Clinical Research for beginners
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Clinical Research for beginners

The Art of Publishing - Master PubMed, Study design, Biostatistics, Journal choice, Manuscript writing & Referencing
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Last updated 10/2019
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This course includes
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 18 downloadable resources
  • 1 Practice Test
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • 1. Design clinical research studies,
  • 2. Conduct clinical trials, prospective and retrospective studies
  • 3. Understand the basics of Biostatistics including descriptive and analytic statistics
  • 4. You be well equipped to write any type of manuscript including Original Research, Case reports and Letter to editors
  • 5. Understand what journal Reviewers and Editors want from a manuscript
  • 6. Get an overview of common causes of rejections and what to do with a rejected paper
  • 7. Get an overview of freely available references managers
  • 8. Write manuscripts aimed at publishing in top notch biomedical journals
  • You should be interested in Clinical Research or should be at least curious about it.
  • You do not need any prior experience with research, statistics or publications to take this course

Welcome to this course on Clincal Research Methodology. I have designed this course so that even beginners can learn how to do reserch in a methodical way and publish impactful papers. You will come across examples from real research topics in various modules to grasp the subject better. I recommend that you try the "Practice test" before starting the lectures and take the test again after finishing the course to know how much you have imbibed from the lectures

In the Overview module, we will learn the advantages of doing good scientific research and publications and you will see glimpses of my journey from being a medical student to coming of age as a researcher. I believe that If I could do it, then so can you.

In the module on Literature review, we will go through how to utilize and customize PubMed in the best possible manner for your individual requirements, how to get fresh ideas for research topics and nuances of study designs.

In the Biostatistics module, we will build up concepts from the very basics such as "What is a variable" till basic understanding of advanced statistics. You will get exposed to topics like "How to make an effective Excel sheet" and "How to communicate with a biostatistician"

Manuscript writing can be daunting. In the module on Manuscript writing, you will learn to use some templates that will simplify your job and make the writing process enjoyable. 

Each 10-minute lecture is packed with information in a very lucid manner enabling you to grasp concepts while enjoying the learning process. Learn on the go and access lectures on your device anytime anywhere. Lectures feature myself on screen speaking with you directly as well as intermittent slides to enhance the learning experience. It will feel like a LIVE one - on - one lecture. I hope that this will be a fruitful and exciting learning experience for you and I look forward to having you here.

At the end, you will be able to design studies including randomized clinical trials, do a good literature search, understand relavant biostatistics and write meaningful manuscripts that can be published in high impact journals. Additionally, you will also be able to interpret the merits of published literature and apply knowledge to improve patient care. 

Who this course is for:
  • Medical and Nursing graduate students
  • Postgraduates and PhD students involved with thesis
  • Research Coordinators involved in Clinical trials
  • Those in the early stage of their Research Career
Course content
Expand all 27 lectures 03:42:36
+ Overview
4 lectures 24:34

This video provides a quick 30 seconds introduction to this module

Preview 00:31

This lecture gives you an overview of the steps involved in doing good clinical research. It also introduces the various concepts that will be covered in this lecture series.

Preview 09:00

This lecture outlines the various advantages of doing good clinical research such as enhancing literature, influencing policy making, obtaining grants and funding and getting fame and recognition via your research activities.

Preview 07:51

This lecture chronicles my own personal journey through institutions of repute and how I learnt the nuances of clinical research at each institution. My journey will make you realize that doing research can be much easier than you think.

Preview 07:12
+ Literature Review
5 lectures 39:54

This video provides a quick 30 seconds overview of what you can expect from this module

Preview 00:27

This lecture will teach you how to identify topics for doing a thesis or research study. Subscribing to “e-Table of contents” from major journals, understanding your resources and limitations and numerous other thumb rules are provided which will help you identify your topic and decide whether it can be successfully executed in your settings.

How to choose a Research Topic

This lecture introduces you to the most important online search engine for biomedical journals i.e. PubMed. Differences between Medline, PubMed and PubMed central are highlighted, the concept of MeSH terms is introduced and indexing of journals is explained in this lecture.

Pubmed Overview

This lecture demonstrates utilization of the PubMed search engine using real life examples. You will learn concepts of advanced search, Boolean search, creating your own NCBI account and customizing PubMed to suit your own requirements.

Pubmed Search

This lecture will introduce you to various study designs that you can use to conduct your study. It demystifies the concepts of cohort vs. case control studies, prospective vs. retrospective studies using animations that will give you clarity. Most importantly, you will learn to decide which study design suits your research question the best.

Study Designs

Test what you have learnt in this module

Literature review Quiz
5 questions
+ Biostatistics
7 lectures 01:10:13

This video gives you a quick 30 seconds overview of what to expect in this module

Preview 00:20

This lecture introduces you to the basic building blocks of biostatistics i.e. a variable. You will learn how to classify variables into continuous and categorical types using real – world clinical examples. Finally, you will get exposed to the concepts of an independent and dependent variable.

What is a Variable

Making an excel sheet that can be utilized by statistical software packages requires you to follow certain specific guidelines. This lecture will enlist these simple guidelines that you should use to make your excel sheet. An excellent excel sheet will ensure quick and relevant statistical analysis.

Making an Excel Sheet

In this lecture, you will learn how to use measures of central tendency (mean, standard deviation, median etc.) to describe different types of variables. Additionally, you will understand the best ways to graphically represent the variance and distribution of a variable. Lastly, you will understand the concept of “outliers”.

Basic Biostatistics I: Descriptive Statistics

Let us review some things we have learnt in this lecture on descriptive statistics before we progress on to more complex stuff. You can choose to Skip this test but I strongly recommend that you take this because all future lectures depend on how well you have imbibed concepts from this lecture

Quiz on Descriptive statistics
5 questions

In this lecture, you will learn how to find statistically significant differences between variables using different tests of significance such as student t test and chi square test. An algorithm like approach is presented to make it simple for you to follow and apply in your own research.

Basic Biostatistics II: Analytic Statistics

This lecture introduces you to the concepts of correlation and regression analysis. Regression is required to adjust for the influence of confounders in your study. Different types of regression analysis are introduced depending on the outcome variable along with real life examples from clinical studies.

Advanced Biostatistics

Communicating with a biostatistician effectively is a critical part of designing your study, calculating sample size, data maintenance, statistical analysis and presenting your outcomes using appropriate tables and figures. This lecture teaches you how to optimize this interaction and get the best out of your biostatistician.

Communication with a Biostatistician

Answer the following questions to see how much you have imbibed from the previous series of lectures

Quiz on Analytic statistics
6 questions
+ Manuscript Writing
6 lectures 57:26

This video gives you a quick 30 seconds overview of what to expect in the module on "Manuscript writing"

Preview 00:28

This lecture gives you guidelines on how to choose the most appropriate journal to submit your manuscript. Concepts such as “what is meant by indexed journals” and the peer review process are also introduced in this lecture.

Choosing a Journal

This lecture introduces you to different types of manuscripts and focuses on how to write original articles. The IMRAD format of writing is introduced, nuances of writing each section of the manuscript are elucidated and abstract writing is introduced in the end.

Writing Original Articles

The following questions evaluate your understanding of writng Original Articles

Quiz on Manuscript Writing - I
5 questions

Writing case reports and letter to editor are not as demanding as writing original articles and are hence, excellent starting points to initiate scientific writing. In this lecture, you will learn about the intricacies involved in writing Case reports and letter to editor.

Writing case reports and others

This lecture introduces you to very important general tips of manuscript writing such as choosing a title for the manuscript, style of writing using scientific lingo, reference style, specifics of tables and figures applicable to most journals and cautions against plagiarism in scientific writing.

General Tips for writing

This lecture introduces you to manuscript writing using internationally accepted checklists available from the Equator Network. It then takes you through the items in one of the most commonly employed checklists i.e. the STROBE statement.

Checklist Approach to writing

The following questions will analyze how much you have gained regarding writing case reports, letter to editors and general tips of writing using checklists

Quiz on Manuscript Writing - II
5 questions
+ Rejection and References
5 lectures 30:29

This video gives you a quick 30 seconds overview of what to expect in this module on "Rejections and Reference Managers"

Preview 00:32

This lecture takes a look at manuscripts from a reviewer’s point of view. It introduces basic concepts used in the review process such as relevance, originality and validity. It also takes a look at how to construct a good research question and transmit information with clarity so that it is easily understood by the reviewers, editors and finally the readers.

What a reviewer wants?

This lecture introduces you to the 10 most common causes of rejection. Being aware of these causes will help you in avoiding the same mistakes when you write your manuscript, thereby improving your chances of acceptance.

Common causes of Rejection

This lecture will introduce you to reference managers such as Zotero and Mendeley, which are freely available online, integrate with your web browser and Microsoft WORD, and assist you in automatically organizing and numbering references for your manuscript.

Reference managers

This lecture summarizes the entire lecture series and gives you perspectives on the logical applications of the in-depth knowledge you have gained, so that you are able to apply these research techniques in your own research as well as day – to – day practice.


Answer these questions and see how well you have imbibed knowledge from this course

Test what you have learnt
20 questions