Development of an outstanding KL2 Scholars program is critical for the professional development of our senior fellows and junior faculty. The KL2 Scholars Program provides promising young clinical and translational investigators the training, mentoring, and protected time to develop an independent research program. Rigorous processes for selection of KL2 trainees, mentoring, and continuous program evaluation and improvement have been developed, and interactions with KL2 trainees across Texas and the nation will be developed.
Funding for this program has been requested as part of the CSTR’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) proposal submitted to NIH. A pilot program has been developed using internal funds to help implement the mentoring program and our first mentee (Dr. Carl Tong) has successfully transitioned to a K08 award.