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Summer Clinical Research Workshop



The Summer Clinical Research Workshop includes four courses that are the starting point for all clinical research training at UCSF. These courses introduce the field of clinical research by providing instruction in the design of clinical research studies, collecting and managing clinical research data, and preparing for a career in clinical research. For individuals who will participate in clinical research in a supportive capacity, the Workshop alone is sufficient training. For others desiring to be independent investigators, the Workshop serves as introductory material for the more advanced ATCR Certificate and Master's Degree in Clinical Research Program.


To train emerging clinical scientists in the skills needed to:

  • Create a sound clinical research protocol
  • Collect and manage clinical research data
  • Plan a career in clinical research
  • None

Designing Clinical Research

This course provides instruction in developing a clinical research question and creating a concise protocol that includes a literature review, study design, subject sampling and recruitment, instruments and other measurement approaches, sample size, consent form, budget and timetable. Each trainee reviews and supports the work of colleagues. The course closely follows the textbook Designing Clinical Research, by S. Hulley and other TICR faculty, now in its fourth edition.

The course is offered in a one month or two month version. The curriculum is the same in the two courses but the longer duration of the two month version allows for achievement of a more complete research proposal for scholars who intend to implement their projects in the coming year:

Designing Clinical Research (One Month)
EPI 150.03 (P. Chin-Hong, Director)
Monday & Wednesday Mornings,
9:00 AM-Noon

Designing Clinical Research (Two Month)
EPI 202 (T. Newman, Director)
Tuesday Mornings, 9:00 AM - Noon

Introduction to Statistical Computing in Clinical Research
BIOSTAT 212 (M. Pletcher, Director)
Tuesday Afternoons, 1:15 - 4:00 PM
Instruction in use of statistical software for exploring and analyzing clinical research data. While the roles of spreadsheet and relational database programs will be discussed, the course will focus on the STATA statisical software package for analyzing and presenting data.


Database Management Systems for Clinical Research
EPI 218 (M. Kohn, Director)
Thursday Mornings, 8:30-10:30 AM
Instruction in choosing the appropriate data management system; design of research databases; options in data entry; form and report generation; computer security; and budgeting for data management personnel and equipment.


Building a Career in Clinical Research
EPI 227 (M. Whooley, Director)
Thursday Mornings, 11:00 AM -12:15 PM

Trainees will learn the nuts and bolts of beginning a clinical research career, including choosing projects and mentors, managing time, writing papers, and obtaining grants. Advice will also be offered for subsequent negotiating for jobs and for getting promoted. Scholars receive a broad introduction to different types of clinical research careers from leaders in academia, public health, government, non-profit foundations and the biotechnology industry. By the end of the course, trainees prepare a curriculum vitae in University of California format and develop a detailed career plan.

Scholars also might be interested in Responsible Conduct of Research.


APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER 2015 ARE DUE BY JULY 15, 2015. If you are interested in the ATCR Program, please note that this is a separate application that is due by May 11, 2015. If you are interested in the Master's Degree Program, please note that this is a separate application that is due by March 23, 2015. If you are applying to the ATCR or Master's Degree Programs, please do NOT also register for the Summer Clinical Workshop.

2014 fees are indicated below. Fees in subsequent years are subject to change.

Course UC affiliation* No UC affiliation

Designing Clinical Research (Two Month; EPI 202) OR
Designing Clinical Research (One Month; EPI 150.03)

$1754 $3509
Introduction to Statistical Computing in Clinical Research (BIOSTAT 212) $1346 $2693
Database Management Systems in Clinical Research (EPI 218) $1346 $2693
Building a Career in Clinical Research (EPI 227) $550 $1100

*Concurrent enrollment in a UCSF/UCB-sponsored residency or post-doctoral fellowship program; student at UCSF/UCB; or individuals who hold full-time salaried UCSF/UCB faculty, academic, or staff positions.

Applications for Summer 2015 will be available on April 6, 2015.


Please don't forget that to complete your enrollment, you must also fill out the payment form (15KB Word doc), sign it, and email/send by campus mail/fax to:

Olivia De Leon
Mission Hall: Global Health & Clinical Sciences Building
550 16th Street, 2nd floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Tel: 415-514-8231
Fax: 415-514-8150
Email: olivia@epi.ucsf.edu
UCSF Box 0560