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summer enrichment series class 2016 web(l to r, back row) CCTS Training Academy Administrative Director Ryan Outman, Alexandra Onyiego, Chris Wren, Kevin Cofer, Burkely Smith, Christian Smith, and CCTS Training Director Dr. David D. Chaplin (l to r, front row) Michelle Wang, Macie Enman, Joann Hsu, Allie Khodadadi, Carrie Ellison, and CCTS Mentored Career Development/Predoctoral Training Director Dr. Kenneth S. SaagCongratulations to our 10 MD and PharmD students from Auburn, Tulane, and UAB, who have completed 8 weeks of comparative effectiveness and patient-centered outcomes research training. Summer Enrichment Series has concluded for 2016.

The Series provides an introduction to general principles of research and an introduction to patient centered outcomes research (PCOR) and comparative effectiveness research (CER). Topics from the Summer 2016 series are listed below; check back later this year for the 2017 schedule. Videoconference connection available; contact the CCTS for more information.


  • Orientation (How to be a mentee; MyIDP)
  • Introduction to CER/PCOR Research    
  • The Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Information Finding and Evaluation of Literature
  • Study Design 101
  • Team Science
  • Stats 101
  • End of Program Presentations

8-Week Summer Program in Comparative Effectiveness and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
(PDF of 2015 application guidelines)
Summer 2014 Trainees closeup2014 Trainees - Back row: Matthew Carle (UAB), Michael Gunter (U South Alabama), Ben Carroll (U Mississippi Medical Center)  Front row: Christine Hayden (U Mississippi School of Pharmacy), Jesse Morrison (U Mississippi Medical Center), Sonja Falvey (U Mississippi School of Pharmacy). Not pictured: Zeb Akers (UAB)This 8-week program provides mentored research training experiences in CER and PCOR for medical students or other clinically-oriented doctoral students that have completed their first year of training.

Why CER and PCOR?  With an increasing national focus, there is a growing need for training in these areas especially in the earliest stages of clinical training.

Who may apply?  Many applicants have finished their first year of medical school. Students in other clinical doctorate programs and those that have been admitted to a pre-professional, clinical program are eligible to apply if they are able to meet the requirements of the program.

What else? Trainees devote full-time effort (40 hours week) for the duration of the 8-week program (June and July). A stipend is provided; on-campus housing is available. The Summer Enrichment Program provides a series of seminars, available to all via videoconference, for introduction to general principles of research and an introduction to CER/PCOR. A presentation is expected of each trainee at the summer's conclusion.

Purpose
In a time of accelerated scientific discovery, researchers are needed to translate research to the clinical setting. A national shortage of such investigators is well documented and specialized training is needed early in the career development process. Furthermore, with a continued national focus on comparative effectiveness research (CER) and patient centered outcomes research (PCOR), there is a growing need for training in these areas.

Clinically focused students in the earliest stages of training may have an interest but limited experience in research in PCOR, CER and related topics. The summer program at UAB provides an opportunity for a hands-on research experience leading to the generation of research products, all within a supportive, mentored research environment.