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Designing Clinical Research (One Month)
for Clinical Residents
Fall 2017 (2 Units)



Application Deadline: August 29, 2017

This course is only for clinical residents. Enrollment is limited and on a first come, first served basis.

OBJECTIVES

This course is an introduction to the process of clinical research, defined broadly as patient-oriented, translational, epidemiologic, comparative effectiveness, behavioral, outcomes, or health services research (i.e., any research that has individual human beings or groups of human beings as its unit of observation). Students are exposed to overarching concepts and essential vocabulary for designing and interpreting clinical research. This is primarily accomplished by instructing students in the creation of a research protocol, which is intended to address a relevant research question in their specific discipline.

The objectives for this course are for participants to:

  • acquire skills for designing and interpreting clinical research;
  • produce a complete clinical research protocol, including background, sampling, measurements, and data analysis; and
  • help others in the class to develop these skills and protocols.
PREREQUISITES
  • Currently working as a clinical resident at UCSF.
  • An idea for a research question in clinical research that you have discussed with an experienced investigator who is willing to serve as a project mentor.
  • Proficiency with word processing software, biomedical literature searching with Pubmed, and reference management software (Endnote, RefWorks or other software).
FACULTY & STAFF

Course Director:

Alison Huang, MD, MAS
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Phone: 415-514-8697
email: alison.huang@ucsf.edu

Section Leaders: Katrina Abuabara, MD
email: katrina.abuabara@ucsf.edu
  Rebecca Brown, MD, MPH
email: rebecca.brown@ucsf.edu
  Jeff Kohlwes, MD, MPH
email: jeff.kohlwes@ucsf.edu
  Sabine Mueller, MD, PhD, MAS
email: sabine.mueller@ucsf.edu

FORMAT

Content is delivered via textbook readings, lectures, which students view on their own online, in-person small group discussion sections, and a final protocol review.

  1. Small Group Sections:
    Content: Review of assigned protocol components and discussion of readings and exercises. Small groups are offered at the below times and campuses.
  2. Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM at Parnassus
    Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM at Parnassus

  3. Final Protocol Review: Protocols to be posted on the course website by Monday, Sept. 25, and protocol review sessions will take place on Wednesday, September 27 or at a time mutually convenient for the student and reviewer.

All course materials and handouts will be posted on the course's online syllabus.

RESOURCES

Required:
Designing Clinical Research
by Stephen B. Hulley, MD, MPH et al. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 4th Edition. 2013. UCSF library call number: R853.C55 D47.

Recommended:
Evidence-Based Diagnosis by Thomas B. Newman and Michael A. Kohn. Cambridge University Press. 1st Edition. 2009. UCSF library call number: RC71.3.N49 2009.

Books may be purchased either through the publisher or a variety of commercial venues (e.g., Amazon.com).

GRADING

Students are expected to attend all small groups with only ONE excused absence permitted, and students are expected to inform their small group section leaders beforehand about any absence. Participation in small groups, timely completion of reading assignments and problems sets, and final submission of a completed protocol are minimum requirements for a passing grade.

Students not in full-year TICR Programs who satisfactorily pass all course requirements will, upon request, receive a Certificate of Course Completion.

ASSIGNMENTS

Consult the CLE course website for instructions and deadlines for submitting course assignments. Students will receive an e-mail during the week of August 22-26 with instructions for preparing the first course assignment, which is due at the start of the first small group section on Wednesday, Sept. 6.

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ENROLLMENT

This course is limited to clinical residents at UCSF. To appy for this course, please fill out and submit the application below. Cost and submission information are in the application. The deadline for application is August 29, 2017. Only one application needs to be completed for all courses desired during the quarter.

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