Systematic reviews are a key element of evidence-based healthcare. By systematically identifying, critically appraising and integrating the findings of all relevant studies on a topic area they provide a high quality summary of the existing evidence on that topic. Being able to identify relevant literature and critically appraise findings are key skills for all future doctors. Being able to conduct a systematic review is also a core skill for those interested in pursuing an academic clinical career path.
Inspired by medical students who have successfully contributed to systematic reviews over the past few years, this new group has been set up by Dr Juliet Usher-Smith and Prof. Simon Griffin from the Primary Care Unit in collaboration with the evidence@cambridge group. The aims of the group are:
- To provide medical students with basic training in systematic review methods;
- To link interested students with researchers across the Cambridge Biomedical Campus who are planning or doing systematic reviews to provide them with potential opportunities to contribute to systematic reviews, be co-authors on research publications and present at national conferences;
- To provide an opportunity for students doing systematic reviews to share knowledge, skills and experience with each other.
The basic training will be provided through four 1 hour sessions from 5.30-6.30pm during the Year 4 Review & Integration weeks in November/December 2018. The sessions are open to all medical students in any year group and dates for this year are:
- Monday 26 November (Clinical School Lecture Theatre 2)
- Tuesday 27 November (Clinical School Lecture Theatre 2)
- Monday 3 December (Clinical School Seminar room 3)
- Tuesday 4 December (Clinical School Lecture Theatre 2)
A list of potential systematic reviews for students to contribute to will be added here after that training. We cannot guarantee that there will be projects for all students. There will then be an evening session in March/April 2019 when students will be able to meet and share their experiences.
If you are a student interested in joining the group, please contact Juliet Usher-Smith.
If you are a researcher and have a systematic review which you have started or are planning and think would be suitable for one or more medical students to help with then please complete this Systematic review proposal form for researchers