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Clinical Investigations Program Branch

The mission of the Clinical Investigations Program Branch is to facilitate research and training to support graduate health sciences education and other allied health programs of the military services, to further enhance patient care in the Military Health System, and to contribute to medical readiness solutions.

The CIP Branch supports the clinical investigations programs at 19 military medical treatment facilities.


Map of Continental U.S. showing MTF CIP Site locations. A link to access an alternate accessible version can be found below the image.


508 Accessible Version of Map (.pdf file 206KB)

Clinical Investigations Program Branch Functions: Management Support, Policy Support, Process Support, Resource Support, Contracting Support

CIP Branch Functions

The CIP Branch operates under five functional areas

  • Management Support – Ensuring alignment of MTF CIPs with DHA strategic drivers and MTF graduate medical education program director requirements
  • Policy Support – Executing policies and procedures required in key CIP-related Department of Defense instructions
  • Process Support – Promoting standardization of CIP practices
  • Resource Support –  Advocating for the necessary scope, staffing, and resources for CIPs at each MTF
  • Contracting Support – Developing support contracts for MTF CIPs based on their organizational needs and changes

CIP and Scholarly Activity

The CIP Branch aims to improve the quality of health care for DOD beneficiaries by generating an atmosphere of scientific inquiry, promoting an academic environment of high professional standing, and assisting in the accreditation of GME and other allied health training programs. 

Scholarly activity is a common program requirement for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The CIP Branch facilitates completion of these requirements by supporting the accreditation of health education and training programs in the MHS.

The CIP Branch supports operational training and research requirements of more than 500 graduate medical, nursing, dental and graduate health sciences education programs with over 10,000 trainees.

CIP Policies

CIP in the News

Behind-the-scenes at the Clinical Investigation Facility at David Grant Medical Center, Travis Air Force Base (June 2, 2023)

DHA Honors Military Medical 'Young Investigators (March 30,2023)

Graduation ceremony honors accomplishments of 232 residents, fellows (June 1, 2022)

SAUSHEC honors faculty members for their contributions to military medicine (May 14, 2022)

Raising the Standard of Care through Research (May 13,2022)

SAUSHEC Research Day highlights importance of continued learning, exploration (May 5, 2022)

The CIP Branch issued three DHA publications to standardize procedures, support research, and ensure a stable financial foundation for CIP programs in the MHS.

  • DHA-Procedural Instruction 3200.02 Clinical Investigation Program at MTFs: Implements DOD Instruction 6000.08 and provides details on CIP execution 
  • DHA-Technical Manual 3200.02 Scientific Review: Provides guidance to ensure CIP supports research and clinical investigations that are feasible and scientifically sound 
  • DHA-Technical Manual 3200.01 Reimbursement of Research-Related Expenses: Reinforces policies and procedures to ensure scholarly activities and research conducted at MTFs are appropriately financed

CIP Young Investigator Competition

The CIP Branch established a CIP Young Investigator Competition to showcase emerging researchers from MTF CIPs and demonstrate the value of graduate health sciences education research to the MHS. The branch hosted its second annual Young Investigator Competition at the 2023 AMSUS, the Society of Federal Health Professionals Annual Meeting. Read about the winning presentation by U.S. Army Capt. Stephanie Bulder, a researcher at Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, NC.

The third annual Young Investigator Competition is tentatively scheduled for the 2024 AMSUS Annual Meeting Feb. 12-15, 2024. Bookmark this webpage for updates.

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Last Updated: July 11, 2023
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