Training & Education

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children’s National (CTSI-CN) is a partnership between George Washington University and Children’s National Hospital to support and advance clinical and translational research (CTR) emphasizing children and families. Our goal is to catalyze innovative translational research that accelerates discoveries promoting better health and healthcare by empowering patients, enabling providers, and advancing health equity. CTSI-CN v3.0 builds on 10 years of experience about what works, doesn’t work, and challenges to establishing programs that advance innovation, support collaborative interactions, and promote a research friendly ecosystem. Please visit www.ctsicn.org/events and www.ctsicn.org/news, or Sign up for CTSI-CN emails here, www.ctsicn.org/signup.

A variety of trainings and resources are available through the CTSI-CN website.

CHEERS Education Research Consultation Service

The Office of the Associate Dean for Evaluation and Educational Research is teaming up with the Collaborative for Health Education Evaluation, Research, and Scholarship (CHEERS) to offer a monthly education research consultation service. Designed as an opportunity to consult with social science researchers and other GW colleagues in a friendly group setting, the consultation service is open to any student, trainee, or faculty member affiliated with SMHS.  

  • Aim: To provide interprofessional and interdisciplinary peer consultation for education projects, conference abstracts/presentations, and manuscripts. 

  • Audience: Any student, trainee or faculty member affiliated with SMHS conducting education research.

  • Logistics: Please contact Dr. Zareen Zaidi (zzaidi@gwu.edu) to schedule a consultation. 

    • Sessions will be held via Zoom, from noon to 1 pm. 

    • The next open session will be held on Aug 23, 2022.

  • Format: Presenters will give a 10-minute overview of their project, posing specific questions for the group to consider and comment on.

Departmental journal clubs, research talks and special interest groups

GW Medicine Grand Rounds: These meetings are put on by the Department of Medicine. Topics span all divisions of medicine, including obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, orthopedic surgery, dermatology, psychiatry, and current issues in medicine and medical research. For more information, contact Cristina Burgos at cburgos@mfa.gwu.edu

Review Departmental journal clubs, research talks and special interest groups

Training and Research Modules

GW REDCap REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases. Access GW REDCap here. To qualify for a REDCap account, you must complete GW REDCap Online Training here: https://redcap.smhs.gwu.edu/

GW OnCore CTMS. Training sessions are held monthly for new users and refreshers. https://cancercenter.gwu.edu/research/clinical-trials-office/clinical-research-applications-accounts-and-support

GW Protocol Builder & samples. Protocol Builder assists investigators with developing quality and consistent research protocols that make internal and IRB review processes more efficient. Protocol Builder offers a wide range of protocol templates that can be utilized by clinical researchers as well as social and behavioral researchers. GW's institutional license provides free access to the GW research community. https://humanresearch.gwu.edu/research-tools

GW IRB Training (CITI course). All GW investigators and non-GW investigators conducting research under the auspices of the GW IRB must demonstrate and maintain sufficient knowledge of the ethical principles and regulatory requirements for protecting human subjects, through the completion and periodic renewal of the web-based human subject protection training called Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).

https://humanresearch.gwu.edu/collaborative-irb-training-initiative-citi

Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP). Being part of the ACRP community means you are the gold standard in clinical research, and you have the qualifications to prove it. Enhanced clinical research courses and certifications. GW provides free training to enhance your career. https://acrp.smhs.gwu.edu/

IPPCR The Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR) course trains registrants on how to effectively and safely conduct clinical research. The course focuses on the spectrum of clinical research and the research process by highlighting biostatistical and epidemiologic methods, study design, protocol preparation, patient monitoring, quality assurance, ethical and legal issues, and much more. https://ocr.od.nih.gov/courses/ippcr.html

Brown Bags and Good Clinical Practice Workshops (Coming Soon)

OCR-hosted Brown Bag workshops facilitate team building and open conversations among study coordinators (monthly)

Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Research Design Support

The Biostatistics and Epidemiology Consulting Service (BECS): provides biostatistical and epidemiologic support to improve the quality of health-related research conducted at the George Washington University and by affiliated research groups.

Biomedical Informatics Center: The Biomedical Informatics Center has access to the Cerner Health Facts database and uses statistical and machine learning methods for the development of the desired dynamic risk assessment.

SMHS and University Research Core Facilities

Responsible Conduct of Research, Research Integrity

RCR Monthly Series. This monthly series provides attendees with an opportunity to pursue instruction from a variety of sources and materials tailored to specific research interests and requirements. These monthly sessions also meet the National Institutes of Health requirement for RCR training.

RCR at GW and Beyond spring course. Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) @ GW and Beyond is a semester-long weekly seminar course designed to develop and strengthen ethical problem-solving skills as well as to foster sensitivity to ethical issues in the conduct of research. Register at https://researchintegrity.gwu.edu/rcr-at-gw

Students in Clinical Research

Medical student research, contact David Leitenberg: https://smhs.gwu.edu/research

IRB amendments to add medical students: https://smhs.gwu.edu/sites/default/files/IRBAmendments-Nov2020.pdf

Mentored Career Development Programs. KL2 / CTSI: https://smhs.gwu.edu/research/research-smhs/mentored-research-careers-and-nih-k-programs