Washington University Med School

Mentored Training Opportunities in Research


The Advanced Summer Program for Investigation and Research Education (ASPIRE) is an opportunity at Washington University-School of Medicine offered to current full-time college Freshmen, Sophomore, or Juniors and college-bound junior and senior high school students. Under the direction of two WU clinician-researchers, Jay Piccirillo, MD and Vicky Fraser, MD, ASPIRE has been created with the purpose of introducing research to young investigators and to further their existing interest in clinical research. The Program includes didactic sessions, seminars and mentored research experience during the six to eight-week scenario.

TL1 Clinical Research Program

The TL1 Predoctoral Program at Washington University provides career development for medical and allied healthcare students through didactic coursework, mentored training, work-in-progress research discussions, journal clubs, and conferences.
The CRTC Predoctoral Program offers the following programs:

  • Summer Predoctoral Program Two-month research core, beginning June 1 and ending July 31
  • Intensive Predoctoral Program Twelve-month research core, beginning June 1 and continuing through May 31 the following year
  • Standard Predoctoral Program 1-3 year (9 month minimum) appointment concurrent with the student’s doctoral degree program.

The CRTC Predoctoral Program supports a select group of trainees, as they embark on careers as outstanding patient-oriented researchers, by teaching them how to:

  • Design and conduct clinical research
  • Analyze data
  • Consider relevant ethical and legal issues
  • Write manuscripts and grants
  • Develop and present scientific posters
  • Compete for research funding

Gap Years

Outcomes Office offers research positions to those who wish to take a gap year between college and medical/graduate school. Read about some of our recent Alums!