GeneRAtiNg StUdent Recruiters for Surgical TriaLs (GRANULE) is a STARSurg course co-delivered with the Birmingham Surgical Centre and Bristol Conduct-II Hub, funded by the Bowel Disease Research Foundation and accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

The aim of this course is to teach medical students how to recruit patients to clinical trials. In doing so, we aim to nurture the next generation of surgical researchers while increasing recruitment to surgical trials.

This full day immersive course will equip senior medical students and junior doctors with the skills to recruit patients into randomised trials. It will focus on the concept of ‘equipoise’, which means uncertainty over which treatment is best. We will train delegates with practical skills to communicate this uncertainty to patients. This means patients will be more likely to consent to take part in trials.

This interactive course will use three trials throughout the day to illustrate the concept of equipoise and to simulate discussions with patients. Delegates will be given several opportunities to practice communication with roleplayers, with senior faculty who will guide scenarios and create an immersive environment.

GRANULE trains 20 delegates to recruit patients into randomised trials, including completing Good Clinical Practice certification. We will provide links to on-going trials and research collaboratives in order that delegates are able to put their new skills into action.

This year the ASiT International Surgical Conference 2020 in Birmingham ICC is running GRANULE as a pre-conference course on Thursday 5th March 2020.

Although the course is free, you will be required to pay a refundable £50 deposit. Places will be given on first come first serve basis and applicants must be registered for the conference – this is a prerequisite for gaining a place. The course always sells out so sign up quickly so you don’t miss out!

If you are interested in taking advantage of this exciting opportunity, please ensure you are registered for the main conference and then sign up for GRANULE through the ASiT website.