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K30 Clinical Research Curriculum Award

The Ohio State University has been one of twenty recipients nationwide of a K30 grant. The specific aims of this program are to:

  • train twenty individuals every two years in the conduct of clinical research
  • develop a cadre of trained clinical investigators for future research efforts at OSU
  • assist participants in designing patient-oriented research projects and in competing successfully for funding of that research

The structured two-year curriculum includes five courses on biostatistics and epidemiology, six seminars on ethics, clinical trial design, health psychology, data management, regulatory issues, and outcomes research, and 2 summer workshops on developing research questions and grant skills. Trainees spend an average of 0.2 FTE toward this training and graduate with a certificate.

The trainee's research questions provide the focus for didactic coursework in biostatistics and epidemiology and for seminar topics, including research ethics and study design. The program begins with a three-day workshop with lectures and interactive sessions during which trainees frame their research questions. Three quarters of biostatistics and seminars in outcomes research, health psychology, and regulatory issues follow. The second summer includes three-day workshops on grantsmanship, with emphasis on preparing one's own grant, and a seminar on research ethics. The final two quarters focus on epidemiology and specialty seminars. Learn more about the K30 Clinical Research Curriculum.

A concern of the K30 program has been lost clinical earnings and coverage in the teaching clinic. To partially offset such loses, the K30 program allocates $5,000/year in release time to each trainee's department. CTOC co-sponsors at least one trainee from the College of Dentistry per year who applies successfully for the K-30 training program.

Eligible candidates are residents, fellows, graduate students, and junior faculty. They must demonstrate a high level of interest and potential for the pursuit of innovative clinical research as a major focus of their career. They should plan to enter a long-term clinical research career. The program is designed to include participants who hold one or several of the following degrees: MD, DDS, DMD, DO, DC, OD, ND, or PhD with clinical responsibilities. The final decision of acceptance or rejection resides with Dr. Karla Zadnik, Principal Investigator of the K30 grant, and her advisory committee. This is a competitive program.

To Apply:

Instructions are available on the web