Research Techniques Made Simple (Journal-Based CME) - (RTMS) - "Evaluating the Strength of Clinical Recommendations in the Medical Literature: GRADE, SORT, and AGREE"



Jointly Sponsored by Duke University School of Medicine and Society for Investigative Dermatology

The Research Techniques Made Simple (RTMS) articles help demystify science and allow readers to better appreciate the scientific base of dermatology. Our goal is to allow readers to better understand the featured technique as well as the results and outcomes of studies that employ it. Each RTMS article explains in simple terms a widely used laboratory or clinical-research technique that has been employed in recent scientific (and often also clinical) publications.  Each article includes downloadable PowerPoint slides appropriate for use in journal clubs or other didactic sessions.  In addition, each article includes 5 multiple-choice questions available as an online quiz, allowing CME credit to be awarded to graduate dermatology readers who desire such credit


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1. Access the Duke CE Portal to create your profile and establish an ID/password. This link will open in a separate browser window.Note that fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required. For further instructions and reference use the quick reference card

2. The Duke CE Portal will send a confirmation notice to your email address. Open this email message and click on the link in the email to confirm your profile set up.

3. The confirmation link will take you back to the Duke CE Portal where you will enter and confirm the password that you set up.

4. Once you enter the password, scroll to the top of the page to see the "GREEN BANNER" that reads "The changes have been saved"

5. Keep a record of your ID/password. You will need to complete the certification process and login to the the Duke CE Portal at any time.


How to Register/Enroll Into a Course in ETHOS 

1. In the upper right hand corner of the Ethos Home Page, type in the name of the course, Research Techniques Made Simple (Journal-Based CME) - (RTMS), in the search bar.

2. Click on the web link which will then direct you to the course landing page.

3. Click on Take Course at the bottom of the page to complete the registration process.

4. Upon completion of registration, a confirmation email will be sent providing the course details.


Directions for this course

1. After creating a profile enroll into this session by following the directions above.

2. On the course "start page" you will see the requirements of this course represented by Icons. You will have to click on these icons in order to complete the requirements in course. Once you complete one, the following requirement will unlock.

3.. Read the CME Essentials Document .After you review the CME Essentials doucment return to the course start page.

4. Click on the Journal Aritcle icon (this will open in a new window). Read the article. After you read the article click on the link at the end of the article that will bring you back to this page.

5. Scroll to the bottom of this page and click take course. You will see The icons CME Essentials and Journal Article checked off as completed tasks.

6. Click on the Post Test icon. Click "preview quiz". A pop up message will appear asking you to confirm taking the quiz, click, "ok". Complete the quiz. When you are finished click "submit and finish". Click "ok" on the popup message that asks if you want to submit the quiz.

7. Review your Post Test results. If you did not make an 80% passing score you will need to retake the quiz (you allowed to do this an additional 2 times). Click the "start again" button.

8. After successfully passing the post test with an 80% or above click the "return to start page" button.

9. Cick on the Evaluation icon and complete the evaluation entirely. At the bottom click "Submit"

10. Attest to your credits in the box presented (up to 1 hour). Check the "I agree" box. Click the "claim credit" button.

11. You will be presented with a link to download your Certificate. Click on that link and your certificate will open a a pdf document.



Learning Objectives

  1. Describe a specific laboratory or clinical research technique or statistical methodology that is used to achieve a better scientific or clinical understanding of various areas of dermatology
  2. Demonstrate how the selected technique has been employed in recent dermatology peer-reviewed publications and illustrate its relative strengths and limitations in relation to the field of dermatology.
  3. Translate an understanding of a research methodology into an analysis of published data that can improve the care of patients with various dermatologic conditions
  4. Appreciate recent findings relevant to dermatologic disease pathogenesis and therapeutic advances.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
Registration Opens: 
Registration Expires: 

Staff and Content Validation Reviewer Disclosure:  The staff involved with this activity and any content validation reviewers of this activity have reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.


Resolution of Conflicts of Interest: In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support of CME, the Duke University School of Medicine implemented mechanisms, prior to the planning and implementation of this CME activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of this CME activity.


Faculty and Planning Committee/Faculty Disclosure:


Russell Hall, MD (Activity Medical Director)

Professor and Chair, Dermatology

Duke University

Durham, NC


Mayra Buainain de Castro Maymone

Professor, Dermatology

Boston University School of Medicine

Boston, MA


Michael Bigby, MD

Professor, Dermatology

Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Boston, MA


Stephanie Gan, MD


University of Michigan Medical School

Ann Arbor, MI


The following speakers/authors and/or planning committee members have indicated they have no relationship(s) with industry to disclose relative to the content of this CME activity:

  • Mayra Buainain de Castro Maymone, MD
  • Stephanie Gan, MD




The following speakers/authors and/or planning committee members have indicated that they have relationship(s) with industry to disclose:


  • Russell Hall, MD, fulfills the role of consultant for GlaxoSmithKline and Novan Pharmaceutials and fulfills the role of secretary-treasurer for Society for Investigative Dermatology
  • Michael Bigby, MD, fulfills the role of consultant for MelaSciences Inc.


Acknowledgement of Commercial Support: This CME activity is supported by an educational grant from Lilly.


Unapproved Use Disclosure: Duke School of Medicine requires CME faculty (speakers) to disclose to the attendees when products or procedures being discussed are off-label, unlabeled, experimental, and/or investigational (not FDA approved); and any limitations on the information that is presented, such as data that are preliminary or that represent ongoing research, interim analyses, and/or unsupported opinion. Faculty at this symposium may discuss information about pharmaceutical agents that is outside of U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved labeling. This information is intended solely for continuing medical education and is not intended to promote off-label use of these medications. If you have questions, contact the medical affairs department of the manufacturer for the most recent prescribing information.


Disclaimer: The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient's medical condition.


Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
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