The Essentials of Patient-Oriented Research (EPOR) gives you a crash course in how to conduct clinical trials at the University of Chicago, providing insider tips from senior investigators and the technical knowledge of how to create and execute a successful study. Participants also get the benefit of learning from NIH educational materials and national video sessions thanks to the ITM’s membership in the NIH’s Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) consortium.

Courses are free and open to everyone, ranging from trainees to nurses to investigators, each Fall (Introductory Topics to Clinical Research), Winter (Ethics of Clinical Research) and Spring (Statistical Methods in Clinical Research).

Participants are eligible to receive a certificate of completion if they attend eight of the 10 sessions. Winter sessions offer participants an opportunity to secure both RCR and EPOR certificates in one quarter.

Participants are eligible to receive a certificate of completion if they attend eight of the 10 sessions and complete online human subjects research training through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) website. Instructions and registration information for the training – the Basic Course in Human Research for Biomedical Faculty/Investigators, Research Staff, or Administration Staff – can be found here.

Proof of completion will be required for those who have already taken the CITI training.

Winter classes kick off Jan. 9 and run through March 13 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the W-507 conference room. Registration is open until Jan. 23, which is the latest you can attend and still be eligible for a certificate of completion.