Objectives: In Fall of 2014 a new task force was charged with evaluating and redesigning the biostatistics, epidemiology, and evidence based medicine elements of the medical school curriculum. This poster describes a collaborative project involving the course directors in Epidemiology and Foundations of Clinical Medicine II, along with the Library Director, to teach EBM in the second year of medical school.
Methods: The Library Director served as course director for the EBM component which was given designated lecture and self-study slots in both the first and second years of the medical school curriculum. The multi-part project culminated in a team debate related to breast cancer screening -- should it begin at age 40 or age 50? The students were provided first with a lecture related to screening programs. In Epidemiology they were presented with the statistical concepts related to screening and diagnosis. A librarian-led lecture introduced the EBM process, including asking questions (PICO), literature searching, and critical appraisal. And in subsequent self-directed learning slots they were to complete individual and group assignments to prepare for the debate. During the debate students exercised their new EBM skills to argue their position. Volunteer faculty from all areas including the library acted as debate moderators.
Keywords: evidence based medicine, instruction, teaching, debate, self-study, self-directed learning
Lillian Hetrick Huber Endowed Director
Health Sciences Library
Marie Ascher is the Lillian Hetrick Huber Endowed Director at New York Medical College's Health Sciences Library where she is responsible for overseeing the library, providing strategic vision, and assuring that the library meets the needs of its consituents. Marie is Chair-Elect of the MLA Research Section, a member of the Research Agenda Committee, and is also currently co-facilitator of the Research Section's Systematic Review project.
Clinical Director and Course Director
Clinical Skills Center
Valhalla, New York
Course Director, Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Department of Pathology and Cell Biology
Valhalla, New York
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