Systematic Review Workshop

Summarizing the evidence using best practices

September 12 & 13, 2022 - Register Now

Systematic Review and Meta-analysis Workshop - a virtual learning experience

This two day comprehensive introductory systematic review and meta-analysis workshop enables participants to learn how to conduct methodologically rigorous evidence summaries. This workshop dovetails with the GRADEconf, a clinical guideline development workshop using the GRADE approach, or can be utilized as a standalone learning experience for systematic reviews. This symposium is supported by the Evidence Foundation and the U.S. GRADE Network.

  • When: Monday and Tuesday, September 12 and 13, 2022, 2 pm to 7 pm Central Daylight Time
  • Where: virtual - remote attendance
  • Registration fee: early bird: $698 (ends August 12, 2022), regular: $798.
  • Groups: 2+ are also eligible for the discounted fee at $698. To receive the discount code, please send email to Evidence Foundation
  • 50% discount available to residents and fellows. To receive discount code, please send email to Evidence Foundation and enclose an eligibility form
  • A limited number of workshop registration scholarships are available through the Evidence Foundation. Apply by August 12, 2022. Extended: August 31, 2022.
  • Registration is processed through the Evidence Foundation
  • Terms and conditions apply
Whoshould attend?
  • Residents and fellows
  • Clinicians and researchers interested in creating evidence summaries for guidelines or clinical pathways
  • Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) committee members
  • Nurses and other allied health care providers
  • Policy makers and health scientists
  • Pharmacists involved in drug information services
  • Educators and others interested in high quality evidence synthesis
Whatare the conference objectives?
  • Explain the importance of systematic reviews to evidence-based clinical practice
  • Identify the essential elements of a well-conducted systematic review
  • Describe and explore heterogeneity
  • Appraise the quality of the evidence for each outcome across studies
  • Perform basic steps of pooling data through meta-analysis
  • Apply the basic functionality of the Review Manager (RevMan) or equivalent software
Howto get additional training?
  • Those with interest in additional, hands-on training in GRADE methodologies may consider signing up for the GRADE Guidelines Workshop: November 30 to December 2, 2022 (virtual)
  • Book early as workshop seats are limited.
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Preliminary Workshop Program (all times are Central)

12Sept 2022
2:00pm - 2:10pm

Welcome and course overview

We will provide an overview and set objectives for the workshop

2:10pm - 2:30pm

Introduction to Systematic Reviews

Madelin Siedler

2:30pm - 2:45pm

Formulating a focused clinical question

Shahnaz Sultan

2:45pm - 3:15pm

Designing a search strategy

Hassan Murad

3:15pm - 3:40pm

Developing eligibility criteria, study selection and abstracting data

Perica Davitkov

3:40pm - 4:00pm

Hands-on exercise

How to effectively use a systematic review support tool: Rayyan

4:00pm - 4:30pm


Strech your legs and get your favorite drink

4:30pm - 5:30pm

Risk of bias for RCTs and non-randomized studies

Perica Davitkov and Rebecca Morgan

5:30pm - 6:30pm

Hands-on exercise

Evaluating studies using the Cochrane Risk of Bias Tool

6:30pm - 7:00pm

Q&A and wrap-up of the day

13Sept 2022
2:00pm - 2:10pm

Welcome back

We will provide an overview and set objectives for the day

2:10pm - 2:40pm

Hands-on exercise

Introduction to RevMan and creating risk of bias summary in RevMan

2:40pm - 3:45pm

Meta-analyses and estimates of effect

Osama Altayar

3:45pm - 4:00pm

Questions and explanations

4:00pm - 4:30pm


Strech your legs and get your favorite drink

4:30pm - 5:30pm


Meta-analysis in RevMan

5:30pm - 6:00pm

Assessing and summarizing certainty of evidence using GRADE

Madelin Siedler

6:00pm - 6:30pm

Publication and evaluation of systematic reviews

Philipp Dahm

6:30pm - 7:00pm

Q&A and workshop wrap-up

Internationally renowned speakers

Faculty with broad methdological and health sciences background to jumpstart your projects

The workshop instructors of the U.S. GRADE Network and Evidence Foundation have broad and in-depth experience in teaching Cochrane systematic review methodology, the GRADE framework, and evidence-based medicine concepts within the U.S. and internationally. Our faculty has conducted biannual GRADE workshops since 2014 and numerous specialty-specific training events for medical societies (IDSA, AGA, ADA, AUA, ASH, CAP, CSN, AACPDM, EAST, to name a few), government agencies (CDC, DoD, AHRQ etc.), and other international organizations (e.g., the World Health Organizations, the Cochrane Collaboration, and the Guidelines International Network).

Take Your Seat!

The number of available seats are limited - register soon!



This workshop is supported by the Evidence Foundation and the U.S. GRADE Network.

  • Evidence Foundation
  • US GRADE Network
  • Cochran Urology
  • Cochrane USA