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Research Applications for Practice Improvement Decisions (RAPID) Program


The Research Applications for Practice Improvement Decisions (RAPID) Program is designed for participants seeking fundamental knowledge of research terminology, methods and processes, biomedical statistics, and clinical epidemiology that will inform practice-improvement decisions.

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


A nonrefundable program fee of $500 per participant (via departmental PAU or credit card) will be charged upon successful registration.


All Mayo Clinic employees are eligible to take this program.


Mayo Clinic employees: Register now


The RAPID Program includes approximately 60 hours of education. The learner will have up to six months to complete the program, and the content will be accessible for up to one year after admission.

A certificate of completion is granted upon successful completion of the program, which requires cumulative quiz and test scores of 80 percent or higher.

Disclaimer: The content below will not fulfill prerequisite requirements for Mayo Graduate School graduate credit courses 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

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

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

Supplemental curriculum

The JMP software online modules, which can be found in the Statistics and Informatics Software category, would supplement the practice of the statistics content with the RAPID Program.

Looking for additional online professional development 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 25, 2015
  • ART114657