Reporters and Editors are Invited to Apply
for 2007 “Medicine in the Media” Course
The National Institutes of Health's Office of Medical
Applications of Research (OMAR) presents a free annual
training opportunity to help develop journalists' ability
to evaluate and report on medical research. Now
in its sixth year, the course curriculum builds
on the best of prior years' offerings to create an
intensive learning experience with hands-on application.
The course examines
the challenges and opportunities inherent in communicating
the results of medical research to the public. Stressing
an evidence-based approach and re-examining intuitive
beliefs about medicine, the course will prepare participants
for the crucial task of evaluating research findings
including statistics, selecting stories that hold meaningful
messages for the public, and placing them in the appropriate
2007 course topics include: Understanding Randomized
Clinical Trials, Common Problems in Observational Studies,
The Limited Role of Statistics, and Communicating Risk.
See last year’s course agenda and further information
There is no cost for the course, and meals and lodging
are provided. Participants are responsible for their
own travel to the Washington, DC area.
||We invite application by journalists whose
primary target audience is the general public. Applicants
may produce news stories about health or healthcare for
newspapers, magazines, or newsletters; television or
radio; or on-line media. Participants should be eager
to develop skills and knowledge necessary for good medical
science reporting, but need not have specific experience
or background in medical journalism.
course will be held April 12-14. Applications will be
accepted through February 2, 2007.
course will be held at the Bolger Center, in Potomac,
Maryland, near Bethesda.
complete program information and apply online at http://medmediacourse.nih.gov/.
For More Information:
Send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org,
or call Kelli Marciel at (301) 496-4819.
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