Course Director

Dr. Mark Harrison FCEM is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust.

Mark qualified from the University of Newcastle in 2002, and obtained his CCT and Consultant post in 2011.

Topics covered in the course:

  • Trial types
  • Consort
  • Different types of bias
  • Intervention vs observation
  • Confounding factors
  • Blinding
  • Randomisation
  • The placebo effect
  • Validity and reliability
  • Surrogate outcomes
  • Satistical terminology
  • Intention to treat
  • Risk and odds
  • The normal distribution
  • The null hypothesis
  • Statistical significance
  • Different statistical tests
  • Correlation coefficients
  • Regression
  • Funnel plots
  • Study types
  • Sensitivity and specificity
  • 2x2 contingency tables
  • Liklihood ratios
  • Fagan nomograms
  • Applicability
  • The ROC curve
  • Kappa
  • Kaplan-meier curves
  • QALYs

Thank you for visiting the website and we hope to see you on one of our courses.

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After having completed our course, you will have attained the skills to:

  • Understand the difference between different types of studies
  • Analyse studies for signs of bias and confounding factors
  • Understand the importance of critical appraisal in applying evidence into everyday practice
  • Understand the differences between statistical tests, and be able to perform tests such as sensitivity and specificity on data


Amazing price!

  • Course fee of only £200.
  • Comprehensive handouts from the Newcastle FRCEM Critical Appraisal Course
    • A folder of course notes
    • Key statistical explanations
    • Previous FRCEM exam papers
    • Practice exam papers to take away
  • Refreshments
  • Certificate of attendance



The Newcastle FRCEM Critical Appraisal Course will teach you to expertly dissect medical journal articles .

Critical Appraisal is a part of the FRCEM examination that has always been challenging for trainees.

The Newcastle FRCEM Critical Appraisal Course will help you understand why statistics are necessary, and how evidence based medicine affects the treatment of patients in everyday practice.

 The course is heavily focussed towards the FRCEM exam, and aims to make the world of critical appraisal less confusing, and explain its relevance with interesting clinical examples.

 We believe in helping you to actually understand the critical appraisal process, rather than simply remembering definitions.

examMost importantly we can help you to pass the FRCEM exam.  We have an over 95% pass rate.

Although prior revision of critical appraisal will be valuable (as well as practice papers after the course), we aim to teach everything from basic principles up to a level necessary to pass the exam.

 The course is of benefit for those in the final stages of their CCST or just embarking on higher training, and wanting to do the exam early.

 It is also relevant for those about to start work on their clinical topic review (CTR) and want to know what to look for when reading papers.

Date of Next Course: Sunday 25th February 2018

    & 5th August 2018

Cost:   £200 (1 day)

Courses will run regardless of the number of candidates - Reserve your place now by clicking the "Pay Now" button below, or message us for more information!

Sample Agenda


Time Topic
08:45 - 09:00 Coffee & Registration
09:00 - 09:15 Welcome and Introduction
09:15 - 11:00

Introduction to critical appraisal - Why does it matter?

Trial types


11:00 - 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 - 13:00


Confounding factors

Blinding & Randomisation

Validity and Reliability

13:00 - 13:45 Lunch
13:45 - 15:15

Statistical terminology

Intention to treat

Risk and Odds

15:15 - 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 - 16:45


Sensitivity and Specificity

Abstract Writing

16:45 - 17:00 Feedback and close