Skills Course 3 (Biostatistics and Clinical Research Methodology)

Venue: Auditorium complex, Second Phase Tata Medical Center, 14 MAR (EW) Newtown, Kolkata 700156
Date: 16th – 18th August 2019

Dear Colleagues,

We take the pleasure to invite you to join (Skills course-3) three-day course on ‘Research methodology, statistics and evaluating evidence’ on 16th – 18th August 2019 in Tata Medical Center Kolkata.

This course in primarily targeted at clinicians working in various sub-specialties of oncology who may or may not be actively involved in research. Given the large amount of research evidence that needs to be assimilated by clinicians, we want young doctors to be able to make sense of the information and judge the quality and applicability of the recent evidence base to their own practice. Some of the statistical topics that will be covered on first day are diagnostic accuracy testing, univariate analysis, bivariate analysis, logistic regression and survival analysis.  On the backbone of understanding of the above, we would like to cover introduction to case-control studies, cohort studies, randomized control trials and meta-analysis. This workshop has multiple hands on training for Microsoft word, power point, excel, SPSS and research methodology.

We look forward to welcome you to our program.

Best Wishes,

Dr. Sanjit kumar Agrawal (Consultant)
Department of breast Oncosurgery
Tata Medical Centre, Kolkata, India
MS (General Surgery), Fellowship (Surgical Oncology), Qualification in breast surgery (European board of surgery)

Dr. Soumitra S Datta
MD (CMC,Vellore), DPM, DNB.
MRCPsych, CCT in Child Psychiatry (UK)
Senior Consultant Psychiatrist
Department of Palliative Care and Psycho-oncology
Tata Medical Centre, Kolkata, India
Honorary Research Associate
UCL EGA Institute for Women’s Health (IfWH)
UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences
University College London


Dr. Sanjit Kumar Agrawal/ Dr Soumitra Shankar Datta
Department of Breast Surgery & Palliative care and psycho – Oncology
Tata Medical Center
14 MAR (EW) Newtown
Kolkata 700156
Ph: +91 33 6605

The feedback from the participants of the “2018 Skills Course 1: Research methodology, statistics and evaluating evidence” showed that 92% of the participants felt that they learned new things and 84% percent felt the teaching methods were good.

There were some of the feedbacks we received:
‘Well organized course’ ‘excellent speakers’,
‘I liked the quality and lucidity of presentations’ The concepts were taught in a very dynamic way to make them very simple.’
‘Sessions were interactive’.

Learning Outcomes from Workshop


Basic knowledge of computers, using the keyboard, mouse and Windows is required. This is an basic program, so we will teach you all about Microsoft Office (excel, word and Power point), Pumbed, Zotero and SPSS and then how to get the most of it for day-to-day use. We request you to download software – Microsoft Office, Zotero, Zotero link and SPSS in your personal laptop.

Workshop 1 (Excel, word and Power Point)


  • Absolute basics
  • Cell formatting
  • Chart, Graph and Table
  • Formula for summary statistics
  • Learn shortcuts


  • Absolute basics
  • Customizing your toolbar or ribbon
  • Changing your font with two keys
  • Advanced use of autocorrect
  • Personalizing bullets
  • Line spacing shortcut
  • Mail merge
  • Chart, Table and Graph
  • Learn every shortcut you will ever need – and more

Power Point

  • How to make your screen black by pressing one button
  • Insert new slides with just two keys
  • Learn how to draw on top of your slides during your presentation
  • Table, Chart and Graphs
  • Working with slides and text
  • Formatting your slide
  • Animation and sound
  • Learn every shortcut you will ever need – and more

Workshop 2:  (PubMed Search and Zotero)

  • Pubmed Search
  • Creating account and compiling the articles
  • Maintaining bibliography
  • Advanced search
  • Citation download
  • Setting up a database of references from previous literature search
  • Adding, Editing and correcting the references in the database.
  • Retrieving references stored in Zotero
  • Creating a bibliography of selected references
  • Inserting references in MS Word document
  • Adding journal abbreviations and altering output styles
  • How to search the Internet for publications from within Zotero
  • How to merge Zotero databases
  • How to create a list of references for a large document  (e.g., a thesis)

Workshop 3: SPSS hands on Training (Integrated with main workshop)

  • Apply the basic statistical tools learnt during the course.
  • Manipulate variables
  • Transform data for analysis
  • Recode and compute variables
  • Describe data
  • Understand the basic principles for choosing and conducting basic statistical tests.
  • Perform the following basic statistical tests using SPSS in Data Set :
    1. Check normalcy of data
    2. Parametric and non parametric tests
    3. Chi square and Fisher exact test
    4. Student t and man Whitney test
    5. Kaplan Meier curve
    6. Cox regression analysis.

Workshop 4: Critiquing a journal article

  • Study design
  • Sample size
  • Relevance to day to day practice
  • Critical appraisal

SKILLS COURSE III – August 16th – 18th 2019

Biostatistics & Clinical Research Methodology Workshop
Day 1(16/08/2018) – Statistics in Oncology
Registration: 9:00-10.00 am
Time Topic Speaker
10.00 – 10.10 am Introduction to program Sanjit Agrawal
10.10 – 10.20 am Welcome speech Dr. Mammen Chandy
10.20 – 10.50 am Describing a clinical data/measurement scales/ measurements of central tendency/dispersion Dr. Manas Roy/ SPSS By Dr Sanjit Agrawal.
10.50 – 11.30 am Tests of significance – p value and confidence interval

Dr. Sanjit Agrawal

11.30 – 11.45 am Tea break
11:45 – 12:30 pm Correlation and linear regression Dr. Soumitra Shankar Datta
12.30 – 01.30 pm Chi square test, Fisher exact test, t test, Man Whitney test (Including hands on training in SPSS) Dr. Prateek Jain
01.30 – 02.00 pm Lunch
02.00 – 05.00pm Workshop 1- Excel, Word, Power point P. Jain/ S. Ghose / Tanuj Chawla
02.00 – 05.00pm Workshop 2- Literature Search (Pubmed)  & Reference Management (Zotero) Jabez Paul Barnabas

/Arnab/ Gaurav Goel

Tea Break between 3.00 to 3.15 pm
Day 2 (17/08/2019): Survival Analysis, Diagnostic test and Grant Application
09.00- 09.10 am Meet the Professor Dr. Reena Nair
09.10- 10.00 am Logistic regression analysis- an overview with hands on training in SPSS Dr Soumitra Shankar Datta
10.00 – 10.30 am Tea Break
10.30 -11.45 am Survival Analysis- an overview (including hands on training in SPSS Kaplan Meier Curve/Log rank test) Dr. Sanjit Agrawal
11.45 am – 1.00 pm Diagnostic accuracy testing (Sensitivity, Specificity, predictive power, ROC curve) Dr Samiran Panda
1: 00 – 2:00 pm Lunch
02.00 -02.45 pm Writing a paper IMRAD Format/Grant application writing Dr Mohandas Mallath.
2.45 – 3.00 pm Tea Break
03.00 –05.30 pm Workshop 1- Excel, Word, Power point P. Jain/ S. Ghose/ Tanuj Chawla
3.00 – 5.30 pm Workshop 2- Pubmed search and Reference Management (Zotero) Jabez Paul Barnabas

/Arnab/ Gaurav Goel

Day 3 (18/08/2018): Clinical Research Methodology
09.00 – 09.10 am Meet the Professor TBA
09.10 – 10.00 am Cross sectional studies/Case control studies Dr Samiran Panda
10.00- 11.00 am Cohort studies Dr Parthap Tharyan
11.00 – 11.30 am Tea break
11.30-12.30pm Randomized controlled Clinical Trials (Randomization, Blinding, Allocation concealment) Dr Samiran Panda
12.30 – 01.30 pm Meta – analysis Dr. Prathap Tharyan
01.30 – 02.00 pm Lunch
02.00- 05.00 pm Critiquing a journal (Group task/ Presentation – Cross sectional studies/Case Control/Cohort studies/ RCT/ Meta – analysis) Sanjit Agrawal/ Tanuj Chawla/ Prateek jain/ Jabez Paul/ Dr prathap Tharyan/ Dr Samiran Panda/ Dr Gaurav Goel.
5.00 – 5.30 pm Feedback and Certificate distribution

Registration for Skills Course-3

Registration Fees : 2000 INR

Deadline for online Registration and Payment – 31/07/2019.

  • 100 seats are available for teaching course on first-come, first-served basis.
  • Course registration includes all scientific sessions, access to presentations, scientific material, tea break and lunch. Each registration form is applicable for a single registrant.

Registration closed for Skills Course 3 (Biostatistics and Clinical Research Methodology) TO BE HELD ON 16-18th August 2019.

Thanks to all of you who have registered for the course. Now our course is full and please do not send any further payments as we may not be able to refund your fees. Potential candidates who have not yet registered for the course may write to so that we can inform you if there is any additional space due to last minute cancellations or when we plan to conduct this course again in future.”