Clinical Epidemiology: Systematic Reviews (AMC PhD Program)

Information about the course Clinical Epidemiology: Systematic Reviews.

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This course provides an introduction to developing a systematic review. By the end of this course the participant should be able to know the difference between a narrative and systematic review, list the steps of performing a systematic review, define a review question and eligibility criteria, to understand the concepts of a search strategy, to assess risk of bias with appropriate instruments, know the basic steps of meta-analysis, interpret meta-analysis results and draw meaningful conclusions.

The course is aimed at PhD candidates with no or very little systematic review experience and who are starting to work on a systematic review.

The course 'Searching for a systematic review' matches perfectly with this course.


    The course runs two times a year on four sessions on consecutive days (09.00 - 13.00 hrs). The course consists of plenary presentations, interactive discussions and small-group exercises. The exercises include working with the (free) software programs Review Manager and GRADEpro. Please bring your laptop for these exercises. The course material will be made available on Blackboard.

      Scheduled dates:

      • tba


      Systematic reviews can be developed to answer a variety of review questions, such as diagnostic, therapeutic or prognostic questions. The course covers the general approach of developing a systematic review: defining the review question and eligibility criteria for including studies, searching for studies, selection and data-extraction, assessment of risk of bias, (meta-)analysis and drawing conclusions. We will address methodological aspects as well as the process and practical issues.

      For didactic reasons, the main focus is on how to perform a systematic review for therapeutic questions (health care interventions). Other types of systematic reviews will be addressed too, for example when we ask participants to discuss (in small group work) the review they are planning or performing, but in less detail.

      Target Audience:

      AMC PhD candidates performing or planning a systematic review. Basic knowledge of clinical epidemiology / (study types, effect measures, statistical inference) is desirable.


      Dutch or English, depending on the participants.


      To qualify for the certificate, the participant must attend all lectures and complete all assignments satisfactorily. Attendance is registered.

      For PhD candidates who want to register as Epidemiologist B, a formal exam will be organized.

      Study load:

      20 hours, which is comparable to 0.7 ECTS points.

      Number of participants:

      Maximum 25 per course.


      No charge for registered AMC PhD candidates. Employees of the AMC or AMC Medical Research BV can participate provided slots are available. All other participants are charged a fee of 500 euro.

      Course Coordinator:

      Dr. M.W. Langendam / Department of Clinical Epidemiology (DCC) / / tel. +31 (0)20 - 566 5935.

      More information:

      From the course coordinator or AMC Graduate School / / room E2-172 / tel. +31 (0)20 - 566 4618.


      AMC Graduate School
      Tel: +31 (0)20 - 566 3108