South West Anaesthesia Research Matrix


Annual General Meeting 2013

SWARM hosted its second AGM at John Bull building, Plymouth on 12th & 13th December, 2013.

Day One: Mini residential retreat

Attendees were divided in to mini-research groups and discussed their research proposals. Guidance on the viability of the projects and their future development was provided by an experienced faculty.

Master-classes were provided from experts in statistics, ethics & research and development.

Day Two: Evidence-based Medicine
Project proposals from each mini-research group were presented in a Dragon's den style.
Lectures were provided on research methodology & evidence-based medicine.
Topics were selected to allow completion of competencies in the research module of the RCOA training workbook.

Attendee feedback

Attendee feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Satisfaction was rated from 1-5 (where 1 is very dis-satisfied and 5 is very satisfied). The percentage of attendees rating the course as 4 or 5 out of 5 were:

Objectives                        91%
Content                            96%
Usefulness                       91%
Faculty                            96%
Facilities/catering             95%

Positive comments included:
"Excellent presentations from experts"

"Input from experienced mentors was fantastic"

"Practice at developing a research project & identifying problems was useful"

"Dragons den was a good way to present ideas"

"Useful to establish contacts with research experts and other trainees"