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Evidence Based Medicine & Medical Informatics


Overview

This curriculum is structured as a “thread” and is integrated in all 4 Phases, as is appropriate for the students’ developmental phase. The curriculums main focus is on evidence-based medicine. Medical informatics, as directed by this thread, mainly concentrates on the use of clinical information systems and information resources.

Goal

All graduating students will demonstrate knowledge of and proficiency in evidence-based medicine. This includes 1) the identification of key knowledge gaps critical to patient care, 2) articulating well-constructed clinician questions that support effective literature searching, 3) efficient and effective literature searching, including the use of pre-appraised resources, clinical guidelines, and systematic reviews, 4) proficient critical appraisal skills, and 5) the ability to integrate the evidence with one’s own clinical expertise and the patient’s value to assist in informed recommendations and decision-making.

Objectives

  1. Students should be able to identify knowledge gaps and construct well-formulated clinical questions to direct literature or other resource searching.
  2. Students should use a variety of information resources, understanding the relative strengths and weaknesses of each for their specific information need.
  3. Students should demonstrate the basic skills for assessing the validity, results, and generalizability of clinical research studies and be able to apply study results to patient care decisions, using a collaborative model that recognizes a patient’s values.