Introduction to Clinical Research Course

Course Description

MTR 510: Introduction to Clinical Research (0.5 c.u.) is a half credit, non-degree course developed by ITMAT Educational Programs. Formerly the Introduction to Patient Oriented Research Training (InPORT) Certificate Program, the course is a series of weekly didactic lectures from September through April and is primarily geared towards junior faculty, fellows and post docs who have an interest in learning about the practical aspects involved in undertaking clinical research. Clinical Research staff members are eligible to enroll if attendance is supported by their supervisor.

Lectures are organized into modules covering four main content areas:

  • Module I: Introduction & Research Methods
  • Module II: Data Management & Biostatistics
  • Module III: Study Conduct
  • Module IV: Scientific Conduct

The main purpose of this program is to provide a practical applications course for individuals starting out on their research careers. Ideally this course provides an internal framework and vital resource for those early in their clinical research careers which will facilitate them in navigating the Penn research environment.

Course Syllabus & Lecture Schedule

September 2015 to April 2016
Tuesdays, 4:30–6:00 pm
8030 Maloney Building, ITMAT Classroom, HUP

The 2015-16 course syllabus including requirements and lecture schedule is available here.

Course Objectives & Goals

  • To provide a course that focuses on the practical aspects of conducting clinical research.
  • To provide an internal framework for junior faculty and MDs enrolled in a training program at Penn which will assist them in pursing a career in clinical research.
  • To provide trainees with an introduction to protocol development, trial design, regulatory affairs, and the mechanics underlying the drug approval process etc.
  • To promote clinical research within Penn.
  • To facilitate performance of clinical research by highlighting institutional resources.

Course Administration

Emma A. Meagher, M.D.
Program Director
ITMAT, Perelman School of Medicine
8032 Maloney Building
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283
Telephone: 215-662-2174
Fax: 215-614-0378

Megan Maxwell
ITMAT Education Program Coordinator
Perelman School of Medicine
8033 Maloney Building
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283
Telephone: 215-662-4581
Fax: 215-614-0378


The 2014-15 tuition cost is $2143; Gen Fee: $162; Tech fee: $181; for a total cost of $2486.

*The 2015-16 General and Tech fees may be slightly higher than the 2014-15 rate.  This information will be updated as soon as available.

Faculty & Staff may use tuition benefits. FAQ's for Penn Faculty & Staff Tuition Benefit.

Note: Tuition must be paid in full according to fall semester deadlines:



  • Entrants may be faculty, fellows, postdoctoral students, or clinical research staff at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in any one of the clinical departments. Faculty and fellows from CHOP, USciences, and other local institutions are also encouraged to apply.

Registration Procedure

  • Complete a registration form for the 2015-16 course here by July 31, 2015.
  • Credit for this course cannot be applied to requirements for the Masters in Translational Research (MTR) degree.

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