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Chair: M. Clarke, UK

This 5-day Masterclass will take participants through the key steps in preparing a systematic review of research in cancer that they can use to guide decisions about treatment, guidelines or the design of new research. The Masterclass will help the participants to strengthen the design of the review they are interested in and learn generic skills that they can apply to other systematic reviews. These skills will cover the following key features for any systematic review:

• Formulation of the question
• Choice of inclusion and exclusion criteria, and selection of outcomes
• Development and implementation of a search strategy
• Application of inclusion and exclusion criteria, and appraisal of quality and risk of bias in potentially eligible studies
• Data extraction
• Planning and conduct of meta-analyses, including subgroup and sensitivity analyses
• Exploration of heterogeneity
• Drawing conclusions and discussing implications for practice and research

Participants will bring a topic of their choosing to the Masterclass, and these topics will form the basis of the problem-based approach to learning that will be used throughout the course. The course will be divided into ten sessions covering different aspects of the systematic review process. Each day will include one or two formal lectures from experts, as well as group discussions that draw on the knowledge of the expert. The group discussions will be a mixture of whole-group work and small-group work, in which participants will be divided into parallel groups to tackle specific issues relating to their review questions. These groups will be facilitated by experienced systematic reviewers from the Faculty, and will conclude with feedback presented by one member of each group.
Participants will be provided with a bibliography containing up to three key readings for each session. The Masterclass will be run entirely in English, and fluency is necessary for admission.

• A 5-day residential educational event
• Full immersion
• Clinically oriented
• Multidisciplinary


 In collaboration with:


 Queen's University


 The Cochrane


 Cochrane Methodology


General information

Francesca Marangoni
European School of Oncology (ESO)
Via Turati 29 - 20121 Milan, Italy
Tel: +39 02 85464525
Fax: +39 02 85464545
Email: fmarangoni@eso.net

Programme and organisation
Francesca Marangoni
E-mail: fmarangoni@eso.net
Ph: +39 02 85464525

Alice Ciocchini
E-mail: aciocchini@eso.net
Ph: +39 02 85464529

Application for CME recognition will be submitted to the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) for ESMO-MORA accreditation, to the Accreditation Council of Oncology in Europe (ACOE) and to the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME), an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS). EACCME credits are recognised by the American Medical Association towards the Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA).
Information on the status of the applications can be obtained from the organising secretariat.


Application by: 30 March 2019  
Save event date: 14 June 2019  



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