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. The course is subsidised by the East of England Deanery, therefore applications from the region will be considered first and at a preferential rate.
In the past the SMART course event has been 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
UPDATE: The planned (spring) online SMART course has been postponed because of COVID19. We hope to run an online course in November 2021. Further details will be posted here as soon as possible, most likely early June.
The course will run online for 4 weeks with 4-5 mandatory live lectures, 2 one week and 1 on the other 3 weeks. The mandatory live/interactive sessions will be given twice in two groups of 20 people on two different days to allow as many to attend as possible. All other lectures will be done live but can be done on catch up during the 4 weeks at any time. You will need to complete all the mandatory live lectures and the other lectures either live or by catch up to be certificated.
Dates for the mandatory lectures will be agreed in advance in time to apply for study leave. Further details and the cost for delegates will be posted around Easter 2021.
For advance bookings/expression of interest contact: Ann Bloomfield (email@example.com).
The online SMART course numbers will be limited to 40 attendees and the cost for this will be posted at the same time the course details and dates are posted.
Applications from outside the region and other specialities [Emergency medicine, surgery and acute medical] trainees are welcome and will be considered for any remaining places. The programme will be announced shortly through the Addenbrooke’s Hospital Post-Graduate Medical Education Centre (PGMC) at a later date.
An updated SMART course programme will be posted here soon.
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”