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Certificate Course in Clinical Research Methods for DNB Students


A large pool of human resource exists in the form of researchers/scientists/faculty in medical colleges and teaching hospitals to carry out quality research. It is well known that the existing quality of the research undertaken by post graduate trainees and PhD scholars is to be improved. There is enough evidence to support the urgent need to offer training in research methodology and help support the development of research methodology curricula on regional and national levels to advance the state of research in medical education. To harness the potential of the existing pool, capacity building in research methodology is imperative and should be are recognised priority. In this regards, the Certificate Course in Clinical Research Methods for Diplomate of National Board (DNB) students offered through an eLearning mode will be less intensive and more realistic for achieving educational goals.


The aim of this course is to provide DNB students with a multidisciplinary perspective to facilitate their skills in clinical research. This course will expose them to fundamental concepts and basic analytic methods to cover topics spanning from conceptualization of research idea to dissemination of research findings to fully equip them to carry out original research and report their findings.

Learning Objective
By the end of the course the student should be able to:
  • Frame a well-defined and specific clinical research question
  • Perform a literature search on a defined topic and critically appraise published literature
  • Have basic understanding of qualitative and quantitative research designs in clinical context
  • Understand basic statistical concepts, data management and design basic analysis plan
  • Develop a clinical research proposal with all key elements of methodology
  • Apply ethical principles of clinical research and understand ethical processes of clinical research
  • Present and report their findings in the form of a thesis report/ manuscript

The course is designed as a four months certificate course. It is an eLearning computer based online program, largely self-taught complemented with online lectures and comprehensive printed study materials.

Eligibility Criteria
DNB students enrolled in recognised specialities offered by the National Board of Examinations (NBE).

Teaching Methodology

This eLearning course based mostly on self-reading and self-paced model will be delivered through a web-based platform. The course utilizes a blended online teaching/ learning technique. The basic course structure includes a combination of weekly online virtual lectures, inter-active discussion board, self-evaluation MCQs, links to recommended readings from journal articles and text books, printed reading material specifically designed for this course and assessments. Online learning sessions would be conducted by designated faculty members with students logging in from their location.

Evaluation and award of certificate

Participants will be evaluated at the end of the course through a final online MCQ-based examination. Final online certificate will be awarded only to the students who successfully complete the course and clear all the course requirements.

Course Modules

The basic course structure will follow module-based learning. The entire course is divided in to 4 modules covering various aspects of research methodology. The course will cover a total of 12 credits.

Name of the Modules:
  1. Clinical research methods
  2. Basic biostatistics
  3. Ethical considerations in research
  4. Medical writing
All students are required to pay INR 6000 as tuition fee to NBE and INR 3000 as fee for the final exit examination and certification to IIPH-Delhi.
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  • Program Fee: Indian: 9000 INR