Finnish National Graduate School of Clinical Investigation
Professor Seija-Liisa Karvonen, MD, PhD
Skin and Allergy Hospital, Meilahdentie 2, 00250 HELSINKI PL 160, 00029 HUCH, Finland,
The National Graduate School of Clinical Investigation (CLIGS) is aimed at training professional clinical scientists. The students are affiliated with research groups located at all five universities in Finland.
Research topics are related to a wide spectrum of questions related to clinical sciences. The training results in a Doctor of Medical Sciences or Dental Sciences -degree and facilitates the integration of research training and clinical specialization. Accordingly the final outcome will be a clinical specialist with a doctoral degree after training for 6-9 years.
At least 20 study weeks of theoretical training are required for a doctoral degree. The training is comprised of modules. The student selects together with her/his supervisor those courses that optimally fit into her/his research profile. Part of the training is common for all students (such as biometrics, legal and administrative aspects of clinical research, and function of and registries within the health care system), whereas part of the training targets more specific topics including the planning and implementation of randomized clinical trials, methods for the assessment of quality of life, health economics, etc. The modules make the training more flexible. Some of the modules may be common for CLIGS students and students from other graduate schools, e.g. courses in molecular genetics and laboratory methods may well attract also students from biomedical graduate schools. Similarly common courses may be organized in collaboration with the graduate schools in clinical pharmacology and epidemiology. Graduate School organizes practical training courses, seminar series, and scientific symposia for the students. In addition, together with the other Graduate Schools it offers various types of adjunct studies. These form the curriculum the students are required to take in addition to their own research in order to defend their thesis and complete their doctoral studies.
The students prepare annual progress report that is evaluated by the director and the coordinator. In addition, CLIGS recommends that each student has a follow-up group that convenes at least once a year. The follow-up group includes the student, the supervisor(s), and at least two senior members outside the research group.
CLIGS is funded by Ministry of Education and Academy of Finland.