Biostatistics for Research

J. attended the Biostatistics for Research (Advanced) Course held by the SGH PGMI (Post-Graduate Medical Institute) and it was good. He’s had a little bit of experience playing with SPSS on the basic-intermediate scale and thought it would be useful to understand the statistics of medical research a little better.

Maybe it goes a little too far, but possibly, just possibly, all clinicians should attend a course in medical research + biostatistics so as to better understand how the evidence that we rely on on a regular basis comes about. For instance, how tedious it is to come up with a scoring system (e.g. for cirrhosis) that has good clinical correlation.

It was a useful course, though the course prices ($700) was somewhat exorbitant and wiped out a good percentage of J.’s HO training fund. Ah well.


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