Pediatric Hospital Medicine 2012

Research 101: Understanding the Research Process and Avoiding Common Pitfalls
Derek Williams, Susan Wu
At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Acquire basic knowledge of the research process and discuss the key elements
  2. Identify common barriers (and potential solutions) to successfully completing your project
  3. Formulate a research question that is relevant, practical, and impacts care

This highly interactive workshop is the first of a 3-part research skills series, and is geared towards anyone interested in learning more about research, regardless of level of training, practice setting, or available resources. During the session, participants will gain a better understanding of the research process, including key elements essential for successful completion of your project. We will also review common challenges when first getting started with a project and discuss potential solutions. Core topics include: mentorship and collaboration; choosing the question; study design and data management; human subjects protections; institutional resources and support; and funding. A small group activity will allow participants to practice what they've learned by working with their peers to develop a high-quality research question (of their choosing - come with ideas!) that is relevant, practical, and impactful. The session will conclude with a discussion of each group's work as well as a brief question and answer period.




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