Saturday, April 25

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

002 Bedside Biostatistics: A Practical Course for Clinicians and Researchers

Fee: $600
Advanced Practice Provider Fee: $420
Candidate and Medical Student Fee: $130

Director(s): Michael Glantz, MD

Faculty: Jan Willem Berkelbach van der Sprenkel, MD (Netherlands); Nicholas James Brandmeir, MD; Robert M. Brownstone, MD PhD (United Kingdom); Ephraim W. Church, MD; Robert E. Harbaugh, MD, FAANS; Alireza Mansouri, MD, FAANS ; Elias B. Rizk, MD, FAANS; Steven A. Toms, MD, MPH, FAANS; Andreas W. Unterberg, MD, PhD, IFAANS (Germany); Brad Evan Zacharia, MD, FAANS; Samer Zammar, MD

This program equips participants with the knowledge and tools needed to translate evidence into an actionable bedside intervention. Although brief formal lectures on topics such as "Meta-analysis," "Choosing the Correct Statistical Test," "When Can We Be Positive About P-Values" and "Kaplan-Meier Analysis" is part of the program, traditional didactic talks are minimized and much of the time is spent performing hands-on analyses of data within faculty-mentored, small groups. Each group collects, grades and synthesizes (using meta-analytic and other pertinent statistical techniques) the evidence surrounding a current major controversy in neurosurgery.

Topics include vascular, functional, epilepsy, spine, pediatric, trauma/ICU and oncologic neurosurgery.

Participants make use of and go home with user-friendly statistical tools, checklists, algorithms and assessment sheets specially designed for this course. By the completion of the course, each small group produces a document summarizing the available evidence relevant to their specific diagnostic or therapeutic question. We anticipate that these documents, with subsequent editing, will be submitted for publication to a prominent peer reviewed neurosurgical journal.

The process used in this course empowers participants to perform the same EBM magic on journal articles or clinical questions of their choosing in their own office, hospital or academic setting. This course equips academically-oriented participants to author manuscripts for publication, prepare clinical trials for submission to IRBs and other regulatory committees as well as run journal clubs within their departments. It also prepares clinicians to identify and apply best current practices and protect all practitioners from being misled by unsupported research claims. No previous training in biostatistics is required. Participants need to bring a laptop or similar device to the course.

Learning Objectives: After completing this educational activity, participants should be able to:
  • Improve understanding of the principles of evidence-based medicine and critical review, and how these principles apply to the bedside practice of neurosurgery.
  • Practice deconstructing published articles, assessing for accuracy and rigor and making appropriate evidence-based clinical decisions grounded on those articles.
  • Become comfortable identifying bias and the misuse of statistical procedures.
  • Gain expertise in the application and interpretation of statistical tests and algorithms in order to enhance performance in one’s own practice setting.