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BOSTiC: Training in research methods for surgical trainees

Research in surgery is challenging and requires multi-disciplinary collaboration with methodologists and clinicians to design and conduct high quality studies. The overall aim of all our training programmes is to inspire surgical trainees to learn and practise high quality research that will be relevant to surgical care of patients in the NHS.

BOSTiC 2016The Oxford and Bristol Surgical Trials Units will be running a three-day surgical research training event (BOSTiC) for surgical trainees in Spring 2016 (Wednesday 27 April to Friday 29 April inclusive) at the University of Bristol.

This course is designed for surgical trainees from all specialities wanting to learn about trials methodology, and to be involved in high quality research projects.

The programme consists of three back-to-back research training days and provides the opportunity for trainees to learn how to evaluate surgical interventions in well designed and conducted studies.

Session themes cover:

  • Why do RCTs?                                                                                          
  • The external and internal validity of RCTs                                       
  • Clinical and patient reported outcomes
  • Core outcome sets
  • Blinding in trials
  • Statistics for surgeons
  • Resource use in trials
  • Trial recruitment
  • Intervention complexity and measurement of fidelity.

We are now open for 2016 applications. If you wish to apply, please download the application form and send to

BOSTiC 2016: Application Form (PDF, 421kB)‌

PLEASE NOTE: applications are subject to review. Successful applicants must be able to attend all three days and provide evidence of study leave. The course is free but the Centre will not be able to cover travel or accommodation costs. Refreshments, lunches and dinner on one evening will be included. For details of local accommodation please visit:

2015 Report: BOSTiC Review : 2015 (PDF, 181kB)‌‌