Contributed Paper C264
Developing the skills demanded of a statistician beyond statistics: a case study in biostatistics
AuthorsStephanie Hubbard (UK)
Smith Ellesha (UK)
PresenterStephanie Hubbard (United Kingdom)
Most of the posts advertised for bio/medical statisticians across all sectors in the UK now require the following skills in addition to statistical knowledge:
• Specialist knowledge in areas such as clinical trials or epidemiology
• Ability to manage and analyse large data sets
• Working knowledge of statistical analysis packages
• Ability to work effectively in a team and individually
• Ability to work under pressure
• Excellent planning and organisation skills
• Excellent communication skills including the ability to write scientific reports and deliver presentations.
Some of the methods used to develop these skills during a masters course in biostatistics will be described including online interactive questions, peer review, group work and presentations, consultancy skills workshops and statistical programming tasks.