Seminars & Workshops
Building a Culture of Feedback: Giving and Receiving Constructive Feedback

After completing this lecture, you will be able to:

  • List essential characteristics and components of constructive feedback
  • Identify tips and frameworks for giving and receiving constructive feedback with learners and peers
  • Interpret how to apply the tips and frameworks reviewed at the session to their daily professional practices.

Taught by: Karen M. Freund, MD, MPH, and Maria Blanco, EdD.

Conferences & Symposia
CTSA Shared Mentoring Symposium

This free, half-day symposium is geared towards fellows and junior faculty who are in the early stages of their careers and are interested in exploring mentorship and career development. The event will feature two panel sessions: one on career development strategies and a second on career opportunities in clinical and translational research. In addition to the panel sessions, participants will individually meet with senior faculty members from local CTSA institutions to discuss personal scenarios on career development.

This is an excellent opportunity to network with peers from local CTSA institutions and receive career development advice.

This event is hosted by Harvard Catalyst and co-sponsored by Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Clinical and Translational Science.

For more information, click here.

To register to attend, click here.

Seminars & Workshops
Defining the Mentoring Relationship

After completing this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Explain the roles of a successful mentoring team
  • Describe the expectations of the scholar and the mentor
  • List the characteristics of a successful mentor and scholar
  • Identify tools that will assist junior faculty who are new to mentoring.

Taught by Karen M. Freund, MD, MPH, Susan K. Parsons, MD, MRP, Diana W. Bianchi, MD, Michael J. Kelly, MD, MPH, and Jill L. Maron, MD, MPH.

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How to Conduct Research as a Busy Clinician

After completing this lecture, you will be able to:

  • State ways a clinician can juggle the demands of their clinical and research duties
  • List resources that you can use to assist you to conduct research
  • Describe ways to balance your workload
  • Explain a successful approach to working with collaborators.

Taught by: Karen M. Freund, MD, MPH, Eric Smith, MD, and Laura K. Snydman, MD.


Seminars & Workshops
How to Get a K Award

After completing this lecture, you will be able to:

  • List steps in creating a timeline and preparing your grant application
  • Identify strategies and tips for preparing a successful grant application
  • Summarize reviewer insights to consider in your grant application
  • Describe the review process after your application is submitted
  • Explain how to prepare a revised application.

Taught by: Karen M. Freund, MD, MPH, Tara Lagu, MD, MPH, Mihaela S. Stefan, MD, and Peter K. Lindenauer, MD, MsC.

Seminars & Workshops
How to Manage a Large Clinical Trial

After completing this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Describe how you organize a large clinical trial
  • Explain how to best manage multiple sites and personnel
  • Identify ways to manage the data of a large clinical trial
  • Describe how you determine the roles of each site
  • Discuss the challenges in running a multi-site trial.

Taught by: Susan K. Parsons, MD, MRP, Christine Wanke, MD, and Kim Dong MS, RD.

Seminars & Workshops
How to Work With Industry: Insights from Experts

After completing this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Determine whether their idea is appropriate for industry
  • Explain how to approach industry representatives regarding possible collaboration
  • Discuss examples of prior successful collaborations with industry.

Taught by: Karen M. Freund, MD, MPH, Gillian Black-Noller, MD, Jeffrey B. Blumberg, PhD, FASN, FACN, CNS, John Cosmopoulos, MSc, MBA, CLP, and Daniel G. Jay, PhD.

Seminars & Workshops
Managing a Research Laboratory

After completing this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Identify important components for managing a research lab
  • Explain how to implement a research vision
  • Describe critical tasks (fiscal and human resources) required for managing a research lab.

Taught by: Karen M. Freund, MD, MPH, Sarah L. Booth, PhD, and Meghan Faherty, MS, MPH.

Seminars & Workshops
Managing Yourself Before Managing Others

Is your team working together effectively?

The success of all organizations depends upon how well members work. As research becomes more interdisciplinary, skills that promote collaboration are at a premium; but few of us have the time or opportunity to develop the skills necessary for successful teamwork, such as:

  • Delegation
  • Collaboration
  • Speaking clearly/succinctly
  • Engaging in conflict constructively
  • Listening
  • Prioritizing work
  • Creating focus
  • Building relationships

Take a break from your busy schedule to reflect on your own challenges with respect to working on a team. Give yourself the time to improve your non-technical skills and gain actionable information for making real change. Join Tufts CTSI for Managing Yourself Before Managing Others, a half-day workshop that will provide you with a self-assessment tool and peer feedback on an adaptive skill you hope to acquire or further develop.

Led by Cheryl D. Vaughan, PhD, EdM, Managing Director of Boston Biomedical Innovation Center (B-BIC) Skills Development Center, this workshop is customized to support the development of team science skills at Tufts CTSI and its partners. It was offered previousl¬y at the Science of Team Science (SciTS) Conference.

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Compare biological immunity to behavioral immunity
  • Describe the Immunity to Change (ITC) method and how it works
  • Identify factors that hinder progress toward a self-improvement goal
  • Consider the challenges faced by teams trying to make meaningful change

Open to all faculty (academic or physician scientists) and their senior staff.
Limited to 20 participants. Participants must be able to attend the entire session.


Wednesday, September 20, 9AM-1PM
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, 1 Kneeland Street
14th Floor, CE Classroom (1415)

Lunch will be served.


Please register here by September 13.


Seminars & Workshops
Mutual Mentoring

After completing this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Define mutual mentoring
  • Describe the types of mentors you need for your professional career
  • Discuss examples of how to identify potential mentors
  • Explain how to approach potential mentors.

Taught by: Karen M. Freund, MD, MPH and Donna Qualters, PhD, MEd.

Seminars & Workshops
Pfizer Investigator Training Program (iTP)

Acclaimed training program begins April 18, 2017

Tufts CTSI will host Pfizer’s acclaimed Investigator Training Program (iTP) on April 18-19, 2017.

This unique, two-day, free-of-charge program will empower clinicians to build critical skills required for the recruitment, management, conduct, and reporting of clinical trials. It will examine the entire trial process, from planning stages to trial close-out activities, and will provide practical recommendations for increasing the efficiency of clinical trial conduct at investigative sites.

Led by clinical trial experts, this interactive training will consist of didactic lectures, discussions, and group activities. The iTP is targeted to investigators and the entire clinical study team, including research fellows, coordinators, research nurses, data managers, regulatory, and IRB members. Clinical trial experience (even if limited) is encouraged, though not required.

Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance after completing this International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH)/Good Clinical Practice (GCP) program. This workshop is approved for 16.5 contact hours towards maintaining an Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) certification. Contact hours are applicable to CCRCs, CCRAs and CPIs at an entry-level knowledge base.

This is a popular training, and class size is limited, so please pre-register by no later than April 7. You will receive an official email invitation from Pfizer if you are admitted to the program.

Please note: registration is a two-step process. Once you pre-register with Tufts CTSI, you will receive a formal registration form from Pfizer. You must be registered with Pfizer in order to attend this training and receive certification.


Tuesday, April 18, 7:30AM-5:00PM
Wednesday, April 19, 8:30AM-3:30PM
Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8:00AM.

Arthur M. Sackler Center for Medical Education, Room 114
145 Harrison Avenue, Boston MA


Questions? Please email for assistance.


Conferences & Symposia
Regional CTSA Shared Mentoring Symposium

4thAnnual Shared Mentoring Symposium

Join us for a time of networking, panel discussion, and one-to-one mentoring.

This half-day symposium is geared towards fellows and junior faculty who are in the early stages of their careers and interested in exploring mentorship and career develop within clinical and  translation research. The event provides an excellent opportunity to network with peers from local CTSA institutions and receive career development advice.

The symposium is hosted by the UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science and co-sponsored by Boston University CTSI, Tufts University CTSI, and Harvard Catalyst.

Please register here by October 5.

Seminars & Workshops
Researcher Book Club


Want to make time for leadership training and discussion?

This fall, join Tufts CTSI’s inaugural researcher book club to foster your leadership skills.

Paul Beninger, MD, MBA, Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine and Director of the MD/MBA & MBS/MBA Program at Tufts University School of Medicine, will provide coaching over four book club lunches. The book club will encourage social reading, interactive exercises, and discussion on practical challenges you and your peers face. You will gain practical insights to manage your career and lay early foundations for critical soft skills expected for today’s leaders in team-based science.

Learning Objectives

After completing this book club program, you will have insights into:

  • Discovering your strengths and challenges as observed by yourself and others
  • Examining the triad of soft skills required in working relationships: teamwork and collaboration, negotiation and conflict resolution, and management and leadership.
  • Reframing management and leadership as a broad spectrum of skills to reflect upon and practice daily in the workplace

Dates and Location

Dates: Four 90-minute sessions on Tuesdays in fall 2018

Location: Tufts University’s Boston Health Sciences Campus

  • Session I, October 16, 2018, 12:00-1:30pm: Circle One – Self
  • Session II, October 30, 2018 12:00-1:30pm Circle Two – Other
  • Session III, November 20, 12:00-1:30pm Circle Three – Institutions & Job Knowledge
  • Session IV, December 11, 12:00-1:30pm Circle Four – Management and Leadership

Registration and Requirements

  • Registration Deadline: Register here by Monday, October 8, 2018
    Registration is first come, first served, and priority is given to researchers from Tufts CTSI partner institutions. Once the course is full, additional registrants will be put on a waitlist and invited to the next opportunity. We will confirm your enrollment as soon we finalize the registration list.
  • Target Audience: We are recruiting 12-15 early career clinical, biomedical, or public health researchers, including assistant-level professors, post-graduate scientists such as post-doctoral scholars, research fellows, clinical fellows or senior residents conducting or pursuing research. Priority will be given to researchers from Tufts CTSI partner institutions. All must commit to attending every session and completing assignments.
  • Assignments:
    • Readings:
    • Private Reflection Journal: You will be encouraged to start keeping a private journal and are invited to share your learnings with others in the the class throughout the course. Book chapters are in a workbook format and include guiding questions and practical toolbox skills and exercises that you may choose to use or reflect upon.

Expected Time Commitment

Class attendance is critical to this peer-led discussion format. You will be expected to actively engage in classroom discussion, be open-minded, and respectfully respond to any constructive feedback. If your participation needs to be approved by your supervisor or a person responsible for your time release, you may provide their contact information when you register for the book club.

About Paul Beninger, MD, MBA

Dr. Beninger is Assistant Professor of Public Health & Community Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, where he is the Director of the MD/MBA and MBS/MBA Programs. He has more than three decades of career experience as a regulator and member of the Senior Executive Service in the US Food and Drug Administration, as a manager and executive in the pharmaceutical industry, including pharmacovigilance, and as a member of the academic community.

Dr. Beninger began his career in drug development in 1987 at the US Food and Drug Administration, first as a reviewer and manager for drugs against HIV/AIDS and opportunistic infections and then as a division director for medical devices. He joined Merck & Company in 1995 and developed experience in regulatory affairs, medical affairs and drug safety in the areas of anti-infective drug and biological products, vaccines, anti-diabetic drug products and oncology drug products, before joining Genzyme as vice-president of pharmacovigilance in 2006; Genzyme was acquired by Sanofi in 2011. Dr. Beninger retired from Genzyme-Sanofi in April 2017.

Dr. Beninger trained in internal medicine and infectious diseases. He received his MD from the University of California, Davis, his BA from Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California, his MBA from St Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and his graduate certificate in epidemiology from Tufts.

Dr Beninger has published and spoken extensively on regulatory science, drug and vaccine safety, and pharmacovigilance. He is a topics editor (pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology) for Clinical Therapeutics, and a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Disease Society of America.

Seminars & Workshops
Scientific Manuscript Writing Workshops


Need to transform your ideas into a publishable manuscript? Finding it difficult to write alone?


Before the new academic year gets underway, spend just four lunch meetings with your colleagues to write the core sections of your manuscript. Commit to attending four 75-minute working lunches to work on your draft.


Optional service requests are available for one-on-one consultations on general English writing or basic science-specific writing styles.


Dates and Location (Late Summer and Early Fall)

Boston Health Sciences Campus, location TBD
  • Session I: Friday, July 6, 12:00–1:15PM
  • Session II: Friday, July 13, 12:00–1:15PM
  • Session III: Monday, September 17, 11:30AM-12:45PM*
  • Session IV: Monday, September 24, 11:30AM-12:45PM*

*September dates are subject to change.

Registration and Requirements

Twelve seats are available, and priority is given to faculty members who commit to attending and submitting their manuscript drafts prior to all four sessions. You do not have to have study results, findings, abstract, or references ready to get the essential work done, but it would be beneficial for you to have some elements of a work in progress such as the introduction, methods, or results section of a paper.



First assignment due by Monday, July 2, 2018.
  • Reading
    • Welch HG (1999) Preparing manuscripts for submission to medical journals: the paper trail. Eff Clin Pract 2:131–137
  • Submit the first draft in Microsoft Word to Sarah Jette. Minimum requirements:
    • One or two paragraphs for Introduction
    • Two to four paragraphs for Methods
    • Three to five tables or figures or data graphs that illustrate your data, even if you don’t have findings to date
  • Subsequent drafts and peer review are due two business days prior to each session.



Tufts CTSI is excited to recruit up to 12 motivated biomedical and clinical faculty members to join an inaugural workshop series designed to get you started on efficient manuscript writing. Don’t miss this chance to get face time with Robert J. Goldberg, PhD and his advice on the elements of successful manuscripts such as navigating major journals, dealing with sample sizes, scientific writing style, and approaches to sentence composition.


The program is focused solely on hands-on writing exercises and peer review with expert coaching. The participants will incorporate class feedback and submit a new draft each session with a goal of polishing each section of their scientific manuscript in the IMRAD (Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion) format.


By the end of the series, you may have outlined subheadings of the Methods, Results (if applicable), and Discussion sections, and begun identifying the strengths and limitations of your study.

Workshop Faculty

  • Main instructor: Robert J. Goldberg, PhD, Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Department of Quantitative Health Sciences
  • Guest instructor: Nicholas Moustakas, MA, Research Development Specialist, Tufts CTSI

Learning Objectives

By the end of this workshop series, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the core components of a successful scientific manuscript
  • Identify strategies and next steps for completing a full manuscript for peer review submission
  • Anticipate reviewers concerns in discussing and presenting your research in writing and how to best respond to those concerns

Expectation for Homework and Your Commitment

Registration is first come, first served, and priority is given to members of Tufts CTSI partner institutions. Once the course is full, additional registrants will be put on a waitlist and invited to the next opportunity. We will confirm your enrollment as soon we finalize the registration list.


Class attendance is critical to this peer review-based format. If your participation in these workshops needs to be approved by your supervisor or a person responsible for your time release, you may optionally provide the contact information when you register for the workshop program. You will be expected to provide thoughtful reviews of teammate drafts and actively engage in classroom discussion. We ask participants to come open-minded and show positive responses to constructive feedback.


Seminars & Workshops
Translational Research: It’s About Time

After completing this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Define translational science research
  • Describe the four phases of translational research (T1-T4)
  • State the differences between traditional and translational research
  • Identify strategies to manage your research career
  • Discuss considerations you should think about when making choices in your research career

Taught by Karen M. Freund, MD, MPH and Harry P. Selker, MD, MPH

Seminars & Workshops
What Editors Look For in a Manuscript

After completing this lecture, you will be able to:

  • List criteria for consideration of original research articles by a subspecialty clinical journal such as American Journal of Kidney Diseases
  • Identify strengths and limitations of clinical trials and observational studies in clinical investigation
  • Discuss the best practices for reporting clinical studies in manuscripts
  • Explain how manuscripts are handled at a journal editorial office
  • State three tips for potential authors for successful manuscript submission.

Taught by Karen M. Freund, MD, MPH, Andrew S. Levey, MD, and Nijsje Dorman, PhD.

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What to Do When You Receive Your First Grant

After completing this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Describe the steps that you take once you receive your first grant
  • Explain what you do if your budget is cut
  • Discuss what regulatory steps need to be in place
  • Identify ways to stay on your timeline
  • Describe how you allow sufficient time to write your next grant.

Taught by: Karen M. Freund, MD, MPH, Andrew M. Hoffman, DVM, DVSc, and Robert M. Blanton, MD, MA.