After 2+ days of nonstop epidemiology, biostats, evidence-based journalism training at the NIH Medicine in the Media workshop, hosted at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire this week, many participants broke for a healthy hike up to Holt’s Ledge at the Dartmouth skiway.
Then they came down from the mountaintop and dug back into another day of training.
Kudos to Dr. Barry Kramer, founder of these workshops, which have now trained about 450 journalists in 9 sessions over the past 10 years. And to Drs. Steve Woloshin and Lisa Schwartz of Dartmouth who have continued to refine the curriculum. Other kudos to Kelli Marciel, Gil Welch, Emily DeVoto, Jennifer Croswell and others who have contributed mightily to the success of this effort through the years.
I have now spoken at 4 or 5 of these, am always honored to be asked back, and continue to learn myself each time I attend.
No one who attends these workshops is ever the same.
They learn about hype.
They learn how to scrutinize claims.
They learn that a publication in a medical journal isn’t bulletproof.
They learn the hierarchy of evidence.
They learn the limitations of observational studies.
They learn from good and bad examples of health care journalism.