The Introduction to Clinical Research Training – Dubai program curriculum will deliver introductory training in clinical research. The program consists of online lectures, live webinar sessions and two three-day workshops in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Content includes epidemiology, biostatistics, study design, scientific writing, dissection of scientific papers, management and leadership.
The interactive workshop curriculum will focus on hands-on development of clinical research skills. Key elements of the workshop will include practical exercises in manuscript and research proposal development, critical assessment of the medical literature and practical training in statistical software using real-life data sets. In addition, we provide training in mentorship, academic career development and leadership, and create a comfortable active learning environment where opportunities for knowledge retention and networking abound.
Workshop 1: March 7–9, 2020 (Dubai)
Workshop 2: September 19–21, 2020 (Dubai)
Teams will work together on assignments throughout the duration of the program. The team assignments are designed to promote collaboration and interaction. Students will be randomly allocated to teams at the beginning of the program. All members of the team are expected to contribute to team assignments and present team assignments to faculty.
All students will be expected to complete assignments and quizzes which will be graded as "pass" or "fail.".
Online Lectures & Webinars
Introduction to Epidemiology
Introduction, overview, definition, outcome measurements
Causal Inference; measures of association
Study design - Randomized controlled trials
Study design - Cohort Studies
Study design - Case-Control studies
Confounding and Bias
Methods for Controlling Confounding, Matching, Effect Modification
Introduction to Biostatistics
Introduction, measures of location, normal distribution
Estimation, Central Limit Theorem, Confidence Intervals
Hypothesis testing, one-sample and two-sample t-tests
Hypothesis testing, non-parametric one-sample and two-sample t-tests
Analysis of proportions
Power and Sample Size
Introduction to Linear Regression
Multiple Linear Regression
Introduction to Logistic Regression
Stata Workshop 1
Stata Workshop 2
Stata Workshop 3
Stata Workshop 4
Stata Workshop 5
Stata Workshop 6
Stata Workshop 7
Stata Workshop 8
Design and Ethical Considerations
Protocol and Endpoints
Population, Recruitment and Baseline Assessment
Randomization, Stratification and Blinding
Protection of Subjects
Informed Consent: Role of the Institutional Review Board
Ethical Issues in Children
Epidemiology Lectures Question and Answer
Introduction to Stata
Hypothesis testing with Stata
Biostatistics Question and Answer
Power and Sample Size Using Stata
Ethics Case Study with Question and Answer
How to PubMed
Epidemiology Final Exam Review Session
Biostatistics Final Exam Review Session
All students must complete the following academic and attendance requirements in order to be granted a Certificate of Completion from Harvard Medical School.
Workshop Attendance Requirements
Attendance at the program's workshops is a requirement. If a student cannot attend a workshop, a petition must be submitted to the ICRT Education Committee for review and approval.
Assignments & Quizzes
Students are required to complete and pass all individual assignments and quizzes, and actively participate and contribute to team assignments, including team presentations.
The program requires students to attend scheduled live webinars. If a student cannot attend a live webinar due to occasional scheduling conflicts, it is possible to review the recording of the webinar. Students are expected to view a minimum of 75% of the webinars.