About the Program
The Harvard Medical School Global Clinical Scholars Research Training Program (GCSRT) is a one-year program of blended learning that is intended for clinicians and clinician-scientists who desire rigorous training in the methods and conduct of clinical research. Participants will be drawn from a worldwide pool of clinicians holding MD, PhD, MBBS, DMD, DDS, DO and PharmD degrees.
The blended learning approach combines traditional face-to-face teaching methods in three workshops with computer-mediated activities to form an integrated instructional approach. Scholars have 24/7 access to all learning content and can participate at anytime and place best suited to their needs. The program emphasizes team-based learning with scholars working together in groups to collaborate, discuss and problem solve, while also learning from each other - a method that leads to a deeper and more enduring understanding of topics. In addition, scholars will have access to program faculty throughout the year for methodologic guidance and support.
The program comprises of two foundation courses in epidemiology and biostatistics of approximately 40 lecture curriculum followed by a curriculum of 16 lectures that represent a concentration in either advanced epidemiology (the epi-CSRT concentration) or in clinical trials (the Trials-CSRT concentration). The lectures are supported by regular interactive webinars and interspersed by face-to-face workshops. Scholars will be expected to develop and present a research proposal at the conclusion of the program.
Trainees achieving program objectives are granted a Certificate of Program Completion.
- Senior faculty from Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, and Harvard Business School
- A blend of on-line and live teaching
- Team-based learning
56 Online lectures
The lectures will be of one hour duration and will be posted once or twice each week and will be available online thereafter. Lectures will have associated practica and/or home-work assignments.
The lectures will be posted on a Google platform that will be accessible by a Windows PC or an Apple Macintosh. An example of the lectures may be seen with the following links:
24 webinars (targeted for review and problem solving)
The webinars will comprise of review sessions by faculty or journal club sessions wherein a faculty member will review a journal article.
The workshops will be held over a 3-day "extended weekend," beginning Friday morning and concluding early Sunday afternoon. On Saturday, there will be group based exercises that will develop skills in data base management, biostatistics, and study design. There will be an emphasis on team building. There will be a student-faculty dinner on Saturday evening. On Sunday, hands-on interactive teaching will continue.
STATA will be statistical package that will be used for the course and will be supported by faculty and staff.