PhD in clinical investigation during/after fellowship?

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    I will be starting my hem/onc fellowship next year and my goal is to pursue an academic career in phase I clinical trials. I am planning on doing a master's in clinical investigation during my fellowship. My questions are:
    - Is there a way to expand this master's program to a PhD in clinical investigation?
    - If that is feasible, how much time beyond fellowship would you anticpate it will take me to finish my PhD?
    -What are the main differences betwen a basic science PhD and a PhD in clinical investigation?
    - I will be in the NYC area, are you aware of any progams that would offer that option?
     
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    - Yes, particularly if you find a CTSA, which are taking MSCI programs and are in the process of developing PhD in Translational Science.
    - probably 3-4 years
    - PhD in basic science emphasizes fundamental questions in biology (or their field), while clinical investigation will emphasize statistics, database analysis, clinical trial design and other stuff.
    - Check the NIH website for CTSA locations. There are about 60 across the country. I assume in NYC that the CTSA will be at Columbia, NYU, etc.
     
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    Thanks , that is helpful. So assuming I will spend 18 months of the alloted research time on the PhD didicatic coursework , you would expect it would take me an additional 3-4 years to finish after fellowship?
     
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    I expect that to earn the PhD, you need to carry out a clinical research project. Unlike drosophila or c. elegans, doing research on people takes more time for getting results for a single experiment. It might be that you get lucky and accomplish the PhD dissertation within 4 years (including coursework).
     
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