Nuts and Bolts Research Methods Symposium (15th Annual)

Friday, August 15, 2014  •  8:30am-3:00pm

5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits  •  University Center, UTC (Chattanooga, TN )


 nuts and bolts


Click here to download the Agenda and Brochure Invitation with more info


The University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga is proud to announce the 15th Annual Nuts and Bolts Research Methods Symposium.  The event is designed to engage community and academic investigators in discussion about the development and conduct of research projects that will add to the evidence base about effective practices for patient care. 


This year, Eric Heidel, PhD, will present a specialized curriculum focused on the following:

  • Formulating a valid research question
  • Hypothesis generation
  • Choosing the correct research design
  • Precision and accuracy in measurement
  • Conducting an a priori power analysis
  • Population and sampling reasoning
  • Database management and structuring
  • Choosing the correct statistic
  • Evidence-based medicine: asking, acquiring, appraising, applying, and assessing

Dr. Heidel is an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics in the Department of Surgery at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine in Knoxville.  He teaches a Research Design and Statistics in Medicine course in Knoxville.  He also consults with investigators (including those at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga) about research design and data analysis.


Who Should Attend: 

  • UTCOMC faculty, residents, and medical students
  • Research coordinators
  • Research administrators
  • Other individuals planning or conducting medical research

Accommodations:  All educational sessions are free to attend.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided, courtesy of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga and the Erlanger Health System.  Continuing education credits for physicians and other health care professionals are made possible by the Office of CME at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga.  Please contact the Office of CME if you have any special requests or need any special accommodations.


To Attend:  Registration is not necessary, but seating, course materials & meals are limited.  Please wear your name tag for identification and networking purposes. 


Location & Directions:  The symposium will be held at the UTC University Center.  Parking will be limited at UTC on the street and in the 5th Street Parking Garage.  We recommend that UT and Erlanger faculty and staff walk to the symposium from campus if they are capable (a .5 mile walk) and if the weather is suitable

To Walk to Nuts & Bolts from Erlanger:  From Erlanger, go west on Third Street (up the hill), turn left on Palmetto Street, and turn right on Fifth Street.  You’ll see the UTC Bookstore on the left, which is in the University Center.  Enter here.  There will be signs to guide you to the appropriate rooms. 


Educational Materials:  Click the links below to download the Slideshow Presentation & Handout and other materials for the meeting


Program with Agenda

Welcome handout and CME info

  • Slideshow Presentation (PDF, 938 kb) - research question, research design, measurement, power analysis, data management, group comparisons, variables, 2x2 tables, epidemiology, diagnostic testing, survival analysis & evidence-based medicine
  • Handout (258 kb)

CE/CME/AMA Credit Request form


Conference Attire:  We encourage you to be comfortable at this quality educational experience.  Casual business attire and a light sweater or jacket are suggested.


Accreditation:  The University of Tennessee College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


AMA Credit:  The University of Tennessee College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 Continuing Education for Non-Physicians: Non-physicians can obtain continuing education credits for attending activities that award AMA Category 1 CreditsTM and other continuing medical education credits to physicians. Check with your licensure/certification board for confirmation.




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