Summer Research School

Guaranteed Manuscript Poster

  • Target Audience: All Health Specialities
  • Duration of the course: 5 weeks
  • Monday and Wednesday


Research is an essential component of dentistry in the 21st century in the form of epidemiological research, research in the field of bio-materials, or clinical research. The Medical Health student, post-graduate or general practitioner needs to be prepared to understand and apply; if not actually conduct research.

The scope of health research is vast and involves a lifetime of learning. Successful research requires a good idea, and the resources and method to carry out that idea. While the basic principles of research remain the same, the tools and methodology of research have become increasingly digitalized. It is therefore important for the modern researcher to be familiar with modern research software.

Although traditionally statistical analysis has been the task of the biostatistician, it is essential for the researcher to have a sound understanding of statistical methods and familiarity with statistical software packages.

The objectives of this course are as follows

  1. Introduce the participant to the fundamental concepts of research
  2. Enable the participant to distinguish between the different sources of information available and critically evaluate a paper, a source of literature and assess the different journals that publish medical literature
  3. Familiarize the participants with scientific research writing
  4. Train the participant in the techniques of finding literature online and using digital sources of information in their research and train the participant in online reference management using EndNote™ Reference Management Software
  5. Introduce the basic concepts of biostatistics and train the participant in the storage, use and fundamental analysis of data using SPSS™ data processing software
  6. Emphasize the ethical considerations in conducting scientific research.
June 20th (Monday) 10:30 am – 12:00 nn Introduction to Summer Research Program Scientific Research Dr. Tahani Alrahbeni
Dr. Deema Al Shammery
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Literature Review and Management
1. Sources of Literature and Conducting a Literature Review
Dr. Deema Al Shammery
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm 2. Finding Literature (hands-on) Dr. Deema Al Shammery
June 22nd (Wednesday) 10:30 am – 12:00 nn 3. Storing and Managing Literature (hands-on) Dr. Tahani Alrahbeni
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Designing a valid questionnaire Dr. Tahani Alrahbeni
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm IADR Introduction Dr. Nada Tashkandi
June 27th (Monday) 10:30 am – 12:00 nn Hypothesis Testing Dr. Omar Al Khadi
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Study Design and Research Methodology I Dr. Nada Tashkandi
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Study Design and Research Methodology II Dr. Nada Tashkandi
June 29th (Wednesday) 10:30 am – 12:00 nn Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Dr. Deema Al Shammery
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Meta-Analysis (hands-on) Dr. Tahani Al Rabini
Dr. Deema Al Shammery
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Biomedical Research Ethics Dr. Omar Al Khadi
Dr. Nada Tashkandi
July 18th (Monday) 10:30 am – 12:00 nn Introduction to Epidemiology Dr. Omar Al Khadi
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Introduction to Statistical Analysis and Sample Power Calculation Dr. Omar Al Khadi
July 20th (Wednesday) 10:30 am – 12:00 nn Tests of association and difference Dr. Omar Al Khadi
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Practical and Implementation (hands on) Dr. Omar Al Khadi
Dr. Tahani Alrahbeni
Dr. Deema Al Shammery
Dr. Nada Tashkandi
July 25th (Monday) 10:30 am – 12:00 nn Scientific Writing
1. Overcoming English as a Second Language – How much of your writing can you outsource?
Dr. Deema AL Shammery
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm 2. Plagiarism and Plagiarism Checking Dr. Tahani Alrahbeni
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm 3. Using a plagiarism checking software and interpreting the results. (hands on)
4. Preparing your poster (handson)
Dr. Tahani Alrahbeni
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm 5. Publication and choosing your journal Dr. Deema Al Shammery
July 27th (Wednesday) 10:30 am – 12:00 nn Q & A Session Dr. Tahani Alrahbeni
Dr. Deema AL Shammery
August 3rd (Wednesday) Awards and Ceremony


The 5th Summer Research Program has made another breakthrough this year as expected. This four-week didactic activity and research project preparation has started last June 20 to July 27, 2022.

Let’s have a simple recall of the past four REU summer health research programs respectively; on the 1st SHRP in 2018, there were 64 participants with 13 research projects came up from different universities and colleges in KSA. On the 2nd SHRP in 2019, there were 118 participants with 24 research projects from different regions, prestigious colleges and universities. On the 3rd SHRP amidst COVID19 pandemic in 2020, despite of the situation, we were able to accommodate 164 participants with 40 projects. In 2021 we proudly say that the 4th SHRP has made another record-breaking figure of 201 participants with 44 projects from 22 colleges & universities in and outside the KSA. And this year although the pandemic slowed down and several events already on face to face the 5th SHRP were still managed online, the number of applicants proved that we are a reliable, trustworthy and effective research program. We had 165 participants with 32 research projects. This program has been open to all professionals, e.g. dental/non-dental, health practitioners, students, interns and post grads annually or during summer season every Mondays & Wednesdays. And it was the initiative of our beloved Dean Tahani Alrahbeni, founder of this program in 2018 to make it remarkably possible then later on established under her directorship. Produce a research manuscript, tutorial of all research basics and methodologies, do actual hands-on research and hands-on training. These were just some of the highlighted advocacy of the program.

Subsequent activities like lectures, hands-on application, Q&As, FAQs, research projects, relative feedbacks, assessment/satisfaction surveys concerning supervisions among speakers & supervisors. And last but not the least, the traditional poster competition and awarding ceremony.

This 5th summer research program just embodied the usual setting with the 3rd SRP and 4th SHRP due to pandemic which was conducted on-line via ZOOM App resulted to a very successful activity & interaction among participants. Such an absolute proof that anything is possible in acquiring skills & learning.

The poster competition held last 27th of July. Two winners (3rd place), two winners (2nd place) and one in the 1st place.
The summer research program founder and director, Dean Tahani Alrahbeni has expressed her gratitude most of all to the chairman of the board of trustees Prof. Abdullah AlShammery for being forever supportive, his guidance, brilliant ideas and suggestions for the welfare of each participant and success of the program. Great gratitude was given to all 165 participants, IT team, course event, Ms. Marietta Sorbito, supervisors from REU faculty, judges, the respected co-speakers (Dr. Deema AlShammery, Dr. Omar Alkadhi, Dr. Nada Tashkandi). Looking forward to see each other again on the 6th Summer Health Research Program.

The aim of this program is to advocate research within the medical community. REU has always supported Research in all its ways, either by implementing it in all program’s curriculum, or in providing continuous research educational workshops and symposiums. Most of all, the aim of this program is to provide the applicants with the appropriate research tools, in addition to a ready to publish manuscript within the designated five weeks.

This program provides its applicants all the needed tools to start on their research journey. This is accomplished by several methods. First, the program provides tutorial lectures on all aspects of research and research methodology. In addition to full hands-on training in research related applications that covers referencing, statistics, and meta-analysis, there applications include, EndNote, Open Meta, SPSS, Plagiarism checkers. Furthermore, the applicants are divided into groups based on their specialty and preference and twined with one of REUs exceptional supervisors, where they meet regularly and do an actual miniature research and a manuscript.

This is the fourth consecutive year running; it started in 2018, with 64 applicants and 14 research projects, the next year it grew to 114 and 24 projects. The CORONA year brought with it extra challenges, and it was decided to make the program entirely online, all lectures and research, and it was a success with 164 applicants producing 40 projects. The 2020 applicants were from 20 institutions from both within Saudi Arabia and abroad. This year, 2021, it was again decided to run the program online, the benefits were outstanding, the major is the ability to reach a wider background and institutions. This year the program had many applicants, thus we had to stop accepting early, after reaching the 200 applicant point, although we had a long waiting list, but we will not compromise quality of the program for the quantity of the applicants. Thus, 2021, the program accepted 200 applicants from 22 different institutions, with in the Kingdom and outside too. The Program produced 44 scientific research in three different specialties of dentistry, medicine, and pharmacy. Again, all lectures and hands on training were done on line, and most of the research was done distance too.

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