Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR)

MedStar Health is proud to be participating in The Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR) course established by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The program provides training in designing a successful clinical trial by focusing on biostatistical and epidemiologic methods, study design, protocol preparation, patient monitoring, quality assurance, ethical and legal issues, and much more. Other areas covered include data management and ethical issues, including protection of human subjects. This course will be of interest to resident and fellow physicians, as well as junior level faculty, wishing to enhance their understanding and expertise in clinical research.

The course will be conducted entirely online in a self-paced format. However, it is recommended that participants view 1 to 2 lectures per week to give themselves ample time to understand the theoretical and practical aspects of the content and to prepare for the final examination. The course is comprised of approximately 40 lectures, and participants should plan approximately 50 hours to watch the video-archived lectures, and additional time for course readings, discussion board participation, and the on-line multiple choice final examination.

This course is being offered as a certificate program. Registration is required in order for you to be eligible to take the examination and receive certification. You must receive a grade of 75% to receive a certificate of completion. The final exam will be available on the course website starting January 2nd and closing on June 30th.

Textbook:  The course textbook, Principles and Practice of Clinical Research, Fourth Edition, is available online through the Georgetown School of Medicine Dahlgren Library. You will need your GU Net ID to access this.

Course Objectives:

  • Provide an overview of basic biostatistical and epidemiologic methods involved in conducting clinical research
  • Describe the principles involved in the ethical, legal, and regulatory issues in clinical human subjects research, including the role of Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)
  • Describe principles and issues involved in monitoring patient-oriented research
  • Describe the infrastructure required in performing clinical research and the steps involved in developing and funding research studies

The 2019-2020 Course Schedule, Syllabus and additional registration information is available online:

MedStar Investigator Orientation—January 23, 2020

The MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI) is offering a one-day orientation session on Thursday, January 23, focused on conducting research at MedStar Health. This orientation session is for both early-career investigators as well as experienced investigators who recently moved to MedStar who wish to learn more about the services and resources available for every stage of the research lifecycle.

This 1-day orientation helps both experienced and early-career investigators learn to successfully conduct research within the MedStar system and access the research support services available from MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI). Topics include:

  • An overview of the core business and research support services available to you
  • Tips and tools for finding funding and research collaborators
  • Research informatics and statistical support
  • The IRB process
  • An overview of study contracting mechanisms and financial management procedures
  • Answers to the most frequently asked compliance questions
  • Best practices for effective proposal preparation and submission

Thursday, January 23
8:00am – 4:00pm
MHRI Administrative Offices at University Town Center
6525 Belcrest Road, Suite 700
Hyattsville, MD 20782

Please email [email protected] to RSVP.
Note: breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Master’s Degree in Health Informatics & Data Science at Georgetown University

The Master's in Health Informatics & Data Science (HIDS) at Georgetown University is an industry-driven program, focused on current and emerging technologies that will inform healthcare. Students will gain core competency in data science, big data analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning applications to achieve Precision Medicine and Value-based healthcare. The program curriculum aligns with the core competencies for training in the field of medical informatics by the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA).

Georgetown University’s graduate and professional programs are among the most rigorous and respected around the world. The program offers students access to Georgetown’s distinguished faculty and unique opportunities in the nation’s capital.

If you are a prospective student and desire more information about the program, visit here.


MedStar Innovation Forum Live Stream – The One, the Few, and the Many

The MedStar Innovation Forum on Tuesday, November 19 will be live streamed to anyone who wants to “tune in” between 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET if you aren’t attending in person. It will be accessible both within and outside of MedStar Health. To watch the live stream on November 19, please visit: Get involved in the Forum conversation on Twitter with #mi2forum. 

The theme of this year’s Forum is The One, the Few, and the Many.  Speakers will present ideas and concepts revolving around scale, size, and growth.  The Forum is designed to help you to think differently, challenge accepted perspectives, and ignite innovation energy. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Here’s a mini-preview of some of what is in store for November 19th:

John Mather: Dr. Mather will share insights from his journey and work in innovation and exploration in his presentation: Instabilities Everywhere: From the Big Bang to Life. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2006 for his precise measurements of the cosmic microwave background radiation using the COBE satellite. He is a Senior Astrophysicist and the Senior Project Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. His work with the Cosmic Background Explorer team helped cement the Big Bang Theory of the universe. 

Allan Hamilton: Dr. Hamilton will return to the MI2 stage to present A Meditation on Hexagons and the Hippocampus: How the Brain Encodes Space, Time, and Experience at Scale.  He is a polymath: a neurosurgeon, an award-winning writer, a professor, a horse whisperer, a consultant for the hit show Grey’s Anatomy, an MI2 Senior Fellow and a long-time MedStar Innovation Forum speaker.

Ami Gates: Dr. Gates will present The Mathematics of Growth. Dr. Gates is the Director of the Analytics Program where she leads all aspects and initiatives to catalyze and foster creative innovation, student achievement, faculty support, and superior curricula. She is an Associate Teaching Professor at Georgetown University, and has a PhD in Computer Engineering with a focus on Machine Learning, Bioinformatics, and Data Analytics.

Ben Shneiderman: Dr. Shneiderman will present about The Next Ten Wikipedias. He is an Emeritus Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Founding Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory at the University of Maryland. He has received 6 honorary doctorates for his contributions, which include the clickable highlighted web-links, high-precision touchscreen keyboards for mobile devices, and tagging for photos.

Anne Bowser: Dr. Bowser will discuss On Citizens and Science.  She is the Director of Innovation with the Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP) at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC.  Her work focuses on understanding and mobilizing public participation in science, technology, and policy while helping the Wilson Center leverage technologically innovative programming to reach new audiences.

Susan Eckert: Ms. Eckert will discuss her insights from nursing at different levels of scale in her talk: How Did I Arrive at this Destination? She is the Interim Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for MedStar Health. In this role, she serves as senior nursing administrator and is responsible for systemwide oversight and leadership of professional nursing practice, standards of nursing care, nursing outcomes, nursing education, and nursing research.

Research Grand Rounds: Urinary Incontinence: a Symptom, a Disease, and a Geriatric Syndrome — October 11, 2019

Research Grand Rounds are sponsored by MedStar Health Research Institute and Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS) and bring together the MedStar Health community for a learning experience focusing on a different topic each month.

On behalf of the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science, and MedStar Health Research Institute, you are invited to Clinical and Translational Research Grand Rounds on Friday, October 11, 2019 from 12:00 Noon pm to 1:00pm. The speaker will be Tatiana V.D. Sanses, MD. The Talk is titled, “Urinary Incontinence: a symptom, a disease, and a geriatric syndrome”.

Dr. Tatiana Sanses is Associate Professor and chief of the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Urogynecology, at Howard University. She was recruited to Howard from the University of Maryland in 2017, where she had held a faculty appointment and launched her independently-funded research following completion of her clinical training at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, then at Greater Baltimore Medical Center/University of Maryland Medical Center.

Her research, which exemplifies our discipline-spanning interest in novel approaches to understudied disorders with protean manifestations, has focused importantly on urinary incontinence and on pelvic organ prolapse, particularly their intersection with functional and symptomatic outcomes. Her ongoing National Institute on Aging-supported research seeks to elucidate common mechanisms linking urinary incontinence and mobility limitation in older women to develop novel rehabilitation strategies and improve quality of life. Please join us for her research presentation, entitled “Urinary Incontinence: a symptom, a disease, and a geriatric syndrome”

Urinary Incontinence: a Symptom, a Disease, and a Geriatric Syndrome
Tatiana V.D. Sanses, MD
Associate Professor and Chief of the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, Urogynecology—Howard University

October 11, 2019
12 Noon to 1 PM – Presentation
1 PM to 1:30 PM – Lunch
MedStar Washington Hospital Center, True Auditorium (East Building, 1st Floor)

For those located at remote sites and unable to attend in-person, log on to: on October 11, 2019 at 12:00 Noon to hear Dr. Sanses’ presentation.

If you have any questions regarding the Research Grand Rounds program, please contact [email protected]

GHUCCTS-MHRI Research Grand Rounds: Big Data for Clinical and Translational Research: From Data to Doctor and Back

MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI) and the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS) host Research Grand Rounds on the first Friday of each month, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., followed by lunch at 1:00pm. These interdisciplinary grand rounds are appropriate not only for principal investigators, but also for clinical and research trainees and for all members of the research team. They are intended to introduce projects, approaches, research methods, populations and resources which are of interest throughout all disciplines, and could lead to new collaborations and research opportunities.

“Big Data for Clinical and Translational Research: From Data to Doctor and Back”
Nawar Shara, PhD
Director, Dept. of Biostatistics and Biomedical Informatics
Associate Professor of Medicine, Georgetown University
Director BERD-CTSA (Georgetown-Howard)

Friday, September 6, 2019
12 Noon to 1 PM – Presentation
1 PM to 1:30 PM – Lunch
MedStar Washington Hospital Center, 6th Floor, CTEC Auditorium
110 Irving Street, NW, Washington, DC 20010

For those located at remote sites and unable to attend in-person, log on to on September 6, 2019, at 12:00 Noon to hear Dr. Shara’s presentation.

For more information, please contact [email protected] or visit

2019 Health Data Leadership Institute—September 25-26

The Health Data Leadership Institute is designed to meet the needs of transforming health care delivery. The Institute provides a unique opportunity for attendees to gain critical insights, from leaders in the field, into emerging data management practices that support quality improvement, research, innovation in care delivery, value-based care transformation, social determinants of health, patient engagement, population health, and more.

The Institute ensures opportunities for dialogue and small group discussion with practitioners in the field and peers who are experiencing similar challenges and opportunities. Attendees learn from health policy experts, government program leaders, data users, entrepreneurs who have deep knowledge in data use, and data experts from technology and health care applications fields – through interactive panels and discussions within an intimate setting.

September 25-26, 2019
Register Here
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AcademyHealth Office
1666 K St NW #1100
Washington, DC 20006

8th Annual Health Informatics & Data Science Symposium—October 18, 2019

Every year, the Innovation Center for Biomedical Informatics (ICBI) hosts The Annual Health Informatics & Data Science Symposium at Georgetown University. This symposium showcases exciting advances in the areas of molecular medicine, health data analytics, AI to advance health and related state-of-the-art technologies. The free, one-day event includes talks by academic, industry, and government leaders in clinical and translational sciences who will highlight applications of informatics science and tools to advance precision medicine. The symposium brings together a dynamic community of innovators, research scientists, clinicians, program managers, educators, and students to exchange ideas and learn new methodologies. This event also offers an opportunity to network and socialize with colleagues during the evening reception and poster session.

This year's symposium will include sessions on the practicing responsible and ethical AI to advance health, liberating health data for precision research, Genomics driven health, Next Generation Data Commons, Educating the Next Generation of Health Data Scientists, machine learning, artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies in healthcare.

The deadline for abstract submission September 5, 2019.

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Georgetown Conference Center
3800 Reservoir Rd NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20007

Cardiovascular Research Technologies (CRT) Conference 2020—February 22-25, 2020

Join more than 3,000 interventional and endovascular specialists at Cardiovascular Research Technologies Conference (CRT) 2020 for a comprehensive four-day interventional cardiology conference featuring cutting-edge data in a unique boutique setting.

CRT, one of the world’s leading interventional cardiology conferences, is attended by more than 3,000 interventional and endovascular specialists. At the 2019 meeting, CRT featured 1,290 presentations and 20 live cases from nine locations around the world. The conference, held each year in Washington, DC, is supported by MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute and serves as a forum for physician and health-care professional education about new cardiovascular technology and interventional procedures in the field. The meeting is several conferences at once, with tracks including CRT Valve & Structural, CRT Endovascular, Technology & Innovation, Atherosclerosis & Research, and Nurses & Technologists.

The CRT 2020 Abstract Committee invites you to submit abstracts of original investigations for consideration at CRT 2020. Abstracts must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. ET, on November 15, 2019. Learn More to Submit

This conference is a great opportunity to learn about the latest developments in your field, connect with colleagues, and earn CME credits. Early bird registration ends October 31st.To learn more about the meeting, including the agendas, and to register, visit

February 22-25, 2020
Gaylord National Convention Center
National Harbor, MD

Association for Academic Surgery 2019 Fall Courses—October 26, 2019

The mission of the Association for Academic Surgery is to inspire and develop young academic surgeonsRegister now for the 2019 Association for Academic Surgery fall courses. These courses will take place immediately prior to the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress.

Registration fees for the Fall Courses include: course syllabus, continental breakfast, AM and PM breaks, and a networking reception. Early registration deadline is September 23rd.

To learn more about who should attend, the agenda, and to register, visit the Association for Academic Surgery. 

October 26, 2019
The Westin St. Francis
San Francisco, CA