Bariatric Research 101: How to Critically Read and Review Bariatric Literature

Mon 8:00 AM -- 12:00 PM

Location: Room 30B

Tracks: CE , CME

Before 5/17/12: Member: $150 | Non-Member: $350
After 5/17/12: Member: $200 | Non-Member: $300

Course Co-Directors:
Steven Belle, PhD; Matthew Hutter, MD, MPH; Ranjan Sudan, MD, FASMBS

*Up to 3.5 CME credits are available.*
*Up to 4 CE credits are available.*

Course Overview and Target Audience:
This course is designed to promote an understanding of how to read, understand and critically evaluate bariatric literature from both a clinical and a statistical viewpoint. It will be of interest to anyone seeking to sharpen their skills beyond reading the conclusions of an article and believing it to be true. The curriculum will be designed for surgeons, integrated health professionals and primary clinicians.

 Course Objectives:
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the anatomy of a research article (Abstract, Background, Methods, Results and Conclusions)
  • Understand statistical concepts such as p values, power, confidence intervals, different types of error, univariable/multivariable/multivariate analyses)
  • Commonly used statistics (central tendency, spread, agreement, association, reliability, accuracy)
  • Common statistical tests (such as Pearson’s Chi square, Fisher’s exact, Student’s t, Wilcoxon rank)
  • Learn to read and understand articles based on various data sources (e.g., administrative data, clinical databases, research databases) and designs (e.g., observational studies, clinical trials.  Examples will include treatment effectiveness, economic analysis, quality of life and clinical guidelines.
  • Demonstrate literature reading skills
  • Course attendees will be provided with key articles for practice review and a bibliography to assist with understanding statistics.

Maintainance of Certification:
For bariatric surgeons, surgeons new to the field of bariatric surgery, and primary clinicians, this event will provide CME in their specific specialty to comply with Maintenance of Certification (MOC) in the following areas:  (1) Medical Knowledge, (2) Patient Care, and (3) Practice-Based Learning and Improvement.

Course Outline:

Session I

Moderators: Steve Belle, PhD and Matthew Hutter, MD, MPH

8:00 am
Welcome and Introduction – Ranjan Sudan, MD, FASMBS

8:10 am
Anatomy of An Article: Background, Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusion (Appropriate Discussion, Responsible Conclusions) – Bruce Schirmer, MD

8:30 am
Study Design (Observational, Clinical Trials, Case-Control, Meta-Analysis, Markov Models) – Abdus Wahed, PhD

8:50 am
Statistical Concepts and Statistical Tests – Steven Belle, MD

9:20 am
Data Sources: Their Strengths and Weaknesses with Examples (Administrative, Clinical, Research)  (BOLD, ACS-BSCN, MBSC, LABS, UHC, Medicare, NIS…) – Ninh Nguyen, MD

9:40 am
Journal Club/Q&A – Ranjan Sudan, MD, and Matt Hutter, MD

10:00 am
Refreshment Break

Session II

Moderators: Steve Belle, PhD and Ranjan Sudan, MD, FASMBS

10:30 am
Patient-Centered Outcomes – Tim Jackson, MD, MPH

10:45 am
Risk Adjustment – Justin Dimick, MD, MPH

11:00 am
Clinical Effectiveness and Cost Analyses – Bruce Wolfe, MD, FASMBS

11:15 am
Basic Science Research Articles – Michel Murr, MD, FASMBS

11:25 am
How to Review an Article (Editor’s view) – Harvey Sugerman, MD, FASMBS

11:35 am
How to Review an Article (Editor’s view) – Scott Shikora, MD, FASMBS

11:45 am
Q & A Session

12:00 pm

// Content is tentative and subject to change //

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