Workshop Session

Session Objectives

General Session: Getting your First Paper Accepted- J. Co
After this session, fellows should be able to:

  • Understand the characteristics of interesting research questions, and select the appropriate research methods to answer those questions
  • Summarize the key components of a manuscript, and effectively write these sections
  • Identify the common reasons for manuscript revision/rejection, and effectively respond to constructive criticism from peer reviewers

General Session: Writing a Grant Application- E. Boyer

  • Outline key considerations in preparing a manuscript for publication;
  • List strategies for effective grant writing
    • a. To describe strategies for identifying potential research topics
    • b. To describe strategies for identifying collaborators;
    • c. To describe key aspects of grantsmanship; and
    • d. To describe novel approaches to grant writing.
  • Navigate the process to obtain institutional approval for research;
  • Choose appropriate methods to answer a clinical or educational research question;
  • Describe common methods of data analysis used in quantitative and qualitative research;
  • Practice skills needed to lead teams in achieving significant project/program outcomes.

Workshop A: Survey Design- B. Dreyer
At the end of the workshop:

  • Attendees will describe and write unambiguous factual questions for survey
  • Attendees will identify and explain the principles used to reduce social desirability in surveys and questionnaires.
  • Attendees will recognize the variations in questions of subjective states and opinions and produce questions in "likert" format that accurately measure those states.

Workshop B: Qualitative Research- E. Abramson and J. Richardson
Through this session, fellows will gain a broad overview of qualitative research. We will explore reasons for choosing qualitative methodology to answer a research question and fellows will be given hands on experience with data collection methods including interview techniques. Fellows will be given first-hand experience in analyzing qualitative data and will receive instruction on strategies for presenting qualitative data for presentations or publications. We will also discuss ethical challenges and best practices for handling qualitative data. Finally, fellows will be given opportunities to develop qualitative research questions based on their own areas of interest and explore and refine research strategies with peers and expert facilitators. Fellows will leave with materials to take back for use at their own program.
By the end of this session, fellows will be able to:

  • Identify when qualitative methodology is appropriate for answering a research question
  • Understand qualitative research principles for data collection, analysis and dissemination
  • Understand the challenges associated with collecting and managing qualitative data

Workshop C: Educational Research- M. Gusic and P. Hicks

  • Draft an educational research question arising from one's work with learners or educational programs
  • Design a study using appropriate methods (quantitative and qualitative) to answer the question and analyze study outcomes
  • List strategies to avoid common pitfalls in designing and implementing educational research

Workshop D: Designing a Clinical Research Study -L. Nigrovic and M.Neuman

  • How to choose a research question
  • What are the types of clinical study designs? What are the strengths and weaknesses of various studies?
  • How to design a study to answer your research question

Workshop E: Successfully Navigating the IRB -J. Kesselheim

  • Develop insight into the development of ethical standards to protect human research subjects
  • Articulate the 7 requirements for ethical research
  • Apply key ethical concepts in order to successfully gain protocol approval from your local Institutional Review Board. Specifically, participants will master
    • a. Informed consent
    • b. Balancing benefits and risks
    • c. Therapeutic misconception
    • d. Pediatric assent

Workshop F: Leading Innovative Projects Requires Skills, Planning, Networking, and Work!- N. Spector and T. Sectish

  • List steps to manage and lead teams
  • Create a Professional Development Plan
  • Articulate effective methods to lead meetings and conference calls
  • Create an action plan for your current professional project
  • Identify members of your professional network to assist you with your project




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