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Fundamentals of Clinical and Translational Science (FunCaTS) Program


The Fundamentals of Clinical and Translational Science (FunCaTS) Program is a combination of 14 online modules strategically packaged together to enable medical professionals to improve patient safety by expanding their knowledge about clinical and translational research.

The FunCaTS Program is designed for anyone, such as residents, fellows, physicians, scientists, allied health staff and others, with an interest or need to obtain necessary skills to improve their practice or enhance their research.

Program highlights

  • Anytime, anywhere learning
  • Self-directed and self-paced (asynchronous)
  • Aligns with Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Practice-Based Learning and Improvement competency (IV.A.5.c)
  • 10.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits available


  • Mayo Clinic employees: Free
  • Non-Mayo Clinic participants: Free, but there is a fee of $150 if AMA PRA Category 1 Credit is desired

Registration process


This online program can be completed in approximately 10 hours and includes the following modules. Note that modules take anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour to complete.

Importance of Clinical Research
Social Responsibility in Science
Conducting Responsible Research
NIH Review Process
Study Design & Scientific Evidence
Overview of Study Designs
Developing a Research Question
Basics of Statistics
Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM)
Searching the Literature — EBM
Application of EBM to Patient Care
Systematic Review
Writing a Research Proposal
Community Engagement

Program objectives

  • Describe the importance of clinical research and the impact it has on the clinical practice
  • Discuss the criteria for scoring an NIH research grant
  • Describe characteristics of a well-written proposal, both in general for each of its components and in relationship to the review criteria
  • Identify various study designs and know strengths and weaknesses of the designs
  • Differentiate between statistical significance and clinical relevance
  • Describe the difference between more traditional and community-engaged research

CME: Mayo Clinic College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Originally released July 1, 2012; renewed May 6, 2013; credit expires Dec. 31, 2016.

Looking for additional online modules? Visit the CCaTS Continuous Professional Development program.


Our Education Contacts page contains a listing of team members who can assist you with questions.

  • Aug 30, 2016
  • ART137735