Media Advisory

Monday, December 15, 2008

Reporters and Editors are Invited to Apply for 2009 “Medicine in the Media” Course

Medicine in the Media: The Challenge of Reporting on Medical Research
June 24-27, 2009
Bethesda, Maryland

Deadline: January 30th, 2009, 5:00 p.m. EST

About the Course

The National Institutes of Health is pleased to present this eighth annual free 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.

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

Who Should Apply

We encourage application by journalists and editors who cover health and medicine for the general public. Past participants include journalists and editors from local, regional, national and international outlets, including print, broadcast, and online media. Space is limited and will be competitively awarded for the 2009 course.

For Additional Information

Telephone: 301-496-4819

Presented by:
Office of Medical Applications of Research, National Institutes of Health Center for Medicine and the Media, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, 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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