Department of Continuing Professional Education Spring Meetings

Organized by the Department of Continuing Professional Education, MedStar Health is offering a variety of CE conferences this spring that provide an opportunity to gain knowledge of new treatments and techniques and network with leaders in the field through interactive case studies and presentations. MedStar associates may earn CE credits and discounted registration is available. For more information and to stay up to date, please visit medstar.cloud-cme.com.

Spring 2021

Diabetic Limb Salvage (DLS 2021)
April 7 to 10 – An Interactive Virtual Experience
Conference Chairman: Christopher Attinger, MD; John Steinberg, DPM
Course Directors: Cameron M. Akbari, MD; Karen Kim Evans, MD; J.P. Hong, MD, PhD
MedStar Associates may attend complimentary using code: DLSMS

Update on Diabetes XLIII
April 15, 2021
A Virtual Conference
Course Directors: Issam E. Cheikh, MD; Paul A. Sack, MD
Registration Opening Soon!

Abdominal Wall Reconstruction (AWR 2021)
June 9 to 12 – A Dynamic Virtual Conference with Expert Faculty
Conference Chair: Parag Bhanot, MD
Course Directors: Karen Kim Evans, MD; William W. Hope, MD; Jeffrey E. Janis, MD
MedStar Associates may attend for $100 using code: AWRMS

40th Annual Cherry Blossom Seminar: An Update on Arthroscopy, Arthroplasty and Sports Medicine
April 23 to 24, 2021
A Virtual Conference
Course Chairman: M. Mike Malek, MD
Course Co-Chairmen: Jeffrey S. Abrams, MD; Steven J. Svoboda, MD, Colonel (retired), US Army

Esophageal Cancer Conference
April 24, 2021
A Virtual Conference
Course Directors: Puja G. Khaitan, MD; Shervin Shafa, MD

Frontline: Cardiovascular Care in the Community
May 1, 2021
A Virtual Conference
Course Directors: Carolina I. Valdiviezo, MD; Allen J. Taylor, MD; Sriram Padmanabhan, MD
Course Co-Director: James C. Welsh, MD, MBA, MPH

Advances in the Management of Prostate, Kidney, and Bladder Cancers
June 18 to 19, 2021
Virtual Education
Course Directors: Michael B. Atkins, MD; Keith J. Kowalczyk, MD;
Ross E. Krasnow, MD, MPH; Young Kwok, MD; Paul D. Leger, MD, MPH;
George K. Philips, MBBS, MD, MPH; Suthee Rapisuwon, MD

For more information and to stay up to date, please visit medstar.cloud-cme.com

Research Grand Rounds: An Alternative to Target-Based Drug Discovery-Optimizing Mitochondrial Bioenergetics to Combat Noncommunicable Diseases—November 6, 2020

Research Grand Rounds are sponsored by the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS) and MedStar Health Research Institute to bring together our diverse clinical and research communities to share research that spans disciplines and stages of translation to improve individual and community health.

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, November 6, 2020 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. The speaker this month will be Hazel H. Szeto, MD, PhD who will discuss “An alternative to target-based drug discovery-Optimizing mitochondrial bioenergetics to combat noncommunicable diseases”.

Live Stream Link: https://georgetown.zoom.us/j/527229623

Dr. Szeto is director of research at the Social Profit Network Research Laboratory, professor emerita of Pharmacology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and scientific founder of Stealth Biotherapeutics. Her serendipitous discovery of a novel class of orally-active, widely-distributed mitochondrial-targeted peptide analogs with profound effects on mitochondrial structure and function has revealed bioenergetic mechanisms as key treatment targets in an almost-dizzying variety of disease models. Preclinical models suggest potential

benefits in most all clinical domains, from ischemia-reperfusion injury to neurodegeneration, and including heart failure, muscle weakness and disuse atrophy, chemotherapy toxicities, diabetes, vision loss, orthopedic injury, acute kidney injury and progressive chronic kidney disease and a wide range of age-associated chronic diseases. Her research exemplifies widely collaborative and discipline-spanning team science focused on translating basic discoveries to therapeutic impact while revealing new pathophysiological mechanisms and basic biology.

Research Grand Rounds are open to all members of the research team, from principal investigators to clinical and research coordinators and trainees. Topics covered in the Research Grand Rounds range from community-focused research to best practices and are intended to increase collaboration within the research community in and outside of MedStar Health.

For more information please contact [email protected] or visit www.georgetownhowardctsa.org

Spring Regulatory Update & Hot Topics in Clinical Research – Apri 20-22, 2020

The Spring Regulatory Update & Hot Topics in Clinical Research conference will be held on Tuesday, April 21 from 9:00am to 2:45pm.

This annual meeting brings researchers, administrators, and clinical professionals from throughout the Clinical and Translational Sciences Awards (CTSA) region together for collaborative discussion and response to regulatory revisions and identified clinical research priorities within the current landscape of clinical trials.

The focus for this meeting will be on “COVID-19: the Virus, Preparedness in the time of Crisis, and Clinical Research." The event is free and open to any individual in the capital region that leads or supports clinical research programs.

Please  register online by Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

The event organizers are committed to the safety and health of our community and are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and CDC guidelines. We encourage individuals that are interested in attending this program to RSVP. 

The Conference will be via web, the organizers will communicate any updates or changes to the registered attendees.  

Research Grand Rounds: Alzheimer’s Disease Spectrum Trials: Where Are We Now? – March 13, 2020

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, March 13, 2020 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. The speaker this month will be R. Scott Turner, MD, PhD. The Talk is titled, “Alzheimer’s Disease Spectrum Trials: Where Are We Now?

Dr. Turner is a Professor of Neurology and Director of the Memory Disorders Program at Georgetown University. His clinical and translational research focuses on prediction, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias, including imaging and biomarker studies, mechanistic studies, and clinical trials. He will present recent research findings - including results of a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, single-site Phase 2a trial of nilotinib for Alzheimer's disease (submitted for publication).

Alzheimer’s Disease Spectrum Trials: Where Are We Now?
R. Scott Turner, MD, PhD. 
Professor of Neurology and Director of the Memory Disorders Program at Georgetown University

March 13, 2020

12 Noon to 1 PM – Presentation

Please note that this month’s talk will be streamed online, and we will not meet in person.
Live Stream Link: https://georgetown.zoom.us/j/482085870

If you have any questions regarding the Research Grand Rounds program, please contact [email protected] or visit www.georgetownhowardctsa.org






2020-2021 TL1 Translational Biomedical Science Program

The goal of the Translational Biomedical Science (TBS) program offered through the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS) is to prepare pre-doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows (MDs and PhDs) to serve as the critical link in advancing the translation of basic science into improved outcomes for health, aging and disease. 

Learn more about the program by attending one of the upcoming online information sessions.

  • Wednesday, March 11th at 3pm
  • Monday, March 17th at 10pm
  • Monday, March 23rd at 4pm

Register Here for Informational Sessions

Application Deadlines:

Optional Interest Form: April 1, 2020
Final Application: June 30, 2020

For questions contact Emily Bujold at [email protected]  | Learn More 






The Added Value of Partnerships in Research: Effectively Engaging Communities and Patients – February 10, 2020

Join the GHUCCTS Community online Monday, February 10, 2020 at 2:00 PM EST to find out how building partnerships can positively impact your research.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Webinar: 2 - 3 PM EST
Q&A: 3 - 3:30 PM EST

Webinar Goal: Engaging communities and patients throughout the study process can positively impact health research, particularly when addressing complex health problems. These partnerships can also increase competitiveness in research grant applications, as patient and community engagement is a growing expectation among funders. Despite researchers’ interest in building partnerships, they are often uncertain of effective approaches for engagement. Researchers may also be unaware of the most appropriate levels of community or patient involvement in their research, with variations in strength and intensity. 

This webinar will:

  • describe effective engagement strategies to help improve the quality of research grants and, ultimately, the health of individuals and the general public; and
  • help investigators identify levels of community or patient engagement that is most appropriate for their research

Learning Objectives 

Through participation in this webinar, investigators will be able to:

  1. Identify levels of engagement appropriate for their research.
  2. Identify best practices to engage community organizations and patients in health research.
  3. Identify consultative resources for building effective and meaningful partnerships with culturally, racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse communities and patients.

Audience: Health researchers and research team members

Register Here

This webinar is free and open to all. If you are interested in attending but unable to join the call live, please register and a link to the recording will be sent to you after the webinar. Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions.





Research Grand Rounds: Challenges in Dealing with Real-World Data – February 7, 2020

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, February 7, 2020 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. The speaker this month will be Michael N. Liebman, PhD. The Talk is titled, “Challenges in Dealing with Real-World Data” Grand Rounds will be held at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center CTEC Theater. Lunch will be served at 1pm.

Dr. Liebman is the Managing Director of IPQ Analytics and Strategic Medicine, Inc. He previously served as Director of Computational Biology and Biomedical Informatics at U Penn, Global Head of Computational Genomics at Roche, Director of Bioinformatics and Pharmacogenomics at Wyeth and Director of Genomics at Vysis. Dr. Liebman's research focuses on computational models of disease progression that stress risk detection, disease processes and clinical pathway modeling, and disease stratification from the clinical perspective. He utilizes systems-based approaches and design thinking to represent and analyze risk/benefit analysis in pharmaceutical development and healthcare.

Challenges in Dealing with Real-World Data
Michael N. Liebman, PhD
Managing Director of IPQ Analytics and Strategic Medicine, Inc

February 7, 2020

12 Noon to 1 PM – Presentation
1 PM to 1:30 PM – Lunch
MedStar Washington Hospital Center, CTEC Theater

For those located at remote sites and unable to attend in-person, log on to: https://georgetown.zoom.us/s/482085870 on February 7, 2020 at 12:00 Noon to hear Dr. Liebman’s presentation.

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





Research Grand Rounds: Hypothyroidism Treatment: The Basics and Beyond – January 17, 2020

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, January 17, 2020 from 12:00 Noon pm to 1:00pm. The speaker will be Jacqueline Jonklaas, MD, PhD. The Talk is titled, “Hypothyroidism Treatment: The Basics and Beyond”. Grand Rounds will be held at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center True Auditorium (East Building, 1st Floor) rather than in the CTEC Auditorium. Lunch will be served at 1pm.

Dr. Jonklaas is Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University, Co-Director of the Participant and Clinical Interactions component of the GHUCCTS, and Director of the Clinical Research Unit at Georgetown. Dr. Jonklaas obtained her MD, residency, and fellowship training at Georgetown University. Her NIH-supported clinical and translational research and patient care both focus on management of thyroid cancer and on the assessment and treatment of hypothyroidism.

Her research spans from early molecular work through biomarker studies, novel therapies, clinical trials, and patient reported outcomes and then to translation into clinical practice via her leadership of the guidelines committee of the American Thyroid Association.

Hypothyroidism Treatment: The Basics and Beyond
Jacqueline Jonklaas, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University, Co-Director of the Participant and Clinical Interactions component of the GHUCCTS, and Director of the Clinical Research Unit at Georgetown

January 17, 2020

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:  https://georgetown.zoom.us/s/482085870 on January 17, 2020 at 12:00 Noon to hear Dr. Jonklaas’ presentation.

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





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: https://ocr.od.nih.gov/courses/ippcr.html






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.