Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 1020-4989
ESPINOZA, Manuel; CABIESES, Báltica; PEDREROS, César and ZITKO, Pedro. Evaluation of the first training on clinical research methodology in Chile. Rev Panam Salud Publica [online]. 2011, vol.29, n.3, pp. 203-210. ISSN 1020-4989. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1020-49892011000300009.
This paper describes the evaluation of the first training on clinical research methodology in Chile (EMIC-Chile) 12 months after its completion. An online survey was conducted for students and the Delphi method was used for the teaching team. Among the students, the majority reported that the program had contributed to their professional development and that they had shared some of the knowledge acquired with colleagues in their workplace. Forty-one percent submitted a project to obtain research funding through a competitive grants process once they had completed the course. Among the teachers, the areas of greatest interest were the communication strategy, teaching methods, the characteristics of the teaching team, and potential strategies for making the EMIC-Chile permanent in the future. This experience could contribute to future research training initiatives for health professionals. Recognized challenges are the involvement of nonmedical professions in clinical research, the complexities associated with the distance learning methodology, and the continued presence of initiatives of this importance at the national and regional level.
Keywords : biomedical research; program evaluation; education, medical, continuing; Chile.