Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Intermediate Cycle

During Intermediate Cycle 3, students may undertake a Student Selected Component (SSC) which involves a six week research placement.

The Department of General Practice supports students to partake in SSC placements with the HRB Centre for Primary Care Research, the national centre for research in primary care in Ireland, led by RCSI, in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin, Queen's University Belfast and the National University of Ireland, Galway.

The aim of the SSC placement is to provide students with an understanding the fundamentals of study design and data analysis in primary care.

Name of Supervisors Professor Tom Fahey
Dr Fiona Boland
Dr Barbara Clyne
Title of research project Primary care research with a focus on understanding the fundamentals of study design and data analysis.
Background

The HRB Centre for Primary Care Research (CPCR) is a national research centre for primary care, based in the Department of General Practice of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. The CPCR is a national centre for research in primary care in Ireland, led by the RCSI, in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin, Queen’s University Belfast and National University of Ireland, Galway.

In phase I (2008-2015), the CPCR worked to set up standards for the quality of care of vulnerable patient groups such as older people. Phase II (2015-2019) of the CPCR is ongoing and the overall aim of this phase is to build on previous observational work to enhance patient safety in terms of prescribing, diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to the care of patients, utilizing information and communication technology (ICT).

Students will proactively engage in one of the ongoing research projects relating to the Centres research activity in the areas of medicines management, multimorbidity, and ICT interventions in the form of computer-based support systems (CDSSs) in primary care.

The overall aim is for students to develop an understanding of the fundamentals of study design and data analysis. Students will assist the principal investigator and postdoctoral researchers with various aspects of conducting a study, including, study design, literature reviews, managing and cleaning databases, data manipulation, analysing data, interpreting, reporting and presenting the findings. 

SSC learning outcomes 1. Gain insight into the fundamentals of study design in applied clinical research and epidemiology
2. Develop literature searching skills and use endnote
3. Develop a good knowledge and understanding of biostatistics
4. Understand and manage data and perform simple statistical analyses with Stata
5. Develop writing and oral presentation skills
Where the student will be based The HRB Centre for Primary Care Research, Department of General Practice, RCSI Medical School, Beaux Lane House, Lower Mercer Street, Dublin 2
Number of student places 2-4
Assessment of student performance

Oral presentation and written report of approximately 2,000-2,500 words. Please see the guidelines on Moodle.

Supervisor contact details For further details or queries please contact Fiona Boland.