trials. The mission of the NMF Dctr program is to increase underrepresented patient engagement and participation in clinical research to ensure that treatment and preventative regimens are thoroughly investigated across all populations.

In a unique collaboration between sponsoring organizations, Janssen, the Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, and Merck, the NMF Dctr program has been developed to include a comprehensive program that features a didactic curriculum to provide physicians with the core knowledge, skills and competencies (KSCs) needed to engage in clinical trial activities and post-training support that will include opportunities for mentoring and networking to bridge the gap between training and practice. After participating in the NMF Dctr program, all emerging investigators will be equipped with the tools and support that will enable them to participate in and lead clinical trials research teams.

The emerging investigator training curriculum features Parexel® Academy’s Investigator Certification Program, an 8-week curriculum accompanied by weekly live training sessions. The curriculum includes the following topics:

  • Drug Development
  • Good Clinical Practices (ICH-GCP) for Investigators
  • Recruitment, Retention and Diversity in Clinical Trials
  • Clinical Trials in Today’s Environment & Technology in Clinical Research
  • Risk Identification, Management, and Mitigations; Safety Reporting & Quality Assurance
  • Investigator Oversight & Quality Standards in Global Clinical Trials
  • Special Topics in Clinical Trial Research

NMF Dctr’s Emerging Investigator Learning Community and Network provides post-training support to include opportunities for mentoring, networking, additional skills development and a virtual resource center to bridge the gap between training and practice.

Eligible Candidates

NMF Dctr candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Hold the degree of MD, MD/PhD, DO or DO/PhD
  • Meet NMF definition of Underrepresented in Medicine (NMF defines underrepresented in medicine as “those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population.”)
  • US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) as defined by the US Department of Homeland Security. (NOTE: J-1, O-1 & H-1B Visa holders are eligible; the Visa must be valid during the 8-week investigator certification training program period.);
  • Must affirm availability to participate in full 8-week training program.

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