10-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 in the early or mid-stages of study design
  • planning to develop a protocol, and seeking personalized biostatistics guidance
Eligibility
  • MD, PhD, DMD, DNP, or equivalent
  • Hypothesis and specific aims ready for development
Time commitment
  • A combination of online and in-person course work over ten weeks with six mandatory in-person meetings (details below)
Funding level
  • Tuition-free
    Fee for external participants (non-Harvard and non-CTSA affiliates). Please email us for more information.
Resources
Session dates
  • April 4 - June 13, 2018
Application Due
  • 5:00pm on February 28, 2018
Endorsements Due
  • 5:00pm on March 2, 2018
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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 ten-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 provide personalized guidance to participants in creating a complete protocol design and template by the completion of the course.

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

  • April 4, 2018 - 9:00am-12:00pm - Introduction and Overview
  • April 18, 2018 - 9:00am-12:00pm - Biostatistical consultations
  • May 2, 2018 - 9:00am-12:00pm - Biostatistical consultations
  • May 16, 2018 - 1:00pm-4:00pm - Ethics and IRB Workshop
  • May 30, 2018 - 9:00am-12:00pm - Biostatistical consultations
  • June 13, 2018 - 9:00am-12:00pm - Final course participant presentations

Estimated time over 10 weeks:
Online: 8 hours
In-person: 18 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.