Academic Resources

Here we have outlined a few courses/training modules that are useful for learning about research methodology.

INCEPT (clINical aCademia Elearning PlaTform)

INCEPT is a joint venture between the University of Edinburgh and Student Audit and Research in Surgery (STARSurg) collaborative.  The site contains multiple e-learning modules that cover study design, statistics and research careers.  Overall, this is an excellent starting point for medical students who want to learn about research methods. 

SIR Interventional Radiology Research Training (ITROP)

The Society of Interventional Radiology, USA have created a programme that aims to equip students and trainees with core research skills. This is a 10-week program that consists of one lecture per week, each focusing on a different research skill. The course is free for SIR members (membership free for students, $50/year for doctors in training).

Intro to Research for International Young Academics

The Introduction to Research for International Young Academics course is run every year by the RSNA, and provides an excellent introduction to the world of academic radiology. This is an in person course held in the USA during the RSNA annual meeting. Radiology trainees from outside the USA or Canada can apply to be part of the course - the deadline is usually in the spring.

NIHR Good Clinical Practice (Online Course)

The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) offers a good clinical practice course, which introduces some basic concepts that researchers need to know. Many research funders/sponsors will require those involved in a study to have undertaken this training. This can be done as an online course that takes approximately 4 hours to complete.

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Resources for specific areas

General Resources

RCR Research ‘Recipe Book’. The RCR Academic Committee has produced a set of guidance documents designed to help trainees with each stage of conducting a research project. Link

Formulating a Research Question


Study Types & Design


The Effective Interventional Radiology Clinical Trialist. SIR RFS Webinar (1h). Excellent webinar session outlining how to design and run a successful clinical trial in interventional radiology. Link.

Literature Search


Critical Appraisal

How to Read a Paper: The Basics of Evidence-Based Medicine. Book by Trisha Greenhalgh. Generally regarded as an excellent resource on how to read a scientific paper. Link

Statistics & Data Analysis


NHS E-Learning for Healthcare (ELFH) Anaesthesia Course. This course has a useful module on statistics. Link

Preparing a manuscript


Publication & Dissemination