Education & Training

Spectrum Education provides learning and development opportunities to Stanford faculty, staff, students, and scholars in all areas of clinical and translational research. Our mission is to support clinical research through grant funding, certificate programs, workshops, one-on-one mentorship, and seminars that allow our workforce as well as our faculty and researchers to update their skills, increase their knowledge base, and gain valuable experience at no cost.

Clinical Research Operations Program

Spectrum has launched expanded and enriched training for clinical research personnel.

The goal is to raise the bar for the quality of research across Stanford, and to enhance the career growth of our clinical research personnel. Class instructors include faculty and staff with clinical research expertise from across Stanford University.

Included is a Clinical Research Operations certification that recognizes mastery of the specialized skills and knowledge associated with conducting clinical research at Stanford.

Graduates of the certification program must complete 16 core and 4 elective classes, and pass an exam.

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Essentials of Clinical Research

This course, broken into four modules, provides a step-by-step model for how to design and conduct clinical research at Stanford. Upon course completion, attendees will have an introduction to how to (1) design and analyze clinical studies and prepare protocols, (2) comply with “Good Clinical Practice” guidelines for study conduct, data management, and relevant regulations, (3) understand principles and practices underlying ethical and reproducible research, and (4) deal with special issues that arise in cancer, pediatric, surgical and cardiovascular research.

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Intensive Course in Clinical Research – ICCR

Spectrum offers a week-long Intensive Course in Clinical Research (ICCR) for highly motivated residents and junior faculty. Two courses are offered each year; one is geared to pediatric subspecialty fellows and junior faculty. This includes approximately 60 hours of total instruction and research design exercises held over five consecutive days at an off-campus site.

The course is designed to expose residents and faculty to the fundamental principles, terminology, and breadth of study design, biostatistics, informatics, regulatory issues, and bioethics, in a highly intensive immersion setting. During the course participants will select a relevant research question and draft a protocol to answer it.

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Research Training Programs

Junior faculty, senior fellows, predoctoral & postdoctoral trainees with a focus on clinical and translational science are encouraged to apply for a KL2 award to fund their education and training in clinical and translational research.  Awards include salary or stipend funding, as well as full or partial tuition support and funds for travel.


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