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Activity Number: 496 - Building a Computing Age #StatisticsCurriculum for Biomedical Scientists
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: Section on Teaching of Statistics in the Health Sciences
Abstract #326900 Presentation
Title: Teaching Statistics to Basic Scientists: #KnowYourAudience
Author(s): Stacey J Winham* and Natasa Milic and Tracey L Weissgerber
Companies: Division of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics, Mayo Clinic and University of Belgrade and Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Mayo Clinic
Keywords: education; statistical reporting; data visualization; basic science

Meta-research examining basic biomedical science papers has revealed widespread problems with data visualization and statistical analysis. Statistics education is not always required to complete a PhD and training is often not designed for basic scientists who work with small samples. Improving statistical practice in the basic sciences requires educational materials that are designed specifically for basic scientists at all career stages. Statisticians and basic scientists should collaborate to develop innovative materials and strategies beyond traditional courses that target common misconceptions, address widespread problems with standard practices in basic science, and teach better alternatives. Published articles and meta-research can be powerful tools for promoting journal policy changes designed to improve statistical reporting. Supplemental training is needed to teach "missed skills" that are essential for basic scientists but are rarely included in traditional courses. Our new interactive graphics tools emphasize the importance of looking beyond summary statistics. Social media may be an effective strategy for sharing lectures, papers and resources with a broad audience.

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