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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)
  • Aligns with Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Practice-Based Learning and Improvement competency (IV.A.5.c)
  • Includes statistical and epidemiological content assessed on the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 exam
  • 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 June 1, 2015.

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

Module objectives:

  1. Describe the importance of clinical research and the impact it has on the clinical practice
  2. Discuss the criteria for scoring an NIH research grant
  3. Describe characteristics of a well-written proposal, both in general for each of its components and in relationship to the review criteria
  4. Identify various study designs and know strengths and weaknesses of the designs
  5. Differentiate between statistical significance and clinical relevance
  6. Describe the difference between more traditional and community-engaged research
Approximately 10 hours

Statistics in Clinical Research

Module objectives:

  1. Develop the ability to interpret the results of a variety of basic statistical techniques, including both exploratory and inferential methods
  2. Develop the ability to recognize, define and differentiate fundamental concepts of statistics, such as variability, distribution, association, causation, sampling, experimentation, confidence and significance
  3. Develop tools to determine appropriate statistical methods for different types of data and study designs
  4. Develop a critical perspective with which to assess and defend statistical arguments, such as those in scholarly publications
Approximately 25 hours

Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology

Module objectives:

  1. Describe the differences between observational and experimental study designs
  2. Discuss the differences between accuracy and precision and their implications in epidemiologic studies
  3. Compare and contrast the basic epidemiologic study designs and their relative strengths and weaknesses
  4. Discuss the concepts of confounding and bias, and how they might influence inference in epidemiologic studies
  5. Interpret the standard measurements used for evaluating diagnostic tests, discuss how these are applied in the population context, and how screening programs are evaluated
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.

  • Feb 25, 2015
  • ART114657