Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Research (PGDCR)

(For US Medical School Students and IMGs Requiring F1 Student Visa Support)

12 Months Certification

Hands-on Research Experience

Research Mentorship

Distance Learning

F1 Student Visa Support
(if required)


Live Sessions (In-Person or Distance Learning)
Hands-on Research Experience
One-on-One Mentorship

(Duration: Full-time 12 Months and Part-time 24 Months)



  • Exclusive: Research education, Analytical skill learning, Hands-on project experience, National conference presentations, Abstract and Manuscript publications, Research CV, Interview preparation, Certification, Research Mentorship, and Letter of Recommendation from a Speciality-specific US Attending Physician
  • Distance Learning OR In-Person: 12-24 months of comprehensive clinical research experience
  • Ideal for US MD and DO Students and IMGs requiring Student Visa Support
  • Step-by-step, thorough guidance on projects’ formation and execution process
  • The course covers a full spectrum of basic and advanced research education and guidance on translating ideas and thoughts into viable research projects, including observational study, quality improvement (QI) study, systematic review & meta-analysis, literature review, survey study, and case report-series
  • Each month, you will be working on different types of projects, with the USA attending and instructors, and submit them to the appropriate Peer-reviewed National Conferences (AHA, AMA, AAN, ANA, DDW, AASLD, SGIM, APA, EPA, USCAP, etc.) and PubMed/Google Scholar-indexed peer-reviewed journals (Major Publication Houses: Elsevier, Springer Nature, MDPI, BMJ, Wiley, SAGE, Cureus, etc.)
  • Learning opportunities for presenting and publishing your projects
  • 8-10 students (including residents and/or fellows) per group
  • Groups will be monitored and mentored by three mentors: Dr. Patel, a Speciality-specific US Attending Physician, and an Onboard Biostatistician
  • Research Mentorship (Speciality-specific US Attending Physician-Student Pair-Up)
  • Get closely evaluated by attending, while designing and executing projects and working as a “Remote research assistant”
  • Continue working with the team even after finishing the program to create long-term mentorship
  • Get every possible help from the attending in sharpening your research-related skills to tailor your residency or fellowship path to achieve the surest success
  • Opportunity to participate in the “Annual Research Day”
  • Certification of Completion will  be provided upon successful completion of the training and presenting your work in the “Peer-reviewed National Conference”
  • Letter of Recommendation from Speciality-specific US Attending Physician based on evaluation from research mentorship on Hospital Letterhead (Duration: 12 months)
  • To graduate from the program, you should expect to have completedResearch Studies (Observational Study, Systematic Review +/- Meta-analysis, and Literature Review +/- Case Report) and 3 National Conference Abstract Presentations
  • We will provide educational training, but for you to complete the program, you need to choose the specialty, topic, and mentors, and execute your work independently, as Research Update will not take responsibility for the publication or outcomes of results as a part of the publication process

Our Combo Plans

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Research (Distance Leaning – Off Campus)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Research (On Campus) + F1 Student Visa
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Research (On Campus) + F1 Student Visa + Clinical Experience (Elective, Externships, or Observerships)


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Clinical Research Training Program
Hands-on Clinical Experience
(Electives, Externships, and Observerships)
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