Visiting Scholars Program to enhance career development among early-career KL2 investigators in Clinical and Translational Science: Implications from a quality improvement assessment

Sheri L. Robb, Thomas H. Kelly, Victoria L. King, Jason T. Blackard, Patricia C. McGuire

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CTSI Career Development Award (KL2) programs provide junior faculty with protected time and multidisciplinary, mentored research training in clinical and translational science research. The KL2 Visiting Scholars Program was developed to promote collaborative cross-CTSA training, leverage academic strengths at host CTSAs, and support the career development of participating scholars through experiential training and the development of new partnerships. This manuscript provides a detailed programmatic description and reports outcomes from post-visit and outcomes surveys. Since 2016, 12 scholars have completed the program, with 6 scheduled to complete it in 2021. Post-visit surveys (n = 12) indicate all scholars reported the program valuable to career development, 11 reported benefit for research development, and 11 expansion of collaborative networks. Outcomes surveys (n = 11) revealed subsequent scholar interaction with host institution faculty for 10 scholars, 2 collaborative grant submissions (1 funded), 2 planned grant submissions, 1 published collaborative manuscript, and 3 planned manuscript/abstract submissions. The Visiting Scholars Program is a cost- and time-efficient program that leverages the academic strengths of CTSAs. The program enhanced KL2 scholar training by expanding their professional portfolio, promoting research development, and expanding collaborative networks. Resources to support the program are shared in this report to expedite the development of similar programs at regional and national levels.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere67
JournalJournal of Clinical and Translational Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2021

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The outcomes survey (Table 4) was designed to assess longer-term program outcomes and was completed by 11 of the 12 visiting scholars. The timing of survey completion was 3-year post-visit for four scholars, and 2-year post-visit for seven scholars. A majority of scholars (10 of 11), responding to the long-term program outcomes survey, stated that they had subsequent interactions with the individuals they met with during their visit. To date, two scholars (18%) reported having submitted a collaborative extramural grant application, with one of those extramural grants funded. These same two scholars also reported plans to submit additional extramural grant applications. In addition, three scholars (27%) have plans to submit either a collaborative manuscript or an abstract with a faculty member they met at their host institution. Finally, one participant has published a manuscript with a faculty member they met with during their exchange and has established an ongoing collaboration with that faculty member.

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© The Association for Clinical and Translational Science 2020.


  • Research education
  • career development
  • clinical transnational sciences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (all)


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