Clinical Skills Training

YCCI’s Clinical Skills Training program provides non-clinical research staff with the skills needed to perform basic clinical tasks and carry out other aspects of clinical research protocols.

Training for Research Assistants and Research Associates (RA’s) includes a series of four-day programs of didactic and laboratory sessions focused on:

  • Performing hands-on clinical procedures for medical data collection for research protocols (e.g. vital signs, specimen procurement, phlebotomy, point of care testing, performing electrocardiograms).
  • Identifying the components of the consent from that must be checked for completeness before initiating any research procedures.
  • Basic emergency care, including modes of oxygen delivery, airway maintenance, seizure precautions and emergency precautions.
  • Caring for patients after venipuncture.

At the completion of the classroom and laboratory sessions, RA’s receive coaching regarding their clinical skills and have opportunities to perform these skills in the Church Street Research Unit. The program is divided into specific classes and/or modules, so that Research Associates or nurses who have already been trained in some clinical procedures can expand their skills by participating in specific modules.

For more information on upcoming classes, please contact: