Hello. I don't know about you but my inbox fills with registration requests for webinars and presentations. Many--at least within the writing industry-- cost over 50 bucks for an hour of instruction. Double it if you don't also have a paid membership to the association. No thanks. And your name also goes on a valuable marketing list sold to the highest bidders.
My choice of education or skill development begins with MOOCs like this one Unlock Value in Massive Datasets. Data is the blockbuster drug and if you don't know how to understand how the data was gathered or possess the confidence to challenge spurious claims you will be at a distinct professional disadvantage.
What else do we do in our sphere of influence? We look at numbers either reported in the media, in a clinical abstract or preferrably paper-- or perhaps in freely available public data.
I am going to leave you with a simple checklist for your data. And an invitation to join a few workshops. The workshops will last a few weeks not an hour, will cost practically nothing--especially if you enroll early, and I will summarize the high-level points here before we launch so you can decide if its your cup of tea.
Go check it out...Improving data literacy in medicine and clinical research. Join early for only $10. We will step through a bit of the book--Improving Numeracy in Medicine--address additional issues of scrutinizing evidence with screencasts, video, and audio.
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In a world of "evidence-based" medicine I am a bigger fan of practice-based evidence.
Remember the quote by Upton Sinclair...
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!”
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