Research school for clinicians in epidemiology (KI-Region Stockholm)

Karolinska Institutet (KI) and Region Stockholm are offering a research school in epidemiology and research methods for clinical doctoral students working for Region Stockholm.

The research schools overarching goal is for the participant to acquire an in-depth scientific, critical, and analytical approach as well as methodological skills to be able to conduct quantitative clinical research in areas that are of great importance to healthcare.

After completing the research school, participants are expected to be able to:

  • formulate specific scientific hypotheses
  • design clinical experimental and observational studies
  • compose applications for research grants and to ethical review boards
  • analyse data, independently and with statisticians
  • interpret results
  • write scientific reports
  • critically review publications.

The course program, which must be followed in its entirety, provides basic knowledge in scientific methodology and is adapted to the General study plan for doctoral education at Karolinska Institutet (KI). Otherwise, the course program contains an in-depth study of follow-up quantitative research with epidemiological methods including biostatistics. The education requires knowledge of Swedish and English.

The research school has student-activating methods and interactive learning as a pedagogical model. The courses include individual study assignments, group work, lectures, workshops and seminars. A key idea within the research school is to promote a good learning environment where the participants support each other through the course program.

Call for applications

The deadline for applications is on the 10th of March 2023.

Up to 28 places (with reimbursement to the participant's clinic, see below) are available for the next research school starting in autumn 2023.

Notification of admission will be given by the end of May 2023 at the latest.

Target group

The research school aims at doctoral students at KI, who has not completed their half-time review.

The research school is for clinically active doctoral students working for Region Stockholm. Applicants should be clinically affiliated through a permanent position, a research residency block or other position that lasts the duration of the research school period.

The applicant must be admitted to doctoral education at KI or become admitted to doctoral education at latest three weeks before the course starts autumn 2023. After admission, complementary documentation of admission shall be sent to administrative officer Eva Willis.

Read more about KI's admission process here.

Eligibility

Eligible to apply is anyone who:

  • are clinically active individuals working for Region Stockholm. Applicants should be clinically affiliated through a permanent position, a research residency block or other position that lasts the duration of the research school period by Region Stockholm or a partnered care provider.
  • is a doctoral student at KI or expected to be admitted to doctoral education at latest three weeks before course start

Assessment

Your application will be judged from two perspectives:

  • The project – scientific quality, feasibility and relevance
  • The applicant – experience and motivation

Application

Your application is to be submitted in KI PRISMA. Dates for the announcements will be published later. 

The application shall contain the following information:

  • Application form
  • CV in English
  • Description of your research plan in English
  • Reasons for applying (why you want and need to take this particular research school) in English
  • Testimony in English from a supervisor confirming your suitability and need for the research school
  • Testimony from your clinical manager/similar that you will be granted leave to attend the research school
  • LADOK extracts showing any doctoral courses completed
  • If the applicant is not yet admitted to doctoral education at KI, a complementary description is needed. (Although, note that the applicant must be admitted to doctoral education at latest three weeks before the course starts during autumn 2023. After admission, complementary documentation of admission shall be sent to administrative officer Eva Willis).
  • Only complete applications with signed certificates from supervisors and clinical manager/equivalent will be considered.

Courses

The research school comprises of a total of 16 weeks of full-time study (24 credits) over two years, divided into four four-week blocks.

The research school, which is to be completed in its entirety, includes the obligatory courses for doctoral students at Karolinska Institutet (according to the General syllabus for doctoral education in the subject of Medical Science), as well as more advanced training of research methods, with an emphasis on epidemiological methods and biostatistics. The education require knowledge in Swedish and English.

Reimbursement to the participant's clinic from Region Stockholm

The research school reimburses each participant’s clinic a sum of SEK 6,748 + salary-related costs per week during the course periods on condition that the clinical manager (or his/her equivalent) testifies that the participant will be granted paid leave for each course period. During the course periods there will be no time or opportunity for any parallel clinical work.

The research school starting in 2023

The research school starting in 2023
Date from Date to
Block 1 2023-09-11 2023-10-06
Block 2 2024-01-22 2024-02-16
Block 3 2024-09-09 2024-10-04
Block 4 2025-01-20 2025-02-14

The research school that commenced 2022

The research school that commenced 2022
Date from Date to
Block 1 2022-11-07 2022-12-02
Block 2 2023-03-06 2023-03-31
Block 3 2023-11-06 2023-12-01
Block 4 2024-02-26 2024-03-22

The research school that commenced 2021

The research school that commenced 2021
Date from Date to
Block 1 2021-09-13 2021-10-08
Block 2 2022-01-24 2022-02-18
Block 3 2022-09-12 2022-10-07
Block 4 2023-01-23 2023-02-17

Contact

For further details, contact:

Anders Forss

Research school director

Monica Ringheim

Administrative officer