The Scientific Inquiry thread highlights the nature of science, evidence and clinical application. The curriculum weaves together limitations of observation, bias and misconceptions, endpoints in clinical research, placebo and nocebo effects, value and limitations of statistics, appraising evidence, and applying scientific information clinically.

Thread director: Parvathy Pallai, MD, MPH

Phase 1

  • Awareness of the power and limitations of observation
  • Awareness of bias and misconceptions
  • Hypothesis generation
  • Experimental design
  • Value and limitations of statistics

Phase 2

  • Weighing evidence
  • Clinical application of scientific information
  • Scientific research and disease management
  • Uncertainty and applying limited scientific evidence