To raise general awareness and knowledge of research methods, COR initiated an Outcomes Research Methodology Series for faculty at TCH. The goal of this lecture series is to provide an introduction to selected important topics in outcomes research concepts through lectures and directed discussion of published research. To date, the series has included the following topics:
- designing a good research question
- assessing the sensitivity and specificity of outcome measures, costeffectiveness measures
- applying the CONSORT (Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials) guidelines when designing and publishing research.
For additional education outreach, COR has published with TCH surgical faculty monthly research seminars in Methods and Applications in Outcomes Research, sponsored by COHO. COR has also sponsored a training class on “Planning and Facilitating Focus Groups” facilitated by researchers from Denver Health.
For primary care clinicians, Dr. Kempe continues to direct the Primary Care Research Fellowships, which support mentored research training for 10 primary care physicians per year, with two to three per year generally coming from TCH. This fellowship program provides didactic instruction in research methods, public health, clinical teaching, and administrative skills, as well as substantial protected time for research.
The Clinical Faculty Scholars Program, directed by COHO, is designed to assist promising junior faculty members to obtain career development awards or project support in outcomes research after their research training. Dr. Kempe is involved in mentorship and the grant writing curriculum. Since initiation in 2004, there have been three Scholars with TCH affiliations: Meica Efird, MD, MPH, Marion Sills, MD, MPH, and Jeannie Zuk, RN, PhD.