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Intensive Course in Clinical Research – Study Design & Performance


The Intensive Course in Clinical Research (ICCR) is a one-week immersion course for new clinical investigators, senior residents, fellows, and junior faculty (Assistant Professor and below from any faculty line) interested in pursuing careers in clinical and translational research and who have not had formal training in clinical research as part of a Masters or PhD degree program in Public Health or Epidemiology.

Students spend five days and four late evenings immersed in all aspects of research study design and performance. The format combines didactics with intense group/team activities focused on practical issues in clinical research design—from selection of a researchable study question through actual writing of a research proposal. Lectures and panel discussions are presented by an accomplished faculty of Stanford clinical researchers and key leaders from the Stanford community And every presentation includes a discussion of relevant issues.

Course Dates: Sept. 10 – 17, 2021

Nomination Form Coming Soon!


Nominations: Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Participation: Friday, July 30, 2021

Proposals: Friday, Aug. 13, 2021


Key Benefits

  • ICCR explores career advancement, time management, and challenges of clinical trials research; discussion of individual projects and opportunities for collaboration with peers and mentors.
  • ICCR inspires networking across departments with an extended network of colleagues, and provide resources to achieve successful clinical and translational research projects.
  • Course objectives:
    • Learn to understand the different types of designs for clinical research and their advantages and disadvantages for addressing different clinical issues.
    • Conceptualize a clinical decision problem as a researchable question and choose an appropriate design.
    • Efficiently use resources such as statistical and data management consultation to appropriately size the study.
    • Understand and be able to choose among the various types of endpoints and analyses.
    • Anticipate and address ethical issues that may arise as a result of the study design and elicit valid informed consent.

Participant Commitment

Students must bring a personal commitment to focus on the course for a full week (including evenings and weekends) and are required to be relieved of all clinical and other work-related responsibilities for the duration of the course. The department chair/division chief/fellowship directors select and nominate intended course participants through a nomination form whereby they release nominees from all clinical and work-related duties during the week of the course.