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Clinical Translational
Research Track

Modern medicine is based upon a foundation of science. Physician scientists play a key role in translating scientific discovery to the care of patients. Clinician scientists also have a unique role in identifying the needs in clinical practice that drive new research. Jefferson Medical College faculty and students have a long history of conducting research that has direct impact on the health of patients.

The CwiC-Clinical Translational Research Track (CTR) is designed to create the next generation of physician scientists and leaders. The body of knowledge specific to research is not fully covered in the medical curriculum. CwiC-CTR is designed to aid students to be effective researchers in a systematic fashion. The program consists of independent, hypothesis-driven research with an advisor. This is augmented by the assignment of a program mentor and a curriculum of core research topics. CwiC-CTR will complement, though not replace, existing curricular elements.

The CwiC-CTR track is ideal for those interested in:

  • Defining the best treatments for patients
  • Advancing scientific knowledge beyond the current limits
  • A career in academic medicine
  • Clinical research in their future practice
  • Drug development
  • Achievement beyond the curriculum

Dr. Kraft is Associate Professor and Director of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology in the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. As Director of the Jefferson Clinical Research Unit, he has an active research program in early phase drug development, including first-in-human studies of new drugs.

He has a particular interest in the development of novel therapeutics for the neonatal abstinence syndrome. Dr. Kraft maintains a clinical practice in vascular medicine.

Dr. Kraft has an interest in the teaching of pharmacology and clinical research. He is director of the Jefferson K30 program in Human Investigation, an educational program to train clinicians in the science of clinical research. He teaches in the medical and graduate College, and has served as a research mentor to trainees in multiple therapeutic areas.


Walter K. Kraft, MD MS
Associate Professor
Director, Division of Clinical Pharmacology
Department of Pharmacology
& Experimental Therapeutics

Dr. Lau, Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, is a proud local Philadelphia native.  Raised in Lansdale, Montgomery County, his parents live in Lansdale, and his younger sister Bonnie is also an academic emergency physician in San Francisco, California. A North Penn High School alumnus, he graduated from the joint Pennsylvania State University/Jefferson Medical College 6 year accelerated medical program in 2004.  A Jeffersonian ever since, he completed his emergency medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in 2007, serving as Chief Resident during his senior year. As faculty, his basic science research investigates the mechanisms underlying cardiovascular ischemia/reperfusion injury and proteins capable of mitigating such injury, and he has received national grants from the Emergency Medicine Foundation for his work. Dr. Lau contributes to emergency medicine through patient clinical care and education of both medical college students and residents at Jefferson. He is the co-director of the volunteer driven Chinatown Clinic, where he cares for the underserved communities of Philadelphia weekly.


Wayne Bond Lau, MD
Associate Professor
Department of
Emergency Medicine

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Application Process

Application available:

Application deadline:
January 5, 2015 

Acceptance letters distributed:
January 26, 2015

Student confirmation /refusal deadline:
February 2, 2015


Students must be in good academic standing.

Students may apply to only one CWIC program track.

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