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NIH Office of Medical
Applications of Research (OMAR)

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Kelli Marciel

News Advisory

Reporters and Editors are Invited to Apply for 2008 "Medicine in the Media" Course

Medicine in the Media:
The Challenge of Reporting
on Medical Research

May 5-7, 2008
Hanover, New Hampshire

Apply online: http://medmediacourse.nih.gov
Deadline: February 29, 2008

About the Course
Now in its seventh year, the National Institutes of Health is pleased to present a free annual training opportunity to help develop journalists' ability to critically evaluate and report on medical research. 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.

For an overview of the course, please visit http://medmediacourse.nih.gov.

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

Who Should Apply
We invite application by journalists and editors 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.

For Additional Information

Online http://medmediacourse.nih.gov
E-mail MedMedia@od.nih.gov
Telephone 301-496-4819

Presented by
Office of Medical Applications of Research, National Institutes of Health
Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences, Dartmouth Medical School
VA Outcomes Group, White River Junction, Vermont, Department of Veterans Affairs
Office of Communication and Public Liaison, National Institutes of Health

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