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Will there be help provided in applying for grants?

Yes, there will be support provided for grant writing and navigating the application process. Part of the learning outcome for the program is to find various sources of funding for your projects. Also, grant writing is embedded into the learning outcomes of LMP2322 the Rhetoric of Science and LMP2330 the Capstone Project. Please see Funding page.

Who are the Faculty that will be teaching the courses?

The Faculty teaching the courses will come from a range of disciplines and backgrounds. Please refer to the Courses page for instructor information.

What should I include in my letter of intent?

There is no set formula for a letter of Intent (LOI). However, a strong LOI should address the following points:

  • Your expertise/background
  • Demonstrate a practical understanding of Translational Research (TR), or provide an example of a TR problem or project that you might consider for a capstone project
  • What you would like to get out of the program and how it might contribute to your academic and career goals; and
  • What about the unconventionality of the program makes it appealing to you compared to other more traditional, thesis-based Master’s program options

Length of the LOI should be 1 to 2 pages / 500 words.

What is the minimum TOEFL/IELTS score for International Students?

The Translational Research Program follows the LMP minimum requirements for admission. Currently, the minimum TOEFL score for International Students for LMP is 100. A minimum IELTS score is 7.5 is required with at least 6.5 for each component. Students from within Canada who have completed their degrees in institutions where English is the primary language of instruction are not required to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores.

What exactly is Translational Research?

Translational research is defined as the application of scientific discoveries, clinical insights or policy initiatives into problem-solving designs that enhance human health and well-being. However, definitions can vary widely between disciplines, institutions, and experts.

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) in the United States defines Translation as: [the] process of turning observations in the laboratory, clinic and community into interventions that improve the health of individuals and the public….

We view translational research as: systematic investigation, study and knowledge production that turns observations in the laboratory, clinic and community into interventions that improve the health of individuals and the public.

TR can be seen as the spectrum of innovation in health science encompassing the “P”s” of impact for healthy communities:

  • People – the translation of research from models into humans.
  • Patients/populations – health promotion and solutions for healthier communities.
  • Policy – findings that shape policy in a broad way.
  • Products – the development of products that assist with health care.
  • Processes or procedures – the development of processes or procedures, such as new screening processes for diseases that benefit individual patients and physicians – i.e. diagnostic techniques.
  • Pharmaceuticals– medicinal chemistry and issues of drug delivery.
  • Pathways—the biochemical and genetic sources of variation in disease presentation that underscore concepts of personalized medicine.

What does the TRP offer that others don’t?

This program provides access to a wide range of expert faculty members at the University of Toronto and networking opportunities with fellow graduate students and industry contacts. Students will be working in some of the top research facilities in the world, such as the Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TAHSN). There will be mentored design opportunities for translational research projects that directly impact health care delivery and patients’ health. This is a highly flexible program that can be tailored to students’ specific interests and learning goals, allowing for guided autonomy in your graduate studies.

What can I expect from the overall program experience?

This program is geared towards helping students become problem solvers that are able to identify ingenuity gaps and develop innovative solutions. The program will allow students to demonstrate and build on their skills in collaboration, teamwork, managing projects, networking and their understanding of the health care context. We provide opportunities for multi-disciplinary collaboration and the development, testing and implementation of ideas.

What are the career opportunities available to me after graduation?

The paths students take post-graduation depends greatly on where each individual is at in their career when they enter the program. We see at least four pathways of specialization or outputs from the program:

  • Translational Medicine: Individuals involved in investigation (discovery science or clinical research);
  • Translational Science: Individuals interested in helping research solutions to medical needs based in discovery science, but transformed into tangible applications.
  • Knowledge Translation: individuals who want to communicate research to target audiences in order to change practices or policies that improve health outcomes;
  • Implementation Science: individuals who want to study the impact of innovations—transformations of discovery science—on healthcare delivery for evidence-based medicine.

The National Center for the Advancement of Translational and Clinical Science has recently identified the needs for a “Translational Science” workforce.  However, there is as yet no official profession of translational science, and many of the programs developed in the area are relatively new.

However, professional graduate programs in the United States associated with Translational Science have indicated that graduates have found work in the following sectors:

  • Industry
  • Entrepreneurial ventures
  • Research Institutes
  • Governmental jobs
  • Clinical practice
  • Graduate school

What are some examples of Capstone Projects?

Examples of Capstone Projects include:

  • A research study on how a slight change in oncology protocol may positively impact patient lives;
  • An augmented reality-based patient education tool;
  • A 3D model registration system for surgery;
  • A clinical trial design for testing a small molecule compound;
  • A mobile patient quality assessment research tool

Please see Capstone Page for more information.

My previous degree is not in Health Science. Can I still apply?

Yes. Translating knowledge into interventions, applications, widgets, policies, and other strategies to advance human health requires (almost by definition) people from multiple disciplinary perspectives.  Diverse teams often bring diverse thinking to bear on solutions to medical needs.  So, the TRP welcomes applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds who have an interest in contributing to health science innovation.

Is there a part-time option in the program?

No, the current the program is only offered on a full-time basis and should be completed in 2 years.

Is prior work experience needed?

No, prior work experience is not required. However, students are encouraged to have a prior understanding of, or interest in, the health care landscape and/or relevant educational or training experience.  The program is structured to build on a student’s existing depth of knowledge. The program will provide a breadth of skills to help develop and catalyze ideas into practical solutions to medical needs. Although no work experience is needed, we are looking for well rounded students who bring to the program a range of skills and expertise.

How will the program allow me to focus on my interest area?

The program is designed to be flexible and cater to a range of interests and outcomes. We offer a number of modular courses with diverse topics and themes. LMP2301 and LMP2330, the Capstone Prep Course and the Capstone Course, allow students to explore and develop project ideas based on the medical needs and individual interests they identify. Within the 8.0 full-course equivalents in the program, students are required to select two electives (0.5 FCE each) chosen from any graduate course offered on campus.

How many hours a week will I be in class?

In the first and second term of the program (24 weeks in total) there are officially approximately 12 in-class hours per week (though students have often stayed longer). These are generally between 10 – 6 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Modular courses and electives are in addition to this but they are scheduled separately.

In the second year, students are expected to have regular monthly meetings with their capstone advisor and other student teams. Though official class time is 9 hours a week, students are also expected to fully participate in group work outside of class time, as well as co-curricular activities that are organized by the program and students. The co-curricular component of the program (for example industry site visits, speaker series, and networking events) are key aspects of the program and provide vital non-structured learning opportunities. These are scheduled throughout the 2 years with advanced notice.

As with other Graduate-level programs please note that it is generally expected that for every 1 hour of contact, you can expect to do 2.5 hours of reading and preparation work on your own.

Do I need a supervisor before starting the program?

No, you do not need a supervisor before starting. First-year of the program is mostly course-based. In your second year, once you’ve identified your capstone project, you will get to pick your capstone advisory committee.

Can international students apply?

Yes, international students are welcome to apply.  International students must meet minimum program requirements including a language proficiency test, where applicable (see the program requirements for more details).  International students should also see the SGS website for differences in tuition and other considerations for studying in Canada. Please see the International Student page for more information.

Can I work while I am studying?

The Translational Research Program is a full-time professional program, meaning that you may not concurrently take any other graduate program.  Since the TRP is a professional program and does not provide students with a stipend or living allowance, we understand that our students may have other obligations.  We do ask that clinicians in the program secure protected time with their departments to ensure they can attend classes, participate in group and co-curricular activities and have time to complete their capstone projects in a timely fashion.

Can I send a scanned copy of my transcripts?

You are required to upload a scanned copy of all your transcripts to the online application form. An official, sealed transcript must also be sent to the TRP/LMP office once you are accepted into the program.

Are there paid stipends?

As this is a professional program, there are no paid stipends. The program is designed to help students seek to support themselves through grants, research opportunities, and industry collaborations. Please see Funding Page for more details.

Are the Capstone Projects done independently or as a group?

Translational Research is a collaborative activity and students are encouraged to work together to identify medical needs and plan high-impact projects that help generate solutions for patients. Although projects are intended to be collaborative so that we can tackle ‘Big Problems’ together, individual contributions and roles must be clearly defined. In special cases, some students may work on individual projects.

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PARTNER PROJECT VISIT: SAINT ELIZABETH

As part of the partner projects the Translational Research Program students have embarked on, they are expected to meet with members of their respective organization who will be mentoring them throughout the translational research thinking process. On December 7th one...

Did you know? You can customize your TRP curriculum to meet your needs?

While there are core courses in the TRP every student takes, you can customize your education through modules and electives and make your curriculum your own.

Next Program Info Session: February 16th

Join us at our next information session and find out if the TRP is right for you!

Spread the word about the TRP!

Download our program brochure to share with your contacts.