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International Course on Research in Primary Health Care

Palermo, Italy

 23rd-25th March 2012

 Aim: To provide Primary Health Care professionals with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for undertaking research.

 Objectives:

1. To help participants to formulate ideas that can be scientifically tested

2. To give participants a basic understanding of epidemiological methods and biostatistics

3. To develop participants’ critical faculties for the evaluation of their work and that of others

4. To give practical experience of the development of study protocols and applications for research funding

5. To give practical experience of use of computers and software for data processing, database manipulation, use of spreadsheets, statistical analysis, preparation of slide presentations, and the use of the internet

 Target group: European Primary Health Care Workers.

Number of participants limited to 30.

Language: Italian, with knowledge of English required

Participation: basic understanding of research methods and statistical analysis will be an asset to course participants, but is not a necessity. Participants will be expected to develop and present a basic research study protocol during the course as group work, and  completion of this is a necessity for a certificate of participation

 

Programme

 Friday, 23rd March 2012

0900 - 0915 Short introduction to the course Nicola Buono, Jean Karl Soler

0915 - 0930 Identifying research questions Ferdinando Petrazzuoli

0930 - 0945 Developing research protocols Jean Karl Soler

0945 – 1015 Group work - research questions and protocols

1015 - 1030 The experimental design Marco Cambielli

1030—1100 Coffee Break

1100 – 1115 Quantitative study types Jean Karl Soler

1115 - 1130 Qualitative study types Anthony Mifsud

1130 – 1230 Group work - research questions and protocols

1230 - 1300 Basic statistics Ferdinando Petrazzuoli

1300 - 1430 Lunch

1430 – 1500 Searching and appraisal of the literature Jean Karl Soler

1500 – 1530 Group work – literature searching Jean Karl Soler

1530 – 1600 Coffee break

1600 – 1630 Quantitative and qualitative sampling techniques F. Petrazzuoli/Anthony Mifsud

1630 – 1730 Practical - use of Epi-Info (Part 1) Nicola Buono

1730 – 1800 Systematic reviews and health technology assessment Salvatore Corrao

 Saturday, 24th March 2012

0900 - 0930 Data collection tools Ferdinando Petrazzuoli

0930 - 1000 Design of qualitative studies Anthony Mifsud

1000 – 1030 Group work – research protocol and study design

1030 - 1100 Coffee Break

1100 – 1115 Parametric and non-parametric significance tests Jean Karl Soler

1115 – 1130 Sample size Jean Karl Soler

1130 – 1145 Validity and reproducibility of research instruments Jean Karl Soler

1145 – 1230 Qualitative data analysis Anthony Mifsud

1230 – 1300 Group work – research protocol and study design

1300 – 1430 Lunch

1430 – 1500 Measuring process and outcome in family medicine Jean Karl Soler

1500 – 1530 Audit in family medicine Jean Karl Soler

1530 – 1600 Coffee Break

1600 – 1700 Practical - use of Epi-Info (Part 2) Nicola Buono

1700 – 1730 Collaborative research – the TRANSFoRm project Jean Karl Soler

 Sunday, 25th March 2012

0900 – 0930 Searching and appraising practice guidelines Salvatore Corrao

0930 – 1000 La ricerca traslazionale Marco Cambielli

1000 – 1030 The International Classification of Primary Care Nicola Buono

1030 - 1100 Coffee break

1100 – 1300 4 project presentations – 15 minutes presentation, 15 minutes group discussion

1300 Closure of the course and certificate presentations Ferdinando Petrazzuoli

 

Description of the Course

The course is designed to achieve a balance between theoretical and practical learning, and between conceptual and factual material. It contains sixteen hours of teaching with regular breaks and adequate discussion time after each didactic session. The daily pattern moves from didactic teaching in the first part of the day, to group work and then practical work.

The curriculum is based on previous EGPRN courses.

The course is suitable for medical and para-medical researchers in primary care. It is assumed that an introductory course in statistics has been previously completed by participants at primary degree level. The international teaching staff is involved in teaching and carrying out research at an international level.

 Teaching Staff

Italian faculty:

Prof. Salvatore Corrao Associate Professor, Palermo University

Prof. Marco Cambielli Clinical Pharmacology Advisor

Dr. Ferdinando Petrazzuoli Family doctor, researcher

Dr. Nicola Buono Family doctor, researcher

Mediterranean Institute of Primary Care:

Prof. Jean Karl Soler Visiting Professor, University of Ulster

Dr. Anthony Mifsud Family doctor, researcher

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Electronic patient records to support practice management, quality assurance and development of family medicine

Corinthia Palace Hotel, Attard, MALTA
Wednesday 1st to Sunday 5th July 2009

Incorporating the first joint meeting of the Maltese and Dutch Transition Project and TransHis users groups, the annual MIPC general meeting, and the annual MIPC conference for Maltese primary care workers.

The aim of the meeting is to work with Dutch, Serb and Maltese users of Transhis (and hopefully Serb doctors too) to discuss the Transition project data and reflect on issues of utilisation, international comparisons, and inter-doctor variation. These reflections will be presented at a conference open to all Maltese family doctors.

Programme

Wednesday 1st July

1230 - 1330 Welcome of our guests

1500 - 1800 1st Transhis user group joint session – Dutch Transition group only (with coffee)

1930 Dinner at the Corinthia Palace Hotel

Thursday 2nd July

0930 - 1315 Visiting Malta - Valletta

1315 - 1430 Lunch

1430 - 1530 2nd Transhis user group session – discussion and interpretation of the data

1530 - 1600 Coffee

1600 - 1800 3rd Transhis user group session – discussion and interpretation of the data

1930 Dinner at a fish restaurant in Marsaxlokk

Friday 3rd July – MIPC Annual General Meeting and conference

0930 - 1315 Visiting Malta – Mdina and the North

1315 - 1430 Lunch

1430 - 1530 4th Transhis user group session – inter-doctor and inter-practice variation

1530 - 1600 Coffee

1600 - 1700 MIPC IAC annual meeting

1730 - 1830 MIPC AGM

1930 MIPC annual dinner

Saturday 4th July

1000 - 1130 MIPC annual conference “Inter-doctor variation in Family Medicine”

1130 - 1200 Coffee

1200 - 1315 MIPC annual conference “Inter-doctor variation in Family Medicine”

1315 - 1415 Lunch

1415 - 1530 MIPC annual conference “Inter-doctor variation in Family Medicine”

1530 - 1600 Coffee

1600 - 1700 MIPC annual conference “Inter-doctor variation in Family Medicine”

Approximately 20 presentations, 15 minutes each

Sunday 5th July

1000 - 1130 Conclusions and farewell

1130 - 1200 Coffee

Participants

Workshops Conference
Maltese TransHis users MIPC International Advisory Committee members
Dutch TransHis users MIPC Full members
Serb TransHis users Maltese GPs
Dr. Inge Okkes
Prof. Isabel Stabile

Queries to:

Jean Karl Soler
Executive Director, Research
Mediterranean Institute of Primary Care
c/o: Caraffa 19, Verdala Mansions
Inganez Street
Rabat, Malta
Tel: 00356 21 417845
Fax: 00356 21 452431
GSM: 00356 9949 4324

e-mail: info@thefamilypractice.com.mt

jksoler@synapse.net.mt

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Interventional procedures for General Practitioners
Practical session

18th April 2009 12.30pm to 8.30 pm
Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta

Seminar description

Hands-on practical sessions in interventional procedures for General Practitioners

Dates

18 April 2009

Venue

Malta Institute for Medical Education
Mediterranean Conference Centre - Valletta

Target Audience

General practitioners
Trainee GPs
LIMITED TO 24 PARTICIPANTS

Format

Introductory talk on basic principles

Hands-on sessions in workshops on artificial, animal and cadaveric tissue.

The workshops will include :
1. joint and soft tissue infiltration/ aspiration
2. Suturing techniques
3. tying of knots with instruments and hands
4. excisions, debridements

Faculty

J Debono - General Surgeon
C Fearne – Paediatric Surgeon
J Psaila – General Surgeon

J Galea – General Surgeon
C Caruana – General Surgeon
A Borg – Rheumatologist
P Andrejevic – General Surgeon

Registration

Early registration to 9th April
Late registration

Euro 180
Euro 220

Seminar Dinner

Venue TBA

8.30pm

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Evidence-Based Practice in Family Medicine

Venue: Archbishop’s Seminary, Rabat, Malta
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Date: Saturday 4th April 2009
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Time: 10.30am – 4.00pm
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Cost: paid-up Members free / non-Members €25.00 per person
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Accreditation: 9 CPDAS points by the MaltaCollege of Family Doctors
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The Mediterranean Institute of Primary Care is organising an evidence-based medicine workshop. The aim of this workshop is to share knowledge on searching for, assessing and implementing evidence in daily family practice, so as to improve care delivered to patients.

Participants are to come prepared with one or two clinical questions that they may wish to research. A computer will be available for every 3 persons but participants may also bring their own laptop with WIFI to be able to access the internet.


Programme

Saturday, 4th April 2009

1000 - 1030 Registration & Coffee

1030 - 1035 Welcome and Introduction
Prof Jean Karl Soler & Prof Isabel Stabile

1035 - 1100 Identifying Clinical Questions
Dr Mario Sammut

1100 - 1130 Group Exercise 1 & Discussion:
Select Three Questions & Make Them SMART
Prof Isabel Stabile

1130 - 1145 Coffee break

1145 - 1200 Searching for Evidence
Dr Anthony Mifsud

1200 - 1230 Group Exercise 2:
Accessing Electronic Databases

1230 - 1300 Basic Statistics
Prof Jean Karl Soler

1300 – 1400 Lunch

1400 - 1415 Assessing the Evidence
Prof Jean Karl Soler

1415 - 1500 Group Exercise 3:
Search for Evidence to Answer Clinical Questions

1515 - 1600 Discussion of Results

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3rd International Course on Research in Primary Health Care in Malta

The European General Practice Research Network, in collaboration with the Mediterranean Institute of Primary Care, is organising a full-time 5-day International Course on Research in Primary Health Care, accredited by the University of Ulster towards a Masters in General Practice
and Primary Care.
Registrations by e-mail at mipc@yesitmatters.com should reach us not later than 30th April, 2009.
This course has been accredited 15 CPDAS points by the Malta College of Family Doctors

Dates: Thursday, 25th June 2009 –Monday, 29th June 2009
Venue: Attard, Malta
Cost: € 275.00 per person without accommodation € 725.00 per person including 5 nights’ accommodation in course hotel

Aims
· to provide Primary Health Care Professionals with the Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes necessary for undertaking Research.


Objectives
· to help participants to formulate ideas that can be tested in a scientific manner;
· to give participants a basic understanding of epidemiological methods and biostatistics;
· to develop the critical faculties of participants for evaluation of their own and other people’s work;
· to give practical experience of development of study protocols and applications for research funding;
· to give practical experience of use of computers for database manipulation, use of spreadsheets, statistical analysis, preparation of slides and overheads, internet communication and video conferencing.


Target group
European Primary Health Care Workers. The course is suitable for researchers in Primary Care. Participants are expected to have basic knowledge of statistics.


Description of the Course
The course is designed to achieve a balance between theoretical and practical learning, and between conceptual and factual material. It contains 35 hours of teaching with regular breaks and adequate discussion time after each didactic session. The daily pattern moves from didactic teaching in the first part of the day, to group work and then practical work.


The curriculum is based on previous EGPRW-WHO courses, particularly the most recent courses held in Turkey and Malta.

The course is suitable for medical and para-medical researchers in Primary Care.
It is assumed that an introductory course in statistics has been previously
completed by participants.

The International Teaching Staff are all involved in teaching and carrying out
research at an International level.


Teaching Staff
Prof. Frank Dobbs, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, UK
Prof. Hagen Sandholzer, University of Leipzig, Germany
Dr. Kristin Hendrickx, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Prof. Jean Karl Soler, Mediterranean Institute of Primary Care
Dr. AnthonyMifsud, Mediterranean Institute of Primary Care


Queries to: Jean Karl Soler MDMSc MMCFD
Executive Director, Research
Mediterranean Institute of Primary Care
c/o: Caraffa 19, Verdala Mansions, Inguanez Street, Rabat, MALTA
Tel: +356 9949 4324 Fax: +356 21 421625
jeankarl@mipc.org.mt

jksoler@synapse.net.mt


Course Programme


Thursday 25th June
0900 - 1015 Identifying questions for research
1015 - 1130 Developing research protocols
1130 - 1200 Coffee
1200 - 1315 Trends in Quantitative Research
1315 - 1415 Lunch
1415 - 1530 Trends in Qualitative Research
1530 - 1600 Coffee
1600 - 1700 Groupwork - Literature searching
1700 - 1800 Practical - Use of Microsoft Office (Part 1)
Friday 26th June
0900 - 1015 Qualitative Study Types
1015 - 1130 Quantitative Study Types
1130 - 1200 Coffee
1200 - 1315 Basic Statistics
1315 - 1415 Lunch
1415 - 1530 Quantitative and Qualitative Sampling Techniques
1530 - 1600 Coffee
1600 - 1700 GroupWork - Protocol Design
1700 - 1800 Practical -Use of Internet
Saturday 27th June
0900 - 1015 Data Collection Tools
1015 - 1115 Design ofQualitative Studies
1115 - 1145 Coffee
1145 - 1300 Validity and Reproducibility of Research Instruments
1300 - 1400 Lunch
1400 - 1515 Sample Size
1515 - 1545 Coffee
1545 - 1700 Examining Process of General Practice
1700 - 1800 Group Discussion -Applying for Research Funding
2000 Social evening
Sunday 28th June
0900 - 1015 Assessing Outcomes inGeneral Practice
1015 - 1130 Measuring Quality in General Practice
1130 - 1200 Coffee
1200 - 1315 Parametric and Non-Parametric Significance Tests
1315 - 1415 Lunch
1415 - 1530 Qualitative Data Analysis
1530 - 1600 Coffee
1600 - 1700 Group Work -Analysis of Data
1700 - 1800 Practical -Use of Microsoft Office (Part 2)
Monday 29th June
0900 - 1015 Writing up Research
1015 - 1130 Group Work - Finalising Project Presentations
1130 - 1200 Coffee
1200 - 1315 Presentation of Group Projects
1315 - 1415 Lunch
1415 - 1530 Workshop on Participants’ own projects
1530 - 1600 Coffee
1600 - 1700 Workshop on Participants’ own projects
1700 - 1800 The Future of General Practice Research
2000 Social evening

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MALTESE GPs ULTRASOUND COURSE

 

Aims: to

·         introduce Maltese GPs to limitations and potentials of ultrasound

·         introduce Maltese GPs to practice ultrasound in areas defined by the RCGP/RCR (1993) Guidelines

·         introduce Maltese GPs to the current ultrasound techniques

·         introduce Maltese GPs to the latest advancements in ultrasound equipment

·         make Maltese GPs aware of ultrasound safety issues

·         make Maltese GPs aware of ultrasound quality assurance issues

·         make Maltese GPs aware of medico-legal implications of ultrasound practice

·         make Maltese GPs aware of hospital ultrasound protocols

 

Learning Outcomes: on completion of the course Maltese GPs would have the knowledge and understanding of:

·         the limitations and potentials of ultrasound modality

·         ultrasound techniques

·         ultrasound anatomy and pathology

·         quality assurance and safety issues

 

COURSE DESIGN

The course is designed in conjunction with Maltese GPs. The course syllabus follows the recommendations made in the RCGP/RCR Joint Working Party (1993) report on “basic ultrasound course for GPs”.

The course is delivered in two STAGES:

 

·         Stage 1:  is a foundation course for all GPs interested in gaining knowledge and an understanding of ultrasound.

 

·         Stage 2: is supervised clinical training, as laid down by the 1993 `Basic course guidelines` RCGP.RCR, 1993.

 

On successful completion of Stage (2), Maltese GPs can apply for certification of clinical competency within the stated guidelines

 

COURSE CONTENT

  

·         Basic physics of ultrasound

 

·         Ultrasound equipment and selection

 

·         Quality Assurance of ultrasound equipment

 

·         Safety issues in the use ultrasound

 

·         Medico-legal issues of ultrasound practice

 

·         Applications of Abdominal ultrasound

 

·         Applications of Obstetrics/Gynaecology ultrasound

 

·         Introduction to Doppler and Small parts ultrasound

 

·         Practical Demonstrations and workshops

 

TIMETABLE: 23 – 25 October 2007

 

 

 

MORNING

0930 - 1300

AFTERNOON

1400 – 1700

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY

INTRODUCTION TO ULTRASOUND PHYSICS/EQUIPMENT

 

ABDOMINAL ULTRASOUND

ANATOMY/ PATHOLOGY

AAA SCREENING

ULTRASOUND TECHNIQUE

 

 

QUALITY ASSURANCE OF ULTRASOUND

SAFETY OF ULTRASOUND

OBSTETRICS ULTRASOUND ANATOMY AND PATHOLOGY

GYNAECOLOGY ULTRASOUND ANATOMY AND PATHOLOGY

 

 

 

 

 

WENESDAY

 

Practical Workshop

 

Clinical  Workshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY

 

 

GP EXPERIENCE OF ULTRASOUND PRACTICE

 

EXAMPLES OF CASE-STUDIES (LIVE DEMOS)

TELEMEDICINE

GPS AUDIT OF PRACTICE

TRAINING ISSUES

GUIDELINES

CONSULTANTS OVERVIEW

DISCUSSION

 

 

NUMBER OF HOURS

 

1.    In total 12 hours of lectures, plus two workshops are included in the time-table.

 

TEACHING FACULTY:

 

LECTURER

QUALIFICATION

SUBJECT/TITLE

Dr. Budgie Hussain

(Course Leader/Senior Lecturer)

D.MedIm. MSc DMU ILTM

Physics/Equipment/Safety/QA/General Ultrasound

Dr. David Kay (Consultant Radiologist, Course Supervisor)

MB BS FRCR

Abdominal Ultrasound

Aortic Aneurysm

Dr. Graham Tyrrell (GP)

MBBS PgC Ultrasound

General Ultrasound

 

  

COURSE LOGISTICS

The following company supports the course by making available ultrasound machines and application specialists:

Sonosite

Tutors for practical workshops: From:-

Budgie Hussain, David Kay & Graham Tyrrell

Dr. David Kay (Consultant Radiologist) supervises the workshops

 

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