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Investigative Methods and Tools: Developing an Integrated Approach to Critical Thinking, Evidence-based Medicine and Biostatistics

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Each day’s work, whether a clinician, researcher or homemaker, focuses on investigative strategies and problem solving.

    Investigative methods and problem solving are rarely addressed formally in a medical school curriculum. Our goal with

    Investigative Methods and Tools was to convey to future clinician-scientists the skills to be able to confidently deal with

    information whether acquired from a patient, medical literature or in the laboratory. Our strategy is to convey to students

    major components of the investigative process including chasing curiosity, visualisation, modelling, experimental design

    and analysis. In addition, we depart from the traditional “jargon compliant” statistical vocabulary and focused on a more

    intuitive vocabulary. In this paper, we describe the rationale behind the development and implementation of a new course

    titled Investigative Methods and Tools. This new initiative is available for our students at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical

    School Singapore. We outline the objectives and course contents for Investigative Methods and Tools, and highlight some

    of the unique approaches undertaken to bring forth a new, relevant and useful approach in conveying the central concepts

    underlying intuitive biostatistics and evidence-based medicine.

UOW Authors


  •   Ha, Tam
  •   Starmer, Frank (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Ha, T. C. & Starmer, F. (2008). Investigative Methods and Tools: Developing an Integrated Approach to Critical Thinking, Evidence-based Medicine and Biostatistics. SGH Proceedings, 17 (3), 160-163.

Number Of Pages


  • 3

Start Page


  • 160

End Page


  • 163

Volume


  • 17

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Each day’s work, whether a clinician, researcher or homemaker, focuses on investigative strategies and problem solving.

    Investigative methods and problem solving are rarely addressed formally in a medical school curriculum. Our goal with

    Investigative Methods and Tools was to convey to future clinician-scientists the skills to be able to confidently deal with

    information whether acquired from a patient, medical literature or in the laboratory. Our strategy is to convey to students

    major components of the investigative process including chasing curiosity, visualisation, modelling, experimental design

    and analysis. In addition, we depart from the traditional “jargon compliant” statistical vocabulary and focused on a more

    intuitive vocabulary. In this paper, we describe the rationale behind the development and implementation of a new course

    titled Investigative Methods and Tools. This new initiative is available for our students at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical

    School Singapore. We outline the objectives and course contents for Investigative Methods and Tools, and highlight some

    of the unique approaches undertaken to bring forth a new, relevant and useful approach in conveying the central concepts

    underlying intuitive biostatistics and evidence-based medicine.

UOW Authors


  •   Ha, Tam
  •   Starmer, Frank (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Ha, T. C. & Starmer, F. (2008). Investigative Methods and Tools: Developing an Integrated Approach to Critical Thinking, Evidence-based Medicine and Biostatistics. SGH Proceedings, 17 (3), 160-163.

Number Of Pages


  • 3

Start Page


  • 160

End Page


  • 163

Volume


  • 17

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom