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ATS MECOR India

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ATS Methods in Epidemiologic, Clinical and Operations Research (MECOR)

MECOR India Program

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Dates: January 27 - February 1, 2020
Location:  M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bengaluru, India
Application Dates: Closed on October 2020
Student Costs:  Registration fee: 2500 INR.
All students will be responsible for expenses related to transportation,
lodging and meals (breakfast and dinner). Snacks and lunch will be provided on site.
Materials: Example: MECOR India Level 1 Day 2 Syllabus
MECOR Faculty: 

MECOR Course Director: Trish LeVan, PhD
ATS Interim Senior Director, Global Health, Cristina Braz

Application Link: https://ats-global-health.fluidreview.com/

 

ATS MECOR 2.0 Program

The American Thoracic Society (ATS) Methods in Epidemiologic, Clinical, and Operations Research (MECOR) Program is a multi-level research methods training course intended for clinicians, investigators, academicians, and public health professionals who primarily work with pulmonary diseases. The objective of the MECOR Program is to prepare current or aspiring investigators, academicians, clinicians and public health practitioners to design and conduct research that is relevant to the needs of the settings in which they work.  The overall goal of the MECOR Program is to aid the improvement of global lung health through the development of local, country, and regional lung disease research capacity in low and middle-income countries.

Program Structure

The ATS MECOR 2.0 curriculum is designed to provide training through a three-level series of intensive one week-long classroom-based programs that combine online remote learning activities, lectures, group discussion and individual protocol development time with a mentor, over a 2-year period. The program is intended to help students execute and publish a research study.

We welcome applications from any student with an interest in conducting clinical research related to respiratory diseases, critical care medicine or sleep medicine. A description of each level of the three-level program is below.

NOTE: Students who participated in MECOR Level 1 in prior years (2011-2018) should re-apply for Level 1. Students who previously participated in Levels 2 or 3 should contact the Course Director (Tricia LeVan, tlevan@unmc.edu).

Level 1:  Developing a Research Protocol (6 days, 21 vacancies)
Language: English
Description: Level 1 helps students apply clinical epidemiology and research methods to a research question of their choice. Students must submit a research question with their application. Priority will be given to students with demonstrated training and experience in clinical research ​​ related to respiratory diseases, critical care medicine or sleep medicine. The goal of Level 1 is for each student to complete a research protocol during Level 1 and submit the protocol for approval by their institution's ethics committee prior to attending Level 2.

Level 2:  Manual of Operations and Statistical Methodology (6 days, 10-12 vacancies)
Language: English
Description: Level 2 is focused on developing a Manual of Operations and a statistical approach for the study developed in Level 1. Students who have completed Level 1 and have completed all post-course assignments will be invited to attend Level 2 and do not need to re-apply to the MECOR program. During the week, students will develop/modify a Manual of Operations, develop a statistical analysis plan and create "dummy" tables for their research study. Students will develop hands-on-experience with data management techniques. Students completing Level 2 are expected to initiate their research study prior to attending Level 3.

Level 3:  Data Analysis and Writing a Scientific Article (6 days, 10-12 vacancies)
Language: English
Description: Level 3 is focused on data analysis and writing a draft of a scientific article based on the research protocol approved after Level 1 and executed after Level 2.  Students who have completed Level 2 and have completed all post-course assignments will be invited to attend Level 3 and do not need to re-apply to the MECOR program. During the week, students will finalize the data analysis and write a draft of a paper describing the research.