The Essentials of Patient-Oriented Research (EPOR) gives you a crash course in how to conduct clinical trials at the University of Chicago, providing insider tips from senior investigators and the technical knowledge of how create and execute a successful study. Participants also get the benefit of learning from NIH educational materials and national video sessions thanks to the ITM’s membership in the NIH’s Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) consortium.

Courses are free and open to everyone, ranging from trainees to nurses to investigators, each Fall (Introductory Topics to Clinical Research), Winter (Ethics of Clinical Research) and Spring (Statistical Methods in Clinical Research). Fall registration is open until October 10. Classes are at 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. from September 26 through November 28, in Billings Hospital Room W-507.

Participants are eligible to receive a certificate of completion if they attend eight of the 10 sessions. Winter sessions offer participants an opportunity to secure both RCR and EPOR certificates in one quarter.