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Team Science in Clinical Research

Team Science in Clinical Research

Course Description

An emphasis will be placed on the competencies and processes associated with the concepts of team science in translational. Solving complex societal problems (e.g., environment, poverty, and cancer, health care) requires the integration of specialized knowledge bases.

However, as the volume of scientific knowledge has increased over time, it has become increasingly difficult for any single individual to have deep expertise in all needed areas of science. Addressing today’s complex problems requires the high degree of cross-disciplinary collaboration, referred to as “Team Science”.

This course offers practical guidance about how best to engage in team science to: pursue complex scientific questions, work effectively with team members, and produce high impact research outcomes that help meet society’s needs.

DETAILS

Course Number
MCR 750/IP 772

Date Range
January 6, 2020 –
April 20, 2020

Cost
$250

CTSI Mini-Grant Available?
Yes – details below

Faculty Team

Course Materials

There are no texts that need to be purchased for this course. All course materials and readings are provided within the course online.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Prepare an individual development plan and mentor-mentee plan to highlight interprofessional work and significant published papers and abstracts.
  2. Complete the NIH Biosketch including the ‘team science’ attributes.
  3. Describe the research team with synergy rather than summation with metrics.
  4. Complete a search and identify potential investigators for their team focused on multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary research.
  5. Formulate a plan to evaluate a scientific team for improvement in team performance. Describe factors that contribute to the success of a scientific team.
  6. Analyze the role of conflict in the life cycle of a scientific team.

Course Outline for Spring 2020 – 01/06/2020 – 04/20/2020

January 6, 2020 - March 6, 2020

Modules

1-5

Activities
  1. Introduction to Team Science (1)(2)(7)
  2. Individual Development Plan and Mentor-Mentee Plan (5)(7)
  3. Roles, Teams, and Leadership (1) (2)(7)
  4. Successful Interprofessional Teams (1)(3)(4)
  5. Networking and Communication (4)(5)(6)
Assignments

Packet 1: Personality Assessment, IDP, MMP, Research Elevator Pitch

March 8, 2020 - March 14, 2020

Spring Break

March 16, 2020 - April 20, 2020

Modules

6-9

Activities
  1. NIH Biosketch and NIH Scored Review Criteria (1)(7)
  2. Synergy and Team Performance (1)(2)(5)
  3. Patient-Centered/Community Teams and Funding Opportunities (1)(2)(4)(7)
  4. Current Team Science Landscape (1)(2)(7)
Assignments

Packet 2: OrchidID and Commons, Biosketch, Team Assembly, Collaboration Plan

NCATS/CTSA Core Competencies

The following NCATS/CTSA Core Competencies in Clinical and Translational Research in Translational Teamwork are associated with the course’s assignments.

  • Build an interdisciplinary/ intradisciplinary/ multidisciplinary team that matches the objectives of the research problem.
  • Manage an interdisciplinary team of scientists.
  • Advocate for multiple points of view.
  • Clarify language differences across disciplines.
  • Demonstrate group decision-making techniques.
  • Manage conflict.
  • Manage a clinical and/or translational research study.

* Packet feedback will be provided from course instructors and additional Team Science experts from across MUSC Enterprise.

Online Participation Opportunities

Team Science Community Calls

Community calls are not mandatory, bi-weekly meetings to engage with one another on various topics around Team Science. Experts from around the country will join us as we discuss various current topics. This is a time to get together and build community. It is highly encouraged to take part in these calls to build community and hear from others about their experiences in this realm.

  1. Block 1
    1. Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 3:00-4:00 PM EST
    2. Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 3:00-4:00 PM EST
  2. Block 2
    1. Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 3:00-4:00 PM EST
    2. Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 3:00-4:00 PM EST

Online Discussion Forums

Forums are not mandatory to complete but are highly encouraged to take part in to think through topics and build community with your peers.

  1. Forum in Introduction to Team Science
  2. Forum in Individual Development Plan and Mentor-Mentee Plan
  3. Forum in Roles, Teams, and Leadership
  4. Forum in Successful Interprofessional Teams
  5. Forum in NIH Biosket and NIH Scored Review Criteria
  6. Forum in Synergy and Team Performance
  7. Forum in Patient-Centered/Community Teams and Funding Resources

Course Feedback

  1. Block 1 Survey
  2. Midterm Assessment
  3. Block 2 Survey
  4. Final Course Assessment

CTSI Mini-Grant

The online course will be offered from January 6, 2020 – April 20, 2020. The cost of the course is $250.00 and includes a completion certificate.

For a limited time and number of applicants, the CTSI is offering mini-grants to cover the cost of this class. Since this is an online course, we are able to accept applications through January 10, 2020 @ 12:00 AM. Apply for a mini-grant through the form below.

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CTSI Mini-Grant

The online course will be offered from January 6, 2020 – April 20, 2020. The cost of the course is $250.00 and includes a completion certificate.

For a limited time and number of applicants, the CTSI is offering mini-grants to cover the cost of this class.

We’re sorry – the deadline for mini-grant applications has passed.

NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important Reminder – Please acknowledge the NIH when publishing papers, patents, projects, and presentations resulting from the use of CTSI resources by including the NIH Funding Acknowledgement.

PARTNERS

VersitiChildren's Hospital of WisconsinVA Medical CenterMarquette UniversityMSOEUWM