American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Health Services Research Methods Course

Sponsored by the Surgical Research Committee, Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care.

Course Description

The Health Services Research Methods (HSRM) Course is  offered to clinical and health services researchers with varying degrees of experience in the field. In addition to didactic lectures and skills-based labs tailored to individual interests, participants will have one-on-one consultations with leading experts focused on their specific research questions. In addition to quantitative and qualitative methods, participants will become familiar with mixed methods and implementation science. Breakout sessions will focus on writing R-award and K-award proposals and securing a first faculty position. Participants will engage in active discussion of scientific and practical aspects of ongoing surgical health services research from leaders in the field.

Educational Objectives

  • Provide a primer on the core methodologies in outcomes and health services research, along with their applications in surgery.
  • Help surgeons manage, analyze, and interpret information from clinical registries and administrative databases.
  • Provide surgeons with practical advice on developing an outcomes research agenda and academic careers in this area.

The program features lectures, labs, and breakout sessions in:

  • Fundamentals of health services research
  • Designing high-level observational studies and assessing validity
  • Working with administrative data and clinical registries
  • Managing and analyzing large datasets
  • Faculty research in progress
  • Career-building strategies
  • Proposal writing
  • Securing first faculty position
  • Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods
  • Implementation science
  • One-on-one consultations to discuss participants' research

What previous attendees have said about the Outcomes Research Course:

“The course opened me up to opportunities particularly related to qualitative research and patient reported outcomes that I hope to incorporate into my research.”

“I feel that I have better tools and resources to initiate outcomes research projects. This program exposed me to avenues and research protocols that would never have occurred to me.

“One of the best CME courses I have attended—Ever!”

“Exceptional course that went a step beyond simply providing specific content to meet objectives. We had access to experts in the field in a very open, unintimidating learning environment.”

“I entered this course with the desire to learn how to do my single center retrospective reviews better. I left with the ambition to build a research line directed towards seeking grant funding to better understand health care decision processes for our patients.”

Course Information


The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME and Self-Assessment Credit

The American College of Surgeons designates this live activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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