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Research Workshop

Research Workshop

GME Research Workshop – Conducting Research and Evidence-Based Medicine Fall 2020

Message from the Director

On behalf of Creighton GME, I would like to invite you all for our annual research workshop. This is developed to assist house staff and faculty in the scholarly activity. This includes development of a research training curriculum designed to advance house staff knowledge of the basic principles of research, including how research is conducted, evaluated, explained to patients, and applied to patient care.

Kalyana C. Nandipati, MB,BS
Associate Professor
Assistant Director, Assistant Program Director of Surgery
School of Medicine

Course Description

This curriculum will provide the information necessary to initiate and complete a quality research project. The workshop consists of two days, each contains four hours. The February 7th session covers prep-for-research activities and manuscript development, whereas the February 21st session provides a survey biostatistical methods with a specific focus on creating effective consumers of the published literature. This workshop uses examples from the literature throughout.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn how to develop operationally defined research questions and testable hypotheses
  2. Learn how to conduct effective literature searches
  3. Familiarize yourself with research support contacts throughout the School of Medicine
  4. Understand how to initiate a prospective or retrospective research project
  5. Learn what data is available and the typical outcomes of interest
  6. Understand the components of a manuscript, requirements for authorship, and the timeline of the peer-review process
  7. Recognize the inherent link between study design and statistical analysis
  8. Assess statistical methods for appropriateness based on the nature of the data and relate the analyses back to the specific aim or research question being tested
  9. Understand and discuss the appropriate types of analyses given the nature of the variables under consideration
  10. Learn to identify a quality systematic review and understand the basics of meta-analysis

Recommended Textbooks (not required)

Altman, D. G., Machin, D., Bryant, T. N., & Gardner, M. J. (Eds). (2000). Statistics with confidence: Confidence intervals and statistical guidelines (2nd ed.). BMJ Books.

Motulsky, H. (2016). Essential biostatistics: A nonmathematical approach. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN-13: 978-0199365067.

Meeting Timing, Location and Registration

The lectures are organized into two modules, each consisting of four 45-minute lectures (see lecture schedule below). You can attend any session; although, it is recommended that you attend module A before attending module B. Regardless of delivery date, within-module content will be consistent.

Date Time Location

February 7, 2020

7:30am to 12pm

CUMC Bergan 11661 B&C

February 21, 2020

7:30am to 12pm

CUMC Bergan 11661 B&C

Pre-Workshop Evaluation Questionnaire

Post-Workshop Evaluation

Lecture Schedule







Introduction, Developing a Research Question and Testable Hypotheses



Health Sciences Library: Database Searches,

MeSH Terms



Initiating a Research Project, Obtaining Data,

Available Databases



Manuscript Development and Authorship





EBM I: Descriptive Statistics, Decision Errors,

Statistical Power



EBM II: Inferential Statistics for

Continuous Outcomes



EBM III: Inferential Statistics for

Categorical Outcomes



EBM IV: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis


Course Director

Ryan W. Walters, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
CHI Health CUMC-Bergan Mercy
CU Education Building, Suite 502, Room 51266
RyanWalters [at] creighton [dot] edu

Course Faculty

John Mitchell, MLS

Department Head of User Services
Health Sciences Library
JohnMitchell [at] creighton [dot] edu