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Surgical Intervention Trials Unit

Bristol, Oxford, Aberdeen Surgical Trials Intervention Course (BOASTiC)

RCS Accreditation

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This three-day surgical research training event on surgical trials is for foundation, core and specialist trainees of all surgical specialities. It is run annually by the Bristol, Oxford and Aberdeen Surgical Trials Units. The RCSI-NSRSC in partnership with the HRB-TMRN and the UK Surgical Trials Units are hosting this year's BOASTiC for the first time in Ireland.

The course is accredited by RCSEng and will be delivered by well-renowned local and international experts in surgical trials and trial methodology. Students work collaboratively to learn how to design and conduct Randomised Controlled Trials in surgery that answer research questions of relevance to surgeons and patients.

Registration: Places are very limited so apply today by completing this form;

Please note registration does not guarantee a place. Applications will be reviewed after the closing date and you will be notified if you have been offered a place on the course. This is to ensure an equal distribution across specialties and stage of training. Once notified the course fee payment and confirmation of study leave are required to secure your place on the course. Please note that it is necessary to commit to all three days.

Course Fee: €300

The course fee covers lunches, refreshments and one conference dinner. Accommodation, travel, and the remaining dinner are not covered.

The course will cover;

  • Formulation of a research question
  • Trial design
  • Outcome measures
  • Protocol generation
  • Pilot and Feasibility
  • Recruitment & Retention optimisation
  • Some statistics
  • Conduct of trials
  • “Design a trial”
  • Experienced faculty and guest lecturers

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