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Emergency Medicine Research Course 2024

The Emergency Medicine Research Course is a semester-long program run conjointly by Monash University and The Alfred Emergency & Trauma Centre. The course is made up of two postgraduate units Emergency Medicine Research Methods and Evidence Based Medicine (12 credit points). This course can either be completed as a standalone certificate, or as one unit towards the Master of Public Health with Monash University.

📅 Semester 1 2024: Monday 26 February – Sunday 30 June 2024 Registrations open

📅 Semester 2 2024: Monday 22 July – Sunday 24 November 2024 Registrations open March 2024 - Email to join the waitlist

EMERGENCY MEDICINE RESEARCH COURSE
A STANDALONE CERTIFICATE COURSE OR 12 CREDIT POINTS TOWARDS A MASTERS PROGRAM

 

OVERVIEW

The Emergency Medicine Research Course is a semester-long program run conjointly by Monash University and The Alfred Emergency & Trauma Centre.

The course is made up of two postgraduate units Emergency Medicine Research Methods and Evidence Based Medicine (12 credit points):

  • Emergency Medicine Research Methods enables students to acquire the necessary practical skills to design and conduct a research project.
  • Evidence Based Medicine aims to equip students with the necessary skills to identify and incorporate the best available research evidence to their clinical training and clinical practice.

Participants will have regular, interactive contact with the course faculty. The program involves completion of self-directed weekly online study modules, four assignments and two sets of intensive  days. It is delivered part time and requires a commitment of approximately 20-30 hours a week.

This course can either be completed as a standalone certificate, or as one unit towards the Master of Public Health with Monash University.

This course also satisfies completion of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) 4.10 requirement.

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
  • Advanced trainees in Emergency Medicine: successful completion satisfies the research requirement for ACEM.
  • Clinicians with an interest in emergency medicine research.

 

DATES

SEMESTER 1, 2024
Monday 26 February – Sunday 30 June 2024
Intensive day 1 & 2: Monday 18 & Tuesday 19 March 2024
Intensive day 3 & 4: Monday 20 & Tuesday 21 May 2024

SEMESTER 2, 2024
Monday 24 July – Sunday 24 November 2024
Intensive day 1 & 2: Monday 12 & Tuesday 13 August 2024
Intensive day 3 & 4: Monday 14 & Tuesday 15 October 2024

FORMAT

The Emergency Medicine Research Course course is a semester long university program.

The course format will include:

  • Weekly online readings
  • A weekly online discussion task
  • Online video podcasts
  • Intensive day attendance

 

RESEARCH METHODS

This subject covers:

  • Introduction to research methods used in observational studies
  • Practical skills required in the design and assessment of a research project
  • Protocol design, including study type selection, introduction to questionnaire design, sampling methods, and ethics approval
  • Planning data management and statistical analysis and developing a study budget
  • Introduction to the role of qualitative research

Content overview:

  • Introduction to PICO
  • Choosing a study design
  • Introduction to statistics for research
  • Subject selection
  • Measurement
  • Bias and confounding
  • Trials in critical care; statistical issues
  • Data input & management
  • Diagnostic tests; research ethics
  • Funding; and qualitative methods

 

EVIDENCE BASED MEDICINE

This subject covers:

  • Formulating answerable clinical questions
  • Scientific literature searches
  • Critical appraisal of scientific literature and evidence based guidelines
  • Application of research to clinical practice
  • Barriers to changing practice

Content overview:

  • Introduction to evidence based medicine
  • Asking an answerable question
  • Research designs
  • Searching the literature
  • P values and Confidence Intervals
  • Interpreting data
  • Data Quality and missing data
  • Bias and confounding
  • Critically appraising studies of therapy
  • Critically appraising studies of harm
  • Critically appraising studies of diagnosis
  • Understanding systematic reviews
  • Critically appraising studies of prognosis
 

ASSESSMENT SUMMARY

The course consists of two subjects:

  1. Research Methods
  2. Evidence Based Medicine

There are three assessment tasks for each subject:

  • Assignment 1
  • Assignment 2
  • Online exercises

Each subject has online tasks due at the end of each week. The online tasks are designed to encourage group learning.

The course includes four compulsory intensive days.

The course can be successfully completed only after concurrent completion of both subjects. There is no scope for repeating one subject.

 

GRADING

Your final grade for the subject will be reported according to the following grades:

HD – High Distinction ≥80%
D – Distinction 70-79%
C – Credit 60-69%
P – Pass 50-59%
N – Fail <50%

 

COURSE COMPLETION

On completion of this course students will receive certification from Monash University. This certificate will indicate competency in the learning objectives described in the course overview. Credit towards  Masters programs can be obtained.

INTENSIVE DAYS
The program involves completion of two sets of intensive  days.

  Monday Tuesday
Intensive days 1 & 2 Self-directed Hybrid
Intensive days 3 & 4 Self-directed Online only
REGISTRATION FEES
  • $4,950.00 per person
  • Course fee includes all required learning resources.

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
  • In very rare cases, due to clinical demand or other unforeseen, unavoidable reasons, courses may need to be cancelled. In this instance registrants will be advised urgently and will receive a full refund for registration fees.
  • If you are no longer able to attend this course you may transfer the fees to the next available date.
  • If you are no longer able to attend this course you may transfer course fees to another person without penalty.
  • All transfer requests must be made in writing.

 

REFUND POLICY
  • Cancellation more than 30 days before the event: 70% refund.
  • Cancellation less than 30 days: no refund.
  • Cancellation must be in writing.

 

 

Professor Peter Cameron is Academic Director of Alfred Health Emergency, and Professor of Emergency, and Precinct Lead of the Alfred-Monash Research and Education Precinct. He is Past President of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and the International Federation for Emergency Medicine. He has also just completed his term as the Clinical Lead for the Emergency Clinical Care Network for Victoria.
Professor Dev Mitra is a Consultant Emergency Physician and director of Emergency Medicine Research at Alfred Health. Following completion of his Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Melbourne, he completed a Masters in Health Services Management (Monash University) and PhD on acute traumatic coagulopathy (Monash University). Prof. Mitra is a member of the Clinical and Consumer Reference Group for The National Blood Authority, Australia and a member of the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood advisory committee.
A/Prof Gerard O’Reilly is a senior Emergency Physician and Head of Global Programs at the Alfred Emergency & Trauma Centre, Head of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and NHMRC Research Fellow at the National Trauma Research Institute and Associate Professor at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
Adjunct A/Prof Paul Jennings is a Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance Paramedic with Ambulance Victoria (AV) and is currently the Regional Improvement Lead for the Barwon South West Region. He holds an adjunct Associate Professor appointment in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine and the Department of Paramedicine, Monash University. Paul is currently a Clinical Advisor and Authorised Panel Member to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency’s Board of Paramedicine.
Ms Cristina Roman is the Lead Pharmacist at The Alfred Emergency and Trauma Centre with over 10 years of clinical experience in emergency medicine. She manages a team of pharmacists that provide comprehensive clinical services to the Emergency and Trauma Centre across extended hours. Current services include daily Emergency Short Stay ward round involvement, Partnered Pharmacist Medication Charting in collaboration with the medical officer, involvement in Stroke Callouts, Stroke Alerts, Sepsis Alerts and Code STEMI.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I complete one unit each semester? i.e Evidence Based Medicine in semester 1 and Research Methods in semester 2.
No, both units need to be completed in the same semester in order to successfully complete the course.

I am trying to sign up to the course however I notice “0 available” on the website, does this mean I am unable to register for this course?
Yes, it means all the places have been filled. You can email us (med-emergency.education@monash.edu) to be placed on the waiting list and you will notified if a place becomes available or when the next course opens for registration.

Can I pay for the course in instalments?
No, the course needs to be paid in full at the time of purchasing.

Is there any pre-reading or pre-course material I can start prior to commencing the course?
No, as much as we admire the motivation to get started early, unfortunately there is no pre-reading for this course.

For more information about this course, please contact the Course Coordinator.

Jessica Currie
Alfred Emergency Education
Email: med-emergency.education@monash.edu
Telephone: +61 3 9076 8423