SPARCC faculty will conduct face-to-face classroom workshops to provide students a deep understanding of clinical research and the Clinical Research Professional’s (CRP) role and responsibilities.

The workshops will also review current cancer research, cancer disparities and promote awareness of culturally responsive care for diverse patient populations.


Workshop sessions will follow Malcolm Knowles’ Principles of Adult Learning Theory, which emphasizes:

  • An effective learning environment where learners feel safe participating and expressing perspectives
  • Support for learners to be cognizant of their own needs, which will strengthen their self-motivation
  • Encouragement for learners to engage in critical reflection and evaluate their own experiences
  • Guidance to particular resources and strategies that may assist in reaching target education goals

SPARCC Core Curriculum

  • Cancer Care and Clinical Trials Operations
  • Culturally Responsive Care
  • Leadership and Professionalism
  • Ethical and Participant Safety Considerations
  • Study and Site Management
  • Cancer Medicines, Development and Regulation
  • Data Management and Informatics
  • Scientific Concepts and Research Design specific to Cancer Research

SPARCC Research Practicums

  • Interventional Radiology
  • Solid Tumor Oncology
  • Leukemia/Lymphoma
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Pediatric Oncology
  • Palliative Care
  • Genetics and Diagnostic Imaging
  • Pharmacy

**SPARCC is prepared to run in-person, virtually, or a hybrid of the two. Applicants should be prepared to participate in any of the scenarios**