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2 Training the next generation
Clinical research training. Developed in 2000, this course addresses the NIH Training and Education Standard for conducting clinical research in the intramural research program. All NIH clinical investigators must take the course and pass an exam before receiving approval to conduct new clinical protocols. All clinical principal investigators with a protocol approved through the Clinical Center have done so. To date, 3,302 people from the United States and elsewhere have successfully completed the course, through live classroom sessions and via the Internet. The course was made available via the World Wide Web in January 2001 and has been accessed from sites in the United States, Europe, Central America, Asia, and the Caribbean. The curriculum in clinical research also includes a computer-based training course for NIH Institutional Review Board (IRB) members and an IRB experience.
Two masters programs in clinical research The Clinical Center’s training portfolio has grown to include local and long-distance partnerships. Two different collaborative programs lead to graduate degrees in clinical research.
NIH–Duke masters program. Under this program, introduced in 1998, a master of health sciences degree in clinical research is awarded to physicians and dentists who successfully complete a distance-learning partnership program between the Clinical Center and the Duke University School of Medicine. This program, offered by videoconference, provides formal courses in research design, research management, and statistical analysis. Sixteen new NIH students enrolled in the 2004-2005 program. A total of 105 students, representing a cross-section of NIH institutes and centers have been admitted to the program; 34 have received their degrees.
NIH–University of Pittsburgh. A master’s degree in clinical research is available to those successfully fulfilling the requirements in a Clinical Center–University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine program. Initiated in 2001, this program expands training options for PhDs and allied health professionals. Students who matriculate can receive a Master of Science in Clinical Research or a Certificate in Clinical Research from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The curriculum, available by videoconference, includes courses in biostatistics, clinical research methods, measurement, clinical trials, ethics, and grantsmanship. Julie Hvizda, a research nurse specialist in the Clinical Center’s diagnostic radiology department, graduated from the program in 2004.