SURG 517: Clinical Research Methods for Surgical Procedures with Global Surgical Comparisons

This course is intended to introduce learners in surgical care to surgical clinical research methods and emphasize approaches to clinical research that are different for surgical research compared to medical research.

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: SURG 510 (can be taken conccurrently)


Students will learn many aspects of the research process from research proposal development, to data analysis and statistical methods used in surgical research, to grant writing. This course will also provide an opportunity for students to learn about systematic reviews, quality improvement and assurance, and technology evaluation in surgical research.

Upon completion of this course, the learner will:

  • understand the challenges in doing surgical clinical research.
  • learn differences in the approaches for surgical research compared to medical research.
  • understand the importance of community engagement and the role of stakeholder involvement in surgical research.
  • demonstrate competence in developing a surgical research trial proposal.
  • distinguish different types of research approaches and justify when to use certain approaches to address a surgical research question.
  • become familiar with general ethical considerations in surgical research.
  • engage in self-reflection about one’s own social positioning relative to others in surgical research processes and the ethical implications.

What our students have to say:

“Certainly they were open to different points of view in the discussions and also one could tell they read and critically considered every students’ point of view. As this was a difficult time for many learners (the majority of whom have a full time job in clinical healthcare) they allowed and followed up on posts that were late and of past modules. This was helpful and supportive in this trying time.”


“The overall content of this course was of high quality.


“The visiting/guest instructors for certain modules … were very engaged and interesting.”