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EQ25: Introduction to Clinical Research Methodology and Analysis

Date: Ongoing (Distance Learning)
Cost: $75
Duration:

Summary

This course introduces the why and how of clinical research in the field of equine clinical practice. Topics include the different types of research (clinical and epidemiological), different forms of research reviews and research study design, and how to critically review a scientific manuscript using an accepted format of literary citation.

This self-paced course is designed for anyone involved in the field of equine clinical care, with a specific emphasis on sports medicine and rehabilitation. Students are invited to the AASS and Equinology Equine Clinical Research Methodology Facebook group, so they can ask questions and share resources.

*This course is required for the EEBW Level II certification (optional for those who hold a PhD or MSc, or students who can show an academic/educational background with a module of research/statistics). 

Outline

The objectives for this course are as follows:

  • To understand why clinical research is carried out
  • To compare clinical versus epidemiological/descriptive versus quantifiable approaches to research
  • To identify overview studies on a specific topic
  • To define elements of methodology of a research study
  • To gain a basic understanding of statistical significance in study results
  • To understand how to interpret and critique a scientific publication
  • To gain awareness of pitfalls, challenges, and reliability of research
  • How to use the Harvard format for literary citation
  • How to avoid plagiarism in literary citation

Prerequisites

Participants need access to a computer and a good internet service.

*This course is required for the EEBW Level II certification (optional for those who hold a PhD or MSc, or students who can show an academic/educational background with a module of research/statistics). 

Required Materials

This course is offered on a pass-fail basis. Participants must complete an online True-False examination (open-book format), and provide a written critique of a scientific manuscript, from a choice of two manuscripts that are provided.

Upon successful completion, a certificate of completion is sent via email for the student to download and print.

*This course is required for the EEBW Level II certification (optional for those who hold a PhD or MSc, or students who can show an academic/educational background with a module of research/statistics). 

Instructor

Dr. Nicole Rombach, APM (ITEC),
PG AM, MEEBW, CCBW, MSc., PhD, FEI PET

Dr. Rombach attained the ITEC human massage qualification in 1997, the Equinology Equine Body Worker ® certification in 1998 and the Equinology Master Equine Body Worker ® certification in 1999. She also completed the post-graduate and Master of Science degree programs in Animal Manipulation from the McTimoney College of Chiropractic and University of Wales in the United Kingdom. She earned her PhD in 2013 from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. Her main interest lies in the effect of complementary therapies on equine performance, and the subject for her doctoral research was investigation into equine neck pain from the perspectives of pathology, neuromotor control and equine behavior associated with spinal dysfunction.

Dr. Rombach is the founder and President of Equinenergy® Ltd. and Caninenergy Ltd, United Kingdom-based educational institutions that offer a variety of recognized certification courses in equine and canine complementary healthcare science. From 2003 to 2009 she was based in São Paulo, Brazil where she worked in direct liaison with various veterinary clinics, focusing on sports therapy for performance horses from novice to Olympic level. She traveled to national competition centers and private clients throughout Brazil and in other South American countries. In addition, she carried out infrared thermographic imaging (thermography) in conjunction with equine veterinarians to aid their diagnostic procedures. She also uses thermography to assess hoof balance, saddle fit and changes in thermal patterns following sports therapy sessions.

Dr. Rombach regularly lectures at various universities and for professional associations. She travels within the USA and to Europe and Brazil on a regular basis to teach several of the Equinology courses and to work on her established clientele of horses and dogs. She is the chief instructor and examiner for  Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT) Equine and Canine worldwide. In addition to clinical consultations, Dr. Rombach is the Course Development Liaison Manager for Equinology, Inc., in charge of national and international expansion of the Equinology course curriculum.

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