Challenge: In 2006, Mark Paller (then Ass't VP of Research, UMN Health Sciences), received funding from the Medtronic Foundation to create a series of online modules on the topic of clinical research. With that funding, the AHC Learning Commons Group developed the Clinical Research Methodologies series to introduce health care practitioners, researchers, research coordinators, and health professionals in training to basic aspects of clinical research.
Solution: The curriculum that we developed includes six individual online modules, each of which is 45-60 minutes in length:
- Introduction to Epidemiologic Methods
- Ethics in Clinical Research
- Introduction to Clinical Trials
- Basic Statistics for Clinical Research
- Good Clinical Practice in Clinical Research: An Introduction
- Integrating Research into Clinical Environments
We deliver this curriculum through a website at http://ctsieducation.umn.edu/ using various engaging interactions, self-assessments, audio and video, quizzes, and more.
Impact: This curriculum provides health professionals—whether students, faculty, or staff—a basic foundation for appreciating the benefits of and becoming engaged in clinical research. The modules can be integrated into the curricula of health professions schools and colleges, into graduate health professions education, or as continuing education. During 2011, four additional modules will be added to the curriculum on related clinical and translational research topics.