The University of Zurich and Harvard Medical School Summer School in Clinical Investigation (SSCI) weeklong program will help clinicians and clinician-scientists to build skills in clinical investigation with a particular focus on clinical trials, to increase knowledge in statistical analysis, and to connect to a community of like-minded researchers. 

The weeklong program includes curriculum sessions on:

  • Novel Approaches to Subgroup Analysis
  • Overcoming Recruitment and Retention Challenges  
  • Quantitative Methods for Benefit-Harm Analysis 
  • Authorship Dispute
Workshops to be held at the University of Zurich from September 3–7, 2019
  • Who Are We Looking For?

    Who should apply for this program?

    Candidates with an MBBS, MD, PhD, DMD, DDS, PharmD, DNP, DPT, RD or equivalent degree with an interest in gaining skills and knowledge in clinical research.

  • Schedule

    Draft 2019 Schedule *subject to change

    Day 1

    12:30 PM

    Welcome & Introduction – Milo Puhan and Ajay Singh

    1:30 PM

    Complexity of Clinical Trials: An Investigator’s Perspective – Julie Buring
     

    3:00 PM

    Refreshment Break

    3:30 PM

    What do you do when study findings disagree? – Julie Buring

    5:30 PM

    Reception

     

    Day 2

    9:00 AM

    DSMB mock session I  – David DeMets

    10:30 AM

    Refreshment Break

    11:00 AM

    Group Assignment– Facilitated by John McNeil, Ajay Singh, Milo Puhan, Henock Yebyo and Hélène Aschmann
     

    12:30 PM

    Lunch

    1:30 PM

    Quantitative Methods for Benefit-Harm Analysis – Milo Puhan, UZH
     

    3:00 PM

    Refreshment Break

    3:30 PM

    DSMB mock session II – David DeMets
     

     

    Day 3

    9:00 AM

    Trials: Nuts and Bolts -Novel Approaches to Subgroup Analysis – Torsten Hothorn, UZH
     

    10:30 AM

    Refreshment Break
     

    11:00 AM

    Seminar: Serving as a consultant – Julie Buring

    12:30 PM

    Lunch
     

    1:30 PM

    Authorship Dispute – Ajay Singh   

    3:00 PM

    Refreshment Break

    3:30 PM

    Authorship Dispute (con't) – Ajay Singh
    7:00 PM Social Event

     

    Day 4

    9:00 AM

    Revisiting per protocol analyses – Miguel Hernan

    10:30 AM

    Refreshment Break

    11:00 AM

    Alternatives to Randomized Trials: Case Example – Miguel Hernan

    12:30 PM

    Lunch
    1:30 PM Work on Group Assignment – Facilitated by John McNeil, Ajay Singh, Milo Puhan, Alessandra Spanu and Michelè Mattle

    3:00 PM

    Refreshment Break

    3:30 PM

    How would you have done it? Challenging decisions in ASPREE
     

     

    Day 5

    9:00 AM

    Applying Causal Inference to Research – Miguel Hernan

    10:30 AM

    Refreshment Break
    11:00 AM Team Presentations and Aspree Wrap up  – John McNeil

    12:30 PM

    Awards and Certificates
  • Admissions

    Application Deadline

    August 16, 2019

    Program Fee

    The program fee is $4,800 (USD).

    Tuition Assistance

    For qualified program candidates, limited tuition support is available in the form of 25% to 50% tuition reductions. Tuition reductions are awarded to students based on merit and eligibility.

    Harvard Medical School Tuition Reduction
    Harvard Medical School will provide tuition reduction to candidates of high merit who are citizens and current residents of low-to-middle-income countries (as defined by the World Bank).

    *Please note, the University of Zurich provides reduced tuition fees for some applicants based in Switzerland/Europe. To determine eligibility, please visit this website to complete your application for the Summer School in Clinical Investigation program. Any related questions can be directed to UZH


    Admissions Process

    The review process for applications usually takes 4 – 6 weeks. Please note that only complete applications can be reviewed for acceptance into a program. We strongly encourage you to submit your application as early as possible.


    Eligibility Requirements

    Applicants for the Summer School in Clinical Investigation program must have an MBBS, MD, PhD, DMD, DDS, PharmD, DNP, DPT, RD or equivalent degree to apply.

    The following documents are required to apply for the program:

    • Online application
    • Current Curriculum Vitae/Résumé 

    The letter of recommendation can be submitted with your application or at a later date via email to UZHSummer@hms.harvard.edu

  • Faculty

    Program Co-Directors

    Milo Puhan, MD, PhD
    Professor of Epidemiology & Public Health
    Director of the Epidemiology Biostatistics and Prevention Institute (EBPI)
    University of Zurich

    Ajay K. Singh, MBBS, FRCP, MBA
    Senior Associate Dean for Postgraduate Medical Education
    Harvard Medical School

    Faculty

    Julie Buring, ScD
    Professor of Medicine
 for Harvard Medical School
    Professor of Epidemiology for Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

    Senior Epidemiologist
 for Brigham and Women's Hospital

    David DeMets, PhD
    Max Halperin Emeritus Professor of Biostatistics
    University of Wisconsin - Madison

    Miguel Hernan, PhD
    Professor of Epidemiology

    Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

    Torsten Hothorn, PhD
    Professor of Biostatistics
    Epidemiology Biostatistics and Prevention Institute (EBPI)
    University of Zurich

    Michelè Mattle, MSc, MPH
    Centre on Aging and Mobility, University Hospital Zurich, Stadtspital Waid and Triemli, and University of Zurich

    John McNeil
    Sir John Monash Distinguished Professor
    Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
    School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

    Alessandra Spanu, Msc 
    PhD candidate
    Epidemiology Biostatistics and Prevention Institute (EBPI)
    University of Zurich

     

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