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Masterclass in Critical Appraisal

All professionals caring for patients with cancer want the best possible outcomes for their patients.  Some of you will contribute to this goal by performing research, but all of you can contribute to this goal by becoming wise research consumers. Critical appraisal skills that allow the rigorous interpretation of clinical trial results and appropriate application of those results to their patients is a core competency for all professionals caring for people with cancer.

Professionals who have these skills will be able to offer their patients the treatments that have the best opportunity of improving the length and quality of their survival. The Queen’s Global Oncology Program has developed this free Masterclass in critical appraisal skills in collaboration with the some of the best researchers and teachers in the world.   This first session of the Masterclass will focus on the interpretation of the Randomized Clinical Trial.  Subsequent modules will be devoted to the other types of studies required for oncology professionals to optimize the care of their patients.

The Masterclass will not only include this online content.  We will be hosting interactive online “Journal Clubs” led by expert faculty for those who have completed the online component of the Masterclass.  Journal Club attendees will learn to apply what they have learned in the online course through a facilitated review of key contemporary studies.  Our first two Journal Clubs took place on November 25th and December 4th, 2021. Recordings of these virtual events can be viewed at the bottom of the page. .



Pre-test Survey in Qualtrics

Click on the button to begin the course with a pre-test survey in Qualtrics. There will be a post-test survey at the end of the course as well.

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Introduction to Study Designs and Units of Measurement

Dr. Thiwanka Wijeratne

Phases of Clinical Trials

Dr. Nazik Hammad

The Randomized Controlled Trial

Dr. Priya Ranganathan

Is this a Valid Surrogate Endpoint?

Dr. Bishal Gyawali

Magnitude of Clinical Benefit of New Cancer Therapies

Dr. Chris Booth

Bias, Hype and Conflicts of Interest

Dr. Ian Tannock

Putting It All Together

Dr. Ian Tannock

Recordings of Live Critical Appraisal Masterclass Events

Watch a recording of a live critical appraisal masterclass event, hosted by Dr. Priya Ranganathan on December 4th, 2021.


Critical Appraisal of a Clinical Trial

Dr. Priya Ranganathan

Understanding a Phase 3 Randomized Controlled Trial

Dr. Bishal Gyawali

June 20, 2022: Live Critical Appraisal Masterclass 

Dr. Manju Sengar

June 22, 2022: Live Critical Appraisal Masterclass 

Dr. Bishal Gyawali


December 14, 2022: Live Critical Appraisal Masterclass 

Dr. Ian Tannock 

Post-test Survey in Qualtrics

Once you have completed the Pre-test survey you will be emailed a link to the Post-test Survey which should be attempted once you have reviewed all 7 course modules. If you score ≥13/17, an official certificate of completion will be emailed directly to you.

Thank you for taking our Masterclass in Critical Appraisal.  We would greatly appreciate your feedback on our course so we can improve on our educational delivery and provide the most useful content in the future.  We want to ensure you that your responses will be confidential and that we truly value candid feedback.  Please click on the link below to complete our Masterclass Needs Assessment-Feedback Survey.

Needs-Assessment/Feedback Survey

We seek your feedback on our Masterclass course so that we can refine future courses. This anonymous survey will take about 5 minutes to complete.

Feedback Survey