Clinical Trials Curriculum

Activity Description

This series of e-Learning modules will cover general methodology and processes for conducting clinical trials.

This series is supported by AstraZeneca.

Target Audience

Trainees, early-career surgeons, and community-based surgeons.

Learning Objectives

Upon completing Getting Started With Study Design, participants should be able to:

  • Differentiate between the different types of study design methodologies.
  • Distinguish between industry and investigator-initiated trials.
  • Identify and describe the different phases of trials.
  • Highlight the importance of cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Upon completing Funding, participants should be able to:

  • Differentiate between the different types of grants.
  • Understand the application process to apply for a federal grant.
  • Highlight the importance of a protocol budget.

Upon completing Study Outcomes, participants should be able to:

  • Differentiate pathologic endpoints measured by clinical trials.
  • Translate between oncologic and survival outcomes.
  • Identify the use of biomarkers in clinical trial design.

Upon completing Statistical Considerations, participants should be able to:

  • Highlight the different types of design groups.
  • Differentiate between the different types of randomization.
  • Understand the importance of blinding.
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Unless otherwise noted, the faculty for this activity have nothing to disclose.

Loretta Erhunmwunsee, MD, FACS
City of Hope, Pasadena, CA

Onkar V. Khullar MD, MSc, FACS
Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Lye-Yeng Wong, MD
Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Natalie S. Lui, MD
Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Ammara A. Watkins, MD MPH 
Lahey Health, Burlington, MA

Elliot L. Servais, MD 
Lahey Health, Burlington, MA

Biniam Kidane, MD, MSc
University of Manitoba


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