Gaining an understanding of evidence-based medicine (EBM) and developing skills in literature searching and appraisal is fundamental to life-long learning in medicine. As part of our core curriculum, we present interns with the foundations of EBM and prepare them to lead our senior resident journal club.
Intern Evidence-Based Medicine Workshops
For over 10 years, we have taught the fundamental skills of EBM in our six-session workshop series. These interactive workshops utilize a team-based learning approach to understanding the medical literature. Based on the Users’ Guides to the Medical Literature, we cover topics such as PICO, therapy articles, assessing harm, diagnostics studies, and more.
Interns will learn to:
- Formulate clinical questions,
- Find the best relevant evidence,
- Appraise risk of bias of various study types,
- Assess the results,
- Generalize the results to their patients, and
- Engage patients in making a shared-decision.
Resident-Led Journal Club
During the PGY2 and PGY3 years, residents will lead their peers in an interactive journal club. Residents choose articles from a repository of the most influential articles of the prior year. Paired with a faculty mentor, the lead large group discussions of assessment and appraisal.
Our sessions follow a novel peer-reviewed format that incorporates principles of active learning and adult education. The process helps residents learn to draw their own conclusions from the study design and results that are independent of the author’s conclusions, fostering independent critical-thinking skills.