Junior Faculty

Junior Faculty

Spectrum provides training and mentoring support to Junior Faculty to promote their careers in clinical and translational research.

  • Intensive Course in Clinical Research
  • Masters in Epidemiology and Clinical Research
  • Masters in Health Services Research
Contact Information

Veronica Haight email

Support for Degree Programs

Junior Faculty are welcome to apply for the K Award to receive a Masters in Epidemiology and Clinical Research or Health Services Research.

Joint and Dual Degree Opportunities

Stanford supports a range of opportunities for candidates to pursue more than one advanced degree. MD students may expand their academic aspirations to include a Master's or PhD. Doctoral students may apply to the new MS in Medicine program. Students may venture to other Stanford schools to obtain an MBA, JD, or even to Berkeley to get an MPH.

Decisions about second degrees can involve many factors and second degree options must be discussed with both academic and financial aid advisors, as well as with admission officers of the program of interest, to ensure each student can meet academic, admission, and tuition requirements.

In a joint degree program, a single course may count toward multiple degrees. In a dual degree, you may apply credit from a course to only one degree.

Below are some of the degree combinations that may be of interest to the clinical and translational researcher. Click on any of the following headings for more information.

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Mentoring Support for Junior Faculty

Spectrum mentoring efforts are intended to support the career development of junior investigators and other trainees. 

Spectrum Child Health has a well-developed mentoring program for child health investigators. Additional efforts are in early development stages, and ultimately will include a Council of Mentors for junior investigators.

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Pediatrics Mentoring Support

Currently, the Pediatrics Mentoring Program is available for assistant professors and instructors to support career development in clinical and translational research.

For more information regarding the Pediatrics Mentoring Program, please contact the Spectrum Child Health office at (650) 736-0068.

Faculty & Minority Medical Students — Mentor Event

The Center of Excellence sponsors career-information nights designed to broaden the exposure of minority medical students to the various fields of medicine.

In an informal setting, students can ask questions of faculty from different departments and hear them discuss their experiences, career choices and issues of importance to the community. Fall, winter and spring quarters; medical students only.

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Find a Mentor via CAP – Community Academic Profiles

The Stanford School of Medicine’s Community Academic Profiles (CAP) is an excellent resource for finding a mentor, research jobs and connecting with colleagues.

Learn about the interests of faculty, researchers and students; explore connections across topics, and discover new opportunities to collaborate.

Be sure to log in with your SUNet ID to view complete information in CAP Network.

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Stanford Immersion in Medicine Series (SIMS)

The Stanford Immersion in Medicine Series (SIMS) provides undergraduates who are interested in pursuing medicine with an opportunity to shadow physicians at Stanford Hospital, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, and the Palo Alto VA Hospital.

SIMS participants are paired with a physician mentor to learn from a breadth of experiences including shadowing in clinics and on rounds, observing in the operating room, attending departmental Grand Rounds lectures, or having coffee with their mentor.

Students will hopefully establish a meaningful and long-lasting relationship with their physician mentors which can often play an influential role in an individual's decision to pursue medicine.

SIMS is advised by the School of Medicine and coordinated by the Stanford Pre-medical Association and Undergraduate Advising and Research.

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Budgeting & Billing Training

Research Billing Training

Research Billing Training is required for all employees involved in the management of research participants in human subjects’ research projects that will include services provided by either of the Stanford Hospitals or any of its clinics. (ie. enrolling subjects, scheduling subject visits.)

This course provides an overview of the Stanford research billing process, including a review of the Budgeting and Billing workbook. Participants learn how to set up a study account with each of the Stanford Hospitals as well as identifying strategies to ensure research billing compliance.

Research Budgeting Training

Research Budgeting Training is required for all employees involved in budgeting human subjects’ research projects that will include services provided by either of the Stanford Hospitals or any of its clinics.

This course introduces the Research Management Group (RMG) process and reviews the study team’s responsibilities. There is also a demonstration on how to complete the Budgeting and Billing workbook.

Key Points
  • Recommended for all research personnel who enroll study participants.
  • To complete this training, please sign-in, complete the quiz and the evaluation.

Clinical Research Training – Online

The National Institutes of Health, through its Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education, offers several courses for online training in the area of clinical research.

Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research

This is a course on how to effectively conduct clinical research, formalizing instruction that is normally taught through mentorship. The recommended textbook is Principles and Practice of Clinical Research, second edition (2007), edited by John I. Gallin and Frederick P. Ognibene and published by Academic Press/Elsevier (Lane Library | Amazon).
» Course information and application.

Principles of Clinical Pharmacology

This course consists of a weekly lecture series covering the fundamentals of clinical pharmacology as a translational scientific discipline focused on rational drug development and utilization in therapeutics. The recommended textbook is Principles of Clinical Pharmacology, Second Edition (2007) edited by Arthur J. Atkinson, Jr., et al. and published by Academic Press/Elsevier (Amazon). This complements the material covered in the “Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research.”

This course was designed to assist individuals who are preparing to take the certifying examinations of the American Board of Clinical Pharmacology and to meet the needs of researchers with an interest in the clinical pharmacologic aspects of contemporary drug development and utilization.
» Course information and application.

Clinical Research Training Online Course for Principal Investigators

This course addresses one of the essential standards approved by the NIH for performing clinical research in the Intramural Research Program. This material is also covered by the "Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research" and "Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Human Subjects Research" courses.
» Course information and application.

Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Clinical Research

This course is offered to anyone interested or involved in clinical research involving human subjects.
» Course information and registration.

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Good Clinical Practice at Stanford

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) is an international ethical and scientific quality standard, published by the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH), an international body that defines standards, which governments can transpose into regulations for clinical trials involving human subjects.

Good Clinical Practice guidelines include the protection of human rights, safety and welfare during clinical trials. They also assure clinical data integrity.

Good Clinical Practice guidelines include standards on how clinical trials should be conducted; and define the roles and responsibilities of clinical trial sponsors, clinical research investigators and monitors.

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Education and Training

Stanford Courses

  • Good Clinical Practice Fundamentals Course
    This one-day course is designed for new clinical research coordinators, nurses and administrative staff, who have limited experience with and no formal training in Good Clinical Practices (GCP). It offers a comprehensive yet concentrated overview of the principles of GCP, FDA and Global Regulations, and the roles and responsibilities of the clinical investigator/site, IRB, sponsor, and study monitor. Emphasis is placed on the translation of GCP principles to the concepts of protocol adherence, informed consent process, good documentation practices, event reporting, and proactive preparation for FDA/Regulatory audits. Interactive exercises and case scenarios facilitate the application of these principles into everyday practice governing the conduct of clinical trials.
  • GCP Beyond the Basics
    For more experienced research coordinators, nurses and staff who are already familiar with basic GCP principles and are looking for more detail in areas of interest, four--hour sessions offer expanded instruction in selected GCP areas such as adverse event reporting, informed consent, and audit readiness.
  • GCP Brown Bags
    The Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Brown Bag sessions are informal monthly meetings open to anyone in the Stanford research community. Brown Bags offer a chance to meet people outside your department, to discuss topics of interest, ask questions and exchange solutions to common challenges. Past sessions have included discussions on working with non-English speakers, consenting participants over the phone and via mail, drug accountability, good documentation, recruitment, research with devices, and more.
  • Meetings occur on the fourth Thursday of each month from 11:30 – 12:30pm. View the Spectrum Education Calendar for details and topics.
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Intensive Course in Clinical Research – ICCR

Spectrum offers a week-long Intensive Course in Clinical Research (ICCR) for highly motivated residents and junior faculty. Two courses are offered each year; one is geared to pediatric subspecialty fellows and junior faculty. This includes approximately 60 hours of total instruction and research design exercises held over five consecutive days at an off-campus site.

The course is designed to expose residents and faculty to the fundamental principles, terminology, and breadth of study design, biostatistics, informatics, regulatory issues, and bioethics, in a highly intensive immersion setting. During the course participants will select a relevant research question and draft a protocol to answer it.

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Overview of Clinical Research Resources at Stanford

Description: This session will provide information on navigating the clinical research landscape at Stanford. The overview includes introductions to University Departments responsible for human subjects’ protection, research budget development, research contract negotiations and grant submissions. Information on obtaining medical services for research participants from Stanford Health Care (SHC) and Stanford Children’s Health (SCH) will be presented.


  • Become familiar with the Stanford clinical research landscape
  • Learn which University departments to contact for human subjects’ protections and for research budgeting and contracts
  • Learn where to find contacts and information critical to conducting clinical research at Stanford Health Care, Stanford Children’s Health and the Clinical and Translational Research Unit (CTRU)
Important Information
  • Orientation assists new clinical research personnel in navigating the Stanford clinical and translation research (CTR) process.
  • Orientation is offered on the second Tuesday of the month.
  • Required for new employees who are working in clinical research; recommended for postdoctoral scholars and faculty.
  • There are 2 components of this training:
    1. Classroom Presentation (locate slides in “Notes and Attachment” link upon enrollment)
    2. Evaluation (a link will be sent upon confirmation of classroom attendance)
  • Required for new staff participating in clinical research.
  • Recommended for postdoctoral scholars and new faculty.

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Overview of Education & Training for Faculty

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 »
  • 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 »
  • Training for Sponsor Investigator Research (SIR)
    Required for investigators who intend to obtain their own Investigational New Drug (IND) or Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) applications from FDA.  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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »

  • ICCR – Intensive Course in Clinical Research: Study Design and Performance
    The Intensive Course in Clinical Research (ICCR) is a one-week immersion course developed at Stanford for new clinical investigators, senior residents, fellows and junior faculty, interested in pursuing careers in clinical and translational research. 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 »

  • Mentoring Support for Junior Investigators
    Child Health junior investigators can participate in the mentoring program conducted by Spectrum Child Health. Expansion of this program for additional investigators is underway.  More »

  • Spectrum Child Health
    Spectrum Child Health offers a centralized clinical core with research support personnel, assistance with scientific expertise and advice, and career development training for junior investigators. 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 Development
    Information and awareness of resources for courses, programs, and conferences useful to any staff member for professional development.  More »
  • Leadership Training
    The Office of Diversity and Leadership provides several programs that enable faculty to build and develop leadership skills.  More »
  • Cancer Clinical Trials Office (CCTO)
    The Cancer Clinical Trials Office provides regulatory, administrative, research, and educational services to Cancer Center investigators conducting clinical trials.  More »
  • Office of Sponsored Research (OSR)
    Provides pre- and post-award administration of sponsored projects to the University.  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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Sponsor Investigator Research (SIR) Training

Stanford Education Planning Initiative – SEPI

Stanford Leadership Development Program

Participants in the Stanford Leadership Development Program, jointly sponsored by the School of Medicine and Stanford Hospital & Clinics, learn the skills required to lead small divisions, sections or teams within an academic medical center. The program goal is to develop the leaders needed to implement institutional strategies and meet future challenges in academic medicine.

Leadership Projects

With the help of a coach, participants design and implement a three-month team project to improve operations or create or improve programs in the school or hospital. Previous projects have included business planning, clinical process improvement, new curriculum development and creation of interdisciplinary research programs.

Leadership Training

Physicians participate in six day-and-a-half long meetings during the year in which they receive instruction on topics including leadership, finances, human resources and diversity. The curriculum includes affecting change, team dynamics, project management, negotiation, influence without authority, developing diversity, managerial accounting, an overview of the school and hospital, and dealing with difficult conversations.

Selection Process

The Stanford Leadership Development Program is designed to include 25-30 participants each year. The program is open to all ranks in all faculty lines. Selection for the program begins with being nominated by a senior leader in the SoM or SHC.  Candidates are ranked on their demonstrated commitment to building diversity, current leadership activities and potential for growth as a leader. Particular effort is made to ensure diversity within each cohort. See the Office of Diversity & Leadership website for more information.

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