Register now for 2013 ACS Clinical Trials Methods Course

The Clinical Trials Methods Course will take place December 6–10 at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) headquarters in Chicago, IL. The five-day intensive course, based on four successfully conducted and published clinical trials, consists of a combination of didactic lectures and hands-on sessions. A major portion of the course will occur in small group sessions mentored by leading surgeons and biostatisticians with expertise in clinical trials research. Participants will learn the design of a clinical trial based on concepts taught in the course.

Course faculty and didactic lectures, led by course chair Kamal M. F. Itani, MD, FACS, Veteran Affairs (VA) Boston Health Care System, MA, are shown in the table on this page.

Course registration is limited to 50 participants, and ACS members will receive preference. The course is offered only every other year. For additional information, visit the course website or contact Carla Manosalvas at

Clinical Trials Methods Course faculty and didactic lectures

Faculty Topic
Kamal M. F. Itani, MD, FACS
Veteran Affairs Boston Health Care System, MA
Review of Four Clinical TrialsEthical Issues in Clinical Trials
Waddah B. Al-Refaie, MD, FACS
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC
Robert J. Anderson, PhD
University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, IL
Experimental Design for a Randomized Clinical Trial
Joseph F. Collins, ScD
VA Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center, Perry Point, MD
Statistical Concepts in Clinical Trials
Dorothy D. Dunlop, PhD
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Statistical Inference, Hypothesis Testing, and Sample Size
William G. Henderson, MPH, PhD
University of Colorado Health Research Outcomes Program, Aurora
Statistics IMistakes in Clinical Trials
Lawrence T. Kim, MD, FACS
Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, Little Rock
Patient Selection
Eric L. Lazar, MD, FACS
Morristown Memorial Hospital, NJ
Putting It All Together: How to Get a Clinical Trial Paid For
Peter R. Nelson, MD, FACS
University of Florida School of Medicine, Tampa
The Question and End Points
Domenic J. Reda, MS, PhD
Edward R. Hines VA Hospital, Hines, IL
Statistics IIClinical Trials Analysis Methods
Joshua S. Richman, MD, PhD
Birmingham VA Medical Center, AL
Trial Management and Planning Measurements
Layton F. Rikkers, MD, FACS, Editor, Surgery News
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Publication of Results
George A. Sarosi, Jr., MD, FACS
VA Medical Center, Gainesville, FL
Overview of Design Options for Clinical Trials

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