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.

Overview of the workshop series




Statistical Workshop Series

Statistical Approaches

Study Design

Sources of Error

Research Questions

Literature Critique

September 2017 – May 2018

Greg Wilding, PhD

Biomedical Informatics

September 2017 – October 2017

Peter Elkin, MD

Clinical Research Interactions

Responsible Conduct of Research

Good Clinical Practices


January 2018 – February 2018

Coming soon


Steven Fliesler, PhD

Sanjay Sethi, MD

Scientific Communication

February 2018 – April 2018

Gabriela Popescu, PhD

Diane Schwartz, MLS

Cross Disciplinary Training

Spring 2018

Patricia Ohtake, PhD

Community Engagement

December 2017 – March 2018

Kim Griswold, MD

Cultural Diversity

November 2017 – April 2018

Kim Griswold, MD

Translational Teamwork

December 2017 – June 2018

Katia Noyes, PhD 


Coming soon

Research Implementation

Coming soon

Workshop schedules and registration

More workshop series to be added in 2018. Come back to this page for updates as they become available.