MRC Centre of Epidemiology for Child Health
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How to Practise Evidence-based Child Health
Our next course is taking place from 6th to 8th November 2013. For more information about the course and to apply, please download the application form.
The centre runs a variety of introductory courses for health professionals who require an understanding of research methodology and statistical analyses. We also provide training in R statistical software.
Clinical academic research opportunities
Staff in our centre come from a wide range of disciplines and a number are clinically active. We encourage and welcome clinicians interested in child health research to undertake clinical research fellowships at the centre.
Specialist trainee in paediatrics and clinical academic fellow
"I'm in my 2nd year of specialist paediatric training. I'm an academic clinical fellow, which means I take some time out of clinical training to undertake a research project. The project I'm involved with is the UK Collaborative Study of Congenital Heart Defects (UKCSCHD), and specifically I'm examining quality of life in school-age children with severe congenital heart disease.
I hope to specialise in paediatric cardiology or paediatric intensive care, and I came to the centre to gain experience of epidemiology. Ideally I'd like to combine this with clinical work in the future and become a clinical academic.
I think a placement at the centre is a fantastic opportunity for clinicians who are interested in epidemiology to learn new skills. It's a very welcoming and friendly place, with a lot of people who are keen to help you out, especially if you a beginner like me! I've had opportunities to attend excellent statistics courses, as well as the wide range of courses organised by other units in the ICH.
Also, the close proximity to GOSH means that it's relatively easy to maintain a clinical link with your chosen specialty if you want to."
Specialist trainee in paediatrics and PhD student from Norway
"I have completed three years of paediatrics residency, and plan to complete my paediatrics training after finishing my PhD. I have not yet decided which direction to take my medical career. I want to continue doing epidemiological research, so my preference would be to have a position where I can combine clinical work and research, or a full researcher position.
The centre is a great place for getting supervision on epidemiologic and biostatistical methods, and to learn more about methodology. It has several biostatisticians who are very accomplished. I have substantially increased my understanding of longitudinal modelling and how to utilise cohort data, which I think will be very useful when I return to Norway at the end of this year.
I think that what I have learned here will mainly support my research work, but it is always useful for a paediatrician to maintain a perspective on both the individual child and the child population as a whole, which this centre emphasises."
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