Translating Practice into Research (TPIR) Trainee Program

 

  • Now accepting applications for the Translating Practice into Research (TPIR) Trainee Program.
  • Application deadline: August 28, 2017
  • Applicants selected for participation and their mentors will receive official notification of acceptance by September 15, 2017Apply Now
 

 

Funded by: The National Institutes of Health

Program Directors: Sara K. Vesely, PhD and 
Sydney A. Martinez, PhD

Contact Information: Sara-Vesely@ouhsc.edu and Sydney-Martinez@ouhsc.edu

Website: http://osctr.ouhsc.edu/translating-practice-research-program

 
What is the goal of the TPIR Trainee Program?

The OSCTR TPIR trainee program is a unique one year (September 2017-August 2018) education and mentoring program for practicing healthcare professionals, clinical investigators, and basic scientists. It offers a broad and practical curriculum for understanding clinical research methods, research collaborations, and statistical analysis. The goal of the TPIR trainee program is to produce a group of clinicians and scientists who have the ability to translate their clinical observations and ideas for improving practice into practical and feasible research projects.

 
What is included in the TPIR Trainee Program?

The TPIR program consists of four components: 1) 1 day in-person workshop Thursday October 5th, 2017 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2) 10 online education modules 3) scheduled conference calls with TPIR faculty, 4) 1 day in-person workshop Thursday April 5th, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and 5) a mentored research project. By applying for the TPIR program, you agree to participate in all five components of the program, if accepted.

 
Who should apply?

The following people are encouraged to apply: 1) healthcare professionals who are interested in conducting clinical research and learning research methods, 2) clinical investigators who are interested in studying practical clinical issues, and 3) basic scientists who are interested in learning the fundamental basis for clinical translational research. Applicants must be US Residents who work in NIH IDeA states. Priority will be given to applicants in the OSCTR regions and Tribal employees and Tribal serving organization employees.

 
How many trainees will be selected?

Up to 10 trainees will be accepted in 2017. There is no fee for the TPIR program. Support will be provided for travel and hotel accommodations for both 1day in-person workshops for only those who live outside the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.

 
Timeline
 

 

Application Deadline August 28, 2017
Trainees Notified September 15, 2017
1 Day In-Person Workshop Friday October 5, 2017
Online Modules/Conference Calls September 2017 – February 2018
1Day In-Person Workshop Thursday April 5, 2018

 

 
Program Specifics

 
  • Online-education modules
There will be 10 online video stream lectures available between September and February 2018. We will have 7 conference calls to discuss the modules and progress on your mentored research project. The online module topics will focus on analysis of medical literature, creating a good research question, epidemiological study designs, the vocabulary of biostatistics, data collection and database development, quantitative methods, and ethical issues and human subject protection. 
 
  • Mentored Research Project

Participants will be matched with a methodological mentor who will provide assistance with their research project. Mentoring with a TPIR faculty mentor will continue through August 2018, with the goal of translating the trainee’s protocol into an active, feasible project. 

  • 1-Day In-person Workshop, Thursday October 5, 2017

The workshop will be an introduction to the TPIR program, the participants, and the faculty. The workshop will include didactic sessions on mentorship and collaborating with a biostatistician. Each participant will present a 10-minute powerpoint presentation on their research idea. You will also have an opportunity to meet with your methodological mentor. 

  • 1-Day In-person Workshop, Thursday April 5, 2018

The workshop will focus on the foundation, methodologies, and application of patient-oriented clinical research. The workshop will include didactic sessions on grant development and writing, funding opportunities, and campus resources. Participants will further develop their own proposed patient-oriented clinical research projects, refining and revising their plans through interaction with faculty and their peers. Each participant will present a 10-minute powerpoint presentation on their research question and proposal. Participants will participate in a focus group to explore the strengths and weaknesses of the TPIR program. This focus group will serve as both an evaluation of the program and a demonstration of qualitative research for the participants.

Deliverables for TPIR 2017-2018

Deliverable

Measurement

By when… ( Expected date)

TPIR faculty call 1

Minutes by faculty

Week of September 18, 2017

Draft: 7-10 minute presentation

Send to TPIR faculty

September  29, 2017

Final: 7-10 minute presentation

Send to TPIR faculty

October 2, 2017

Module 1: The Research Question

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Assignment and Evaluation

Released: September 4, 2017

Completed: October 4, 2017

First In Person Meeting

Attendance/Meet Methods Mentor

October 5, 2017 (8 am to 5 pm)

Module 2: Vocab of Epidemiology

View

Evaluation

Released: October 9, 2017

Completed: November 3, 2017

Module 3: Vocab of Biostatistics

View

Evaluation

Released: October 9, 2017

Completed: November 3, 2017

Mentor call

Mentee notes

Week of October 30, 2017

TPIR faculty call 2

Minutes by faculty

Week of November 6, 2017

Module 4: Experimental studies

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Evaluation

Released: November 6, 2017

Completed: December 8, 2017

Module 5: Pilot studies

View

Evaluation

Released: November 6, 2017

Completed: December 8, 2017

Mentor call

Mentee notes

Week of November 27, 2017

TPIR faculty call 3

Minutes by faculty

Week of December 4, 2017

Module 6: Cross-sectional and Case control studies

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Evaluation

Released: December 4, 2017

Completed: January 19, 2018

Module 7: Cohort studies

View

Evaluation

Released: December 4, 2017

Completed: January 19, 2018

Mentor call

Mentee notes

Week of November 27, 2017

TPIR faculty call 4

Minutes by faculty

Week of January 15, 2018

IRB protocol: Background/Research Ques

Send to TPIR faculty

January 31, 2018

Module 8: Data Collection

View

Assignment and Evaluation

Released: January 22, 2018

Completed: February 16, 2018

Module 9: Hypothesis Testing

View

Evaluation

Released: January 22, 2018

Completed: February 16, 2018

Mentor call

Mentee notes

Week of February 12, 2018

TPIR faculty call 5

Minutes by faculty

Week of February 19, 2018

Module 10: Critical Appraisal

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Evaluation

Released: February 19, 2018

Completed: March 2, 2018

Draft: 10 minute presentation

Send to methods mentor

March 19, 2018

Draft: 10 minute presentation

Send to TPIR faculty

March 26, 2018

Final: 10 minute presentation

Send to TPIR faculty

April 2, 2018

Second In Person Meeting

Attendance/10 minute Presentation

April 5, 2018 (8 am to 5:30 pm)

Mentor call

Mentee notes

Week of May 7, 2018

TPIR faculty call 6

Minutes by faculty

Week of May 14, 2018

IRB protocol: Draft of the protocol, informed consent form, and data collection form

Send to TPIR faculty

June 4, 2018

TPIR faculty call 7

Minutes by faculty

Week of July 16, 2018

Final Draft: IRB full protocol

Send to TPIR faculty

August, 2018

TPIR faculty call 8

Minutes by faculty

Week of August 13, 2018

IRB submission (acknowledgment)

Send to TPIR faculty

September, 2018

IRB approval (letter of approval)

Send to TPIR faculty

When received

 

WHAT IS THE DEADLINE FOR APPLYING?

Applications must be completed and submitted by August 28, 2017. Awardees will be notified by September 15, 2017.

Apply Now