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On the 10th April 2014 Oxford hosted it's first joint Surgical Training Day in collaboration with the University of Bristol. The day focused on Meta-Analysis, Design, Placebo, Expertise, Setting-up and Running Trials. Chaired by Professors Beard (Oxford) and Blazeby (Bristol) the day was a great success and will be running again with a new curriculum in 2014/15.

Who attended

We had a variety of people attend, primarily trainee surgeons but also others involved in trials, such as research nurses and statisticians. There was a good mix of people from both Oxford and Bristol in attendance and there was a great deal of interaction between the speakers and the audience. Dr Sally Hopewell, Associate Professor Jonathan Cook, Ms Cushla Cooper, Ms Vicky Rush and Ms Lottie Davies (Oxford) all gave talks which were supplemented by Profs Blazeby and Beard, and Dr Jelena Savovic (Bristol).

Feedback

"excellent day, real insight into the actual realities of running trials"

CT2 Severn Deanery

"[I] gained better understanding of questions to address when designing a study, SITU clinical trial portion was very helpful in understanding study design" 

Biomedical Engineer 

 "great explanations, good examples, good audience interactions"

Trauma & Orthopaedics Trainee, Bath

"very interesting, good topics"

Trauma and Plastics Trainee, Oxford