Following the ACGME-approved fellowship year, there are many opportunities for formal training in clinical research. Examples include:
The National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP) provides training that focuses on health and health services research, continuing the content and spirit of the former RWJF Clinical Scholars Program. A master’s degree can be earned through didactic and other training.
The University of Michigan School of Public Health offers a Master of Science (MS) program in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis (CRDSA). The On Job/On Campus (OJ/OC) training is designed for health care professionals who are involved in clinical research. It helps them develop expertise in research design and statistical analysis while continuing their professional employment. Classes meet one 4-day weekend (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) each month for 18 months.
The summer program offers instruction in the principles, methods, and applications of epidemiology. Distinguished faculty from academic centers and governmental agencies throughout the United States and other countries are responsible for introductory and advanced courses in epidemiology, biostatistics, and data management. Curriculum options include one-week and three-week courses. Special evening lectures by guest speakers, and weekly social events, complement the classroom sessions.
The Institute for Social Research (ISR) offers training in survey research techniques and other quantitative methods in social research. Programs range from summer courses to master’s and doctoral degrees.
Clinical Research Resources
MICHR was created in November 2006. The Institute houses the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), a five-year NIH grant. The CTSA builds on previous NIH investments to expand innovative programs and services in clinical research infrastructure and education. MICHR is designed to serve investigators performing clinical or translational research from any school within the University. MICHR staff and faculty help with study design, regulatory services, data management and biostatistics, research ethics and participant recruitment among other areas. Programs include: Biomedical Informatics, Clinical Translation Science, Community Engagement, Education & Mentoring, Ethics, Health Disparities Research, Pediatrics, Pilot Grant Programs, Research Development Consultation, and Research Support Units (Clinical Research Informatics Core, Biostatistics, Data Management, Michigan Clinical Research Unit, Project Management and Monitoring, Regulatory Support).
CSCAR is a service and research unit of the University of Michigan. It provides statistical services to faculty, primary researchers, graduate students and staff of the University. Topics include: dataset consulting, use of statistical software, presentation of results, geographics information systems (GIS), choice of statistical methods, and interpretation of results. They also run workshops on various statistical topics, and provide remote access (free of charge to the UM community) to a variety of statistical packages.
Internal research funding
There are many opportunities to seek internal clinical research funding for projects.
- CVC Research Award Competitions McKay Grant Competition
- MICHR Internal Funding
- Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT).