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UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science; Department of Population and Quantitative Sciences, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine; UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center

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Medical Education | Translational Medical Research


Mini-sabbaticals are formal short-term training and educational experiences away from an investigator's home research unit. These may include rotations with other research units and externships at government research or regulatory agencies, industry and non-profit programs, and training and/or intensive educational programs. The National Institutes of Health have been encouraging training institutions to consider offering mini-sabbaticals, but given the newness of the concept, limited data are available to guide the implementation of mini-sabbatical programs. In this paper, we review the history of sabbaticals and mini-sabbaticals, report the results of surveys we performed to ascertain the use of mini-sabbaticals at Clinical and Translational Science Award hubs, and consider best practice recommendations for institutions seeking to establish formal mini-sabbatical programs.


KL2, Mini-sabbatical, TL1, education, sabbatical, skills development, training, UMCCTS funding

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© The Association for Clinical and Translational Science 2019. This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (, which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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J Clin Transl Sci. 2019 Feb;3(1):37-44. doi: 10.1017/cts.2019.369. Link to article on publisher's site

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Journal of clinical and translational science

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