Need Assistance? Call 301-560-7300

Educational and Clinical Research Programs

Research Education Program

MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI) offers in-person and online educational opportunities to enhance the research knowledge and practices of our investigators and associates. 


Orientations and Workshops

MedStar Investigators Orientation

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:

  • Importance of the scientific center administrator/principal investigator relationship
  • Tips, roles and responsibilities for the successful conduct of research
  • Research administrative services
  • Research development support services and tools
  • Compliance and research integrity review
  • Overview of MHRI Core Scientific Support Services
  • MedStar’s role within the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS)
  • Demonstration of the Explorys program, a cloud-based clinical data software solution for MedStar researchers.

Orientation occurs twice per year, in the spring and fall. The fall session is scheduled for November 13, 2018. Please contact us at [email protected] to save your seat.

Intensive One-Week Investigators’ Workshop 

Developed by Jason Umans, MD, PhD, scientific director of the Biomarker, Biochemistry, and Biorepository Core, and Nawar Shara, PhD, director, Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, this is a one-week (40-hour) intensive survey workshop for investigators, focusing on biostatistics, epidemiology and use of open-source software for research. 

Details and more information on 2017-2018 dates will be forthcoming.  Contact us with questions.

Clinical Research Coordinators Workshop

Co-sponsored by MHRI and the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program, this 2-day workshop helps coordinators improve job skills and assure research best practices by following the life cycle of a clinical trial. This session is offered in the spring.

Topics covered include:

  • Major ethical principles and concepts underlying the responsible conduct of research
  • Application of relevant regulations to the conduct of safe, effective studies
  • Primary roles and responsibilities of the study coordinator
  • Resources available for study coordinators at each institution.

The date for FY19 has not yet been finalized. Check back in early 2019 for more details.

Back to Top


MHRI Web Courses

Web Courses

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

MedStar has signed up as an institution to provide this NIH course free of charge to all MedStar Health residents, fellows, faculty and associates. This online course focuses on the spectrum of clinical research and the research process by highlighting 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.

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

This course is being offered as a certificate program. At the conclusion of the course, a written examination is required for the certificate to be granted. Registration is required in order for you to be eligible to take the examination and receive certification. 

The 2017-2018 Course Schedule, Syllabus and additional information is available online: http://clinicalcenter.nih.gov/training/training/ippcr1.html.

If you are interested in registering, please visit this website (you are registering as a remote site participant): https://ippcr.nihtraining.com/register.php?remote_site=true

  1. For organization please chose: MedStar Health, Department of Graduate Medical Education/Columbia, Maryland.
  2. If asked for title, please specify: resident/fellow, faculty, medical student.

Back to Top 


 

MHRI Research Scholars

Advanced Research Training Programs

MedStar Teaching Scholars Program

The MedStar Teaching Scholars program is a two-year longitudinal program leading to Medical Education Research Certification (MERC) and Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) certification. The program is led by MedStar Health Academic Affairs and MedStar Health Research Institute, in conjunction with the Association of American Medical Colleges, and has been in place since 2009.

The heart of the program is teaching clinician educators from across MedStar Health how to apply research principles to medical education; become informed consumers of the medical education research literature; to be effective collaborators in medical education research; and to develop as a leader in academic medicine. GME program directors, core clinical teaching faculty, clerkship directors and other clinician educators (with limited research training or experience) in all specialties and professions are encouraged to apply.

MedStar Research Scholars Program

MedStar Health Research Institute, MedStar Health Academic Affairs, and the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science are pleased to offer a Research Career Development program to our clinical and junior research colleagues. This program, a companion to MedStar Teaching Scholars, is designed to support the development of our clinicians who seek careers with an important focus on clinical and translational research, in large part by addressing critical needs for research mentorship and critical feedback in project design, analysis, and presentation. Ideal applicants are clinicians who have a career trajectory focused on academic medicine who now seek to become independent, extramurally-supported clinical investigators. A commitment to conducting mentored clinical or translational research with the ultimate goal of progressing to scholarly independence is the cornerstone of this program.

For more information, visit the program’s webpage at https://www.medstarhealth.org/education/faculty-development/research-scholars.

KL2 Post-Doctoral Scholarship Awards

Supported by our Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program, these awards focus on developing early-career faculty investigators through a multidisciplinary mentored research experience. The goal of these awards is to create independent, extramurally funded investigators, who are active in programs of multidisciplinary, collaborative research. These awards require a documented commitment of 75 percent protected time for research and career development activities and may provide salary support up to $90,000 annually. View the full KL2 Scholars Awards request for applications at http://www.georgetownhowardctsa.org/education/kl2-scholar-program.

Masters in Clinical and Translational Research

This advanced degree program, established by the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS), helps students become well versed in foundational aspects of research methods, as well as essential clinical research methods, and proposing, conducting, managing and reporting clinical and translational research in an ethically responsible manner. For more information, visit http://www.georgetownhowardctsa.org/education.  

Back to Top 


 

Research Grand Rounds

Research Grand Rounds

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.

View the currently scheduled 2018-2019 Grand Rounds.

View past Research Grand Rounds

Back to Top


Georgetown-Howard University’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS) Research Events

The Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS) is a multi-institutional consortium of medical research institutions forged from a desire to promote clinical research and translational science. The members of the GHUCCTS consortium are: Georgetown University (GU), Howard University (HU), MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and the Washington Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center (VAMC).

Through multiple partnerships and collaborations among the member institutions, GHUCCTS is transforming clinical research and translational science in order to bring new scientific advances to health care.

Visit the GHUCCTS events calendar for a complete schedule of upcoming research and education events.

Back to Top

Contact Information

Contact us to obtain more information about our research programs.

Search Principal Investigators

If you would like to learn more about MedStar's researchers and scientists, please visit our Principal Investigator search portal.