Programme Update and News
New Module Coordinators
Prof Trish Greenhalgh – Earlier this year Trish joined the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences as Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences and will be coordinating the Knowledge into Action module (9 – 13 May 2016) along with Dr Kamal Mahtani. Read more about Trish here.
Dr Kamal Mahtani – Kamal is Deputy Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine and is already an integral part of the EBHC Programme. He will coordinate the Knowledge into Action module (9 – 13 May 2016) along with Prof Trish Greenhalgh. Read more about Kamal here.
Dr Emma Ogburn – Emma, as Senior Clinical Trials Manager at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, wll coordinate the Clinical Trial Management module (11 – 15 April 2016). Read more about Emma here.
Dr Jason Oke – Jason actually took over as Module Coordinator for the online module Introduction to Statistics for Health Care Research (18 January – 26 March 2016 and 16 May – 22 July 2016) near the end of the past academic year after being the tutor for the same course earlier. Read more about Jason here.
Welcome! – Amy Price, Student Representative for the DPhil Programme
As we are entering the new academic year I want to introduce myself and welcome you. Congratulations for getting this far! I am Amy Price your student rep for the EBHC DPHIL programme. If you have innovative ideas, practical support ideas, issues you would like to share or something you would like to see us do as a group, please contact me. If you come across great resources or things to recommend like an encouraging video, software please email me and I will get the message to all of us.
We have the FAQ’s on the forum that will show you things like how to use the department printer, how to get in the building with your student card and alert you to perks like you can punt for free, use a bike owned by Kellogg, use the community Kellogg locker and make yourself a beverage at Kellogg College, Rewley House, or the department. You may not know that as a member of Kellogg you can apply for bursaries and travel grants offered by the college and you get three free lunches every term. If your FAQs are not the ones on the paper just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will try to get you information you need or direct you to someone who can. I am always happy to meet up for a coffee or a meal when I am in Oxford or London so let’s stay in touch.
As a group we can think of great ways to grow Evidence-Based Health Care so your ideas are definitely wanted. As your rep I take those ideas and present them to key people or at meetings so our voice is heard. Oxford has been very responsive and we can now apply for CUREC ethics by email and take workshops tailor made to our DPHILs. We have a place where we can have a page that shows us as DPHIL students at the University of Oxford and where we can showcase our research progress. We are working on making publication in journals easier, getting digital copies of past thesis plus providing some alternatives to WebLearn or at least making it easier to use. We have started to hold alumni weeks twice a year where we present, get skills training and just have fun with each other. In the next year we want to provide more advance notice to events and work on ways that we can grow EBHC as a powerful group above and beyond our DPHILs.
Roger Bailey – New Student Representative for the MSc Programme
I am delighted to be able to join Lawrence [Dawson] as a student representative for the MSc in EBHC course. My background is as a medical General Practice principal. I now work in Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire as a part-time GP, an appraiser of GP Continuing Professional Development, and in Medical Law with the Judiciary. I have previously studied at Charing Cross Hospital Medical School (now part of Imperial College, London), the University of Durham and the University of Manchester Law School. My childhood was spent following my seafaring father around the world, and my wife and I have spent some time living and working overseas and have enjoyed experiencing other cultures and languages. I also enjoy bridge, tennis and skiing. I look forward to meeting you all and getting to know you, and to working with Lawrence to represent you and your views at the Program/Course Committee meetings and with the Course Director and course organisers, and representatives of the Departmental Committees.
Second Cohort of AHSN Fellows Join MSc in EBHC Programme
Six more Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) Fellows join the seven who began last academic year to become Masters in Evidence-Based Health Care. Their journey has been made possible through a unique collaboration between the Oxford AHSN, Health Education Thames Valley and the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine.
See here for more information about this year’s cohort and here for information about the students who began last year. More information about the Fellowship can be found here. The recruitment process for the third intake begins next month.
Review of The History & Philosophy of Evidence-Based Health Care
Student Michael Wilde, recipient of The History & Philosophy of Evidence-Based Health Care Career Enhancement Scholarship 2014-15, has written a review of the course in The Reasoner — a monthly digest “highlighting exciting new research on reasoning, inference and method broadly construed”.
Michael writes, “It was an informative and enjoyable week, and I recommend it to those interested in the philosophy of evidence-based medicine.” Read here for his full account in the July 2015 edition of The Reasoner.
Clinical Trial Management Module – Recommended by student Lucia Ramirez-Montesinos
Recipient of the Clinical Trial Management Career Enhancement Scholarship in 2014-15 Lucia Ramirez-Montesinos has this to say about the course:
I would recommend this course to my colleagues if they are looking for a course about the management of clinical trials and especially if they want to know more about the regulations involved in clinical trials, in particular clinical trials of medicinal products.
I have found the course very interesting as a whole but if I had to choose one single aspect of it, I would say that what was most useful and interesting to me was learning about all the regulations involved in conducting trials. Most importantly, knowing where to find the regulations required for your particular trial. I think it is important to know where to find this information as it is very difficult to know all the regulations for every possible trial. As long as you know the principles and where to find the specific regulations that your study needs to address, that is enough. This was well covered in the course.
I have learnt many things through the lectures as well as the homework (Good Clinical Practice course) and assignment. I am already using some of the skills learnt in my own PhD study. For example, I am now writing the protocol to submit and I am aware of all the documents that I need to submit. In the future and as part of my clinical practice I think that once I finish my PhD and with the help of this course I will be able to give advice and offer consultancy work in how to manage clinical trials in my field, Midwifery.
See Upcoming Modules below for more information about the Clinical Trial Management module taking place in April 2016.