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APM in Clinical Research: Introduction

The Clinical Research APM has been developed to help obstetricians and gynaecologists to develop the skills to support clinical research (Principal Investigator, co-applicant/collaborator, recruiter).

Its aim is to increase the opportunities for trainees and doctors in O&G to develop a specialised understanding of research governance and allow them to become directly involved in NIHR and industry portfolio trails. This in turn will increase clinical research knowledge and participation of O&G trainees and doctors in clinical research. It is envisaged that the APM would foster core research skills and encourage NHS relevant, practice changing multicentre collaborative research. It is an optional module and not required to be eligible for CCT.

The APM is competence based; you complete the APM by attaining all of the required competences.

Clinical guidelines

Delivery of the APM in Clinical Research

The APM should be delivered within a doctor in training’s allocated training time by the appropriate combination of methodologies that include the use of online training resources, attendance at recommended supporting courses, and authorised study and training leaves. Doctors in training will be expected to engage in research activities through the day-to-day involvement in clinical training opportunities as for all other training modules. Progression through the module has been included in the educational supervisor report for those of you who are undertaking the APM and will be reviewed at the ARCP, however non-progression will not result in an adverse ARCP outcome. The ability to undertake and complete the module should be agreed between both the doctor in training’s educational and clinical supervisor.

APM training is delivered by the APM Academic Educational Supervisor and the ability to undertake and complete the module should be agreed between both the doctor in training’s educational and clinical supervisor. It is not necessary that the APM Academic Educational Supervisor works in the same unit as the doctor undertaking the module, although both APM Academic Educational Supervisor and doctor should be in the same region.

APM Academic Educational Supervisor

The APM Academic Educational Supervisor is responsible for all aspects of the APM curriculum. For more information and how to apply, please read the APM Academic Educational Supervisor job description.

ATSM Director

The APM Academic Educational Supervisor will be appointed by the schools via application to the ATSM Director based on the detailed APM Academic Educational Supervisor job description. ATSM Directors need to send the names of the approved APM Academic Educational Supervisors to Bettina Cayetano.

Find out more

For more general information about how to get involved in research at any stage of your career, please read the Royal College of Physicians’ research engagement toolkit.

Contact us

If you need any help or advice, please email Penny Payne  or call 020 7772 6348.