RU Communicating Clinical Science?

Rutgers University Training Program in Science Communication for Clinical Science PhD Students 

Training Program Goals

The 'RU Communicating Clinical Science?' training program aims to develop and pilot an interdisciplinary training curriculum in science communication for clinical science PhD students at Rutgers University. 


Our goals are to:

1) introduce PhD students to core components of clinical science communication across different audiences, outlets, and modalities,

2) provide students with introductory conceptual and technical skills to communicate clinical science,

3) engage with a diverse public about clinical science in an accessible manner, and

4) develop and share resources with other students and training programs to broaden the reach of accessible clinical science.

Program Structure

  • September - May

  • Six workshops with guest speakers

  • Three applied training sessions

  • Two culminating activities to showcase skills

    • Community outreach event​

    • Creative content (video, written, visual)

2021-22 Program Schedule

Fall: Wednesday 4:30-6PM (monthly)

  • 9/29 - Back to the Basics: Foundational skills in communicating science (Presenter: Dr. Janet Alder)

  • 11/10 - The Spoken Word, Part 1: Oral communication skills and improvisation (Presenter: David Dannenfelser) 

Spring: Tuesday 5-6:30PM (monthly)

  • February 1: Meet the Public Where They Are Part 1: How to write for the public (e.g., Op-Eds) and policy-makers (e.g., policy memo) (Presenters: Dr. Michael Anestis and SPAR). Zoom only. 

  • February (during Grand Rounds) - The Spoken Word, Part 2: Practice skills and apply (3-minute research presentations) 

  • February: Meet the Public Where They Part 2: Practice session and apply: Written product review

  • April: Visualizing Clinical Science Part 2: Practice session and apply: Visual product review

  • May: Making it Social: Using social media platforms to communicate science!

Program Workshops

  1. Back to the Basics-- Foundational skills: Knowing your audience, knowing your message, understanding psychology of communication

  2. The Spoken Word: Oral communication skills and improvisation (e.g., effective use of language, streamlining the message, engaging audience, consider the setting)

  3. It Takes a Village: Communicating clinical science with stakeholders (e.g., policy) and community partners 

  4. Meet the Public Where They Are: How to write for the public (e.g., writing an Op-Ed or blog, finding outlets, making a pitch) and policy-makers (e.g., policy memo)

  5. Visualizing Clinical Science: Effective use of multimedia and visual aids in communicating clinical science (e.g., infographics, identifying and using photos, videos)

  6. Make it Social: Using social media as a direct outlet (e.g., Reddit, Instagram, TikTok)


All final curriculum, training materials, presentation videos, and class products will be posted and shared here. 

Disclaimer: All attendees will be video and audio recorded.   

Pilot program supported by:
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