Basic Track

Learn about the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Partnership (PCORP) basic track.

PCORP Basic Track

The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Partnership (PCORP) training program has both basic and advanced tracks.

The Basic Track includes:

  • Three separate cohorts of two-year trainees
  • Trainee mentoring from the University of Washington and on-site mentors
  • Partner-driven projects that develop or answer research questions to advance clinical practices, improve health system organization, reduce health disparities, and make health care more effective
  • The development of nationally available training materials

Learning Formats

  • Online and in person. Scholars complete online, preparatory assignments during the spring of their first year. The program officially begins with a required on-site institute July 13-17, 2015 in Seattle.The on-site sessions allow scholars and faculty to become acquainted with each other and help enhance distance-based work later in the program. After the on-site, scholars continue their education through a variety of learning formats including webinars and small group work throughout the two years.
  • Mentoring. An important goal of the project is to establish and maintain learning relationships between experienced researchers at the University of Washington and experienced clinicians and health care managers at American Indian, Alaska Native, and other health care organizations. Scholars work closely with a mentor from the University of Washington and one from their home organization. Mentors help trainees design their research agenda, develop and conduct pilot studies, and seek funding or secure organizational commitment to support their independent research.
  • Collaborations. Developing a learning health care community around patient-centered outcomes research and comparative effectiveness research is a desirable outcome of the training program. The successful trainee may also develop collaborations with participating partner organizations, with our R25 co-awardees and their trainees and partners, or with the faculty at the University of Washington who have shared interests in their research area and in comparative effectiveness research and patient-centered outcomes research.

Time Commitment

The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Partnership program is designed to take participants beyond a simple awareness level of new skills and topics. Scholars in the basic track are expected to give a two-year time commitment and invest a significant amount of time each week (typically 4 hours) on webinars, assignments, and readings. Learn more >

Learning Goals

Core skills. Scholars who successfully complete the program will be able to better conduct stakeholder-driven research to improve the quality of health care in their communities. The program focuses on areas that will enable scholars to:

  • Build knowledge and skills in patient-centered outcomes research and comparative effectiveness research
  • Partner with stakeholders to identify important evidence gaps in clinical care
  • Design and conduct high-quality studies to address evidence gaps
  • Disseminate and implement research findings
  • Evaluate and encourage the adoption of evidence in clinical practice and policy

The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Partnership curriculum covers competencies selected from a large body of literature. Learn more about the competency sets and methodological standards.