Education Events

MICHR provides an extensive selection of courses, workshops, and seminars to the U-M research community. Click on an event below for dates and times or click here to see the MICHR calendar.
Broadly, offerings include:

Event Date & Time
Ask the Experts  February 11, 2016
Research Basics for Study Coordinators- 3-part series
 March 8, 22, and 29, 2016
C3RG Seminar series   
K Writing Workshop Three-part series: Last offered November - December 2015.  Watch for future offerings.
2015 Research Mentoring Forum  Last offered November 19, 2015 
CANCELLED: MICHR's Ask the Experts - IND/IDE Investigator Assistance Program (MIAP) Watch for future offerings.
PTSP Town Hall  Last offered October 14, 2015.  Watch for future offerings.
ACRP Training Event: Fraud and Misconduct Last offered September 14, 2015. Watch for future offerings.
Preparing Manuscripts for Publication: Increasing Your Chances for Success Last offered July 1, 2015.  Watch for future offerings.
Responsible Conduct of Research for K Awardees Last offered February - March 2015.  Watch for future offerings
MICHR's Ask the Experts: Michigan Clinical Research Managment (CRM) Last offered November 3, 2014.
MICHR Symposium  Last offered October 1, 2014.  Watch for future offerings. 
MICHR Mock Study Section Last offered June 2014. Watch for future offerings.
Research Education Symposium
In 2014 the Research Education Symposium was combined with the MICHR Symposium on October 1st.
MICHR Mock Study Section at ACTS  Last offered April 2014.
U-M Study Coordinator Events

 

University of Michigan Injury Center events   
Previous Offerings   


MICHR's Ask the Experts

Clinical Research Management (CRM)

 February 11, 2016
The Clinical Research Management Program (CRM) at MICHR provides monitoring and support services for many studies at U-M including investigator-initiated, federally funded, privately funded, and single and multi-center clinical trials. Join the CRM group at the next 'Ask the Experts' session to learn about the program and why it's here. CRM will discuss some of the services they provide and answer questions about the steps in the clinical research process that are most likely to slow us down or trip us up.
Register for this Event
When: February 11, 2016
Time: Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Where: North Campus Research Complex (NCRC), room 520-1122
Workshop attendees should feel free to bring your lunch. Food is available for purchase at the NCRC Cafeteria.
Have questions about Ask the Experts: Clinical Research Management (CRM)? Contact MICHR Education

A 3-Part Series: March 8, 22, and 29, 2016

Register for this Event

The Research Basics for Study Coordinators series is designed to introduce research coordinators with less than two years of research experience or who are new to research at U-M to learn basic concepts in clinical research. This is a three-part workshop series that engages participants and provides opportunities for skill building and learning. Maximum benefit will be gained by attending all three sessions, but it is not required.

*All sessions are held at Danto Auditorium

Registration is Required
Topics Include:
The Fundamentals of Data Management: 
This session outlines basic data management concepts and the tools used by data managers for everyday management of research data and to improve quality. Topics include case report form development, basic database design, and an overview of processes used to reduce errors and identify unexpected or illogical results. No prior data management experience or technical background is necessary.

March 8, 2016 2-4 p.m.

Good Clinical Practice & Essential Documents for Clinical Research: 
In this session you will learn how GCP impacts the clinical research process. You will examine the root causes of non-compliance as well as define source documents, list techniques for maintaining accurate source documents, and learn to recognize common errors.

March 22, 2016 2-4 p.m.

Conducting & Obtaining Valid Informed Consent: 
This session will give you the opportunity to demonstrate necessary language and communication skills when interacting with potential study participants and their families.

March 29, 2016 2-4 p.m.

If the session(s) you would like to register for are sold out, please register for a Basics waitlist ticket and specify the session(s) you are interested in.

Participation is limited so register soon!

What Past Participants Have Said About Research Basics for Study Coordinators:

“As a new study coordinator, the Research Basics Series provided me the unique opportunity to interact with other study coordinators who brought diverse ideas to the table. Many of us have different educational backgrounds, so it was an excellent chance to learn about the different techniques others have utilized to problem-solve common issues that coordinators face on a regular basis. I would most certainly recommend that others take advantage of both the Research Basics Series, as well as the staff at MICHR – both provide unparalleled resources!”
--Edyta Debowska
Clinical Subjects Coordinators
Pediatrics & Communicable Diseases
 

C3RG Seminar Series

Visit the C3RG web page for current offerings and additional information.

Co-sponsored by the Cardiovascular Center and the MICHR Education Program

To learn more about C3RG, visit their website.


Three-part series
Last offered November - December 2015.  Watch for future offerings.

This structured, three-part workshop is designed to assist junior faculty and fellows who are preparing competitive career development grant applications (NIH K and VA CDA) for 2016 submission.

The focus of the K Writing Workshop will be on the Candidate Background, Career Objectives & Plan, Specific Aims page and Mentor Letter. Please note that there are many additional components of a K application that will not be covered in this workshop.

As a participant, you will exchange drafts of sections of your proposal and receive peer critique and feedback from senior faculty experienced in NIH study section thinking. If you are not writing one of these awards, please contact RDC for your grant needs. The workshop only "works" if people have drafts to discuss.
Workshop Fee:
In 2015 MICHR will charge a fee for the K Writing Workshop.
University of Michigan registrants:
Cost: $150. U-M regististrants who attend all three sessions will be refunded $100. Registration will be confirmed once a valid shortcode is received.
Non-University of Michigan registrants:
Cost: $195. Registration will be confirmed once a check is received. Checks should be made payable to University of Michigan and mailed to:
Attn: Lee Anne Gasche
MICHR - University of Michigan
2800 Plymouth Rd.
Building 400
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2800 
A limited number of scholarships are available for those who cannot get mentor support for the workshop fee. To inquire about a scholarship, email MICHR Education.
Attendance is strictly limited to participants who are currently preparing a career development grant proposal.

“The individualized discussion of the background section was great. It was extremely helpful to learn all the details involved in a successful application.”
--past K Writing workshop participant

“Small group sessions and feedback from faculty mentors...really helped provide critique of drafts and outlined areas for improvement”
--past K Writing workshop participant

Registrants MUST attend all 3 sessions.
Your mentor is expected to attend session 1 or session 2.

Attendance is strictly limited to participants who are currently preparing a career development grant.


2015 Research Mentoring Forum

Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development, Medical School      

Last offered November 19, 2015.

The 2015 Research Mentoring Forum will include a Mentoring Panel and the 2015 MICHR Distinguished Mentor Awards Ceremony, as well as a poster session highlighting MICHR scholars' research. Dr. S. Jack Hu, Interim Vice President for Research will present the 2015 MICHR Distinguished Mentor Awards. The Mentoring Panel will also be comprised of senior leadership from various schools/colleges.

Early career faculty and fellows who attend this event will acquire a better understanding of the university’s perspectives on and support for faculty mentoring.
Schedule:
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.: Poster Session, light breakfast available
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.: 2015 MICHR Mentor Awards Ceremony, presented by Dr. S. Jack Hu, Interim Vice President for Research, and Mentoring: A Dialogue with Leadership
Panelists include: Dean Laurie McCauley, School of Dentistry; Dean James Dalton, School of Pharmacy; Associate Dean Margaret R. Gyetko, Faculty and Faculty Development, School of Medicine; and Interim Associate Vice President and Interim Associate Dean David J. Brown, Office of Health Equity and Inclusion, School of Medicine.

Find out more about the 2012 Mentoring Forum.

 Find out more about the MICHR Distinguished Clinical and Translational Research Mentor Award.

CANCELLED:

MICHR's Ask the Experts - IND/IDE Investigator Assistance Program (MIAP)

Will be rescheduled.  Watch for future offerings.

Do you have questions about the Investigational New Drug Application (IND) and Investigational Device Exemption (IDE)? Do you need help determining whether an IND or IDE is needed? Are you having trouble figuring out what to do after the IND/IDE application submission?

For answers to these questions and more, come to "Ask the Experts"

This session will focus on IND/IDE processes and regulations to assist you with your research. Join the MICHR IND/IDE Investigator Assistance Program (MIAP) for an interactive lecture and panel discussion. There will be time in the progrram to speak with someone from MIAP about your specific study questions.

Discussion topics include:
  • When is an IND or IDE needed? 
  • Requirements for an IND or IDE Application 
  • Information required in an IND and IDE application submission 
  • Next steps after IND/IDE submission 
  • What information to include in your protocol 
  • Services that MIAP offers to research teams 
Speakers and panelists are from the MICHR IND/IDE Investigator Assistance Program (MIAP)

Target Audience: All study team members including study coordinators, investigators, data managers and other valued members of the study team.

*Light refreshments will be served.

PTSP Town Hall

Last offered October 14, 2015.  Watch for future offerings.
Attend the PTSP Town Hall to learn more about the Postdoctoral Translational Scholars Program (PTSP) program.


ACRP Training Event:

Fraud and Misconduct

Co-sponsored by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals Southeast Michigan Chapter
Last offered September 14, 2015.  Watch for future offerings.
Rachel Upjohn Building, Garden Level Auditorium
4250 Plymouth Rd. Ann Arbor MI 48109
U-M Health System's East Medical Campus
Session Info: Fraud and misconduct are often used interchangeably. Do you know the difference? Join the Southeast Michigan ACRP chapter for a seminar that defines the difference, discusses famous, everyday, and personal examples of fraud and misconduct, and covers reporting rights. Everyone is welcome - you don't need to be an ACRP member to attend.
Light refreshments will be provided.
There is no cost for this event and you can earn 1.5 CEUs.
Questions?  Contact: MICHR Education.
MICHR has a great working relationship with the Southeast Michigan ACRP Chapter (Association of Clinical Research Professionals). We are proud to bring you educational offerings about five times a year. These offerings will be targeted toward study coordinators across all of Southeast Michigan, ranging in topics from Recruitment to Quality Assurance practices. We also are proud to bring you Continuing Education Credits! Please watch the weekly Coordinator Highlights for more information as well as the MICHR Education Events page!


Last offered July 1, 2015.  Watch for future offerings.
Journal editors would agree that most individuals (sometimes even the most experienced researchers) need some education on writing scientific papers. Papers that lack clarity and focus, contain errors, or are poorly written seldom get a second look by journal editors and granting agencies. Given that publication is the generally accepted measure of scholarly research productivity, effective scientific writing is an essential skill.

MICHR’s Education and Mentoring Core (EMC) is offering a Scientific Writing Workshop to help address this concern. Intended for graduate and post-doctoral students, this workshop will provide hands-on education to help participants learn to organize a manuscript. The workshop will be taught by Dr. Thomas Annesley, Professor Emeritus of the University of Michigan. Dr. Annesley has devoted his career to helping others write more clearly and effectively, thereby improving their chances to be successful in academia.
 
The session will be in the morning on Wednesday July 1. Participants are welcome to bring examples of a current writing project or to submit questions in advance. All central campus buses drop off at CC Little. Participants from the medical school should take a SOUTHBOUND COMMUTER bus from Taubman, employee parking structure at Mott, Sampson Building, or BSRB.


  RCR4K - Responsible Conduct of Research for K Awardees

A 4-Part series over 6 weeks
Last offered February - March 2015.  Watch for future offerings.

Practical and timely RCR education

This seminar is designed to meet the requirements of the NIH K 23, or any federal or non-federal career development grant.

It is appropriate for postdoctoral researchers, T32 fellows, VA CDA recipients, and those with any mentored career development award. The 4-session (8 hour) seminar is mostly interactive, practice based, and focused on addressing RCR issues (ethics, integrity, and regulatory matters) that have arisen in the course of your own K funded research. It’s relevant, hands-on, and includes mentoring from experienced faculty.


Last offered November 3, 2014.  Watch for future offerings.

The Clinical Research Management Program (CRM) at MICHR provides services and mentoring support for Investigator-Initiated, federally funded, privately funded, and single- and multi-centered clinical trials. CRM staff provide a variety of services for principal investigators and team members including:
  • Database development
  • Study Monitoring
  • Data Management Mentoring
  • Study Management Mentoring
  • Biostatistics
  • MICHR Clinical Trials Office (industry-sponsored trials)
Program Objectives:
  • Learn about CRM and why it's here
  • Gain the perspective of study managers, monitors, and data managers in addressing the most frequently occurring problems with implementing a clinical research study
  • Share tools and processes designed to improve the quality and efficiency of conducting clinical research
  • Identify steps in the clinical research process most likely to slow us down/trip us up
Light refreshments will be served.


Last offered June 4, 2014.  Watch for future offerings.

What is a Mock Study Section?
This is an opportunity to learn how NIH grant reviewers, or “study sections”, think. As one of nine grant reviewers you will discuss actual twelve-page K and R grants (already submitted in some version to the NIH). You will learn what happens behind the closed doors in a real K or R grant review. It’s a true-to-life simulation guaranteed to raise your score.

This event is ideal for fellows and Jr. faculty who are writing career development and R01 grants. It simulates an NIH Study Section in every detail (including the work expected). Participants will be assigned a grant to review in either clinical and translational research or health services research. This event is free. 
“Having to actually complete a review of a real grant application, as well as feedback from the chairs throughout the section on (1) how things would likely have gone in an actual study section, (2) how we did on our reviews, and (3) the real review results for one grant, compared to how our review went. Both were very practical, hands-on ways of developing our ability to both write and review grant application, to know what reviewers are looking for, and to increase familiarity with the NIH scoring system and study section processes.”
--past Mock Study Section workshop participant

Learning objectives:

  • To review and critique the quality of a scientific grant application in a formal review meeting
  • To apply the guidelines for peer review as developed by the NIH
  • To discuss the common weaknesses of scientific grant proposals
Requirements: As with the real NIH Study Sections in Washington, all participant experts (you) are required to attend and participate fully. 
Time commitment: 6-8 hours total (hours):
  • Pre-lecture (1.5 hours)
  • Review grants (1-3 hours)
  • Exchange data and review instructions (1 hour)
  • Event (2 hours)


at ACTS in April 2015
Each year at the Association for Clinical and Translational Science meeting, junior faculty and postdoctoral fellows may attend mock study sections in which they review, critique, and score grant applications.

What is a Mock Study Section?
This is an opportunity to learn how NIH grant reviewers, or “study sections”, think. As one of nine grant reviewers you will discuss actual twelve-page K and R grants (already submitted in some version to the NIH). You will learn what happens behind the closed doors in a real K or R grant review. It’s a true-to-life simulation guaranteed to raise your score.

This event is ideal for fellows and Jr. faculty who are writing career development and R01 grants. It simulates an NIH Study Section in every detail (including the work expected). Participants will be assigned a grant to review in either clinical and translational research or health services research. This event is free. 

Learning objectives:

  • To review and critique the quality of a scientific grant application in a formal review meeting
  • To apply the guidelines for peer review as developed by the NIH
  • To discuss the common weaknesses of scientific grant proposals
Requirements: As with the real NIH Study Sections in Washington, all participant experts (you) are required to attend and participate fully. 


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