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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 our training programme is to inspire surgical trainees to learn and practise high quality research that will be relevant to surgical care of patients in the NHS.

The Oxford and Bristol Surgical Trials Units will be running a three day surgical research training event (BOSTiC) for surgical trainees in Spring 2017 (Wednesday 17 - Friday 19 May inclusive) at Wolfson College, Oxford.

This course is designed for surgical trainees from all specialities who wish to learn about trial methodologies and want to incorporate these learnings into their clinical practice.

The programme consists of three consecutive research training days and provides the opportunity for trainees to learn how to evaluate surgical interventions using rigorously designed and well conducted clinical studies.

Session themes will cover:

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

We are now open for 2017 applications. If you wish to apply, please download the application form and send to

BOSTiC 2017: Application Form

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 fee is £120 and the centres 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:

The hotel Linton Lodge is just a few paces along the road from Wolfson:

2016 Report: BOSTiC 2016 Summary