Short-Term Training: Education and General Interest Seminars Return to TRANSFORM homepage
In support of the TRANSFORM goal of encouraging the next generation of clinical and translational (C/T) investigators, the CTSA will be sponsoring several educational and general interest seminars. These activities fall into the following categories:


Seminars, Workshops and Conferences

Online Training

  • Columbia Summer Research Institute (CSRI)
    The CSRI offers junior investigators the opportunity to gain fundamental skills in research design and statistical analysis for patient oriented research in an intensive summer format. In a five-week period, attending classes daily from 9am-6pm, participants learn and apply the theory and methods behind the design and conduct of clinical research studies, covering core knowledge in epidemiology and biostatistics, as well as more specialized study of randomized trial design, health disparities research, decision analysis and cost effectiveness analysis. Through the CSRI, post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty earn 10 academic course credits (which can be applied to a subsequent degree program) in a summer format convenient for working professionals, while experiencing the quality and rigor that characterize graduate training at Columbia University. Program graduates gain basic skills in designing effective clinical and translational research studies, and significantly enhance their competitive edge in the pursuit of independent grant funding. For more details, visit the CSRI web site: http://csri.cumc.columbia.edu/

  • Building Interdisciplinary Research Models: Mailman School of Public Health, the School of Nursing and GSAS is offering a course entitled, “Building Interdisciplinary Research Models” (Course Numbers: BIST 89260, SON N9260, GSAS G9260). This course will allow participants to build skills in interdisciplinary research by collaborating with scholars from various disciplines. For more information about this course, please contact one of the course instructors, Dr. Elaine Larson at ell23@columbia.edu or Dr. Melissa Begg at mdb3@columbia.edu.

  • Funding and Grantsmanship for Research and Career Development Activities: This course presents effective strategies for post-doctoral fellows, new scientific investigators, current faculty and administrators on securing research funding through guidelines on grant writing, identifying funding sources and preparing for grant application reviews. This course provides useful and informative resources, including advice given by experienced Columbia researchers, to learn about the measures strongly encouraged to secure grants to fund research. For more information, go to the course page:  http://grantscourse.columbia.edu

  • Department of Epidemiology's Summer Institute - The Department of Epidemiology hosts Epidemiology and Population Health Summer Institute at Columbia University (EPIC), offering intensive week-long, non-credit courses for faculty, students, and healthcare professionals seeking advanced skills in subjects such as statistical software and analysis, data visualization, modeling, and focused epidemiological topics. The courses are developed and taught by faculty from the Department of Epidemiology and across the Columbia University Medical Center. For more details about courses and registration, visit the Mailman School homepage http://www.mailman.columbia.edu and the EPIC website www.cuepisummer.org

  • RASCAL Basics: On-line training and manuals can be found on the RASCAL webpage. For further details, view their webpage link: https://www.rascal.columbia.edu/.

  • Taking Courses at Mailman School of Public Health – In order to take individual courses, you must apply as a special/non-degree student.  For more information on how to apply, go to http://publichealth.columbia.edu/apply/non-degree-application-process

    • Most popular courses without prerequisites:
      • Introduction to Biostatistics (P6103/6104)
      • Principles of Epidemiology I (P6400)
      • Issues & Approaches in Health Policy & Management (P6530)
      • Basic Laboratory Methods in Clinical & Translational Research (P8102)
    • Most popular choices with prerequisites:
      • The Randomized Clinical Trial (P8140; prerequisite: Intro to Biostat (P6103/P6104))
      • Clinical Epidemiology (P8450; prerequisites: Intro to Biostat (P6103/P6104) and Principles of Epi I (P6400))
      • Decision Analysis for Clinical & Public Health Practices (P8568; prerequisite: Intro to Biostat (P6103/P6104))
  • DISCOVERY Committee Seminar
    NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has recognized the importance of healthcare informatics and has invested in several major projects designed to provide secure, reliable electronic medical records (EMR) that improve the efficiency through which providers communicate throughout a patient's course of care. The DISCOVERY committee was formed to provide a single path, and a single set of procedures for receiving, vetting, and prioritizing clinical data requests for the hospital. DISCOVERY stands for Data In Support of Clinical Outcomes Validation Efficiency and Research.

  • K Award Development Series: Running annually for a period of 6 months leading up to K award submissions, the K Award Development Seminar assists research fellows and junior faculty with preparing their proposal for a K award, and exposes those who are interested in learning more about the process. The seminar is held once a month, and each seminar has a faculty presenter or panel that focuses on a component of the K Award application. One of the seminars is a mock review, where seminar participants volunteer to have their applications reviewed by faculty and the class experiences a simulated review committee meeting. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Harold Pincus (harold.pincus@nyspi.columbia.edu) or Mayda Bosco (mayda.bosco@nyspi.columbia.edu) at 646-774-5400.