Many MSLs and aspiring MSLs are former academics and are experts at analysing basic science data but lack experience analysing clinical data. 

MSLs spend the majority of their time discussing Phase III clinical studies with KOLs and critical appraisal of these studies is a key skill required for the MSL role. 

This self-paced accredited workshop will teach you how to critically appraise clinical papers and use this skill to have effective scientific engagement with KOLs. 

You will receive a certificate upon passing the final assessment.

Critical Appraisal of Clinical Papers:

A Self-Paced Workshop

Price $150 USD

What's included: ​

  • Clinical paper of a phase III study 

  • Workshop on how to critically appraise a clinical paper 

  • Exercises at the end of every section of the workshop to develop your critical appraisal skills

  • Final assessment at the end of the workshop

  • CPD Accreditation Certificate  (following a mark of over 70% in the assessment)

What you will learn:


  • The meaning of critical appraisal of a clinical paper

  • How to understand common terms used in clinical trials

  • How to identify the rationale of a clinical study

  • What to look for when analysing the patient demographics

  • The different type of populations that are analysed in clinical studies 

  • Things to check for when interpreting primary and secondary endpoints

  • Common factors that lead to bias in a clinical trial design

  • How to determine the strengths and limitations of a clinical trial

  • The number one question that needs to be answered when  interpreting clinical data

  • How to understand and calculate odds ratios

  • How to discuss phase III clinical data with KOLs

Price $150 USD

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Chris, Clinician, USA

As a clinician for nearly 35 years, I've read many journal articles to keep my knowledge current.  It's one thing to read them but quite another to critically evaluate the clinical trial results. Thanks for improving my critical analysis skill set and affirming these skills through your accredited process.

Randi, Pharm D, USA

I felt like the MSL consultant course on critical appraisal was an excellent guide for understanding clinical trial data, and gave insight to what aspects of it matter to KOLs and guide clinical decision making. It also included tips and tricks that make the life of an MSL evaluating trial data a little bit easier. I highly recommend this course for aspiring and new MSLs or anyone who wants to better their critical appraisal skills. 

Is this workshop accredited? 

Yes, this workshop is accredited by the CPD Certification service. You can view the membership details and certification details in the gallery at the top of the page.

When you complete the course and score over 70% on the final assessment you will be sent a certificate of completion directly from CPD with your name on it. If you will be using your critical appraisal skills while working for your company, it’s possible that your company will pay in full or part for your workshop. 

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is for aspiring MSLs and current MSLs who wish to learn or improve their critical appraisal skills so that they can have more effective meetings with KOLs. 

What does CPD stand for?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development and is the term used to describe the learning activities professionals engage in to develop and enhance their abilities. CPD enables learning to become conscious and proactive, rather than passive and reactive. CPD is the holistic commitment of professionals towards the enhancement of personal skills and proficiency throughout their careers.

Can I put this workshop on my resume? 

Yes. Following completion of the workshop and after you have passed the assessment you can include this workshop on your resume.

Do I receive a certificate if I do this workshop?

Yes. When you complete the assessment and score over 70%, you will receive a certificate directly from the CPD service. This takes approx. 28 days to receive. 

What is the time commitment for this course?

This is a self-paced workshop. Upon purchase you receive immediate access to the workshop, clinical paper, exercises and assessments. The workshop and assessments take between 2-5 hours to complete (depending on your current level of understanding). 

What if I fail the assessment can I retake it? 

If you work through the exercises at the end of each section you will be 100% prepared for the assessment and will be unlikely to fail it. If you do fail, you have the option to retake it.

What is the format of this workshop? ​

Upon purchase you will receive immediate access to a ZIP folder containing the clinical paper and workshop which are both in a PDF format. A link to the final assessment is also included. The workshop is a 23 page PDF document. There are 10 short exercises to develop you critical appraisal skills in the workshop. The clinical paper is 7 pages long with 13 pages of supplementary information. The final assessment is an interactive multiple choice exam with 15 questions. ​

What if I have questions?

If you have any questions about this workshop email

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Price $150 USD