The Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Education

Overview of Training Opportunities for Clinical Research Personnel


Spectrum Operations, Training and Compliance (OTC) serves faculty and clinical research personnel at Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford University Medical Center, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System.

Services Provided
  • Budget & Billing Support
  • Regulatory/Compliance Support
  • Study Facilitators
  • Training & Education
  • Point of Contact for questions about clinical research

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Contact Information

Operations, Training & Compliance
800 Welch Road
MC: 5737
Palo Alto, CA 94304
(650) 498-6498
Fax (650) 723-8552

Spectrum OTC provides education, required training and professional growth opportunities to the Stanford clinical research community.

Whether new to Stanford or in need of a refresher course, the below list of training programs provides the information necessary to successfully conduct clinical research at Stanford.

  • Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI)* (Required)
    Required human subjects training for all staff who work on research projects (all investigators and other study personnel, including all persons who are responsible for the design, conduct, data analysis or reporting). More »
  • Orientation to Clinical Research at Stanford (General Orientation)
    Required for new employees who are working in clinical research. At this orientation Spectrum OTC staff will meet with clinical research personnel to provide resources and tools to successfully navigate research studies at Stanford. More »
  • Health Screening, Safety and Compliance Training
    Required for all non-faculty Stanford School of Medicine clinical research personnel (and postdocs) involved with human subject research. Supervisor to complete Clinical Researchers Occupational Exposures Assessment Questionnaire on new employee/postdoc's behalf.

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  • Budgeting and Billing Training
    Required for all new and current employees who work on clinical research projects, if involved in budgeting and billing. Spectrum OTC offers monthly training sessions.  More »
  • Environmental Health and Safety Training Assessment
    Everyone in the Stanford community is required to take some safety training. To clarify what safety training is necessary for each job function, Environmental Health and Safety developed the Training Assessment online tool for determining what safety training a SU employee needs to take.  More »
  • HIPAA Training
    Stanford HIPAA training is required for every member of the workforce who comes into contact with Protected Health Information (PHI).  More »

  • eProtocol Training
    eProtocol is an online application used at Stanford to submit, review, and approve research (human subjects; stem cells; animal subjects; and biosafety).  More »
  • GCP Training through CITI
    If you are new to research or just need a refresher course, Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines are available on-line through the IRB’s CITI training.  More »

  • Find a Workshop
    View upcoming CTR educational workshops offered by Spectrum and affiliates, past presentations and videos, a list of courses, or request a workshop.  More »
  • Request a Workshop
    View list of workshop topics, or suggest a topic.  More »

  • Lane Library
    Lane Library’s instructional program supports clinical and bioresearch clientele with a class list that includes PowerPoint; Finding Funding; Basics of R Programming; Improving Your Scientific Writing Skills, and dozens more.  More »
  • Epic Training
    Epic Training is required for all Stanford Hospital and Clinics physicians and medical personnel who need access to Hospital Medical Records.
    Training is completed online. The specific courses that you are required to complete are dependent on your specialty, sub-specialty and scope of clinical practice.  More »
  • Cardinal Curriculum
    Cardinal Curriculum is designed to develop Stanford's research administration workforce by providing tools for individuals to build competencies, increase efficiency, and improve compliance with Stanford and sponsor requirements. Training classes, which can lead to certification, are organized into two levels and are geared to individuals as they develop from novice to expert in research administration.
    These classes will benefit research administrators and all administrative staff who support sponsored research.
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  • Cancer Clinical Trials Office (CCTO)
    The CCTO provides training and quality assurance programs for both new and existing research staff to ensure that Cancer Institute research staff are current on all regulatory requirements as well as SCI standard operating procedures.  More »
  • Tech Training
    Stanford University Information Technology Services (ITS) provides technology courses. See the ITS website for training options in the classroom, online, one-on-one by appointment, and custom classes.  More »
    The Stanford Training And Registration System (STARS) is Stanford's Learning Management System. Log in to Axess to see the STARS Training website which includes a “STARS Browse Catalog” and a “Training Needs Assessment” tool.  More »
  • Learning and Organizational Effectiveness
    LOE Calendar of Course, Programs, and Conferences.  More »
  • Office of Sponsored Research (OSR)
    The OSR website provides a list of recommended classes for those working with sponsored research.  More »

  • ACRP
    ACRP is the primary resource for clinical research professionals in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, and those in hospital, academic medical centers and physician office settings.  More »
  • University of California Santa Cruz, Extension
    The UCSC Extension Certificate in Clinical Trials Design and Management is designed to help professionals gain a solid understanding of the entire clinical trials process, as well as a foundation in the scientific principles, regulations, and ethics that are vitally important to the conduct of clinical research.  More »
  • San Francisco State University Extension
    Through the Clinical Trial Design and Management Certificate Program students may complete a full certificate or simply take those courses which advance their own professional goals. The program is designed to be flexible for working adults by offering evening or weekend courses.  More »
  • University of California Berkeley Extension
    UC Berkeley Extension offers a Certificate Program in Clinical Research Conduct and Management which enables you to master practical aspects of clinical trial conduct and management, including clinical trial phases and design, planning, implementation, data analysis, regulatory and procedural guidelines, and ethical considerations.   More »

Key Points
  • Some of this training is required before any research participants can be enrolled in a clinical study.
  • You are responsible for maintaining training compliance for yourself, and if you are a PI, that of your research team.

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