Clinical Trials Methods Course
FINAL PROGRAM

Day 1: Thursday, October 20, 2016

1:00 pm
Registration Opens
2:00 pm
Introduction and Welcome to the AATS Clincial Trials Methods Course
Marco A. Zenati and David H. Harpole Jr.
2:15 pm
Leadership Role of Cardiothoracic Surgeons in Clinical Trials
Thoralf M. Sundt, III
2:30 pm
Selecting the Clinical Question for Your Trial
Eugene H. Blackstone
2:45 pm
How to Design a Randomized Trial
A. Laurie Shroyer
3:00 pm
Challenges at the Conception Stage of a Randomized Trial
David P. Taggart
3:30 pm
Discussion
4:00 pm
Coffee Break
4:30 pm
Introduction to Breakout Groups
Marco A. Zenati and David H. Harpole Jr.
4:45 pm
Group Breakouts
6:45 pm
Dinner
8:30 pm                   
Open Forum: Major Unanswered Clinical Questions in Thoracic Surgery for the Next Ten (10) Years
Moderators: Thoralf M. Sundt, III

Day 2: Friday, October 21, 2016

7:00 am
Continental Breakfast
7:30 am
Overview of Day One (1) and Introduction to Day Two (2)
Marco A. Zenati and David H. Harpole Jr.
8:00 am
Choice of Primary Outcome Measure
Joe Massaro
8:20 am Hypothesis Testing and Sample-Size Calculations
Joe Massaro
8:45 am
Introduction to Breakout Groups
Marco A. Zenati and David H. Harpole Jr.
9:00 am
Coffee Break
9:30 am
Morning Breakout Groups
12:00 pm
Lunch
1:00 pm
Multicenter Trial Organization and Implementation
Marco A. Zenati
1:30 pm
Budget and Funding Options for Randomized Trials
David H. Harpole Jr.
1:45 pm
Clinical Trials at the Cleveland Clinic
Eugene H. Blackstone
2:00 pm
Coffee Break
2:30 pm
Afternoon Breakout Groups
5:00 pm
Proposal Presentations
6:00 pm Dinner
7:30 pm     Study Section

Day 3: Saturday, October 22, 2016

7:00 am
Continental Breakfast
7:30 am
Overview of Day Two (2) and Introduction to Day Three (3)
Marco A. Zenati and David H. Harpole Jr.
7:45 am
Study Sections Review
9:00 am
Lessons from the International ART Trial
David P. Taggart
9:15 am
Coffee Break
9:45 am
Ethics of Clinical Trials
A. Laurie Shroyer
10:00 am
CONSORT Criteria, Publishing your Results
Marco A. Zenati
10:15 am
Discussion
10:30 am
Closing Remarks and Attendee Feedback & Recommendations for Future Courses
David H. Harpole Jr.
11:00 am          
Adjourn