NIH Clinical Research Training

NIH Clinical Research Training

NIH Clinical Research Training

Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR)

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Registration for the 2016-2017 IPPCR lecture series is now open until mid-January. 

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Sinai Hospital of Baltimore participates as an “archive” site for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center’s course “Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research”. This online, NIH-sponsored lecture series provides web-based training on the fundamental aspects of clinical research over a 5-month period. This course is specifically designed to train participants on how to effectively conduct clinical research. The course focuses on the spectrum of clinical research and the research process by highlighting epidemiologic methods, study design, protocol preparation, patient monitoring, quality assurance, and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issues. Other areas covered include data management and ethical issues, including protection of human subjects, building a budget, plus many special topics.

NEW THIS YEAR: The 2016-2017 IPPCR course will be conducted entirely online from September 2016 through April 2017. All lectures for the 2016-2017 course were previously recorded in the 2015-2016 academic year and the entire course syllabus, with all of the videos, and handouts, will be posted to the course website at the start of course.  This will allow all participants to watch the lectures whenever it is most convenient for them. LifeBridge Health (LBH) is a NIH-approved site registered to provide this course free of charge to LBH residents, fellows, faculty and associates.

It is comprised of 40 lectures on various topics related to clinical research.  The length of the individual lectures varies and ranges from 30 to 120 minutes.  The entire course takes approximately 50 hours to watch, and participants will need additional time for course readings, discussion board participation, and for the on-line multiple choice final examination.  There is no cost to register.  There is no academic credit or continuing medical education credit offered for the course.  However, a certificate of completion is awarded to registered participants who take the final examination and score at 75% or higher.  The final exam, which consists of 75 to 85 multiple choice questions, will be posted to the course website in early February, and will remain up online until the end of April which will give participants 3 months to take the final and get their certificate of completion.

As in past years, an online discussion board for faculty and students will be open and operational for participants to ask questions of faculty.  If a participant has a question regarding a certain lecture, the student can post their question on the discussion board associated with the lecture.  Whenever a student posts a question to the discussion board for a lecture, the IPPCR course coordinator receives an email alert.  The coordinator will check the student’s post to make sure it is an actual question and the coordinator will email the question to faculty member who will then give their response to the course coordinator to post back on the discussion board. 

To register for this course go to Click on the dropdown menu under the "organization" section and pick “LifeBridge Health, Department of Research – Baltimore, MD” and enter all the required information. To log in, use your email address and the password you created when you registered. The complete course schedule along with handouts and lecture videos will be posted to the course website at The course textbook, Principles and Practice of Clinical Research, Third Edition (ISBN: 978 0-12-382167-6) is available for purchase online from several online book retailers. The course textbook is not required, however it is recommended for additional reading.

At the completion of the course, certificates will be awarded to individuals who have completed the optional final exam with a grade of 75% or higher. You can access the final exam using the same log-in information used to access the handouts and videos by visiting the course website at

If you have any questions regarding this course, please contact Patty Lohinski at or 410-601-9272.

LBH Event Chairperson (course sponsor): Arthur N. Freed, PhD
LBH Event Liaison (course registrar): Patty Lohinski, CIM