Training and Education

Diagram of OCTRI's training and education opportunities for undergrads, graduate and professional students, post doctoral trainees, early faculty, and independently funded investigator.  All training are covered in the text below on the web page.

Whether you’re a faculty member, fellow, student, study coordinator, mentor or mentee, OCTRI offers a wealth of educational and training opportunities to hone your expertise in clinical and translational research.


Based at Portland State University, this undergraduate research program supports students on their pathway to become scientific researchers.

Learn about one EXITO graduate's success on the OHSU Week podcast series. Listen now.

Are you an M.D., D.M.D., Ph.D., Pharm.D., or D.N.P. student who wants to expand your experience with clinical and translational research? Check out these opportunities from OCTRI.

Oregon Students Learn and Explore Research (OSLER) TL1 Program

Research experience and mentorship through stipend-funded yearlong training.

Human Investigations Program: An Integrated Curriculum

An academic curriculum in clinical and translational education, featuring a Master of Clinical Research degree, Certificate in Human Investigations, and individual courses.

Physician-Scientist Experience

The Physician-Scientist Experience provides OHSU medical students with the opportunity to explore translational medicine as a career choice in a 5-month or year-out mentored research experience.

OCTRI Research Forum

Monthly, noon-time seminars highlighting practical topics of interest to clinical and translational researchers.

OCTRI supports faculty and fellows in establishing and enhancing their careers in clinical and translational research. For academic educational opportunities, seminars, workshops, and career development funding opportunities, explore below.

Human Investigations Program: An integrated curriculum

An academic curriculum in clinical and translational education, featuring a Master of Clinical Research degree, Certificate in Human Investigations and individual courses.

OCTRI KL2 Program

A two-year career development award for early clinical or research faculty.

OSLER TL1 Program

Training and career development in clinical and translational research for predoctoral students and postdoctoral fellows.

OCTRI Scholars Program

Resources for promising early-career faculty applying for a mentored career development award or their first independent research grant.

OCTRI Research Forum

Monthly, noon-time seminars highlighting practical topics of interest to clinical and translational researchers.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training

An interactive and practical 8-hour seminar  which meets the NIH requirements for K awards or T awards. Check back frequently for the next series of dates.  Participants must attend all sessions.

Note: The 2022 RCR training will be virtual. Please see NIH's guidance for online trainings (as of July 2020):

How will NIH support a recipient’s need to limit in-person meetings for the sole purpose of instruction/training due to COVID-19?

NIH will allow for special circumstances for trainings and instruction that typically require in-person attendance, such as training in the responsible conduct of research (NIH GPS Training can be completed online during this declared public health emergency. Prior approval is not required in these specific cases.

Clinical Research Coordinator Coffee Chats

Clinical Research Coordinator Coffee Chats are a space for coordinators to discuss how things have been going during the pandemic, ask questions and share comments, connect with colleagues, and support each other as a community in these strange times.

We meet every third Tuesday at noon via Webex. Bring your frustrations, share your experiences and life hacks, and connect with your fellow coordinators.

If you are interested in facilitating part or all of one of these discussions please reach out to Kitt Swartz ( 

Clinical Research Coordinator Training Workshop

This 4 part workshop, provides:

  • A basic framework of the role and responsibilities of the research coordinator
  • The regulatory and policy requirements for appropriate conduct of clinical research at OHSU
  • Tools to assist coordinators to successfully perform their role

Part 1 – Research Basics

Part 2 – Study Start-up IRB, CRBO

Part 3 – Study Start-up documentation

Part 4  - Study Conduct, Research Pharmacy, and Study Close-out

This course can also be helpful for new investigators interested in learning the nuts and bolts of study operations at OHSU. 

Register for each session in Compass.  If you have questions, please contact Bridget Adams (

Study Coordinator Training Series

The intent of the series is to provide in depth education through lecture, examples, and exercises on clinical research coordinator activities. Overall objectives are to increase working knowledge of conducting clinical research at OHSU including institutional policies and best practices.  Topics include:

  • OCTRI Writing and Obtaining Informed Consent
  • OCTRI Essential Regulatory and Source Documents 
  • OCTRI Navigating monitoring Visits and Audits for Clinical Trials 

For classes that are not currently scheduled, you can indicate your interest in Compass. You will receive a notification when class sessions become available. 

If you have questions about the classes, please contact Bridget Adams


Research Subject Injuries: Identification and Reporting at OHSU  ​​​​​​
This Compass training was developed in partnership with IRB, CRBO, and CTO Contracting and is approved for one contact hour by ACRP.

Recognizing Coded and De-identified Data​​​​​​
This short 10-minute training was developed in partnership with the IRB and IPS. At the end of this training, trainees should:

  • Understand the difference between the terms codedde-identified and anonymous 
  • Know how coded and de-identified data are commonly used in research consistent with GCP standards and the HIPAA minimum necessary rule
  • Know how to find more information on HIPAA privacy rules 

GCP & OHSU Research Documentation Standards​​​​​​
This course will provide an overview of the International Council on Harmonization (ICH) Good Clinical Practice (GCP) research documentation standards and the OHSU research documentation policies. This course builds on the information in the CITI GCP course. At the end of this course you should know:

  1. Who your research documentation audience is and what they review
  2. GCP documentation standards including "ALCOAC"
  3. OHSU research documentation policies
  4. Where to find more information on GCP and OHSU policies and tools

This course is approved for 1.5 contact hours by ACRP. 
Handout: GCP and OHSU Research Documentation Standards eLearning (referenced in the online training)

OCTRI Research Forum

Monthly, noon-time seminars highlighting practical topics of interest to clinical and translational researchers.


  • OCTRI hosts an in person SOCRA exam. The next testing opportunity is November 10th at 12pm

OCTRI and the School of Medicine have partnered on a multi-year initiative to enhance faculty vitality by providing events and resources to support the ongoing professional development of our faculty.

Mentoring Program

Explore the Mentoring Program website for tools to enhance our mentoring experience. 

Visit the University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translational Research website for training curricula to further develop your skills.

Support mentees who belong to underrepresented groups with these mentoring skill from the Institute of Clinical Research at the University of Pittsburgh

OCTRI strives to cultivate innovation in research.  Whether you have a burgeoning idea or a proof of concept that is ready for design, OCTRI has education opportunities to meet your needs.

Visit our Innovation and Entrepreneurship page to learn more about programming and opportunities.

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Ready to discuss your needs?

Contact an OCTRI Navigator for project guidance and support.


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Connect with other coordinators!

Join the Coordinator Coffee Chat every third Tuesday of the month.

Webex information here