Writing a short research proposal

Research Tips by Dr Julian Quinn Here, we outline some general pointers to writing a short document for seeking funding or some other type of support. Decide what the proposal is about and distil it into a short title This is a useful way to refine the central idea in a proposal. It must be …

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Dr Andrew Ellis – President of the Aust. Orthopaedic Assoc.

Dr Andrew Ellis, a senior orthopaedics surgeon at Royal North Shore Hospital, is the incoming president of the  Australian Orthopaedic Association (October 2019-2020). He has worked at the hospital as a specialist orthopaedic surgeon for 25 years. Andrew began his internship there 10 years prior, trained on the Sydney Northside Training Program and gained his …

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Journal Club – What can be done to improve the credibility of systematic reviews?

John Ioannidis, famous for his 2005 article “Why Most Published Research Findings Are False” (Ioannidis, 2005) has subsequently raised concerns about the overproduction of systematic reviews (Flemming et al., 2016). Many he argues are of poor quality with multiple reviews covering the same ground. Most importantly, it is often unclear how the authors decided which …

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Introduction to Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis – Coursera

A free online course from Johns Hopkins University. “We will introduce methods to perform systematic reviews and meta-analysis of clinical trials. We will cover how to formulate an answerable research question, define inclusion and exclusion criteria, search for the evidence, extract data, assess the risk of bias in clinical trials, and perform a meta-analysis.” (1) …

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Sydney Endoscopic Ear Surgery Research Group 6th Course @ RNSH

This weekend the Clinical Skills Centre and the ENT surgeons at the Royal North Shore Hospital hosted the Sydney Endoscopic Ear Surgery (SEES) Research Groups 6th Course. The course is an advanced fresh cadaver dissection course designed to introduce the practising otolaryngologist and senior trainee to the fundamentals of endoscopic ear surgery. The SEES Group …

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Quote of the Day – Otto von Bismarck

“Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others.” — Otto von Bismarck