New edition of The Doctor’s Guide to Critical Appraisal out now

 Wednesday 25 January 2012    Books


New edition of The Doctor’s Guide to Critical Appraisal out now

The third edition of The Doctor's Guide to Critical Appraisal has been published! Based on the content of our critical appraisal courses, the book is a comprehensive review of the knowledge and skills needed to appraise clinical research papers. This new edition has more facts and tips packed into sixty new and updated chapters whilst keeping the unique structure and easy-to-read format. We've incorporated everything we've learned since the last edition, including improvements based on feedback comments from our course delegates. Thank you to everyone for all your help. It's a magical feeling to finally hold the finished product! We're sure you'll also be pleased with the book. It's included in the delegate pack of the Critical Appraisal Masterclass and Critical Appraisal Workshop. Get your copy today and do let us know what you think!

Brand new website for Critical Appraisal launches today

 Tuesday 24 January 2012    Website


Brand new website for Critical Appraisal launches today

You've probably already noticed - the criticalappraisal.com website has had a makeover! The website has a cleaner, simpler look and the brand new logo is on prominent display. We've introduced many changes to optimise the user experience. Pages are smaller in size and load much faster. Fewer clicks are needed to navigate around the website and some pages have been removed or merged with others. Course information is presented more clearly and we've included more information on venues. We hope that you find the website both pleasing to the eye and highly functional. Our Facebook, Twitter and Google+ pages have also been updated with the new look. Send your feedback to us via the helpdesk!

New look Critical Appraisal website for a new year

 Tuesday 03 January 2012    Website


New look Critical Appraisal website for a new year

Out with the old, in with the new! The new year brings with it the perfect opportunity for a refresh of the Critical Appraisal website. We’ll be giving customers a preview of the new website soon but here’s an exclusive first look at the new logo! We hope you like the contemporary elegance of the new image! Our websites, brochures and courses will be updated over the next month.

Critical Appraisal Masterclass returns to Edinburgh

 Tuesday 06 December 2011    Masterclass | United Kingdom


Critical Appraisal Masterclass returns to Edinburgh

We are pleased to announce another date for the Critical Appraisal Masterclass in Edinburgh. On 21 January 2012 the course will take place at the Radisson Blu hotel on the historic Royal Mile. This will be the first critical appraisal training event after the publication of the third edition of The Doctor's Guide to Critical Appraisal book. A brand new handout and slide set will debut at the course. Reservations are now being accepted. Book your place today to avoid disappointment.

Critical Appraisal Workshop with Advanced Statistics in Dubai

 Thursday 20 October 2011    Bespoke course | United Arab Emirates


Critical Appraisal Workshop with Advanced Statistics in Dubai

120 delegates attended the Critical Appraisal Workshop in Dubai today. As well as learning the knowledge and using the skills of critical appraisal over two days, delegates received a presentation on advanced statistics. Dubai is a great place to teach, with everyone keen to learn and lots of interesting questions for the course tutors. We enjoyed our time there very much! The workshop will be returning to Dubai in 2012. Stay tuned for more details!

Critical Appraisal Workshop lands in Sydney again

 Sunday 16 October 2011    Australia | Workshop


Critical Appraisal Workshop lands in Sydney again

A sold out workshop took place this weekend at the Hilton Sydney, attended by delegates from a wide range of professional backgrounds. As usual the fantastic setting did not disappoint, with amazing culinary delights during the lunch and refreshment breaks. Between eating the delicious food and playing on Xbox 360 consoles in the lobby, a comprehensive review of critical appraisal knowledge and skills took place, supplemented by exercises on real clinical papers. The unique critical appraisal course handout and focus on practical tips generated excellent feedback. We'll be returning to Sydney in 2012 and watch out for a new Australian venue for the Critical Appraisal Workshop!

National Prescribing Service trained in critical appraisal skills

 Friday 14 October 2011    Australia | Bespoke course | Guidelines


National Prescribing Service trained in critical appraisal skills

Today we ran a second critical appraisal training event for staff at the National Prescribing Service (NPS) in Sydney. Established in 1998, the NPS helps health professionals keep up to date with the latest evidence and provides individuals with the tools and knowledge to make better decisions, amongst other activities. The bespoke event covered the key topics in critical appraisal with short exercises to help consolidate understanding of key concepts. Thanks to everyone for the kind hospitality and for contributing to the discussions. We hope we made critical appraisal easy to understand!

Critical Appraisal pharmaceutical sales reps workshop

 Thursday 13 October 2011    Australia | Bespoke course | Pharmaceutical


Critical Appraisal pharmaceutical sales reps workshop

On our first day in Sydney we ran a Critical Appraisal Bespoke Workshop for sales representatives at one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies. Sales aids make use of research data to help products stand out in crowded market places. We have developed a range of unique training materials specifically for the pharmaceutical industry. The bespoke course today focused on improving understanding of key research concepts to help improve communication with healthcare professionals using a mixture of practical exercises and role play. The event was an outstanding success judging by the confidence exuding from the delegates by the end of the training. Well done everyone and happy selling!

Edinburgh hosts the Critical Appraisal Masterclass

 Saturday 13 August 2011    Masterclass | United Kingdom


Edinburgh hosts the Critical Appraisal Masterclass

The Caledonian Hilton in Edinburgh is the epitome of style and excellence and was the perfect venue for the Critical Appraisal Masterclass today. We insist on using high quality conference venues and the five star Caledonian Hilton didn't disappoint.The fantastic service allowed our delegates to focus on learning about critical appraisal, helped by regular helpings of tea and coffee and a delicious lunch. Delegates worked in a variety of specialties, including emergency medicine, surgery and dentistry, and travelled from as far away as Canada. The timing of the course in August also gave everyone the opportunity to experience the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world's largest arts festival, taking place this weekend. We'll be returning to Scotland in 2012!

Critical appraisal training for dentists at Guy’s Hospital, London

 Monday 08 August 2011    Bespoke course | Dentistry


Critical appraisal training for dentists at Guy’s Hospital, London

Today we ran a Critical Appraisal Bespoke Course for dental professionals. The venue was Guy's Hospital in London, one of the most famous teaching hospitals in the world. Founded in 1721, the hospital is part of Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and has an excellent reputation for healthcare. The Dental Institute is the largest dental teaching hospital in Europe and is a world leader in many areas of dental research. In preparation for the event, the delegates were given access to the Critical Appraisal Online Course. During the event today the delegates were guided through the core knowledge and skills of critical appraisal with methodological strengths and weaknesses illustrated with a selection of dental papers. Bespoke courses have a number of advantages for delegates. As well as being cheaper than attending the Critical Appraisal Masterclass or Workshop, delegates can choose the clinical papers to be appraised. Thanks to everyone for making the day so successful!

Critical Appraisal Workshop dates in 2012

 Monday 25 July 2011    Ireland | United Kingdom | Workshop


Critical Appraisal Workshop dates in 2012

The Critical Appraisal Workshop in London was a new addition to our range of training events in 2011. The opportunity to learn the knowledge and skills of critical appraisal and to practice critically appraising clinical papers under supervision made the workshop an instant hit! Due to its popularity and to reduce the cost of attending the workshop to people living outside London, we're pleased to announce that in 2012 the Critical Appraisal Workshop will also take place in Birmingham, Glasgow and Dublin. We've organised bespoke training courses in Ireland before but the two Dublin dates in 2012 are the first where anyone can attend. Reservations are now being accepted for the Critical Appraisal Workshops in 2012.

Critical Appraisal Course dates in 2012

 Monday 25 July 2011    Masterclass | United Kingdom


Critical Appraisal Course dates in 2012

Today we have published the dates for the Critical Appraisal Course in 2012, with events in Birmingham (March 2012), Manchester (May and November 2012) and Cambridge (August 2012). The Critical Appraisal Masterclass is popular because it is comprehensive and great value for money. Indeed, we believe it is the most comprehensive one day course available anywhere. The knowledge and skills of critical appraisal are covered in their entirety in 8 intensive hours. The feedback from delegates has been outstanding. In 2012 we're pleased to hold an event in Cambridge for the first time. Home of the world's best university (ok, we're biased!), Cambridge in summer is a beautiful setting for an academic meeting. Come and join us - reservations are now being accepted.

Critical Appraisal Course in Cardiff

 Saturday 25 June 2011    Masterclass | United Kingdom


Critical Appraisal Course in Cardiff

After running events simultaneously in Australia and USA earlier this week, we added a third country in the same week with our first Critical Appraisal One Day Course in Cardiff, Wales. We chose the conveniently located Hilton Cardiff hotel as the venue, opposite the historic Cardiff Castle. In the comfortable surroundings of the hotel's conference area, delegates were given a comprehensive and practical tutorial on critical appraisal knowledge and skills. Our delegates came from a number of specialties, including emergency medicine, surgery, general medicine, paediatrics and dentistry. Delegates included doctors, researchers and medical students, and came from as far afield as Dublin and Paris. Most of the delegates were preparing for postgraduate exams but there were also a few interested in just improving their critical appraisal skills. The next Critical Appraisal One Day Course takes place in yet another country in August - Edinburgh, Scotland!

Australian Red Cross trained in critical appraisal skills

 Friday 24 June 2011    Australia | Bespoke course


Australian Red Cross trained in critical appraisal skills

Our expertise in critical appraisal skills training is widely recognised. Every week organisations worldwide contact us to help educate their employees. Bespoke critical appraisal training events are easy to arrange - a few emails and phone calls are all it takes, even for international events. A good example is the training event for the Red Cross organisation in Australia. Less than 5 months after the first email contact, ninety clinicians and scientists attended the critical appraisal workshop this week at the prestigious Grand Hyatt hotel in Melbourne. During the two day event, delegates gained the knowledge and skills of critical appraisal by completing short exercises and appraising real clinical papers. The feedback has been excellent.

Critical appraisal skills training in San Francisco

 Wednesday 22 June 2011    Bespoke course | Pharmaceutical | United States


Critical appraisal skills training in San Francisco

We took our critical appraisal training programme to San Francisco today to train medical specialists of a major pharmaceutical company. Critical appraisal skills are useful not only to clinicians reading clinical research papers but also to those involved with devising and carrying out research projects. A good understanding of critical appraisal inevitably leads to higher quality research, with a greater emphasis on good methodological practice and a focus on interpreting results in a way which is more meaningful to prescribers. Our includes trainers from medical, pharmaceutical, academic, research and scientific backgrounds, so we are unique in our ability to cater for the differing demands of our customers. The bespoke course in San Francisco was organised within a few weeks and went without a hitch, generating great feedback comments.

Critical appraisal book reprinted

 Tuesday 17 May 2011    Books


Critical appraisal book reprinted

The Doctor's Guide to Critical Appraisal, 2nd edition, has been reprinted! The first edition was published in 2006 and reprinted twice. The second edition followed in 2009. Written by two members of the our team, The Doctor's Guide to Critical Appraisal continues to be a popular purchase by members of the medical community. It's concise and logical explanation of critical appraisal knowledge and skills makes it suitable for everyone who wants to read clinical papers with more confidence. If you've struggled to understand clinical papers, you can end your suffering by ordering your copy today! The book can be found in all good bookshops. A copy of the book is also included in the purchase price of our Critical Appraisal One Day Course and Critical Appraisal Two Day Workshop.

Glasgow hosts the first Critical Appraisal Course in Scotland

 Monday 18 April 2011    Masterclass | United Kingdom


Glasgow hosts the first Critical Appraisal Course in Scotland

In 2011 we are bringing the Critical Appraisal One Day Course to a wider audience with courses in new venues around the UK. On 16 April 2011 the Glasgow Hilton hosted the first Critical Appraisal One Day Course in Scotland. We choose conference venues that look after our delegates well and the Glasgow Hilton didn't disappoint. Centrally located in Glasgow, the hotel offered a meeting room which benefited from receiving plenty of natural light which gave the meeting a fresh, airy atmosphere. Delegates who came from a range of backgrounds, including surgery, medicine and public health, were taken through the principles of critical appraisal over an intensive 8 hours. The feedback was excellent and yes, we agree, the lunch was fantastic! There is another event in Scotland in Edinburgh in August and there'll be another Critical Appraisal One Day Course in Glasgow in 2012.

Critical Appraisal Workshop lands in Dubai, UAE

 Thursday 07 April 2011    United Arab Emirates | Workshop


Critical Appraisal Workshop lands in Dubai, UAE

One hundred senior clinicians in Dubai attended Superego Cafe's Critical Appraisal Workshop on 5-6 April 2011. This was the third critical appraisal skills training event in three years and was an advanced course focusing on appraising real clinical papers. Over two days a collection of research articles were appraised, including cohort studies, case-control studies, randomised controlled trials and meta-analyses. Delegates were shown how to read clinical papers rapidly and make sense of data. The feedback was excellent and as a show of appreciation, we were presented with a trophy. Plans are already in place for another critical appraisal event.

Free design service for bespoke critical appraisal courses

 Wednesday 30 March 2011    Bespoke course


Free design service for bespoke critical appraisal courses

One benefit for customers requesting a bespoke critical appraisal course is the free leaflet design service we offer as part of the bespoke package. With a few simple details such as the venue and contact details, we can produce a professional leaflet to help advertise the critical appraisal course. Our in-house design team can have a leaflet ready usually within one working day. We supply the leaflet as an Adobe PDF file which is easy to send on by email. We can also print full colour leaflets at a low additional cost. The design service is another example of how the we can ensure your event runs smoothly.

Critical Appraisal Workshop in Sydney

 Wednesday 02 March 2011    Australia | Workshop


Critical Appraisal Workshop in Sydney

We are pleased to announce two new dates in Australia for our flagship critical appraisal skills training event. On 9-10 April 2011 and 15-16 October 2011 the Critical Appraisal Two Day Workshop will take place at the Hilton Sydney. Delegates will be taught critical appraisal skills from first principles and practice their new skills on 10 clinical papers over two days. This is the most comprehensive training on critical appraisal available and generated excellent feedback at the last event in London. Due to the workshop nature of the event, places are very limited, so be sure to book your place as soon as possible.

Critical Appraisal Workshop in Singapore

 Wednesday 02 March 2011    Singapore | Workshop


Critical Appraisal Workshop in Singapore

On 22-23 October 2011 the Critical Appraisal Two Day Workshop will take place in Singapore. We've chosen to return to the fabulous Shangri-La Hotel after its staff looked after our delegates so well at the last event. The Two Day Workshop is a new event for 2011. The same core material is covered as in the One Day Course but the extra time is used to give delegates the opportunity to critically appraise a series of clinical papers under supervision. Secure your place at this training event today.

Critical appraisal for MRCPsych Paper 3

 Monday 31 January 2011    Bespoke course | Psychiatry | United Kingdom


Critical appraisal for MRCPsych Paper 3

Complicated work rotas make it difficult for doctors in a study group to get time off together during the working week. As a result, we are often asked to run bespoke events during weekends. Yesterday we ran a bespoke training course for a group of psychiatrists preparing for the MRCPsych Paper 3 exam in March 2011. The exam of the Royal College of Psychiatrists includes questions on evidence-based medicine as well as clinical psychiatry. The psychiatrists had all studied the Critical Appraisal Online Course over the last two months and the teaching focused on consolidating their new knowledge and skills using real clinical papers. It was great to see how confident everyone was by the end of the day. With critical appraisal making up 40% of the questions in the MRCPsych Paper 3, we fully expect these psychiatrists to pass the exam with flying colours. Good luck everyone!

Critical Appraisal Workshop in London

 Wednesday 26 January 2011    United Kingdom | Workshop


Critical Appraisal Workshop in London

We're busy preparing for the first Critical Appraisal Two Day Workshop which takes place on 26-27 February 2011 in the fabulous Hilton London Metropole. Building on the success of the Critical Appraisal One Day Course, the new event takes place over two days and offers a great opportunity to learn about critical appraisal and practice critically appraising real clinical papers. Although based on the Critical Appraisal One Day Course, a lot of the material is new because it is sourced from the upcoming 2011 version of the Critical Appraisal Online Course. We're really excited about the new content and we know that delegates will leave the workshop as experts in critical appraisal. Reserve your place today as places are limited due to the workshop format of the event.

Compare critical appraisal courses easily

 Friday 21 January 2011    Masterclass | Online course | Website | Workshop


Compare critical appraisal courses easily

To make it even easier to compare course features, we've introduced a new comparison page. The table format makes it easy to select the right course for you. You can also access brochures to download and print.

Critical Appraisal One Day Course in Birmingham

 Wednesday 12 January 2011    Masterclass | United Kingdom


Critical Appraisal One Day Course in Birmingham

On 29 January 2011 the Critical Appraisal One Day Course will take place in Birmingham at the Crowne Plaza Birmingham NEC. Delegates will be taught everything they need to know about appraising clinical papers in one intensive day. We've improved the course handout with more exercises to illustrate key learning points. We're excited about the updated material as it includes material from the 2011 version of the Critical Appraisal Online Course which is due online shortly. Book your place soon as this course will sell out.

Keeping up-to-date with Critical Appraisal

 Friday 07 January 2011    Website


Keeping up-to-date with Critical Appraisal

With a lot of updates and additions coming to the Critical Appraisal website over the next few months we've been thinking about how best to keep everyone informed in a timely manner. We've always had a newsletter but we don't want to be sending emails too often. We have therefore now got a Twitter account and a Facebook page. We'll still send out a monthly newsletter by email but we will post more regular updates on this blog, Twitter and Facebook.

Critical Appraisal - 3rd Implant Dentistry Consensus UAE

 Friday 17 December 2010    Bespoke course | Conference | Dentistry | United Arab Emirates


Critical Appraisal - 3rd Implant Dentistry Consensus UAE

Superego Cafe is proud to support the 3rd Implant Dentistry Consensus 2010 on 17 December 2010 at the University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Over 200 delegates are being provided with access to the Critical Appraisal Online Course.

Critical Appraisal Two Day Workshops - new for 2011

 Friday 17 December 2010    United Kingdom | Workshop


Critical Appraisal Two Day Workshops - new for 2011

On 26-27 February 2011 we'll be running our brand new Critical Appraisal Two Day Workshop in London. The workshop covers the same knowledge and skills as the Critical Appraisal One Day Course but the extra time allows us to focus much more on practical exercises and appraising real clinical papers. We've run similar bespoke events in the past but this is the first time we're running a workshop open to everyone. Reservations are now being accepted. Book your place today because places are limited.

New venues for the Critical Appraisal One Day Course

 Thursday 16 December 2010    Masterclass | United Kingdom


New venues for the Critical Appraisal One Day Course

So far the Critical Appraisal One Day Course has taken place regularly in London, Birmingham and Manchester. In 2011 we are making it even easier for people to attend the course by also using venues in Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Leeds. Today we are announcing 7 Critical Appraisal One Day Courses in 2011. Visit the course booking page to view the full list of venues and dates.

Critical Appraisal Course in Singapore

 Friday 29 October 2010    Masterclass | Singapore


Critical Appraisal Course in Singapore

The Shangri-La Hotel provided an excellent setting for the first Critical Appraisal Course in Singapore on 28 October 2010. Previously Superego Cafe has held training events at the Conrad Hotel in Hong Kong but with delegates flying from Singapore to attend those courses, it made sense to hold an event in Singapore. Senior and junior clinicians from various specialties joined us for a day of critical appraisal skills training. It was an intensive day, helped considerably by the tremendous hospitality offered by conference centre staff. At Superego Cafe we've always taken the attitude that training events should take place in comfortable surroundings. We don't think any of the Singaporean delegates would disagree!

Sydney hosts the Critical Appraisal Course

 Monday 25 October 2010    Australia | Masterclass


Sydney hosts the Critical Appraisal Course

Superego Cafe ran the Critical Appraisal One Day Course in Sydney on 22 October 2010, for the second time in 2010. As usual the Hilton Sydney looked after our delegates very well, with comfortable surroundings, delicious food and Xbox 360 consoles for use during the breaks! We received fantastic feedback on our teaching skills from our delegates, who came from a mixture of medical and research backgrounds. Thanks to everyone for making us feel so welcome. We'll be back in 2011!

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