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Physician-scientists and scientists in professions across the translational science spectrum are vital members of the US biomedical workforce. Still, their numbers in academic health centers, such as the University of Utah, are declining. Mentorship has been identified as a critical component in retaining faculty members in academics. The VPCAT Research Scholars Program is a holistic institutional mentoring program to support junior faculty members engaged in clinical and translational science at the University of Utah.


To develop future leaders in academic research and support junior investigators in achieving independent funding through mentorship and training along three key themes: scientific career development, grant writing and management, and leadership training.


A top-ranked research institution with a highly trained corps of successful academic clinical investigators of the highest national stature, with the research, leadership, and mentoring skills necessary to cultivate ongoing generations of clinical scientists and solidify our reputation as a top destination for academic clinical research faculty.


VPCAT Program Director