Improving critical appraisal skills with the Medical Science Liaison Association

 Wednesday 27 November 2013    Bespoke course | Pharmaceutical


Improving critical appraisal skills with the Medical Science Liaison Association

The aims of the Medical Science Liaison Association (MSLA) are to provide a common platform in the UK to drive compliance value, credibility and sustainability of the Medical and Scientific Liaison (MSL) role in the pharmaceutical industry. The MSLA launched "How to…" educational seminars in 2012 , a series designed to enhance and add value to the MSL function. Members were surveyed to identify topics which are of most interest to the field medical community and the seminars kicked off with a "How to Critically Appraise a Clinical Paper / Statistics" day in 2012. In November 2013 The Critical Appraisal Company returned to deliver another day on improving critical appraisal skills. The training was supplemented by every delegates receiving access to the Critical Appraisal Online Course and a copy of The Doctor's Guide to Critical Appraisal.

Time to refresh research skills in Zurich

 Wednesday 20 November 2013    Bespoke course | Pharmaceutical | Switzerland


Time to refresh research skills in Zurich

Today The Critical Appraisal Company was in Zurich, Switzerland, delivering a critical skills training update to senior managers of a pharmaceutical company. Critical appraisal is a vast topic area and it's important to revisit even basic concepts regularly in order to not overlook areas where weaknesses in research methodology may arise. Indeed it's only by being constantly challenged that we all can recognise areas where we need to improve. The format of the training update was interactive, with questions being posed on a range of topics. Examples of strengths and weaknesses were gleaned from a range of clinical papers.

Improving critical appraisal skills in Dubai

 Thursday 14 November 2013    Bespoke course | United Arab Emirates


Improving critical appraisal skills in Dubai

The Critical Appraisal Company returned to Dubai this week to deliver another two day workshop for healthcare professionals. These regular workshops have been very popular in Dubai. 170 delegates took part in the latest training event. A custom workbook based on our latest course materials was used to teach the knowledge and skills of critical appraisal. Interactive handsets were used to test the delegates and ensure understanding. The feedback was excellent. A further two workshops in 2014 are planned.

2014 dates announced for the Critical Appraisal Workshop

 Wednesday 13 November 2013    Website | Workshop


2014 dates announced for the Critical Appraisal Workshop

The Critical Appraisal Workshop is our most comprehensive critical appraisal training event. The workshop lasts two days and covers everything you need to read clinical papers with confidence. Compared to the one day Critical Appraisal Masterclass, more time is available in the workshop for practical work, including appraising real clinical papers. The workshop is popular amongst people who want to improve their critical appraisal knowledge, practice their new skills on published research and learn how to speed read clinical papers. In 2014 the workshop will take place in London (1-2 March, 10-11 May, 19-20 July, 16-17 August, 11-12 October, 13-14 December), Birmingham (5-6 April, 21-22 June, 13-14 September), Manchester (25-26 January) and Glasgow (8-9 November). Places can be reserved on the workshops up to six months in advance.

Updating critical appraisal skills in Bangkok

 Tuesday 05 November 2013    Bespoke course | Pharmaceutical | Thailand


Updating critical appraisal skills in Bangkok

The capital city of Thailand was the location today for a critical appraisal skills update session we ran for a major pharmaceutical company. An overview of the steps involved in appraising research papers was followed by an interactive session discussing the strengths and weaknesses of randomised controlled trials and observational trials using a question-and-answer format. Observational interventional trials are prone to a wide range of weaknesses compared to gold standard randomised controlled trials but they provide real world data on the comparative effectiveness of different interventions and can add to the evidence base. There was just enough time to sample the culinary delights of Bangkok before heading home to England!