Translating Practice into Research (TPIR) Trainee Program Seeks Applicants

July 15, 2016
Posted by AAIP News on 07/15/2016

Translating Practice into Research (TPIR) Trainee Program

Funded by: The National Institutes of Health
Program Directors: Sara K. Vesely, PhD and Deirdra R. Terrell, PhD
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What is the goal of the TPIR Trainee Program?

The OSCTR TPIR trainee program is a unique one year (September 2016-August 2017) education and mentoring program for practicing healthcare professionals, clinical investigators, and basic scientists. It offers a broad and practical curriculum for understanding clinical research methods, research collaborations, and statistical analysis. The goal of the TPIR trainee program is to produce a group of clinicians and scientists who have the ability to translate their clinical observations and ideas for improving practice into practical and feasible research projects.

What is included in the TPIR Trainee Program?

The TPIR program consists of four components: 1) 1 day in-person workshop Friday October 7th, 2016 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2) 10 online education modules 3) scheduled conference calls with TPIR faculty, 4) a 1.5 day in-person workshop Thursday-Friday March 30-31, 2017 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and 5) a mentored research project. By applying for the TPIR program, you agree to participate in all five components of the program, if accepted.

Who should apply?

The following people are encouraged to apply: 1) healthcare professionals who are interested in conducting clinical research and learning research methods, 2) clinical investigators who are interested in studying practical clinical issues, and 3) basic scientists who are interested in learning the fundamental basis for clinical translational research. Applicants must be US Residents who work in NIH IDeA states. Priority will be given to applicants in the OSCTR regions and Tribal employees and Tribal serving organization employees.

How many trainees will be selected?

Up to 10 trainees will be accepted in 2016. There is no fee for the TPIR program. Support will be provided for travel and hotel accommodations for the 1 day in-person workshop and the 1.5 day in-person workshop for only those who live outside the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. 

Program Specifics


There will be 10 online video stream lectures available between September and February 2017. We will have 7 conference calls to discuss the modules and progress on your mentored research project. The online module topics will focus on analysis of medical literature, creating a good research question, epidemiological study designs, the vocabulary of biostatistics, data collection and database development, quantitative methods, and ethical issues and human subject protection.

Mentored Research Project

Participants will be matched with a methodological mentor who will provide assistance with their research project. Mentoring with a TPIR faculty mentor will continue through August 2017, with the goal of translating the trainee’s protocol into an active, feasible project.

1-Day In-person Workshop, Friday October 7, 2016

The workshop will be an introduction to the TPIR program, the participants, and the faculty. The workshop will include didactic sessions on mentorship and collaborating with a biostatistician. Each participant will present a 10-minute powerpoint presentation on their research idea. You will also have an opportunity to meet with your methodological mentor.

1.5 Day In-person Workshop, March 30-31, 2017

The workshop will focus on the foundation, methodologies, and application of patient- oriented clinical research. The workshop will include didactic sessions on grant development and writing, funding opportunities, and campus resources. Participants will further develop their own proposed patient-oriented clinical research projects, refining and revising their plans through interaction with faculty and their peers. Each participant will present a 10-minute powerpoint presentation on their research question and proposal. Participants will participate in a focus group to explore the strengths and weaknesses of the TPIR program. This focus group will serve as both an evaluation of the program and a demonstration of qualitative research for the participants.