Education and Training
A key component of the CTSA mission is the education and training of translational researchers. Ensuring that investigators have the comprehensive skills they need to effectively and efficiently accelerate discoveries toward better health is essential.
The CTSA program supports two types of formal clinical research training awards at CTSA institutions. All CTSA institutions have a KL2 program, which offers formal research training experience to scholars who already have an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree. Many CTSA institutions also include programs that provide predoctoral trainees with an introduction to clinical and translational research through the TL1 program.
In addition to the formal training programs there are a wealth of training resources available to all investigators interested in translational research, some of which are listed below.
- Online Graduate Certificate in the Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research (Tufts) – offers an introduction to the core elements of clinical research, including clinical epidemiology, study design, biostatistics, and methods that are key to the conduct of evidence-based medicine and comparative effectiveness research. This one year, 2.5 credit program features a flexible, online curriculum designed to accommodate the schedules of learners who are already immersed in professional careers or other training programs.”
- Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC) Education– CDISC Education exists to ensure an authoritative transfer of knowledge from the CDISC standards development teams to users, to support consistent implementations of the CDISC standards that will achieve the benefits of standardized data. Courses are available online (cdisc.trainingcampus.net), or in the classroom as public (http://www.cdisc.org/education/public-courses) or private, in-house (http://www.cdisc.org/education/private-courses) training.
- ThinkResearch Podcast (Harvard) -Released the first Wednesday of every month, this podcast is useful for Faculty, researchers, students, and the general public who might be interested in hearing fascinating stories of research.
- Fundamentals of Clinical and Translational Research (FaCToR) (Harvard) – offers an overview of the concepts of clinical/translational research through the dynamic and interactive medium of online learning. The course is offered twice a year in the winter and summer.
- Good Clinical Practice for Social and Behavioral Research eLearning course – 9 separate modules on good clinical practice for social and behavioral research.
- Mixed Methods Research Training Program for the Health Sciences (Johns Hopkins)– This training program aims to enhance mixed method research skills through a state-of-the-art curriculum that includes interactive webinars, working with nationally recognized mixed methods mentors and consultants, and attending a summer retreat.
- Virtual University portal (Iowa) – an online repository of courses used to train CTSA scholars, trainees, and mentors as well as members of the greater research community.
- Mentor Development Programs Course Materials (UCSF) – seminars focusing on different aspects of mentorship
- ITHS Self-Directed Learning Center (University of Washington) – brings together a variety content in areas such as research initiation, data analysis and management, professional regulations and skills, and innovation and commercialization
- Research Mentoring (UW – Madison) – Provides resources to improve research mentoring relationships, including curricula, assessment tools and resources relevant for mentors and mentees, as well as those who would like to implement mentor training.
- Data Monitoring Committee Training Video (UW – Madison / University of Minnesota) – Free, online training video for both current and prospective DMC members. Featuring David DeMets and James Neaton, this video was produced by the UW-Madison ICTR and the University of Minnesota CTSI. More information.
- I LEARN (Tufts) – this online library, available at any time to anyone with an internet connection, combines professionally videotaped recordings of live lectures with other learning materials to transcend the traditional in-classroom experience.
- Core Competencies in Clinical and Translational Research – These 14 competencies are thought to shape the training experiences of junior investigators by defining the skills, attributes, and knowledge that can be shared across multidisciplinary teams of clinician-scientists.
- Special Interest Competencies
- NIH Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education
- NIH Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education – Other Training/Educational Resources
- NIH Medical Research Scholars Program
- NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education
- NIH Research Training & Research Career Development