CUIMC Diversity in Clinical Trials Training Program


The CUIMC Diversity in Clinical Trials Training Program is targeted towards early-career investigators and clinicians (i.e., fellows) and established faculty from underrepresented minority groups. This program provides a formalized training on clinical trials and research while also weaving in diversity, equity, and inclusion to advance health equity and help patients overcome feelings of mistrust due to the historical lack of diversity amongst trials investigators. The overall goal of the program is to identify and overcome various challenges of recruiting from racial and ethnic minority populations and to build trust and increase participation among these underrepresented groups.

Curriculum Overview

This program will provide training and education to clinical fellows and other course participants, including providing courses in ethics and principles for research involving human subjects, development of a clinical study (including budgets and key protocols), and compliance with regulatory agencies, as well as addressing topics of cultural competency, social determinants of health, implicit bias, and barriers to clinical trial enrollment.

The in-person 8-course seminar series will cover:

  • Introduction to clinical trials
  • Standard operating procedures
  • Compliance framework & adverse events
  • Translational medicine & statistical analysis
  • Ethical considerations to clinical research (multiple sessions)
  • Recruitment & retention
  • Industry partnerships & patient advocate panel

For more information about our DEI initiatives: Righting a Historical Wrong: Lack of Diversity in Clinical Trials | Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Diversity in Clinical Trials Day

This event raises awareness of clinical trials and the importance of health equity, inclusion and enrolling from diverse population.

We strongly believe that everyone should have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials especially in communities that are often underrepresented. Our goal is to help inform and educate people about the importance of clinical trials while understanding how true diversity and inclusiveness will help improve the lives of people and communities throughout the world. 

Topics Include:

  • Clinical Research 101
  • Advocacy & Outreach
  • Inclusion in Clinical Trials
  • Defining Diversity

Want to be Involved?

By supporting this event, sponsors will be on the frontlines of making a meaningful impact in increasing diversity in clinical trials. Join us and share your company's commitment to equitable research, cancer care, and improving the lives of those in the community and throughout the world. 

For more information, please contact:

Staff Contact




Alexis Pissey Keo, MPH

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Clinical Research Manager


To register for the Spring 2024 Cohort, please sign up here.