Critical Appraisal

Critical Appraisal Course Contents


Learn to pass FRCEM Critical Appraisal in one day!

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
  • Key statistical explanations
  • Previous FRCEM exam papers
  • Certificate of attendance



This 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.

Most 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.

This course runs throughout the year and is online to take at your own pace in the comfort of your own room!
Cost:       £200

Sample Agenda

  •  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?


  •  11:00 - 11:15           Coffee break


  •  11:15 - 13:00           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           Significance Sensitivity and Specificity, Abstract Writing


  • 16:45 - 17:00           Feedback and close

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