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Course Information

Evaluating and Conducting Research Virtual Learning Lab

Evaluating and Conducting Research Virtual Learning Lab

Registration is now closed. Program Dates: October 1 - November 9, 2018

What are your research questions? What makes for impactful research? Promoting and facilitating the development of scientific research to prevent infection is one of the five goals in APIC’s Strategic Plan 2020. To support this objective, APIC has launched a Research Education Series consisting of a five-part webinar series and this APIC Virtual Learning Lab, which provides hands-on learning opportunities for participants to deepen their understanding of implementation science and develop or improve their skills for evaluating and conducting quality, impactful research in the IPC field.

Developed and led by experts from APIC’s Research Committee, participants in this Learning Lab (LL) will learn fundamental strategies and effective practices for how to:

  • Formulate research questions and design a study
  • Compile and analyze data
  • Identify and integrate effective implementation science practices
  • Disseminate and present research findings

This is a 6-week virtual learning lab, which includes four 1-week content modules and two weeks for Research Cohort students to work on their research questions and complete required virtual learning lab activities. By joining the virtual learning lab Research Cohort, you will have valuable opportunities to build your professional community and network, learn from experts in the field, and develop and apply your knowledge and skills in this increasingly critical area of competency for IPs. Learn from experienced researchers and advance your career and effectiveness on the job!

APIC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

CEs: Research Cohort attendees will be able to earn CNEs for this activity by completeing required virtual learning lab activites.  

REGISTRATION:
This virtual learning lab offers two types of registration options:

Research Community/Cohort Option: Register today! This Research Cohort is limited to 40 students. With this option, you will earn contact hours if you actively participate in the course and adequately complete the required assignments. You do not need previous research experience.

  • Benefit from complete access to the entire virtual learning lab experience
  • Access all presentations, resources, and activities
  • Join peer-to-peer networking and discussion opportunities
  • Gain valuable insight from instructor-led interaction, guidance, and feedback as you develop and apply your research questions and ideas

Participation time for students in this cohort will be approximately five hours per week (that will vary depending on your previous experience with some of the topics). You can participate in the discussions and complete the activities each week at times of the day that suit your schedule. Cohort students are also given two extra weeks to work on virtual learning lab activities/assignments.

Audit Option: Students who choose this option will get access to all presentations, readings, and resources for further learning, but won't earn contact hours or participate in peer-to-peer or instructor-led discussions, activities, or assignments. The time commitment for this option is one to two hours per week.

Your Module Schedule



Sara Reese, PhD, MPH, CIC, FAPIC

Module 1: Formulating Research Questions and Design a Study
October 1-5, 2018

Learning Objectives: Participants will learn how to

  • Formulate effective research questions
  • Perform a literature review, including evaluating other studies
  • Design effective research studies and quality improvement projects

Methodology

The following instructional methodologies are used in this module:

  • Instructor presentation
  • Group discussion
  • Readings and weekly assignments



Sara Reese, PhD, MPH, CIC, FAPIC

Module 2: Data Compilation and Analysis
October 8-12, 2018

Learning Objectives: Participants will learn how to

  • Collect and organize data from research study
  • Analyze data using descriptive, qualitative and quantitative analyses
  • Interpret results from a research study

Methodology

The following instructional methodologies are used in this module:

  • Instructor presentation
  • Group discussion
  • Readings and weekly assignments
NOTE: October 15-19 will be a student work week.



Ericka L. Kalp, PhD, MPH, CIC, FAPIC

NOTE: October 15-19 will be a student work week.

Module 3: Implementation Science and Communication
October 22-26, 2018

Learning Objectives: Participants will learn how to

  • Communicate effectively about implementation science with researchers and other key stakeholders
  • Identify three approaches to integrate research findings and evidence into healthcare policy and practice
  • Describe common barriers to Implementation Science and strategies to overcome
  • Identify three resources that describe and support implementation science practices

Methodology

The following instructional methodologies are used in this module:

  • Instructor presentation
  • Group discussion
  • Readings and weekly assignments



Monika Pogorzelska-Maziarz, PhD, MPH, CIC

Module 4: Dissemination and Presentation of Research Findings
October 29 - November 2, 2018

Learning Objectives: Participants will learn how to

  • Effectively disseminate and present data inside and outside of healthcare settings
  • Identify the most appropriate way to deliver results to your intended audience
  • Present research findings through various methods including summary or research reports, posters and presentations, peer-reviewed articles and social media

Methodology

The following instructional methodologies are used in this module:

  • Instructor presentation
  • Group discussion
  • Readings and weekly assignments
NOTE: November 5-9 will be an additional student work week.

 

Why Should You Attend?

Don’t miss this important opportunity to enhance your implementation science knowledge, skills, and awareness:

  • Develop essential skills for how to evaluate and conduct research
  • Advance your career and effectiveness on the job by deepening your understanding of implementation science, one of the five goals of APIC’s Strategic Plan 2020
  • Access the asynchronous course at a time that suits your schedule during each week of the online Learning Lab
  • Learn from experienced researchers from APIC’s Research Committee
  • Network with your peers and build your professional community as you identify and share your own research questions and learn how your peers are addressing common challenges

 

Meet the Instructors

Sara Reese, PhD, MPH, CIC, FAPIC is currently the Manager of Infection Prevention at Swedish Medical Center. Previously she worked at Denver Health Medical Center as an Infection Prevention Specialist for 6 years. Prior to that she worked at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as the Patient Safety Program Coordinator. She received her PhD in Microbiology from Colorado State University in 2008 followed by a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She earned a Master’s in Public Health degree in 2017 from Colorado School of Public Health She has performed numerous studies on HAI reporting and validation, standardization of infection prevention practices and improvements to risk prediction modeling for surgical site infections. Sara is a member of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and Society for Healthcare Epidemiologists (SHEA). She currently serves as President-Elect for the APIC Mile High Chapter. She has authored and co-authored numerous publications and has presented a many local, regional and national conferences.

 

Ericka L. Kalp, PhD, MPH, CIC, FAPIC is an Epidemiologist at the Pennsylvania Department fo Health-Bureau of Epidemiology, Division of Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention/Antibiotic Stewardship. Dr. Kalp received a B.S. in Biobehavioral Health and a Minor in Natural Science from The Pennsylvania State University. She earned a Master’s degree in Public Health (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) at Drexel University and a PhD in Public Health- Epidemiology at Walden University. She serves as a Subject-Matter-Expert in developing graduate-level courses relating to infection prevention and control. She is a member of the APIC Professional Development Committee and a recent member of the APIC Research Committee. She is a member of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE). She has held numerous positions in the East Central Pennsylvania APIC Chapter, including President, Secretary, and Board Member. She has authored numerous publications and has presented at local, state, and national conferences.

 

Monika Pogorzelska-Maziarz, PhD, MPH, CIC is an Assistant Professor at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA where her focuses on improving patient safety and quality of care, specifically focusing on prevention of healthcare-associated infections across different healthcare settings. Monika earned her master's degree in public health in 2007 and her doctorate in epidemiology in 2011 from the Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. Prior to joining Jefferson, she worked as an Associate Research Scientist at the Center for Health Policy at the Columbia University School of Nursing where she served as the Study Director on several large NIH-funded studies examining prevention and cost-effectiveness of healthcare-associated infections in acute and long-term care settings. Monika has authored and co-authored over fifty peer-reviewed manuscripts and several book chapters. Most recently, she edited APIC’s text on Fundamentals in Statistics and Epidemiology in Infection Prevention. Monika serves on the editorial panel of the APIC Text Online and is also the Vice Chair of the APIC research committee.

 

What To Expect

Interested in enrolling? This is what you can expect

This 6-week Learning Lab is an asynchronous, instructor-led, cohort-based, interactive online course. In addition to providing access to readings, recorded presentations, and other resources, this learning lab requires the active involvement of course participants throughout the course, through weekly assignments, interaction/discussion with peers and the instructors, and a capstone project.

Everything in the Learning Lab will be done virtually, from listening to speakers to doing assignments. Each of the class’s modules follow this pattern:

Virtual Class
Your week starts with a virtual instructor-led class. (You can find the schedule above on the course main page). The instructor will start class by looking at the previous week’s homework, then will talk about that week’s content.

Homework
Each week, you will have a homework assignment to let you apply concepts presented during the class. Assessments may include, but are not limited to, test questions, at-work projects, and videos.

 

Research Cohort Registration Option

  • Member Registration Fee: $125.00
  • Non-Member Registration Fee: $175.00

The Research Cohort is limited to 40 students who have an active interest in developing or improving their skills in evaluating and conducting research.

Audit Registration Option:

  • Member Registration Fee: $100.00
  • Non-Member Registration Fee: $150.00

Paying by check or have issues registering online? Please complete the registration form and mail it to the noted address. When mailing the check, ensure that the registration form and any corresponding documents are included as we cannot process registrations without payment. 

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).


Course evaluations will be available in your online training menu at the end of the course. All course-related evaluations must be completed within 30 days of course completion. After satisfying all evaluation requirements, a certificate of completion will be available to print and/or download under My Transcripts for your records indicating CEUs.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by APIC or the American Nurses Credentialing Center of any commercial products displayed or discussed in conjunction with an educational activity.

Technical Requirements
APIC Education Online courses are accessed through a web browser. The web browser you use must accept cookies, run Adobe Flash, and run JavaScript.
 
We recommend the below browsers and plug-ins for the best online learning experience 

Minimum Internet Bandwidth
  • Standard Definition (SD) videos: 5 Mbps
  • High Definition (HD) videos: 8 Mbps
Computer Operating System
  • PC: Windows XP or newer
  • Mac: OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or newer
Web Browsers
  • Internet Explorer 8.0 or above
  • Firefox support for most recent 2 public versions
  • Safari support for most recent 2 public versions
  • Google Chrome support for most recent 2 public versions
Browser Plug-ins 
Flash Player version 10.2.159.1 or higher. Go to Adobe Flash Player to install the latest version.
 
Note: APIC Education Online is a mobile-responsive website however, devices running iOS (like iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touches) are not able to display course content at this time, due to Flash restrictions on iOS.
 
Technical support: education@apic.org