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

  Fall 2023 Core Competency
Workshop Series

Biomedical Informatics Peter L. Elkin, MD
  • September 28

Workshop hosted via Zoom, 4-5:30pm

Translational Teamwork Katia Noyes, PhD, MPH TBD
BERD Mini Series: Research Bootcamp Gregory Wilding, PhD TBD
  Spring 2023 Core Competency Workshop Series  

Core Competency

Faculty Leader

Time & Location
Health Inequities Henry Louis Taylor Jr., PhD
Yu-Ping Chang, PhD, RN
  • March 16
  • March 30
  • April 6
  • April 13
  • April 20
All workshops hosted via Zoom, 3-4:40pm
Scientific Communication Diane G. Schwartz, MLS
  • April 3
  • April 17
  • April 24
  • May 1
  • May 8

All workshops hosted via Zoom, 4-6pm

Responsible Conduct of Research






Steven J. Fliesler, PhD

  • March 7
  • March 14
  • March 21
  • March 28
  • April 4
  • April 11

All workshops hosted via Zoom, 5-7pm

Qualitative Study Design and Data Analysis Elizabeth Gage Bouchard, PhD
  • May 11
  • May 18
  • May 25
All workshops hosted in person, 9-10am

Fall 2022 Core Competency 

Workshop Series

BERD Mini Series: Research Bootcamp Gregory Wilding, PhD
  • October 11
  • October 18
  • October 25
  • November 1

All workshops hosted via Zoom, 4-6pm

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