Objectives: During their third year pediatric clerkship, medical students complete an evidence-based practice (EBP) project. The librarian and clerkship directors have improved the project by moving it earlier in the clerkship, as well as changing the content, length and methods of library instruction. Students have reported improved EBP abilities, and increased use of library resources.
Methods: Pediatric clerkship students work in teams to complete an evidence-based practice (EBP) project based on a patient they have seen on clinical rounds. At the beginning of the clerkship, the librarian teaches a review session in which students practice formulating a clinical question, searching the literature, and appraising evidence. Based on feedback, this review session is now longer and more interactive, includes hands-on critical appraisal, and is available virtually to off-site students. The librarian rounds with students on the inpatient wards to answer clinical questions at the point-of-care, consult on EBP projects, and demonstrate mobile apps. The students present their final EBP projects to the librarian, clerkship faculty, and their peers. The EBP project is now more structured, includes critical appraisal, and is presented halfway through the clerkship. The pediatric clerkship engages students in a clinically relevant evidence-based practice project.
Keywords: pediatrics, clerkship, evidence-based, medical students, clinical rounds
Medical University of South Carolina Libraries / Research and Education Services
Charleston, South Carolina
Emily Brennan, MLIS, is a Research and Education Informationist at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Library. She is the liaison to the College of Medicine, and Physical Therapy Program, and teaches evidence-based practice (EBP) theory and skills, literature searching, mobile device apps, and more. Emily is also the co-director of the Department of Pediatrics residency EBP program. As a member of the MUSC Hospital's Value Institute, Emily assists in performing literature reviews for the development of hospital guidelines and electronic health record (EHR) order sets. She is involved in professional library associations and is chair of the SC/MLA Communications Committee.
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