Media Advisory

Thursday, January 4, 2007

Reporters and Editors are Invited to Apply for 2007 “Medicine in the Media” Course

What: The National Institutes of Health's Office of Medical Applications of Research (OMAR) presents a free annual training opportunity to help develop journalists' ability to evaluate and report on medical research. Now in its sixth year, the course curriculum builds on the best of prior years' offerings to create an intensive learning experience with hands-on application.

The course examines the challenges and opportunities inherent in communicating the results of medical research to the public. Stressing an evidence-based approach and re-examining intuitive beliefs about medicine, the course will prepare participants for the crucial task of evaluating research findings including statistics, selecting stories that hold meaningful messages for the public, and placing them in the appropriate context.

2007 course topics include: Understanding Randomized Clinical Trials, Common Problems in Observational Studies, The Limited Role of Statistics, and Communicating Risk. See last year’s course agenda and further information at

There is no cost for the course, and meals and lodging are provided. Participants are responsible for their own travel to the Washington, DC area.

Who: We invite application by journalists whose primary target audience is the general public. Applicants may produce news stories about health or healthcare for newspapers, magazines, or newsletters; television or radio; or on-line media. Participants should be eager to develop skills and knowledge necessary for good medical science reporting, but need not have specific experience or background in medical journalism.

When: The course will be held April 12-14. Applications will be accepted through February 2, 2007.

Where: The course will be held at the Bolger Center, in Potomac, Maryland, near Bethesda.

How: Get complete program information and apply online at

For More Information:
Send e-mail to, or call Kelli Marciel at (301) 496-4819.

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