12-week hybrid (in-person/online) course on the design & implementation of clinical trials Clinical Trial Design (CTD)
At a glance
Opportunity for
  • Fellows and junior faculty with a research question that can be developed into a clinical trial protocol
  • MD, PhD, DMD, DNP, or equivalent
Time commitment
  • A combination of online and in-person course work over eight weeks with five mandatory in-person meetings (details below)
Funding level
  • Tuition-free
    Please note there is a required textbook (retail $75) that course participants are responsible for purchasing on their own.
Session dates
  • May 4 - June 29, 2016
Application Due
  • 5:00pm on March 15, 2016
Note: The application process is closed. Please check back for future opportunities.
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Clinical Trial Design (CTD) is an opportunity for new clinical investigators, who have an idea for development of a clinical trial, to participate in an intensive eight-week course. Participants will learn the fundamentals of clinical trial design, including instructions on how to design a protocol, information on IRB and regulatory topics, and on trial implementation. Additional course topics include statistical analysis, budgeting, and data management.

Course faculty, including biostatisticians, will guide participants in creating a complete protocol design and template by the completion of the course.

There are five mandatory in-person meetings (Longwood Medical Area):

  • May 4, 2016 - 12:00pm-1:00pm - Opening lunch session
  • May 18, 2016 - 9:00am-12:00pm - Biostatistical consultations
  • June 1, 2016 - 9:00am-12:00pm - Biostatistical consultations
  • June 15, 2016 - 9:00am-12:00pm - Biostatistical & IRB consultations
  • June 29, 2016 - 9:00am-12:00pm - Final course participant presentations

Estimated time over 8 weeks:
Online: 8 hours
In-person: 13 hours

Harvard Catalyst's Postgraduate Education Program offers first priority to applicants who are current students, faculty, or employees of Harvard University, its ten schools, or its seventeen Academic Healthcare Centers, or students at Boston College School of Nursing, MIT, or Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. A complete list of participating institutions can be found on the About Harvard Catalyst page. External applicants are accepted for a fee when space is available. For additional details, please email us.

The Harvard Catalyst Education Program is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.