Over the course of 12 months, fellows participate in course work, interactive learning and on-the-job training in regulatory and medical writing, clinical trial monitoring, and drug development strategies. As we feel mentorship is an essential part of the program, all fellows are assigned a mentor and receive additional support and guidance from CATO SMS scientists and industry experts. Coursework and interactive learning consist of master classes given by CATO SMS leading subject matter experts and opportunities to attend all in-house trainings on topics such as Regulatory Affairs, Clinical Trial Monitoring, and Strategies in Drug Development.  

Fellows also receive extensive on-the-job training and are strategically assigned to projects to maximize their exposure to clinical research and drug development. Project work may entail many different activities including drug development plans, protocol design, regulatory strategy development, FDA-meeting preparation, project plan development, and clinical trial management.

In order to provide the full toolset needed for a career in drug development, all fellows undergo project management training and are encouraged to take on leadership roles as their skills dictate. This unique experience allows for maximized exposure to clinical research and drug development practices. 

Fellows are full time CATO SMS employees, and are eligible for all benefits available at CATO SMS. This includes a competitive salary package, and generous medical benefits. At the end of the program, fellows are encouraged to apply for a scientist position in the company. 

To view open fellows positions, please see our available positions.