Research Council Announcements: Education

Announcements of educational opportunities from the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Research Council.

Educational Opportunities


Center for Faculty Development, Office for Research Career Development, MGH Office for Women’s Careers, ECOR





Research Faculty Seminar – Responsible Conduct of Research Series:

Conflict of Interest


The Center for Faculty Development's Office for Research Career Development presents a seminar for MGH research faculty.

Conflict of interest occurs when an individual has two or more interests or roles that could interfere with making objective professional decisions. This seminar will discuss conflicts of interest that may arise in research including those related to financial gain, peer review, and collaborations.


Responsible Conduct of Research Series: Conflict of Interest

Facilitators: Rachel Ackman, JD, senior research compliance associate, MGH Compliance Office;  Raymond Chung, MD, associate professor of Medicine, vice chief, Gastrointestinal Unit, medical director, Liver Transplant Program


Thursday, December 18

Noon to 1 pm

Location provided upon registration.


Faculty with HMS academic appointments, please click here to register by Friday, December 12.




HSPH Program in Clinical Effectiveness

July 1 to August 14, 2015


The Program in Clinical Effectiveness (PCE), a joint program of BWH, MGH, HMS and HSPH, is an intensive 15-credit summer program designed for physician-clinicians, fellows and faculty, who are seeking quantitative and analytic skills needed for clinical research or are interested in health care administration. 


Our curriculum

PCE students are enrolled in summer-long core courses in:


- Clinical Epidemiology

- Biostatistics


Students also select two half-summer courses from offerings in:


- Current Issues in Health Policy

- Decision Analysis in Clinical Research

- Ethical Basis of the Practice of Public Health

- Improving Quality in Health Care

- Introduction to Methods and Applications in Health Services Research

- Linear and Longitudinal Regression

- Measuring and Analyzing the Outcomes of Health Care

- Medical Informatics

- Methods for Decision Making in Medicine

- Research on Social and Behavioral Health: A Practical Guide


After completion of the PCE qualified degree students may also enroll in the following advanced PCE courses:


- Analytic Issues of Clinical Epidemiology

- Principles of Clinical Trials

- Survival Methods in Clinical Research.


Non-degree applicants must submit the following by February 1:

  • Online 2015 PCE Application Supplement Form
  • Online SOPHAS Express application, which includes:

-$50 Application fee

-Curriculum vitae

-Personal statement

  • One page document addressing the reasons you wish to attend this program, your professional goals and why you feel that this program will be beneficial to you
  • Three letters of recommendation (Recommendations should detail the applicant’s clinical ability and/or research potential. One recommendation should be from a division/department head verifying the applicant’s affiliation during the summer).


Degree Applicants (submitting concurrent degree/PCE application) must submit the following by December 15:

  • Online 2015 PCE Application Supplement Form
  • Online SOPHAS degree application and materials - as outlined by the HSPH Admissions Office


View complete application details at: Admission to the PCE does not guarantee admission to a degree program or vice-versa. 


Our students:

The PCE is completed by both non-degree and degree students. The PCE is a non-degree program, but many of our non-degree students apply for an HSPH master’s degree after completion of the PCE. Students who apply to and are admitted into an HSPH degree program within 5 years of completing the program may have a maximum of 20 credits counted toward the degree.  HSPH offers two specifically relevant degree programs for PCE students.


For more information please visit our website or contact:

Julia R. Curletti, program coordinator, PCE, 617-525-3199




MGH Clinical Research Program Courses


Introduction to Proteomics and Metabolomics, December 18, 2014, 1:30-5pm.  Sponsored by the MGH Clinical Research Program.  Please click here for more information or to register.


Basic Biostatistics for Clinical Research, Thursdays, January 26, February 5 &26, March 5 & 12, 2:30pm – 4:00pm, Simches Room 3.110.  Sponsored by the MGH Clinical Research Program and the MGH Biostatistics Center. Speaker: Brian Healy, PhD, MGH Biostatistics Center. This course will provide clinical researchers with a solid foundation in biostatistical concepts. Intended for those with minimal statistical experience, these five lectures will serve as an introduction to biostatistical issues in clinical investigation and will prepare students for more advanced courses on clinical trial design and biostatistics offered through the CRP’s Education Unit.  Registration is required – please click on the link above to register.


Considering the Research Subject's Perspective, Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 3 to 4 pm, Simches, Room 3.110.  Enrico Cagliero, MD, MGH Diabetes Center, associate professor of Medicine, HMS.  Advances in clinical medicine would not be possible if it were not for the thousands of subjects who volunteer and donate their time and frequently blood and tissues in clinical trials. For effective recruitment and good interaction with potential subjects it is crucial to understand their motivation, rights and insights. During this seminar we will review misconceptions about clinical research and tools to communicate with research volunteers. This course is geared towards investigators, research nurses, study coordinators and study staff. RCR Eligibility: Completion of this course will fulfill one lecture/discussion requirement.

Registration is required.



View other courses offered by the MGH Clinical Research Program here.





Advanced Clinical Bone and Body Composition Assessment, Monday, December 15, 11am-12pm, Haber Auditorium, MGH.  Thomas L. Kelly, Senior Principal Scientist from Hologic, Inc. will discuss new DXA applications for skeletal health assessment in adult and pediatric populations. He will offer detailed explanations of primary and derivative measurements of body composition including fat mass, lean mass, and visceral adipose tissue.  Specific studies and examples demonstrating the clinical utility of DXA body composition measurements will be presented.  Please RSVP to Faith Fortune,



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