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Clinical and Translational Research Studios: A Multidisciplinary Internal Support Program

Byrne, Daniel W. MS; Biaggioni, Italo MD; Bernard, Gordon R. MD; Helmer, Tara T. MPH; Boone, Leslie R. MPH; Pulley, Jill M. MBA; Edwards, Terri RN; Dittus, Robert S. MD, MPH

Academic Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e31825d29d4
Research
Abstract

The Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research implemented the “Studio” Program in 2007 to bring together experts to provide free, structured, project-specific feedback for medical researchers. Studios are a series of integrated, dynamic, and interactive roundtable discussions that bring relevant research experts from diverse academic disciplines together to focus on a specific research project at a specific stage. Vanderbilt’s Clinical and Translational Science Award supports the program, which is designed to improve the quality and impact of biomedical research. In this article, the authors describe the program’s design, and they provide an evaluation of its first four years.

After an investigator completes a brief online Studio application, a Studio “manager” reviews the request, assembles a panel of three to six experts (research faculty from multiple disciplines), and circulates the pre-review materials electronically. Investigators can request one of seven Studio formats: hypothesis generation, study design, grant review, implementation, analysis and interpretation, manuscript review, or translation. A Studio moderator leads each Studio session, managing the time (90 minutes) and discussion to optimize the usefulness of the session for the investigator.

Feedback from the 157 Studio sessions in the first four years has been overwhelmingly positive. Investigators have indicated that their Studios have improved the quality of their science (99%; 121/122 responses), and experts have reported that the Studios have been a valuable use of their time (98%; 398/406 responses).

Author Information

Mr. Byrne is director, Quality Improvement and Program Evaluation, Department of Biostatistics, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee.

Dr. Biaggioni is professor of medicine and pharmacology, Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee.

Dr. Bernard is associate vice chancellor for research; principal investigator, Vanderbilt Clinical and Translational Award and Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research; and professor of medicine, Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee.

Ms. Helmer is research services consultant and T1 Studio manager, Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, Research Support Services, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee.

Ms. Boone is translational research coordinator and T2 Studio manager, Vanderbilt Institute for Medicine and Public Health, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee.

Ms. Pulley is director, Research Support Services, and implementation manager, Vanderbilt Clinical and Translational Science Award, Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee.

Ms. Edwards is assistant director, Research Support Services, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee.

Dr. Dittus is associate vice chancellor for public health and health care; director, Vanderbilt Institute for Medicine and Public Health; Albert and Bernard Werthan Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; and director, Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center, Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Nashville, Tennessee.

Correspondence should be addressed to Mr. Byrne, Department of Biostatistics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, S-2323 MCN, 1161 21st Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37232-2158; telephone: (615) 293-6739; e-mail: daniel.byrne@vanderbilt.edu.

Supplemental digital content for this article is available at http://links.lww.com/ACADMED/A94, http://links.lww.com/ACADMED/A95, http://links.lww.com/ACADMED/A96, and http://links.lww.com/ACADMED/A97.

© 2012 Association of American Medical Colleges