Transform your understanding of biostatistics and literature evaluation with these high-impact videos and quizzes — designed for busy healthcare professionals

Why Biostatistics Rx?

Are you struggling with complex biostatistics and clinical trial interpretations? You’re not alone. Our comprehensive online course, featuring 35 HD videos (about 5 ½ hours of content) and over 100 quiz questions, is designed to simplify these critical concepts for healthcare providers.

Biostatistics Rx Course Overview

Course Learning Objectives

  1. Classify types of data and outline appropriate descriptive statistics to summarize these data.
  2. Explain hypothesis testing in inferential statistics and interpret the results of these tests.
  3. Describe the most appropriate inferential statistical test based on the type of data being analyzed.
  4. Interpret the results of correlation and regression testing.
  5. Discuss the types of study designs and identify each design’s threats to validity, biases, confounding, and other limitations.

Course Modules

Introduction and Course Overview

Why is this content so important and how can you get the most out of it?

Descriptive Statistics

How can data be described using numbers and graphs?

Intro to Inferential Statistics

What exactly is inferential statistics and hypothesis testing?

Hypothesis Testing

What statistical tests are used to generate p-values and how do they work?

Measuring Data Relationships

How can the relationship between different data points be correlated or predicted?

Study Design and Evaluation

How are clinical trials designed, analyzed, and interpreted?

This course is built specifically for healthcare providers and students to leverage your valuable time and improve your foundational understanding of biostatistics and analyzing clinical trials. We’ve hand-picked the most essential concepts including:

Types of data (nominal, ordinal, interval, ratio, continuous, categorical, parametric, non-parametric)
Descriptive statistics (measures of central tendency and variability)
Expressing risk (ARR, RR, RRR, NNT/NNH, HR, OR)
Test performance characteristics (specificity, sensitivity)
Inferential statistics core concepts (p-values, alpha/beta, power, type I/II error)
How to select the most appropriate inferential statistical test
In-depth understanding of the most critical statistical tests (t-test, ANOVA, Mann-Whitney U test, Chi square)
Time-dependent analyses (log-rank, Cox proportional hazards)
Correlation and regression (linear, logistic)
Types of studies (observational, experimental, meta-analysis)
Analyzing study endpoints (composites, post-hoc, adjudication)
Interim analysis and the role of regulatory bodies (IRB and DSMB)
Superiority vs. non-inferiority trial design and interpretation
Interpreting study results and evaluating for clinical significance
Identifying biases, thread to study validity, and confounders

Course Features

Track your progress as you complete each module, quiz, and exam

Frequent, low-stakes assessment improves long-term comprehension. Every module includes several quizzes and a full module exam to assess your learning.

ClinCalc Academy courses follow best practices of teaching and learning. Slides are designed to optimize learning and engagement, video length is targeted specifically for online learners, and formative practice is integrated into each module.

Who Should Take this Course?

Biostatistics Rx is designed for any healthcare professional or student who needs to improve their understanding of biostatistics and ability to interpret clinical trials.

Although this course is targeted to a variety of healthcare professionals, a significant number of learners use this course to prepare for the national pharmacy licensure exam (NAPLEX) and pharmacy BPS specialty certifications, including:

  • Pharmacotherapy (BCPS)
  • Ambulatory Care Pharmacy (BCACP)
  • Cardiology Pharmacy (BCCP)
  • Compounded Sterile Preparations Pharmacy (BCSCP)
  • Critical Care Pharmacy (BCCCP)
  • Emergency Medicine Pharmacy (BCEMP)
  • Geriatric Pharmacy (BCGP)
  • Infectious Diseases Pharmacy (BCIDP)
  • Nutrition Support Pharmacy (BCNSP)
  • Oncology Pharmacy (BCOP)
  • Pediatric Pharmacy (BCPPS)
  • Psychiatric Pharmacy (BCPP)
  • Solid Organ Transplantation Pharmacy (BCTXP)

Medical Literature Evaluation is an Essential Skill

Understanding and interpreting a clinical trial is an essential skill for all healthcare professionals. For this reason, many standardized exams specifically assess core concepts of evidence-based medicine, biostatistics, and the application of evidence into practice:

  1. Board certification exams for pharmacists (such as BCPS or similar specialty exams) devote 15-25% of the exam to these concepts
  2. The NAPLEX pharmacy licensure exam includes biostatistics (Area 4.8), evidence-based literature interpretation (Area 1.7), and application of evidence-based practice to develop treatment plans (Area 3.11)
  3. The physician assistant PANCE exam includes critically analyzing evidence-based medicine in the “Professional Practice” portion of the assessment
  4. For physicians, the USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3 all include a section on biostatistics and interpretation of medical literature

Despite the emphasis on biostatistics and evidence-based medicine, the majority of healthcare providers and health sciences faculty cannot correctly answer basic questions about these topics (J Clin Transl Sci. 2021;5(1):e153.; Ann Pharmacother. 2012;46(7-8):991-999.; J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2013;71(1):227-234.; J Surg Educ. 2014;71(4):574-579.).

This course is specifically designed for busy healthcare professionals to bridge the gap between the need to build the essential skill of interpreting evidence-based literature and the obvious deficit that most healthcare professionals have in this skill.

Take Our Free 10-Question Practice Exam for Biostatistics and Medical Literature Evaluation

The Biostatistics Rx online course includes more than 100 comprehension questions embedded within modules, at the end of each module, and as a final exam.

Take a moment to test your current knowledge of biostatistics and interpretation of evidence-based medicine principles with this free, 10-question practice exam.

Free Cheat Sheet Guides

Are you interested in a succinct study guide covering epidemiologic statistic calculations and interpretation (sensitivity, specificity, relative risk, etc.) and inferential statistical tests (when to use tests like an independent t-test vs. Chi square test)?

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Sample Videos from the Course

 

Testimonials

Even though I passed a biostats course in pharmacy school, I really didn’t understand the concepts of confidence intervals and p values. This course helped me understand what these terms actually mean and how to interpret them

Luca M.

This course is amazing! The slides are so clear and easy to follow. The quiz questions throughout were perfect to help me prepare for my BCPS exam. Highly recommend!

Sienna R.

As a preceptor, I avoided journal club discussions with students because I wasn’t confident in being able to analyze trials or answer stats questions. This course has made me a better preceptor and improved my ability to apply EBM principles to my patients

Alice D.

The amount of content is “just right” for me – the instructor visually describes how the statistical tests work without getting caught up in complex math. I don’t need to know how to calculate p values by hand but do want to understand what a p value actually means

Brandon A.

About the Course Instructor

Sean P. Kane, PharmD, BCPS

Sean Kane, PharmD, BCPS received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Butler University in 2010. In 2011, he completed a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency, and in 2012 he received board certification in pharmacotherapy and completed a PGY-2 critical care residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Kane worked as a critical care pharmacist for more than a decade before transitioning to academia full-time. Currently, Dr. Kane is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, Illinois and is the Senior Associate Dean and Associate Dean for Assessment.

As part of his teaching role, Dr. Kane provides more than 100 hours per year of classroom instruction on a wide variety of topics ranging from cardiovascular pharmacotherapy to medical literature evaluation.

Enroll in the Biostatistics Rx Online Course

Biostatistics Rx Online Course

LIFETIMES ACCESS

$149

Unlimited streaming of 35 high-definition videos (about 5 ½ hours of content)
Quiz yourself with 100+ comprehension questions
Lifetime access to review course material at any time
Content designed to develop a rock-solid foundational understanding of biostatistics and medical literature evaluation

Questions about the course? Please direct all inquiries to academy@clincalc.com

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