The scientific program for the 2021 Virtual Workshop will consists of four main educational formats to serve a variety of didactic needs:
- Protocol Development Group Sessions are small group (3-4 faculty and 5-7 students) sessions that allow each participant to develop a concept sheet for a clinical trial protocol and, through extensive mentoring, crafts the design and writing of the protocol before the end of the Virtual Workshop. These sessions constitute the core activity of the Workshop and allow participants to apply the lessons being learned in the didactic sessions to their own research and receive detailed critiques of their protocols from experienced clinical investigators. Protocol Development Groups will meet daily through video conferencing platforms during the 2021 Virtual Workshop.
- Lecture Sessions focus on specific topics of interest to all participants. These sessions provide participants with an essential overview of the field and of the principles of design and conduct of high-quality clinical trials. Lectures provide a comprehensive overview of clinical research, including statistical methodologies, informed consent, biomarker studies, patient-reported outcomes, and investigator responsibilities. At the 2021 Virtual Workshop all lectures will be available to view as on-demand recordings prior to the start of live virtual activities.
- Q&A Sessions provide attendees with the opportunity to engage with each other and faculty to address any questions from and promote discussion on the prerequisite lecture recordings. These interactive sessions are critical for proper learning as well as facilitating an environment conducive to networking and collaboration between students and faculty. The Q&A sessions will be held through video conferencing at the start of each day during the live virtual activities of the Workshop.
- Office Hours provide time for individual counseling and advice on protocol and career development.