Sivesh Kamarajah gives an account of his experience of the inaugural GRANULE course
Generating Student Recruiters for Randomised Trials (GRANULE) is a new initiative by STARSurgUK to educate and embed principles of designing a trial to medical students and foundation doctors. I was excited to be one of the twenty people selected for this two-day course held at the Royal College of Surgeons, London on the 9th and 10th May 2016 which had been endorsed by the RCS themselves.
The day began with lectures by surgical trainees and senior consultant surgeons who have been involved in running national and international trials in colorectal surgery. These sessions were very informative with clear description on frameworks of designing a trial. This was followed by interactive sessions discussing the design of three ongoing studies. Towards the end of the day, we were given scenarios where we had the opportunity to consent role players into trials. Personally, this was the highlight of the day as I was able to put my newly learned skills to test. Overall, I found this experience rewarding and is highly recommended for students and junior doctors to get involved with. I look forward to engaging into studies in the near future.