Geisinger Research is committed to providing continual training opportunities for Geisinger staff and faculty by providing the following training opportunities:
- The Geisinger Center for Health Research has developed a formal 20-session course for 10-15 clinicians who have a strong interest in research may lack formal training in research methods and study design. Participants are selected based on level of interest and motivation, identification of a mentor, and a commitment to attend. Running during the academic year, the program requires each participant to produce a research paper or poster by the conclusion of the course.
- To help assure that Geisinger research investigators, Institutional Review Board (IRB) members and staff, and other personnel maintain continuing knowledge of, and comply with, their legal and ethical obligations to protect human subjects when conducting research, Geisinger’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) offers IRB research staff orientation and beginning and ongoing training programs covering research review and human research protection. Geisinger’s HRPP office outlines the education requirements regarding course completion and maintains the database of staff that complete the training requirements. Many courses are on-line and available through Geisinger’s “GOALS” courses.
- Geisinger’s Center for Health Research Biostatistics and Research Data Core is developing a series of lectures for clinicians, nurses, and employees of Geisinger who have a strong interest in introductory biostatistical methods. These lectures will be offered in succession over a two-month period, and given individually to departments on request. Topics include two-sample comparisons, correlation, linear regression, survival analysis, study design, sample size and power. The lectures are designed to include many examples highlighting the importance of interpretation of results.
- The Geisinger Clinical Trials Office provides all study coordinators with a half day seminar three times a year to provide education and share best practices. All clinical research coordinators and other staff involved in clinical research, particularly clinical trials, are invited to attend.