Research seems simple to do. We read about it daily… someone has found something somewhere, etc etc etc. Learning to do a proper research in a scientific manner is a completely different ball game.
One of the best learning experiences I had was at the ACORD workshop – Australia and Asia Pacific Clinical Oncology Research Development Workshop. This is held every two years in Queensland, Australia for seven days.
Each of the applicants submit a concept which is evaluated by a panel and 70 participants are selected. The workshop teaches us to take the concept and develop it into a proper protocol, complete with statistics and everything needed to launch a study.
Absolutely phenomenal. The 2014 workshop’s last date to apply is over, but worth looking out for the future.