Biostatistics Clinics

Monday-Friday Noon-1:15pm

Biostatistics Clinics are a free service staffed by the Department of Biostatistics open to all members of the Vanderbilt and Meharry communities who have methodologic questions about their research projects or about published articles.

How to reserve a spot

  • Make your reservation as early as possible, but no later than 12 noon the weekday before you would like to attend. (Our booking software will not allow reservations after this deadline.) Clinic reservations are confirmed only after an email reply from one of our statisticians.
  • NEW Drop-ins are allowed for the Monday and Thursday clinics at 2525 West End Avenue on days when no more than one person has already signed up. Check the Clinic Calendar to see existing reservations, and then arrive at the clinic by 12:15. Clients with reservations will have first priority.
  • Consult the days and themes listed below to find the most appropriate clinic. We have different teams of statisticians covering each day's clinic.
  • In your reservation, include your department/division, position, and a short paragraph about your project. If you are working with a mentor or supervisor (some examples: medical student, postdoctoral fellow, pharmacy resident), please also include in your reservation that your mentor/supervisor will be attending (see FAQs below).
  • We have a projector available if you would like to bring a laptop. Please ensure that data contains no PHI.
  • Click on the book now button to make your reservation.
  • Please save the reservation confirmation email from YouCanBookMe; if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please click the links at the bottom of that email to do so.

Clinic Calendar

Topics and locations for each weekday

Day Theme Location
Monday Health services research, diagnosis, and prognosis
(Includes some comparative effectiveness research, observational research, and graphics)
11105
2525 West End
Tuesday

High-dimensional data
(imaging, high-throughput assays)

Exception: first Tuesday of each month will be HIV-themed at room 11105 2525 West End

D2221
MCN

(11105 2525 WE on first Tuesday of each month)

Wednesday Surgery, anesthesiology, and emergency and critical care medicine D2221
MCN
Thursday Clinical and health research
(other than topics covered on Wednesday)
11105
2525 West End
Friday

Basic and animal research (not omics)

Exception: third Friday of each month will be HIV-themed at room D2221 MCN

D2221
MCN

Clinic Tips and FAQs

  • During most clinics, notes are taken. Links to clinic notes can be found here.
  • A maximum of two investigators can be served at each day's clinic.
  • Mentors are required to attend with students and postdoctoral fellows; for anyone else working with a mentor or supervisor, based on past experience, we strongly encourage scheduling a clinic appointment on a day that all team members are able to attend.
  • Clinic begins at 12 noon and goes until 1:15pm. Please be on time, and email the clinic address as soon as possible if you will be late or need to cancel. Others may be on a wait list for your spot.
  • Clinics held at Medical Center North (see locations above) will not be held if no investigators are signed up. Some clinics at 2525 West End are occasionally open to investigators on a drop-in basis; see How to reserve a spot.
  • As all department members are fully funded on other projects, this noon hour is the only time that we are able to assist investigators without a standing collaboration. (If you are interested in long-term statistical partnership, please ask your department leaders to consider a collaboration.)
  • We are not able to answer questions specific to software (eg, "how do I run a linear regression in SPSS?"). Our department primarily uses R, and if arranged ahead of time can possibly provide some help with Stata. While we are always happy to answer general statistical questions, we cannot provide support for SAS- or SPSS-specific questions. We also have a monthly R Clinic.
  • If your question is specific to REDCap, we recommend the REDCap clinics.
  • For more information, see tips for making the most of Biostatistics Clinic.
  • Email the clinic staff if you have any questions.

Preparing and uploading data for clinic

Advice

If you have a relatively simple dataset to be analyzed and the analysis can be concluded during the clinic, you can send your data at least two days in advance to biostat-clinic@list.vanderbilt.edu and state which clinic date you would like to attend. Preferred formats are R save files, SPSS save files, Stata data files, and comma separated files ( csv files) exported from a spreadsheet or other software, with variable names in the first record. All subject identifiers must be removed from files before sending them to us (please see the Data De-identification Checklist). Click here for information about readying data for analysis.

PICK To upload de-identified data files to the computer in the Dept. of Biostatistics main conference room at 2525 West End Avenue for the Thursday clinic, click here .

Note: The upload tools are accessible only from Vanderbilt IP addresses. One must be on campus or connected via VPN to upload files. See http://it.vanderbilt.edu/security/secure-communications/remote-access/ for more information about Vanderbilt's VPN services.

If you have any trouble uploading to the conference room computers please let us know by sending an email to biostat-it@list.vanderbilt.edu. Try to include as much detail (error messages, screen shots, etc.) as you can.

Clinic personnel: Uploaded data files may be found in the 2525 conference room computer and in the D2221 MCN computer in the clinicuploads directory.

Article about Biostatistics Clinics in the Reporter

2012 article in the Reporter

Sponsored by

  • Department of Biostatistics
  • Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (CTSA)
  • Center for Health Services Research
  • Tennessee Center for AIDS Research

VICTR information

Other Links

Clinic Leaders

  • Monday Laurie Samuels (1st/3rd/5th), Shi Huang (2nd/4th)
  • Tuesday Run Fan, Hakmook Kang, Yaomin Xu
  • Wednesday Jennifer Thompson, Cathy Jenkins
  • Thursday Amy Perkins, Jennifer Morse
  • Friday Dan Ayers, Alex Zhao, Tatsuki Koyama, Chris Slaughter; Bryan Shephard, Cathy Jenkins
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