The Practice of Evidence-Based Health Care (Surgery)
The Practice of Evidence-Based Health Care (Surgery) course introduces the basic concepts and skills of evidence-based health care. It provides students with an understanding of the background to the evidence-based approach and covers the basics of scientific methodology and study design as applied to clinical research. It allows students to confidently interpret the scientific literature relevant to their own practice, and equips them to be able to design appropriate evaluation methods for research and audit projects they may become involved in.
The course is a one-week module from the Surgical Science and Practice programme. It can be taken as a stand-alone short course or as part of the MSc in Surgical Science and Practice. It is also possible to apply for a version of the course that does not contain a surgical emphasis.
By the end of the course students will be able to:
- Formulate an answerable clinical question
- Search for relevant publications quickly and efficiently
- Critically appraise various types of studies, including randomised controlled trials (RCTs), systematic reviews of RCTs, diagnostic, prognostic and qualitative studies
- Understand some basic statistical concepts required to interpret studies
- Gain some insight into ethical issues surrounding evidence-based health care
- Consider translation of evidence into practice.
Offered by Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences and the Department for Continuing Education’s CPD Centre, the course is led by Prof Peter McCulloch, Professor of Surgical Science and Practice at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences and Dr David Nunan, Departmental Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow, Nuffield Department of Primary Care. It features face-to-face lectures and small group tutorials.
Teaching is delivered in conjunction with Oxford's Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, the UK's top-ranked department in this field (Research Assessment Exercise 2008), and the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine.
Small group tutorials provide greater insight from a specifically surgical perspective. Study before and after the course is supported by a rich virtual learning environment.
This course can be taken:
- as a 5 day short course (for credit or not for credit)
- as part of the MSc in Surgical Science and Practice
- as part of the Evidence-Based Health Care programme
A non-surgical version of the course is also available. For more information or to apply, please see the following course page: The Practice of Evidence-Based Health Care.
This course will be held at the Department for Continuing Education, Rewley House, Oxford.
Short course participants who do not wish to undertake the assessed work required for academic credit but who do satisfy the course attendance requirements will receive a certificate of attendance.
Those successfully completing the course for credit can request a CATS point transcript.
Accommodation is available at the Rewley House Residential Centre, within the Department for Continuing Education, in central Oxford. The comfortable, en-suite, study-bedrooms have been rated as 4-Star Campus accommodation under the Quality In Tourism scheme, and come with tea- and coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi access and Freeview TV. Guests can take advantage of the excellent dining facilities and common room bar, where they may relax and network with others on the programme.
This course uses the Department’s online assignment submission system and online courseware. In order to participate in the course, and to prepare and submit your course assignments you will need access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification. Students of this course may use the student computing facilities provided in Departmental buildings.
Short course in Surgical Science and Practice (Fee tbc): £2135.00
Students enrolled on MSc in Surgical Science and Practice(tbc): £1790.00
Details of funding opportunities including grants, bursaries and scholarships are available on our sources of funding page.
The course fee includes:
- Course materials
- Refreshments and a three course lunch on each day of the course
- Access to the following University of Oxford libraries and services:
- Radcliffe Science Library
- Rewley House Continuing Education Library
- Bodleian Libraries e-Resources
- Access to facilities from the Department of Continuing Education, including:
- The Graduate School
- WebLearn virtual learning environment
- Wi-fi access through Oxford Wireless LAN (OWL).
Prof Peter McCulloch
Director & Tutor
Peter McCulloch is a Professor in Surgery and Clinical Reader in Surgery with the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences.
Director, Quality, Reliability, Safety and Teamwork Unit.
Member of the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, University of Oxford.
Peter McCulloch is the Programme Director for the MSc in Surgical Science and Practice, co-lead for the module on Scientific Methodology and Evidence and is an Honorary Consultant in Upper GI Surgery at the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Trust.
He is Director of the Quality, Reliability, Safety and Teamwork Unit, a research group working on safety and quality in surgery, and co-ordinator of IDEAL, an international network dedicated to improving the scientific evaluation of surgery and interventional therapies.
Peter McCulloch is a Professor of Surgical Science & Practice in the Nuffield Department of Surgical Science. He is the Programme Director for the MSc in Surgical Science and Practice, co-lead for the module on Scientific Methodology and Evidence and is an Honorary Consultant in Upper GI Surgery at the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Trust. He is interested in surgical evidence, and is Chair of the IDEAL Collaboration, an international network dedicated to improving the scientific evaluation of surgery and interventional therapies, as well as deputy Director of the Oxford Surgical and Interventional Trials Unit (SITU). His other major research interest is in patient safety in surgery, where he is Director of a research group (Quality, Reliability, Safety and Teamwork Unit, QRSTU) and Co-Director of the Patient Safety Academy.
Dr David Nunan
David Nunan is a Research Fellow in Evidence-Based Practice and Physical Activity
Assessment will be based on submission of a set written assignment, not exceeding 4,000 words. The assessment is only undertaken by those taking the course for academic credit.
Those wishing to may apply to take the course with accreditation. The University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education offers Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points for the course. Participants attending at least 80% of the taught course and successfully completing assessed assignments are eligible to earn credit equivalent to 20 CATS-equivalent points which may be counted towards a postgraduate qualification.
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This course requires you to complete and submit the application form below and a copy of your CV. If you are applying to take this course for academic credit you will also need to complete section two of the reference form and forward it to your referee for completion. Please note that if you are not applying to take the course for academic credit then you do not need to submit a reference.
Please ensure you read the guidance notes before completing the application form, as any errors resulting from failure to do so may delay your application.
Application deadline: 3 October 2016
Places on the course are limited, so early application is strongly recommended. Once we have received your completed application it will be considered by the admissions panel.
This course is part of the MSc in Surgical Science and Practice. If you would like to apply for the MSc in Surgical Science and Practice please visit the programme page.
To apply for this course you should:
- be a graduate or have successfully completed a professional training course
- have at least two years' professional work experience in the health service or a health-related field
- be able to combine intensive classroom learning with the application of the principles and practices within the work place
- demonstrate a suitable level of English (if this is not your first language).
Terms and conditions
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Sources of funding
Information on financial support