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A practical course, for physicians and biomedical researchers, organized in 2 days or 4 half-day sessions, for up to 20 persons. Each session is composed of short presentations followed by small group work in which research papers are read according to the method of Browsing* and then presented and critically discussed in class. The course can be given either in Italian language (with frequent use of English terminology) or entirely in English by a native speaker. Only papers written in English are read and discussed.
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This course has been given on several occassions to community and hospital physicians, graduate students and medical device company employees, in Veneto, Lombardy and Piedmont, Italy. Prerequisites for participation university degree in medicine, biology or related biomedical fields; ability to read English well
*Browsing is a fast, superficial but structured approach for the first evaluation of a research paper . Proposed as an alternative to abstract-only reading, with browsing one dedicates about the same amount of time and reads about the same number of words. However, with browsing the reader obtains graphical information and makes a first step toward critical appraisal. Browsing permits readers to delve into the text of a research paper without reading from start to finish. The goals of browsing are to: 1) identify key points of a paper, 2) make a preliminary assessment of quality, and 3) decide if the paper is interesting or important enough to be read in further detail.
The course is organized for preformed groups and is held conveniently in your institute. A brief bio of the instructor is available here. For further information: Dr. V. Matarese, Ph.D. (+39-345-449-5281; firstname.lastname@example.org)
1. Matarese V (2006) An introductory course on getting to know journals and on "browsing" a research paper: first steps to proficiency in scientific communication. Croat Med J 47:7657-775 (Medline, Full text)
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