The Scientific Methods And Research Techniques (SMART) course is a research methodology course designed for anaesthetists in training, organised by the Cambridge University Division of Anaesthesia at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. Aimed at post fellowship/membership trainees, the course provides an introduction to the research process, from setting up a project and gaining ethical approval through gathering and analyzing the data to presenting the results and peer review.
It has long been recognised that a firm grounding in the principles of research is an essential part of anaesthetic training. The SMART course objectives map to the Royal College of Anaesthetists Higher “Academic & Research” Competencies for the CCT in anaesthesia, pain and intensive care medicine.
The course has a strong interactive focus presented by experienced researchers with hands-on computer sessions, so places are strictly limited to 25. The course is subsidised by the East of England Deanery, therefore applications from the region will be considered first and at a preferential rate.
The SMART course event is approved by the Royal College of Anaesthetists for 15 CPD credits.
- Principles of statistics: Hypothesis testing, significance testing, distributions and power
- Hands-on statistical analysis
- Presenting your ideas – Getting the most from Excel and PowerPoint
- Peer review and getting published
- Research and industry
- The role of research
- Career pathways in research
- Literature review
- Critical appraisal
- Study design and methodology
- Gaining ethical approval
- Recruiting patients
- Running a study and dealing with problems
Dates for the 2018 SMART course will be confirmed in February 2018.
SMART course numbers are strictly limited and the application deadline is [to be advised]. As the course is subsidised by Postgraduate School of Anaesthesia in Eastern Deanery, anaesthetic applicants from the Eastern Region will be considered preferentially on a first-come, first-serve basis. The cost for the 2018 SMART Course for Eastern Deanery applicants and for National and International applicants are under review.
Applications from outside the region and other specialities [Emergency medicine, surgery and acute medical] trainees are welcome, and will be considered for remaining places. The programme will be announced shortly through the Addenbrooke’s Hospital Post-Graduate Medical Education Centre (PGMC) at a later date. Links to the SMART course programme for 2018 will be posted here at a later date.
The new format of the SMART course was again well received by all candidates. Previous comments received:
“Very good course, well organised, amazing feat to fit so much information into 3 days.”
“Fantastic overview of research, pitched to the right level”
“Excellent course, comprehensive, enthusiastic and expert speakers”
“Highly recommended course for anybody who wants to do research”
“One of the best value courses I have ever attended, it covers the RCOA research competencies and is therefore useful for anaesthetic and intensive care trainees”