Research Methods in Supportive Oncology (RMSO)

This NCI-funded intensive 6-day workshop will provide an overview of fundamental methods, such as study designs, qualitative and survey methods, and approaches to data analysis in supportive oncology research. Over the course of the workshop, participants will write a complete study protocol under the direct mentorship of expert faculty in the field of supportive oncology. Participants will continue to receive assistance after the workshop from their workshop mentors to help in the implementation of their studies at their home institutions.

Learning objectives
Essential workshop topics include: creation of conceptual models, supportive care clinical trials, development of psychosocial interventions, decision science, stakeholder engagement, web-based research, study of patient-provider communication, qualitative and survey methods, and data analysis.

The course consists of:

Didactics on a broad array of essential topics including behavioral theories and conceptual models, intervention development, qualitative and quantitative methods, instrument selection, stakeholder engagement, and special human subject considerations.
Mentored experience of writing your own full research protocol in small groups. You will submit an abstract for a proposed study and leave the workshop with a protocol.
Course leadership
William Pirl, MD, MPH and Jennifer Temel, MD will co-chair the workshop with a multidisciplinary team of faculty including: Joseph Greer, PhD; Elyse Park, MD, MPH; Lisa Wood, Phd; James Tulsky, MD; Areej El-Jawahri, MD; Joanne Wolfe, MD, MPH and others.

Who should attend?
Physicians, nurses, social workers, and psychologists who are early-stage researchers are eligible to attend. Participants must have a doctoral degree. Given the demand for the course, we are no longer able to accept students currently in doctoral programs.

Course dates and location
Sunday, January 23 - Friday, January 28, 2022
Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill Hotel

The week-long course is free of charge.

June 7, 2021: Application Window Opens
September 7, 2021: Application Window Closes
Early October: Application Decisions Emailed

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