Course overview

The course is open to oral and maxillofacial surgeons – including residents, fellow, faculty and private practitioners – with an interest in study design. More specifically, it is intended for OMSs interested in designing a clinical trial and developing a study protocol. It also will be of value to practitioners who must critically evaluate the literature of published clinical trials and assess the merits of each trial and the implications for the care and treatment of patients. Ideally, a resident and a faculty mentor pair will attend the course. Residents also will have the opportunity to interact with course faculty and faculty from other programs. A limited number of dental students who have been accepted into an OMS residency program or those who have a strong interest in attending an OMS residency program also are invited to register.

CME/CDE will be available for participants.

Who should attend?

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons – including faculty, residents, fellows and private practitioners – interested in clinical research and trial design should attend.

OMSs who must critically evaluate the literature of published clinical trials and assess the merits of each trial and the implications for the care and treatment of patients also should attend.

What’s new?

The 2020 Clinical Trials Methods Course will take place at the new OMS Institute for Education and Innovation. The course will provide a broad overview of research methodology and clinical trial design while faculty members from the Chicago area give a new perspective.

Course objectives

The Clinical Trials Methods Course provides an overview of clinical trial design with a focus on the phase III clinical trial. The National Cancer Institute defines a phase III clinical trial as “a study that tests the safety and how well a new treatment works compared with a standard treatment. For example, phase III clinical trials may compare which group of patients has better survival rates or fewer side effects.” The course will combine lectures and breakout sessions in which participants will, under the guidance of course faculty, design a clinical trial for a preassigned topic. The designs will include statistical methods, a budget, potential funding sources and a publication plan. At the end of the course, each group will present and defend its study design, which course faculty will evaluate and score. Each attendee will be assigned to a proposal development breakout group before the course. Each group will convene on a conference call in early April to select a clinical trial proposal topic that will be developed at the course.

Topics and course information

Develop clinical trial proposals that can be submitted to funding organizations. Topics will include:

  • Protocol design
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Selection of outcome measures
  • Study design
  • Sample design/sample size determination
  • Data collection
  • Data storage and management
  • Statistical analysis
  • Budget development
  • Patient recruitment
  • Informed consent
  • Inclusion/exclusion criteria
  • Institutional review board issues
  • Data safety monitoring
  • Regulatory compliance

Reception and Networking

All attendees are invited to a complimentary reception at AAOMS headquarters on the evening of April 29. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and beverage breaks between sessions on April 30 and May 1. Dinner will be served after the April 30 sessions.

Corporate Supporters

Thank you to the generous Corporate Supporters who help make this event possible.

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Course Facilities


Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O’Hare
5550 N. River Rd.
Rosemont, IL 60018

Conference Facilities

OMS Institute for Education and Innovation
AAOMS headquarters
9700 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Rosemont, IL 60018

The new OMS Institute for Education and Innovation will house a large meeting space, four simulation labs and two control rooms. The center will host meetings and hands-on sessions, including the Clinical Trials Methods Course, Educators Summit and two modules of the AAOMS National Simulation Program – Basic Emergency Airway Management (BEAM) and Office-Based Crisis Management (OBCM).

Weather and Meeting Attire

Business attire is requested for all conference sessions. Attendees are encouraged to dress in layers, as meeting room temperatures may vary throughout the day. The average April temperature in Chicago is 56 degrees.


Questions? Contact Laurie Oddo, AAOMS Advanced Education and Resident Affairs, at 800-822-6637.