Emergency Medicine Research Course

The Emergency Medicine Research Course is a semester-long program run conjointly by Monash University and The Alfred Emergency & Trauma Centre. The course is made up of two postgraduate units Emergency Medicine Research Methods and Evidence Based Medicine (12 credit points). This unit can be completed as part of a Master program, or as a standalone certificate course.

📅 Semester 2 2022: Monday 25 July – Sunday 27 November 2022 SOLD OUT
📅 Semester 1 2023: 28 February – 2 July 2023 REGISTRATIONS OPENING OCTOBER 2022




The Emergency Medicine Research Course is a semester-long program run conjointly by Monash University and The Alfred Emergency & Trauma Centre.

The course is made up of two postgraduate units Emergency Medicine Research Methods and Evidence Based Medicine (12 credit points):

  • Emergency Medicine Research Methods enables students to acquire the necessary practical skills to design and conduct a research project.
  • Evidence Based Medicine aims to equip students with the necessary skills to identify and incorporate the best available research evidence to their clinical training and clinical practice.

Participants will have regular, interactive contact with the course faculty. The program involves completion of self-directed weekly online study modules, four assignments and two sets of workshops. It is delivered part time and requires a commitment of approximately 20 hours a week.

This unit can be completed as part of a Masters program (such as a Master of Clinical Medicine) or as a standalone certificate course.

This course also satisfies completion of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) 4.10 requirement.


  • Advanced trainees in Emergency Medicine: successful completion satisfies the research requirement for ACEM.
  • Clinicians with an interest in emergency medicine research.



SEMESTER 2, 2022
Monday 25 July – Sunday 27 November 2022
Block Days 1: 8 – 9 August 2022
Block Days 2: 17 – 18 October 2022
SOLD OUT – Please contact us to go on the waitlist.

SEMESTER 1, 2023
Monday 28 February – Sunday 2 July 2023
Block day 1: 20 & 21 March 2023
Block day 2: 22 & 23 May 2023
Registrations opening October 2022

This course will be delivered online in accordance to the Monash University semesters.


The Emergency Medicine Research Course course is a semester long university program.

The course format will include:

  • Weekly online readings
  • A weekly online discussion task
  • Online video podcasts
  • Block day attendance



This subject covers:

  • Introduction to research methods used in observational studies
  • Practical skills required in the design and assessment of a research project
  • Protocol design, including study type selection, introduction to questionnaire design, sampling methods, and ethics approval
  • Planning data management and statistical analysis and developing a study budget
  • Introduction to the role of qualitative research

Content overview:

  • Introduction to PICO
  • Choosing a study design
  • Introduction to statistics for research
  • Subject selection
  • Measurement
  • Bias and confounding
  • Trials in critical care; statistical issues
  • Data input & management
  • Diagnostic tests; research ethics
  • Funding; and qualitative methods



This subject covers:

  • Formulating answerable clinical questions
  • Scientific literature searches
  • Critical appraisal of scientific literature and evidence based guidelines
  • Application of research to clinical practice
  • Barriers to changing practice

Content overview:

  • Introduction to evidence based medicine
  • Asking an answerable question
  • Research designs
  • Searching the literature
  • P values and Confidence Intervals
  • Interpreting data
  • Data Quality and missing data
  • Bias and confounding
  • Critically appraising studies of therapy
  • Critically appraising studies of harm
  • Critically appraising studies of diagnosis
  • Understanding systematic reviews
  • Critically appraising studies of prognosis


The course consists of two subjects:

  1. Research Methods
  2. Evidence Based Medicine

There are three assessment tasks for each subject:

  • Assignment 1
  • Assignment 2
  • Online exercises

Each subject has online tasks due at the end of each week. The online tasks are designed to encourage group learning.

The course includes four compulsory block days.

The course can be successfully completed only after concurrent completion of both subjects. There is no scope for repeating one subject.



Your final grade for the subject will be reported according to the following grades:

HD – High Distinction ≥80%
D – Distinction 70-79%
C – Credit 60-69%
P – Pass 50-59%
N – Fail <50%



On completion of this course students will receive certification from Monash University. This certificate will indicate competency in the learning objectives described in the course overview. Credit towards  Masters programs can be obtained.


  • $4,550.00 per person
  • Course fee includes all required learning resources.


  • In very rare cases, due to clinical demand or other unforeseen, unavoidable reasons, courses may need to be cancelled. In this instance registrants will be advised urgently and will receive a full refund for registration fees.
  • If you are no longer able to attend this course you may transfer the fees to the next available date.
  • If you are no longer able to attend this course you may transfer course fees to another person without penalty.
  • All transfer requests must be made in writing.


  • Cancellation more than 30 days before the event: 70% refund.
  • Cancellation less than 30 days: no refund.
  • Cancellation must be in writing.


Prof Peter Cameron
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Prof Biswadev Mitra
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Prof Paul Jennings
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A/Prof Gerard O’Reilly
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Ms Cristina Roman
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Can I complete one unit each semester? i.e Evidence Based Medicine in semester 1 and Research Methods in semester 2.
No, both units need to be completed in the same semester in order to successfully complete the course.

I am trying to sign up to the course however I notice “0 available” on the website, does this mean I am unable to register for this course?
Yes, it means all the places have been filled. You can email us (med-emergency.education@monash.edu) to be placed on the waiting list and you will notified if a place becomes available or when the next course opens for registration.

Can I pay for the course in instalments?
No, the course needs to be paid in full at the time of purchasing.

Is there any pre-reading or pre-course material I can start prior to commencing the course?
No, as much as we admire the motivation to get started early, unfortunately there is no pre-reading for this course.

For more information about this course, please contact the Course Coordinator.

Jess Currie
Alfred Emergency Education
Telephone: 03 9903 0666