According to the National Institutes of Health, closing the gap between research discovery and clinical and community practice is both a complex challenge and an absolute necessity if we are to ensure that all populations benefit from the nation’s investments in scientific discoveries. To that end, Elvin Geng, MD, MPH, a professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the School of Medicine and Director of the Center for Dissemination and Implementation has joined forces with a few Institute Faculty Scholars to help WashU offer a new workshop to stimulate the minds of D&I students from novice to well-versed practitioner.

While new credit-conferring courses are now available for interested investigators, not all have the ability or level of interest to commit to a semester-long course. To meet the needs of a broad audience, we are therefore offering a short workshop to be held on two half days (1-3:00 pm) on November 4th (Thursday) and 5th (Friday), 2021.

Who can attend

We seek participants at any professional stage, from pre and post-doctoral candidates to junior and more established faculty. We hope to draw from a broad range of content areas. In addition, we would like to draw investigators from earlier translational steps (e.g., bench-to-bedside) that may not traditionally consider implementation science relevant. Registration is limited.

What you’ll learn

At the end of the two-day course, participants will be familiar with the foundational motives for D&I research; key perspectives and methods in analyzing implementation gaps; approaches to creating strategies to overcome those gaps; and be exposed to emerging concepts of context, adaptation, and emerging methods emphasizing external validity.

In addition to knowledge of D&I, this course is meant to also link investigators who are otherwise unconnected with each other to build a more connected community engaged in D&I. This community can also provide mutually enforcing professional and content support for each other, to make D&I “stick” over time.

Teaching faculty include Elvin Geng, MD, Ana Baumann, PhD, Ginger McKay, PhD, MA, Aaloke Mody, MD, and Stephanie Mazzucca, PhD.

Participants will be provided with an agenda as well as a syllabus, presentation recording and a number of readings before the course in preparation. The live zoom sessions will include engaging discussion.

How to register

Registration for the Fall 2021 Workshop is now closed. If you would like to be placed on the waitlist, please contact

No credit will be conferred and there is no fee.

Upcoming introductory D&I workshops: