The American Academy of Optometry Foundation is pleased to launch registration for the second offering of its highly sought-after Clinical Investigator Certification (CIC) Program.
The application window opens on Tuesday, February 8, and closes on Monday, March 7.
Clinical Fellows are uniquely positioned to recognize key areas of eye care which require further development or investigation. Many potential collaborative partners, such as academic and industry researchers are searching for this insight. Become an Academy certified Clinical Investigator and learn the skills required to conduct rigorous sponsored, clinical trials within your current practice setting.
This eight week program, beginning Tuesday, March 29, is only open to Fellows and will cover the following learning objectives:
  • Understand the responsibilities of an investigator conducting a clinical trial
  • Understand the basic concepts of clinical trial design (three sessions)
  • Understand the concepts related to human subject research (two sessions)
  • Review basics in statistics specific to clinical trials, and learn how to avoid data bias and error
  • Understand the administrative/management aspects of research

Course Timeline

The specific curriculum schedule is as follows (all courses are held on Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. EST):

Week 1: March 29, Pearls on Getting Involved in Clinical Research

Week 2: April 5, Basic Concepts of Clinical Trial Design Part I

Week 3: April 12, Basic Concepts of Clinical Trial Design Part II

Week 4: April 19, Basic Concepts of Clinical Trial Design Part III

Week 5: April 26, Concepts Related to Human Subjects Part I

Week 6: May 10, Concepts Related to Human Subjects Part II

Week 7: May 17, Avoiding Data Bias and Error; Statistics Specifics to Clinical Trials

Week 8: May 24, Administrative/Management Aspects of Research

If you're interested in applying, click on "Apply Now" in the left sidebar. Applications will be masked and then reviewed by the task force for final selection. If accepted into the program, participants will complete the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) program prior to beginning the course. The CIC course fee is $250 and scholarships are available.
Due to popular demand, the virtual class size has been expanded from twenty-five to thirty-five participants. Each session requires in total two hours of commitment, encompassing pre-class work, class time instruction and a half an hour of small group break-outs. The break-out session centers allow for more in-depth and personalized discussion of that session's topic.
Upon completion of the course, each graduate receives a CIC binder with the curriculum content, as well as a certificate of completion.

COPE Accreditation Pending

American Academy of Optometry is accredited by COPE to provide continuing education to optometrists.

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The next application window will open in January 2022. Check back for more information.