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Research Applications for Practice Improvement Decisions (RAPID) Certificate Program

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The Research Applications for Practice Improvement Decisions (RAPID) Certificate Program is designed for Mayo Clinic residents and clinical fellows enrolled in Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education to learn and apply research methods for practice improvement. This program includes the Fundamentals of Clinical and Translational Science (FunCaTS) Program along with courses in statistics and epidemiology.

Program highlights

  • Anytime, anywhere learning
  • Self-directed and self-paced (asynchronous)
  • No research project required
  • Approximately 60 hours of course work
  • Utilizes Blackboard online learning management system


There is no cost for this program for registrations received before Dec. 31, 2014.

Registration process

Only Mayo Clinic residency and fellowship program directors may submit a registration form. Please contact your program director if interested in registering.

Upon registration, a RAPID Certificate Program section will be created in the Blackboard learning management system for each program. The education coordinators in each program, with support from a CCaTS education specialist, will be granted access to Blackboard to manage learners and track progress. Additional information will be sent after the completed registration form is received.

Register now for the RAPID Certificate Program.


The RAPID Certificate Program includes approximately 60 hours of education. A certificate is granted upon successful completion of the program (cumulative quiz and test scores of 80 percent or higher).

Disclaimer: The courses below will not fulfill prerequisite requirements or transfer to the CCaTS Postdoctoral Master's Degree Program or Postdoctoral Diploma Program.

Learn how to use research methods in the practice of evidence-based care with the following curriculum:

Module Time required
Fundamentals of Clinical and Translational Science (FunCaTS) Program Approximately 10 hours
Statistics in Clinical Research Approximately 25 hours
Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology Approximately 25 hours

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 28, 2014
  • ART114657