Thinking Critically: Interpreting Screening Trials

ONLINE CME COURSE

Internet Enduring Material Sponsored by the Stanford University School of Medicine. Presented by the Department of Health Research and Policy (Division of Epidemiology) at Stanford University School of Medicine

Course Description

This course seeks to fulfill the clinical community’s need to improve skills in the critical evaluation of clinical research papers. Competency in critical appraisal skills can have a significant impact by improving clinical practice, quality of research projects, and peer-review of manuscripts and grants. The course will utilize efficient and engaging videos with relevant clinical examples to cover essential research methodology principles. The online format will provide opportunities for self-paced learning and practicing critical appraisal of published studies that evaluate screening efficacy. This applies to all specialties in various settings of practice.

Intended Audience

This course is designed for physicians, medical researchers, residents, fellows, allied health providers, including nurses and physician assistants, across all specialty areas.

Dates, Duration and Fee

  • Release Date: December 19, 2018
  • Expiration Date: December 19, 2021
  • Estimated Time to Complete: 2 Hours
  • CME Credits Offered: 2.00
  • Registration Fee: FREE

To Obtain CME Credits

  • Review the information below and complete the entire activity.
  • Complete the CME Post-test, CME Assessment Survey, and CME Activity Completion Statement at the end of the activity.
  • You must receive a score of 75% or higher on the post-test in order to receive a certificate. You will have two attempts to answer each multiple-choice question (or one attempt for questions with only two options) to pass the post-test.
  • Once you attest to completing the entire online activity and have scored 75% or higher on the post-test, your certificate will be generated automatically and will be available on your Dashboard page.
  • Physicians will be awarded AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. All other participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Analyze the key design features of screening studies.
  • Develop strategies to critically appraise screening studies and determine if study results are valid.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

Test Your Knowledge

Module 1. Overview of Screening: Purpose and Prerequisites

Module 2. Understanding Screening Test Characteristics

Module 3. Understand Key Design Features of a Screening Efficacy Study and Common Sources of Bias

Module 4. Evaluating a Screening Trial (Part 1)

Course Wrap-Up

Resources and References

Help!

Disclosures

The following planners and speakers have indicated that they have no relationships with industry to disclose relative to the content of this activity:

Steve Goodman, MD
Professor of Medicine/ Associate Dean of Clinical and TranslationalResearch
Stanford University School of Medicine
Co-Course Director

Rita Popat, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor
Stanford University School of Medicine
Co-Course Director, Speaker

Lesley S. Park, PhD, MPH
Instructor, Medicine - Primary Care and Population Health
Associate Director, Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences
Stanford University School of Medicine
Planner, Speaker

Technical Design and Development

Hardware/Software Requirements

  • Computer with Internet connection
  • Current version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari browser. You must have javascript enabled.

Accreditation and Designation of Credits

The Stanford University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Stanford University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM from organizations accredited by the ACCME. Please check with your state’s credentialing board for their requirements.

Commercial Support Acknowledgement

This activity received no commercial support.

Cultural and Linguistic Competency

California Assembly Bill 1195 requires continuing medical education activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency. It is the intent of the bill, which went into effect July 1, 2006, to encourage physicians and surgeons, CME providers in the State of California and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to meet the cultural and linguistic concerns of a diverse patient population through appropriate professional development. The planners and speakers of this CME activity have been encouraged to address cultural issues relevant to their topic area. The Stanford University School of Medicine Multicultural Health Portal also contains many useful cultural and linguistic competency tools including culture guides, language access information and pertinent state and federal laws.

CME Privacy Policy

CONTACT INFORMATION

If you are having problems, contact the CME Online support team at CMEonline@stanford.edu and we will follow-up with you to resolve your issue.

Bibliography

Sackett D et al. Evidence-Based Medicine: How to Practice and Teach EBM, 2nd edition. Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh, 2000, p.1

Young J and Solomon M. How to critically appraise an article. Nature Clinical Practice Gastroenterology & Hepatology (2009) 6, 82-91

“Reduced Lung-Cancer Mortality with Low-Dose Computed Tomographic Screening. The National Lung Screening Trial Research Team*” N Engl J 2011;365:395-409

US Preventive Services Task Force (https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)

More bibliographic information can be found in the Resources and References section.

©2018 Stanford University School of Medicine

Course Details

  • Ongoing registration for this self-paced course is available until December 19, 2021
  • Estimated Time to Complete: 2 hours
  • CME Credits Offered: 2.00
  • Registration Fee: FREE

Also In This Series

Thinking Critically: Interpreting Randomized Clinical Trials

This course seeks to fulfill the clinical community’s need to improve skills in the critical evaluation of clinical research papers. Competency in critical appraisal skills can have a significant impact by improving clinical practice, quality of research projects, and peer-review of manuscripts and grants.

Contact Information

If you are having problems, contact the CME Online support team at CMEonline@stanford.edu and we will follow-up with you to resolve your issue.

Join our mailing list

New activities are added regularly. Join our mailing list to receive notifications about activities of interest to you.