Competencies


The University of Pittsburgh has identified the core competencies of clinical researchers in the pharmaceutical sciences (see our 2011 publication in AJPE). Our interactive tool details the skills that all students within the Clinical Pharmaceutical Scientist program achieve through graduate training and can be used to differentiate this training from traditional graduate and fellowship programs

Select a section below to view individual competencies and the courses from our curriculum through which you will achieve these skills.

Sections

Generate a relevant biomedical, clinical, public health, or translational research hypothesis.
Course Title
Statistics (PHARM 3040)
Seminar (PHARM 3024/3025)
Grant writing (PHARM 3038)
Conduct appropriate experiments to address generated research questions.
Course Title
Statistics (PHARM 3040)
Foundations in pharmaceutical sciences (PHARM 3023)
Pharmaceutical analysis (PHARM 2001)
Develop appropriate methods to recruit and retain study participants for a selected research design.
Course Title
Statistics (PHARM 3040)
Ethics and regulation of clinical research (CLRES 2050)
Clinical pharmacy environments (PHARM 3067)
Identify important outcome measures for incorporation into patient oriented clinical trial design.
Course Title
Statistics (PHARM 3040)
Clinical research methods (CLRES 2010)
Clinical pharmacy environments (PHARM 3067)
Topics in translational research (PHARM 3034)
Develop an approach to overcome barriers in translating research to humans.
Course Title
Introduction to translational research (PHARM 3140)
Identify barriers in translating research discoveries into meaningful changes in human health.
Course Title
Introduction to translational research (PHARM 3140)
Topics in translational research (PHARM 3034)
Identify federal and non-federal agencies and programmatic initiatives aimed at translating research to clinical care of patients.
Course Title
Introduction to translational research (PHARM 3140)
Grant writing (PHARM 3038)
Clinical pharmacy environments (PHARM 3067)
Defend a written research proposal describing specific research aims, significance, innovation, and approach.
Course Title
Statistics (PHARM 3040)
Grant writing (PHARM 3038)
Clinical pharmacy environments (PHARM 3067)
Defend a written research proposal that describes specific research aims, significance, innovation, and approach for a human clinical trial.
Course Title
Statistics (PHARM 3040)
Mentor students in research, clinical, or professional activities.
Course Title
Develop a hospital-based protocol/guideline for drug therapy management.
Course Title
Pharmacology and Therapeutics (PHARM 3028)
Recognize the strengths and limitations of personal research skills.
Course Title
Seminar (PHARM 3024/3025)
Recognize scientific misconduct and conflict of interest.
Course Title
Grant writing (PHARM 3038)
Ethics and regulation of clinical research (CLRES 2050)
Demonstrate knowledge of the standards of professional and ethical conduct established to guide researchers in protecting the rights, well-being, and dignity in the recruitment and retainment of human subjects in clinical research.
Course Title
Clinical research methods (CLRES 2010)
Ethics and regulation of clinical research (CLRES 2050)
Clinical pharmacy environments (PHARM 3067)
Give examples of the informed consent process including an understanding of the risk/benefit criteria and its impact on the patient/volunteer.
Course Title
Clinical research methods (CLRES 2010)
Ethics and regulation of clinical research (CLRES 2050)
Clinical pharmacy environments (PHARM 3067)

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