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Expanding National Capacity in PCOR through Training (ENACT) Program

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Training in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR)

The Expanding National Capacity in PCOR through Training (ENACT) Program will sponsor three separate training programs, including two online courses, focused on writing a successful concept proposal and writing a full contract proposal, and an experiential fellowship program.

All programs are tuition-free and will not require any software (or other) purchases to join the class. Calls for applications will be announced separately for each program, but applicants to the fellowship program should also sign up for both the online courses.

To apply for either of these courses, click here.

PCOR Studies Part I: Writing a Successful Concept Proposal

What are Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) and why are they being promoted so vigorously at a national level? Find out in this course, where you’ll learn about the conceptualization, design, sampling, modeling, data collection, and analysis used in patient-centered CER studies. As we discuss the main concepts in designing and conducting these types of studies, you will define your own patient-centered CER question and develop a research approach to answer that question.

Interactive online live sessions will be held every Wednesday (from late September through mid-December) with all sessions focused on discussion of your evolving project proposals. By the end of the course, you will be able to:

Although we will focus on the PCORI mechanism, results of the course will also be generalizable to other funding agencies, e.g. NIH and AHRQ.

The course will be conducted using Google Docs and Google Drive with links to all needed resources.

PCOR Studies Part II: Writing a Full Contract Proposal

The second course will build on your concept proposal, from PCOR Studies Part I, to develop a full contract proposal for a PCOR study. More specifically, by the end of the course, you will be able to:

Interactive online live sessions will again be held every Wednesday (from late January through mid-April) with all sessions focused on discussion of your evolving project proposals. The course will also be conducted using Google Docs and Google Drive with links to all needed resources.

Fellowship Program

Click here to apply for the Fellowship Program.

The ENACT Fellowship is a more intensive training program, which will enroll a total of five faculty members each year. The Fellowship Program will begin in approximately late September for a duration of approximately one year, with the first eight months overlapping with the PCOR Studies Part I and Part II classes; the subsequent proposal from the online courses will then form the basis for development of a final PCOR grant or contract submission (to PCORI, AHRQ, NIH or other funding agency), and/or writing a manuscript based on their PCOR study. Fellows may also work to conduct pilot studies for generating preliminary data.

Fellows will spend one month in Pittsburgh engaged in extensive PCOR seminars and discussion of their project. Fellows will need to select a mentor from their home (or other) institution, and will communicate with faculty in Pittsburgh on the associated methodologies. Participating faculty will require approval of their Chair or Division Chief. The funding mechanism (AHRQ grant # R25HS023185) does not allow for salary support, but the travel to, and accommodations in Pittsburgh are paid for by the University of Pittsburgh Senior Vice Chancellor’s office.