Research Education

Geisinger is committed to training and educating clinical investigators engaged in residency and fellowship programs; future scientists on both graduate and postdoctoral levels; and undergraduate and graduate students interested in exploring and developing their scientific careers.

Geisinger's research education programs also offers the highest caliber of training opportunities to help Geisinger faculty and staff keep abreast of current developments in the field and serve the public good. This is accomplished through internal development activities that include training in ethics and effective clinical practices and also includes a regular seminar series that covers a range of topics pertinent to Geisinger's research topics.

Educational training opportunities include:

  • A formal, 12-session course for clinicians who have a strong interest in research but may lack formal training in research methods and study design. Participants are selected based on level of interest and motivation, identification of a mentor and a commitment to attend. Running during the academic year, the program requires each participant to produce a research paper or poster by the conclusion of the course.
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) members and staff, and other personnel maintain continuing knowledge of, and comply with, their legal and ethical obligations to protect human subjects when conducting research, Geisinger's Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) offers IRB research staff orientation and beginning and ongoing training programs covering research review and human research protection. Geisinger's HRPP office outlines the education requirements regarding course completion and maintains the database of staff that complete the training requirements. Many courses are online and available through Geisinger's "GOALS" courses.
  • The Biostatistics Core is developing a series of lectures for clinicians (including residents and fellows), nurses and employees of Geisinger who have a strong interest in understanding biostatistical methods. Topics include study design, multi-group comparisons, regression modeling techniques, time-to-event analysis, analysis of electronic health record data for comparative effectiveness, sample size and power. The lectures are designed to include many examples highlighting the importance of interpretation of results. These lectures will be offered in succession over a two-month period. Date will be announced at a future time.
  • The Office of Clinical Research Operations provides all study coordinators with a half-day seminar three times a year to provide education and share best practices. All clinical research coordinators and other staff involved in clinical research, particularly clinical trials, are invited to attend.