Pragmatic and Group-Randomized Trials in Public Health and Medicine

A free online course to help you design and analyze group-randomized trials

Presented by
David M. Murray, Ph.D.
NIH Associate Director for Prevention
Director of the NIH Office of Disease Prevention

Group-randomized trials (GRTs) are comparative studies designed to evaluate interventions that operate at a group level, change the physical or social environment, or cannot be delivered to individuals without substantial risk of contamination. GRTs are widely used in public health and medicine to evaluate interventions delivered in schools, worksites, hospitals, clinics, communities, and other organizations.

The Pragmatic and Group-Randomized Trials in Public Health and Medicine online course describes the most widely used GRT designs and presents the many approaches to power and data analysis that are now available. The free, seven-part course is presented by Dr. David M. Murray, NIH Associate Director for Prevention and Director of the NIH Office of Disease Prevention (ODP). The course includes a list of references, a PDF of each presentation, suggested reading materials, and guided activities.

Explore the ODP’s Resources for Researchers for additional information and interactive tools that support researchers in developing and funding quality projects that address a wide range of research needs, gaps, and priorities.

Start the course now or bookmark it for later!


The Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI)
is now accepting applications for the 2017 Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP).

Application Deadline is Monday, January 23, 2017

Click here to apply: 2017 SRTP Application

2017 Summer Research Trainee Program

The Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP), founded in 1992, attracts college and medical students from around the nation to Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). The goal of this program is to inspire students who are underrepresented in medicine (URM)* to consider careers in academic medicine by immersing them in cutting-edge research opportunities. Fifteen students, selected from a nationwide competition, join SRTP each summer. Each student is assigned to a specific MGH laboratory, clinical site, health policy, or health services research area where they undertake an original research project under the mentorship and guidance of an MGH investigator. Assignments are carefully considered and are made with the student’s research and career interests in mind. In addition to this unique research experience, students will gain knowledge through weekly didactic seminars, both at the MGH and at Harvard Medical School, and have opportunities for clinical shadowing.

Program Terms
The Summer Research Trainee Program is a mandatory eight week program, running from Monday, June 5 to Thursday, August 3, 2017. Students are paired with an MGH faculty preceptor who provides guidance and mentorship in a new or ongoing research project. Students are expected to:

    Attend a full day orientation on Monday, June 5, 2017
    Prepare an abstract of the research project
    Prepare an oral presentation of their work at the completion of the program
    Attend mandatory, weekly didactic seminars
    Complete all program, hospital and occupational health requirements (e.g. vaccination)

Program Support
Once accepted, SRTP provides the following support during the eight week period of the program:

    Housing next to hospital in the historic neighborhood of Beacon Hill ($3,000 value)
    Living stipend of $4,000 for food and other necessities
    Travel grants based on demonstrated need (FAFSA required)
    Meals provided at all didactic sessions

The program is open to students who meet the following criteria:

    Member of a group that is underrepresented in medicine (URM)*
    Undergraduate junior or senior, rising 1st year medical student, or 1st year medical student, graduate school student, or post-baccalaureate student (note: freshman and sophomores not eligible)
    Attended/attending a college or medical school in the US and Puerto Rico
    US citizens or permanent residents

Application Process
The deadline for completed applications (2017 SRTP Application, as well as supporting materials) is 5:00 pm on Monday, January 23, 2017 (no exceptions allowed). Please complete the 2017 SRTP Application and submit supporting materials following the instructions in Parts I and II below.

A complete application must include:

Part I: 2017 SRTP Application. You must upload the following items with this application:

    Personal Statement
    Supplemental Essay Question

Part II: Supporting Documents
A) 2017 SRTP Recommendation or Medical School Letter of Good Standing. You must use this link to submit:

    Two letters of recommendation
    Letter of Good Standing ONLY IF you are a medical student and your school does not provide transcripts

B) Official college, graduate, and/or medical school transcript(s). Online format is preferred, emailed to:

Please visit the SRTP Website for more information on how to apply.

Important Dates to Remember:
Application Available: Monday, November 28, 2017
Application Deadline: Monday, January 23, 2017
Decisions Made (tentative): Thursday, March 2, 2017
Program Starts: Monday, June 5, 2017
Program Ends: Thursday, August 3, 2017

All incomplete applications will not be considered. Allow enough mailing time for the materials to arrive before the deadline.

All required supporting documents must be received by Monday, January 23, 2017. It is your responsibility to ensure that they are received by this date in our office. Once we consider your application complete, you will receive a confirmation email from

Questions or Additional Information? Please visit our website and SRTP FAQs

*Underrepresented in medicine (URM) for the purpose of this program are those individuals belonging to a particular ethnic or racial group which has been considered by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to be underrepresented in biomedical research (relative to their numbers in the general population). These groups may include Latino/Hispanic, African-American/Black, American Indian, Native Hawaiian and Alaskan Natives, among others. Sources: AAMC, NIH and National Science Foundation

Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC) Training Workshop

Program Overview

We are building an inspiring community of transdisciplinary (TD) researchers in energetics and cancer and invite you to apply to our new mentored energy balance and cancer education program: the Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC) Training Workshop. Funded by a five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute, this unique educational program is positioned to build capacity in transdisciplinary energy balance and cancer research. The TREC Training Workshop is designed for post-doctoral fellows—primarily individuals in early careers who want to pursue TD research in energy balance and cancer. This Workshop will place strong emphasis on mentoring, developing and applying TD competencies, and a curriculum specifically focused on energetics and cancer. Mentors and teaching faculty represent a diverse array of professional disciplines, from basic scientists to clinicians to behavioral and population scientists and many others. Our in-person Training Workshop will integrate didactic presentations and professional networking across senior and early career scientists, utilizing formal learning with informal transdisciplinary collaboration. Time will be included for one-on-one dialog between fellows and faculty as well as small group discussions that will allow fellows to learn from each other and develop a network. Following on-site training, fellows will engage in sustained mentoring relationships with course faculty, and will have access to prior and future cohorts to facilitate networking opportunities. See the course curriculum here.

More information and application

Posted: 12-5-2016

Mentored Training for Dissemination & Implementation Research in Cancer

Cancer is the leading cause of death among persons under the age of 85 and the second leading cause of death overall in the United States. To address this cancer burden, university-based research yields a growing supply of new discoveries, but research findings often take 10-20 years before being incorporated into practice. To address this gap, the science of D&I research has emerged. Our team at Washington University in St Louis has been the leader in developing the science of D & I research. MT-DIRC is a training program for those cancer control researchers who are seeking to gain better training in the field of dissemination and implementations science research.

The 2017 MT-DIRC Summer Institute will occur June 5th-9th 2017 in St. Louis, MO.

Full 2017 MT-DIRC application

Posted: 12-5-2016

Request for Information (RFI) for Scientific Opportunities and Needs for NHLBI Ancillary Studies

The National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute (NHLBI) would like your input on opportunities and strategies to maximize scientific output of clinical research through support of ancillary studies to clinical trials or observational studies. NHLBI invites comments from researchers and others with an interest in clinical research within the mission of the NHLBI. Here is the Request for Information. Thank you for your time and consideration

Department of Health and Human Services Funding Opportunity

Please click here for an overview of funding announcement RFA-HL-17-016.

UCLA HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse and Trauma Training Program (HA-STTP) (AUGUST 22, 2016 deadline) .

The UCLA HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse and Trauma Training Program (HA-STTP) is a collaboration of the Center of Culture, Trauma and Mental Health Disparities (CCTMHD), the UCLA AIDS Institute, the Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services (CHIPTS) and the Nathanson Family Resilience Center (NFRC).

The goal of HA-STTP is to provide multi-disciplinary, state of the art research training in HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, traumatic stress, and health disparities to postdoctoral scholars including postdoctoral fellows, early career clinical researchers and early career faculty. Under the guidance of the HA-STTP faculty and mentors, trainees will acquire a broad range of skills necessary to establish career independence. Trainees will be expected to complete an NIH grant application during the course of the program.

This five year program will select scholars to train at UCLA. Personalized career mentoring, research mentoring, training, and pilot funding will be provided.

Potential candidates must have the following:

  1. A doctoral degree or have completed their medical residency within the Past 7 years
  2. Experience with HIV, substance abuse, trauma, health disparities, and/or bio-and social-behavioral research
  3. Ability and commitment to attend a two week-long training institutes per year (travel and housing are covered), and
  4. Clear articulation of research goals and training need. Applicants from historically black colleges and universities and other minority-serving institutions are encouraged to apply.

    Please contact the program co-directors Gail E. Wyatt, Ph. D at> or Norwetta G. Milburn, Ph.D if you have any questions. Find a copy of the application here.


Important News about NIH Toolbox, PROMIS, NEURO-QoL, and ASCQ-Me.

HealthMeasures ( now the official information center for NIH Toolbox®, PROMIS®, Neuro-QoL, and ASCQ-Me. These four, person-centered measurement systems are used to assess symptoms, functional abilities, quality of life, and life satisfaction.

Since 2014 the infrastructure that makes HealthMeasures available to the public has been supported by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant awarded to Northwestern University and five performance sites. Effective in late 2016, NIH funding will be reduced with the expectation that Northwestern University will lead the transition to a new business model that can sustain and distribute these measures. The NIH remains committed to the success of these measures and strives for future sustainability that includes public and private partners.

Free, direct access to most HealthMeausres content is cornerstone of this model. The website delivers free access to hundreds of self-and proxy-report measures from the four measurement systems, along with information to help users select, administer, score, and interpret measures. Utilization of Assessment Center and other assessment delivery services will carry fees associated with maintaining and updating these technologies. HealthMeasures will also provide consultation, training, custom software development, and translation services, with pricing available by quote. All services will be performed under a cost-recovery business model with no profit motivation.

More information, including details of Assessment Center pricing changes effective January 1, 2017, is available here. We also invite you to share your questions, ideas, and experiences with person-centered assessment in the HealthMeasures Forum.

Take Two Steps to Improve Your Skills and Advance Your Career. Learn More with AAMC.

Join your peers at the AAMC’s events designed for early career minority faculty.

September 15-18, 2016
Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk
San Antonio, TX

Step 1:
Grant Writers Pre-Conference Workshop: How to Improve Your Grantsmanship
Do you intend to submit a competitive proposal for funding? AAMC’s Grant Writers Coaching Group for NIH Awards is designed for faculty who are actively working on a K or R NIH grant proposal. Participants will receive direct hands-on assistance with proposal preparation on -site as well continued support through on-going virtual meetings over a 2-3 month period to strengthen their proposals.

This pre-conference workshop is taking place on Thursday, September 15, 2016 and participation is limited. The deadline for applications is Thursday, June 29, 2016. Apply Now!

Step 2:
Minority Faculty Career Development Seminar: Chart Your Career Path
Come join your peers and academic medicine thought leaders from all over North America for the Minority Faculty Career Development Seminar (MinFac). This professional development opportunity is specifically tailored for early career junior faculty: senior clinical and research fellows, instructors, and assistant professors; and post docs (MD, MD/PhDs and PhDs) approaching or currently at the assistant professor level who aspire to leadership positions in academic medicine. Register Now!

This 3-day program includes:
• Opportunities to build your network through formal and informal networking activities
• Workshops to hone your communication skills and navigate sensitive topics
• Develop skills that can help you achieve appointment, promotion, and tenure in academic medicine
• Advance in core competencies like writing and submitting grants, planning and executing


Denice Cora-Bramble, MD, MBA
Executive VP and Chief Medical Officer
Children’s National Medical Center

Darrell Kirch, MD
President and CEO
Association of American Medical Colleges

Decide today to chart your career path, hear from dynamic speakers, and take the next steps forward toward leadership in academic medicine.

Register by August 10, 2016 and Save with the Early Bird Discount.

Register Now. Spaces are limited, and registration will be closed once the seminar is filled.

Registration Process: The registration process for the 2016 Minority Faculty Career Development Seminar includes (a) a letter of support from your department chair, division chief or dean, (b) completion of a pre-seminar survey, and (c) selection of breakout sessions. Please review the Letter of Support Requirements (LOS) in order to upload a LOS as part of the registration process.

Hotel Reservations: Please note that you must register for the seminar prior to booking your hotel accommodations, and you are responsible for booking your own reservations. Reservations must be made by August 24, 2016. Housing information can be found on the meeting website.

Make plans today to join your colleagues in San Antonio, Texas!

For more information, contact:
Program Information: Tai Conley
Conference Logistics: Shayna Kritz
Conference Registration: Debra K. Hollins

[posted 6/20/2016]


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