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Session Information

FRM F022 - Half-Truths, Lies, and Statistics: Understanding Medical Statistics for the Practitioner

Open admission to eligible categories, no tuition or ticket


Date: Friday, March 01

CME Credits: 2.00

Location: Room D233/234

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Director: Marta Jane Van Beek, MD, MPH, FAAD


  • Maryam Mandana Asgari, MD, FAAD
  • Christian L. Baum, MD, FAAD
  • Junko Takeshita, MD, PhD, FAAD

Learning Objectives:
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Identify errors in study design which may result in an erroneous conclusion
  • Using a small number of tools, quickly assess the flaws or merits of published studies and how to apply such information to your patient population.
  • Recognize the importance of specific statistical standards in reputable studies

This session will provide you with the tools to quickly assess medical literature and apply it appropriately to your patient population. Speakers will describe and clarify common statistical tests and explain when such tests are appropriate or inappropriate. Basic study design and the evidence each provides will be reviewed. Confounding variables, stratification, allocation, and other statistical terms will be explained so the busy clinician can rapidly evaluate the merits of clinical studies.