The use of digital practices and approaches can potentially increase the quality and efficiency of all phases of the traditional clinical translational research process.The Digital Scholar Program is a new initiative to help research professionals and students who are involved in the health sciences develop competency in digital research practices and approaches. The events and training resources introduce trainees at USC, CHLA and beyond to the benefits and limitations of digital practices and approaches that address specific research needs.
The SC CTSI team is formally exploring the views of key stakeholders – including experts in digital research approaches, clinical translational research (CTR) educators, and trainees – on the need to formalize training in digital practices and approaches among CTR trainees. The purpose of this qualitative study is to (A) formalize training in digital practices and approaches among CTR trainees; and (B) develop an aligned educational framework that defines core competencies, educational methods, and evaluation metrics. The team is in the process of analyzing the study results for which we interviewed 66 stakeholders.