2024 Education course (half-day)


The ABCs of randomized controlled trials**

Saturday, May 4
1 – 5pm PT
Seattle Convention Center - Arch Building

  • Penny Asbell, MD, FACS, MBA, FARVO — University of Memphis
  • Tianjing Li, PhD — University of Colorado Denver

Researchers, clinicians, not for profit grant reviewers, industry personnel that work on clinical trials. 


While researchers and clinicians attain expertise in their respective specialties, they usually do not acquire proficiency in clinical trial techniques as part of their PhD, postdoctoral, residency, or fellowship training. Yet, they often have research questions that would best be answered with a clinical trial, such as efficacy and safety of a new treatment. Grant reviewers may also need to understand and even judge clinical trial applications, as part of not-for-profit grant funding and /or pharmaceutical industry activities.  This course provides an overview of the basics of clinical research, primarily randomized controlled trials (RCT), and the key steps to develop a good trial and /or to review grant applications that contain clinical trial activities. 

After attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the different types of clinical trials  
  • Describe the pyramid of evidence and the role of RCT  
  • List methods to minimize bias in design and conduct of clinical trials  
  • Explain role of the manual of procedures and its key elements
  • Name resources needed for RCT (clinical sites, coordinating center, reading centers etc.) 
  • Develop an effective clinical trial ensuring quality evidence and reproducibility

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Course fee

* Coffee breaks included with a half-day course registration

course fee
Up to
March 8
March 9 -
April 26
April 26
Member $140 $175 $190
Member-in-training $105 $120 $130
Nonmember $185 $220 $235
Nonmember-in-training $130 $145 $155


**NOTE - Bundle deal available

  • Breakfast and lunch included if registered for a morning AND afternoon half-day course
course fee
Up to
March 8
March 9 -
April 26
April 26
Member $235 $290 $320
Member-in-training $175 $200 $220
Nonmember $310 $365 $395
Nonmember-in-training $215 $240 $260

Physician accreditation statement 

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physician credit designation 

ARVO designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

International Attendees: The American Medical Association (AMA) has determined that physicians not licensed in the U.S. who participate in CME activities are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

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