Health Research Training Workshop, Washington, DC, March 14-15, 2019
The media plays a key role in ensuring those who most benefit from new medical research understand the data and findings presented in studies. One of the media’s roles is to cut through the hype and complexities of new studies when they show promising results. The Health Research Training Workshop will bring together medical writers, journalists, medical experts, and groundbreaking researchers to help them communicate more clearly with each other and enable writers to communicate with their audiences.

If you are a medical writer or journalist who wants to improve your understanding of new research comparing the effectiveness of various treatments and prevention strategies, and to network with other journalists and researchers from major medical centers, please complete this form to apply. Workshop training certificates will be awarded upon completion.

Full Name (Last, First) *
Email *
City, State, Zip Code *
Please explain briefly why you are interested in this workshop. *
Please upload a resume or bio that includes experience in journalism or medical writing, educational background, and other relevant information. *
How often do you write about newly published studies of medical treatments or prevention methods? *
All the time
Briefly describe the audience you currently reach. If you currently work for a media outlet, please list it. *
The following questions aim to ascertain which research issues applicants understand and which could benefit from training.
How would you describe your knowledge of clinical trial design (e.g. randomization, control groups, blinding)? *
Very little knowledge
What is your level of knowledge about statistical significance and how it relates to sample size or clinically meaningful results? *
Very little knowledge
How much do you know about the way financial conflicts of interest influence published medical research results? *
Very little knowledge
How knowledgeable are you about what questions to ask when new study results conflict with clinical guidelines or previous research results? *
Very little knowledge
How would you describe your knowledge about alternatives to clinical trials, such as pragmatic clinical trials, "big data", or other real world evidence? *
Very little knowledge
Have you ever written an article about a study supported by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute® (PCORI®)? *
The National Center for Health Research is an independent, nonprofit think tank focused on medical and public health issues, and does not accept funding from pharmaceutical or medical device companies. This workshop is funded by a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute® (PCORI®) Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award (8598-NCHR). PCORI® is an independent, nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions.
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