Core Competency Workshop Series


One of the major aims of the UB Clinical and Translational Science Institute is to train our workforce in clinical and translational science with state-of-the-art educational tools.

The goal of our educational programs is to increase the clinical and translational knowledge base of trainees across the entire spectrum from undergraduates to faculty.

Workshops to train a 21st century workforce

Core Competency Workshops provide researchers and trainees with an efficient approach to developing and enhancing research skills. The UB CTSI offers workshops in 14 subject areas deemed essential to researchers in clinical and translational science by NCATS.

Each workshop series summarizes the contents of approximately half of a semester worth of information in order to provide the audience with the most critical elements to their research.

The workshops are tailored to meet the needs of a variety of researchers from diverse disciplines including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing and public health.

The 14 essential core competencies

1. Research Questions
2. Literature Critique
3. Research Implementation
4. Study Design
5. Sources of Error
6. Statistical Approaches
7. Biomedical Informatics 

8. Clinical Research Interactions
9. Scientific Communication
10. Cultural Diversity
11. Translational Teamwork
12. Leadership
13. Cross-Disciplinary Training
14. Community Engagement

CTSI Certificate of Completion

Workshops are self-contained modules and are free of charge to everyone in the Buffalo Translational Consortium. You have the option to attend the entire series or individual sessions. Participants who attend all of the workshops in a series are eligible to receive a CTSI Certificate of Completion.

Accreditation/CME credit

The University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. Physicians who attend any or all of the Core Competency workshops in a series may be eligible for CME credit. Check the announcement for each workshop or contact the CTSI educational workforce specialist to see if you are eligible.

Core Competencies in Clinical and Translational Research: 2018 - 2019




Statistical Approaches

Sources of Error

Study Design

Greg Wilding, PhD

Fall 2018 - Spring 2019

Tuesdays, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.


Clinical Research Interactions

Responsible Conduct of Research

Steven Fliesler, PhD



Spring 2019

Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.



Good Clinical Practice

Sanjay Sethi, MD

Spring 2019

Biomedical Informatics Peter Elkin, MD TBD TBD
Scientific Communication Diane Schwartz, MLS

Spring 2019

Mondays, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.


Community Engagement

Cultural Diversity

Kim Griswold, MD, MPH, RN

Fall 2018 - Spring 2019

Wednesdays, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.


Cross-disciplinary Training

Patricia Ohtake, PhD

Fall 2018

Wednesdays. 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.


Translational Teamwork

Katia Noyes, PhD 

Not held this year

Research Implementation 

Ranjit Singh, MB, BChir, MBA

Katia Noyes, PhD 

Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 TBD
Leadership Molly Anderson

Fall 2018

Thursdays, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.


Workshop schedules and registration

The Statistical Workshop Series combines the statistical approaches, study design, sources of error, research question and literature critique core competencies. This series aims to describe the role that statistics serves in the sciences. Attendees will use this knowledge to formulate well-defined clinical and translational research questions, and to incorporate regulatory precepts into the design of future studies.

Come back to this page for updates as they become available.