A five-day introductory course on the principles and methods of clinical investigation. Introduction to Clinical Investigation
At a glance
Opportunity for
  • An overview of the principles and methods of clinical investigation
  • MD, PhD, or equivalent
  • Direct involvement in clinical research
Time commitment
  • One week
Funding level
  • Tuition-free
Session dates
  • October 7-11, 2013
Application Due
  • 5:00pm on September 6, 2013
  • Applications and endorsements are due at this time.
  • All applicants will be notified of their status via email no later than September 13, 2013.
Note: The application process has closed. The next ICI course will be offered in October 2014. Please check back for further details.

The Harvard Catalyst Postgraduate Education Program in Clinical & Translational Science provides training to clinical investigators through a range of educational offerings, with the Introduction to Clinical Investigation (ICI) course serving as the first level. The next levels of advanced training include master's degree and mentored research programs.

ICI offers an introduction to the skills necessary to embark on a career in clinical research. A survey course that focuses on core competency areas, the schedule includes a combination of didactic lectures and workshops. Attendees will participate in interactive discussion and other experiential activities, moving beyond rote repetition and other traditional learning methods. Ultimately, participants will enhance their ability to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate data along the translational research continuum as follows:

  • T1 (first-in-human/proof of concept research)
  • T2 (definitive clinical trials to change the standard of care)
  • T3 (practice-based research)
  • T4 (population-based research)

Course materials, including faculty presentations and required and supplemental readings, will be made available to attendees two weeks prior. In order to maximize their learning experience, attendees are strongly encouraged to thoroughly review all course materials in advance.

Upon completing this course, participants will be prepared to begin mentored clinical research and to select from additional specialized training, mentoring, and consultation opportunities for clinical investigation available through Harvard Catalyst.

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