Oregon Patient-Centered Comparative Effectiveness K12 Program

The Patient-Centered Comparative Effectiveness K12 Program, funded in 2010 by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), leverages OHSU's expertise in comparative effectiveness, evidence reviews, primary scientific, clinical and translational research, stakeholder engagement, and research career development education  to train future leaders in comparative effectiveness research and patient-centered outcomes research (CER/PCOR).  The Oregon CER K12 training program enrolled four post-doctoral scholars, each for 3 years of study.  The training includes didactic education in comparative effectiveness research, experiential rotations and a mentored research experience in comparative effectiveness.  

The CER K12 program offers new courses in CER/PCOR to the Human Investigations Program curriculum which offers a certificate or master’s degree in clinical research. The first course, Comparative Effectiveness Research Principles, explores the fundamental concepts that demarcate the field.  Another course in Dissemination, Implementation and Stakeholder Engagement uses expert led discussions to teach applied patient centered research methods.  The E2I Journal Club, offered throughout the academic year, allows scholars to partner with senior faculty on campus and across the globe to explore and discuss critical readings in CER/PCOR.

Experiential rotations aim to provide real-work experience where scholars will learn more about stakeholders’ perspectives and attain hands-on skills relating to patient-centered comparative effectiveness.  Rotation opportunities include work with the Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center; the Scientific Resource Center; the Comparative Effectiveness Center; CareOregon (Oregon Health Plan for Medicaid patients); the Community Health Information Network (safety net clinic network administration); and the AHRQ-funded Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network.