The course, taught by faculty from the College of Medicine and School of Public Health, is intended for physicians, medical students and all other members of the Downstate Medical Center community who wish to enhance their ability to critically evaluate the published research literature and/or are contemplating (or currently involved in) designing research projects, writing grant proposals, or conducting research for publication in peer-reviewed journals or presentation at medical society meetings.  Its purpose is to provide a broad framework for understanding:

·         the principles of problem definition and hypothesis construction

·         the logic and practical application of research design and statistics

·         the purpose, design and evaluation of psychometric instruments (self-reports)

·         the fundamentals of writing a research protocol

·         ethical issues in selecting, handling, and treating human subjects

·         the guidelines for assembling and interpreting results, evaluating and writing scientific manuscripts and publishing studies

The course, sponsored by the SUNY Downstate Department of Medicine, is open to all interested members of the Downstate academic community free of cost to participants.  The course is an approved elective for MS1 and MS2 students, an approved selective for MS4 students, and is CME approved for a maximum of 18 AMA/PRA Category 1 Credits™ (1 credit per lecture) for eligible participants.

Recommended text: Principles of Research Methodology: a Guide for Clinical Investigators. Phyllis G. Supino, Jeffrey S. Borer (eds); Springer June 2012.

Lecture Hall 4
August 3, 2016 - December 14, 2016
Sign In & Dinner 4:30pm
Class 5:00pm - 6:00pm

The syllabus is available at  For further information, please contact

* 1. Contact Information

* 3. Do you have a faculty appointment at Downstate or elsewhere?  If so, please state the location.

* 4. What is your primary area of research?

* 5. Why are you interested in taking this course?

* 6. For postgraduate (attending) physicians: Are you taking this course for CME credit?

* 7. For residents or fellows: Are you attending this course to fulfill a formal educational requirement?

* 8. If yes, please enter the contact information of your program director.

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