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Demand for Biostatisticians Spurs
Advanced Clinical Trials Course
The Frank and
Kathleen Ellis Ryals
Public Health Building
at the University
of Alabama, where
the Department of
Biostatistics is located.
Tamekia L. Jones, one of the university’s
recent graduates who took the clinical tri-
als course and is now on the faculty at the
University of Florida, where she works in the
childhood oncology clinical trials group.
T
here is a great demand for biostatisticians in following doctoral-level advanced clinical trials
today’s work force, particularly in both the course sequence to fill this gap, with respect to the
pharmaceutical industry and in academic skills needed to provide statistical expertise for clin-
medical centers. Somewhat paradoxically, many of ical trials practitioners:
the required tasks for these positions (e.g., perform-
ing power calculations, writing statistical analysis
BST 625 – Clinical Trials
plans, etc.) are tasks for which students receive
This is the standard clinical trials survey course
miniscule training during their graduate studies.
offered at many universities. It is an applied course
The Department of Biostatistics at the University
taken by MS students and researchers across cam-
of Alabama at Birmingham recently created the
pus who have an interest in clinical trials.
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