Training Program Title

Practice Oriented Research Training (PORT)

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Training Program Description

The Practice Oriented Research Training program (PORT) was developed to meet the needs of practicing clinicians who want to become competent and active members of the research enterprise. The program includes 11-weeks of didactic instruction culminating in the preparation of a research grant. Grants are reviewed for pilot funding, with projects being completed in a 2-year period. The program curriculum and support materials are available for download. These documents provide an overview of the PORT program, outline the steps needed to implement the program successfully, and provide a list of resources needed to achieve program goals. The materials are offered as a guide and can be adapted for specific institution and local needs. This program was developed in partnership with the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) at the University of Michigan. The PORT program includes a complete set of instructional materials: PORT Instructor's Manual This document reviews the overall goal of the PORT program and provides information on key characteristics for program success; a list of resources, materials and funding needed to implement the program; specialized information and tips for instructors; and other necessary elements required for successful class implementation.

Competency Keywords

Proposal preparation, Specific Aims, Clinical research, Health research, Research study management, Grant writing, Pilot grant

Digital Commons Disciplines

Medical Education



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Competency Domains

Scientific Concepts and Research Design; Ethical and Participant Safety Considerations; Clinical Trials Operations; Study and Site Management; Data Management and Informatics; Leadership and Professionalism; Communication and Teamwork

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Target Learners

Undergraduate, graduate or professional degree students

Other Target Learners

clinicians and health professionals with no formal study design training

Learning Level






Time Needed

11 weeks of classroom sessions (2 hours per session) followed by 2 years of pilot grant funding to implement a research study

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