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Scientific methods and research techniques (SMaRT) course

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 21 September 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5829
  1. Peter Featherstone, specialty registrar,
  2. Elisabeth Harvey, specialty registrar
  1. 1Department of Anaesthesia, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, UK
  1. peterjfeatherstone{at}

If you have ever wondered what constitutes medical research and how you might establish a project, get ethical approval, organise data collection, analyse your results, or present your findings, the scientific methods and research techniques (SMaRT) course is for you.

Why did you do it?

An understanding of research is essential for all doctors in training. We were both interested in doing some research but wanted to see what it would really be like before taking the plunge.

When did you do it?

We did this course in November 2011, when we were both year 5 specialty registrars in anaesthesia. Although the SMaRT course has been designed for those who have passed the fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists exam, it is suitable for trainees from all backgrounds. Our group of delegates included a foundation year 2 doctor as well as trainees of various grades from medicine, surgery, and psychiatry.

Where is it held?

The course is delivered by the University of …

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