Patient Centered Outcomes Research in the Elderly at UTMB: Mission

Education and Training Education and Training Activities in PCOR

The goal of PCOR at our institution is to transform UTMB into an environment where rigorous, high quality patient-centered comparative effectiveness research is conducted by members of the scientific and clinical community across all components of the healthcare delivery system. To achieve this goal will require a systematic and comprehensive program of education, training and career development.

Collaboration: We collaborate with campus partners including the Sealy Center on Aging (SCoA), the Institute for Translational Sciences (ITS), the Institute for the Medical Humanities (IMH), the Center for Rehabilitation Research using Large Datasets (CRRLD), the Department of Preventive Medicine & Community Health (PMCH), and the Center for Recovery, Physical Activity & Nutrition (CeRPAN) to sponsor training activities. We also collaborate with institutions outside of UTMB including The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the Oregon Evidence-Based Practice Center at the Oregon Health Science University (OHSU), the Oregon Institute for Patient-Centered Comparative Effectiveness (ICE), and Kelsey-Seybold Clinic.

Our specific education and training related objectives include:

1. Provide PCOR training to build research infrastructure:

The activities described below will provide training to build research infrastructure and are intended to facilitate the transition of UTMB to a patient-centered, science-based culture by raising awareness and visibility of our program.

  • Website - We have a regularly updated, integrated website that includes information regarding all PCOR programs, activities, and research.
  • Seminars and Lectures - We are partnering with key centers, institutes and departments at UTMB and beyond to build PCOR research infrastructure through a series of seminars, presentations and lectures. This activity allows us to draw from existing resources and expertise to expose a new and diverse audience to PCOR.
  • Annual PCOR Conference

2. Establish education and certificate programs to create expertise in PCOR:

Expertise is needed to expand research capacity necessary to conduct future PCOR/CER at UTMB and beyond. The PCOR Certificate is available to clinical and non-clinical postdoctoral fellows and faculty. The MS and PhD curricula will prepare students with in-depth knowledge and skills in PCOR. Information is infused into the School of Medicine curriculum to to expand the current evidence-based medicine/clinical reasoning theme to include PCOR principles and methods.

  • PCOR Certificate: UTMB offers Postdoctoral Scientists Certificate Programs in various areas of study, now including Patient-Centered Outcomes Research. The Certificate Program is approved by the University of Texas System and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and requires 12 credits including didactic course work, seminars, and experiential learning. Students/Faculty may complete the entire curriculum and receive the Certificate, or complete individual components and receive continuing education credit. See the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Postdoctoral Scientists Certificate Program for more information.
  • PCOR PhD/MS Curriculum: We are developing PCOR PhD and MS degrees in collaboration with the existing Clinical Science PhD/MS Program, the Institute for Translational Sciences (ITS), the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health (PMCH), and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) at UTMB. This is an investment designed to create both a model for advanced graduate education in PCOR and produce a cohort of highly trained investigators with a range of expertise in the methods and application of patient-centered comparative effectiveness research.
  • PCOR in the School of Medicine: The medical school curriculum at UTMB is founded on an integrated problem (case) based approach to learning. The Practice of Medicine (POM) course serves as a focal point in clinical skills development during Years 1 and 2. It emphasizes practical skill development in communication, medical interviewing, and physical examination, complemented by principles of medical ethics, professionalism, and evidence-based medicine/clinical reasoning. We are working with the curriculum committee for the POM course to expand the current evidence-based medicine/clinical reasoning theme to include PCOR principles and methods. By building cases that include a focus on patient preference/values we will introduce the principles of PCOR into the education and training of medical students.

3. Develop opportunities for Mentoring and Career Development in PCOR:

One of our overall goals is to infuse PCOR methods into existing research teams at UTMB by training early career faculty who are members of established research networks. These activities involve collaboration with our internal faculty training programs and K12 grants. These career development opportunities will be important in recruiting new faculty with an interest in PCOR to UTMB. The mentoring and career development activities will also provide more extensive training to the graduates of the PCOR PhD/MS and Certificate Program described above.

In July 2013, UTMB faculty members were given the opportunity to attend the Oregon Institute for Patient-Centered Comparative Effectiveness (ICE) Annual Research Intensive an NIH/NCI funded program providing an opportunity for promising investigators to learn comparative effectiveness research and patient-centered outcomes research (CER/PCOR) methods from national leaders in the field.

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