Research Methods in Supportive Oncology (RMSO)

An intensive 6-day workshop for early-stage researchers

Funded by NCI R25 CA 181000

As of now, there is still uncertainty regarding COVID-19 institutional travel restrictions in January 2021. A decision will be made by September 1st whether we are able to safely offer the workshop in-person. If we are unable to host the event in-person, a virtual version of the course will be provided.

Course description

This NCI-funded intensive 6-day workshop will provide an overview of fundamental methods, such as study designs, qualitative and survey methods, and approaches to data analysis in supportive oncology research. Over the course of the workshop, participants will write a complete study protocol under the direct mentorship of expert faculty in the field of supportive oncology. Participants will continue to receive assistance after the workshop from their workshop mentors to help in the implementation of their studies at their home institutions.

Learning objectives

Essential workshop topics include: creation of conceptual models, supportive care clinical trials, development of psychosocial interventions, decision science, stakeholder engagement, web-based research, study of patient-provider communication, qualitative and survey methods, and data analysis.


The course consists of:

  • Didactics on a broad array of essential topics including behavioral theories and conceptual models, intervention development, qualitative and quantitative methods, instrument selection, stakeholder engagement, and special human subject considerations.
  • Mentored experience of writing your own full research protocol in small groups. You will submit an abstract for a proposed study and leave the workshop with a protocol.

Course leadership

William Pirl, MD, MPH and Jennifer Temel, MD will co-chair the workshop with a multidisciplinary team of faculty including: Joseph Greer, PhD; Elyse Park, MD, MPH; Lisa Wood, Phd; James Tulsky, MD; Areej El-Jawahri, MD; Joanne Wolfe, MD, MPH and others.

Who should attend?

Physicians, nurses, social workers, and psychologists who are early-stage researchers are eligible to attend. Participants must have a doctoral degree or be a student in a doctoral program.

Course dates

January 24-29, 2021 at the Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.


The week-long course is free of charge. Participants will receive a stipend for travel and lodging. Food expenses are not covered.


Online Application Form

June 5, 2020: Application Window Opens
September 8, 2020: Application Window Closes
Early October: Application Decisions Emailed

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