Training in Epidemiology and Clinical Trials (TECT)


National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

Principal Investigator

Dr. David Grimes, Dr. Kim Boggess, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Project Run Dates

6/27/2001 to 4/30/2016



Training in Epidemiology and Clinical Trials (TECT) is a collaborative program of the University of North Carolina, Duke University, and FHI 360 predominately funded by the TECT T32. It prepares obstetrician/gynecologists for careers as independent investigators in reproductive health and contraceptive research. Contraceptive research is the primary content focus, and the conduct of clinical trials is the principal methodological focus. These foci complement the core that is enhanced by learning analytic skills in one of the nation’s premier departments of epidemiology. Upon completion of the program trainees will have earned a Masters of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR). Fellows participate in regular forums with peers, mentors, and resource faculty to review and critique work in progress. In addition, fellows receive guidance in submission of abstracts, publications, proposals for research funding, and career development. Fellows are selected on the basis of their prior academic accomplishments, research activities, history of publication(s), and the level of their research interests in reproductive health and contraception. Personal interviews are carried out with the Principal Investigator, Program Director, Duke Site Director, current and former fellows, and clinical faculty to ensure that there is an appropriate match between the career stage of the candidate and the program. An important part of the training program is the system of faculty mentoring to support the Fellows as they begin their independent research. Effective mentoring is important not only for research supervision but also to facilitate professional introductions, invitations to meetings, networking with colleagues in the field, and subsequent career placement. The faculty collectively has many years of experience teaching and mentoring students and trainees at a variety of levels.