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: 2019 - 2020 *All Workshops to be held Virtually via WebEx till completion of the series*




Statistical Approaches


Greg Wilding, PhD

Fall 2019 - Spring 2020

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

Online via WebEx. Same time and date

Responsible Conduct of Research

Steven Fliesler, PhD

Spring 2020

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

Online via WebEx. Same time and date

Good Clinical Practice

Sanjay Sethi, MD

Spring 2020

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


Series concluded for 2020


Biomedical Informatics Peter Elkin, MD

Fall 2019

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

Downtown Campus

Scientific Communication Diane Schwartz, MLS

Spring 2020

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

Online via WebEx. Same time and date

Community-University Collaborations in Research

Kim Griswold, MD, MPH, RN

Fall 2019 - Spring 2020

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Effective Teaching

Jennifer A. Meka, PhD

Fall 2020


Downtown Campus

Translational Teamwork

Katia Noyes, PhD 


Research Implementation

Ranjit Singh, MB, BChir, MBA

Katia Noyes, PhD 

Fall 2019– Spring 2020
Leadership Molly Anderson



Workshop schedules and registration

The Statistics 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.
This workshop series focuses on the major implementation science approaches as well as theories,  models and frameworks currently available. Participants  discuss their own research projects and receive feedback on the best  research implementation approaches to be used.
All workshops starting March 23, 2020 onwards will held virtually via WebEx.
The Biomedical Informatics Workshop Series will provide training in state of the art topics of the field. Workshops are self-contained modules and are free of charge to everyone in the Buffalo Translational Consortium. Physicians in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Science are eligible to receive Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits per workshop.
This series will prepare participants to be effective educators of diverse individuals. Attendees will develop foundational knowledge of adult learning principles, educational strategies for small and large learner groups, content delivery techniques, and learner and program assessment techniques. Participants will use this foundational knowledge to develop an educational activity to facilitate engagement of the targeted audience in clinical and translational research.
The Leadership Workshop Series will prepare participants to work as leaders of interdisciplinary research teams across fiscal, personnel, regulatory compliance and problem solving requirements. Attendees will learn to foster creativity within their teams and to maintain skills as mentors and mentees.
This free for all series of events seeks to enhance dialogue between the university and community to achieve innovative ways to address health disparities in Western New York communities.

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