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