University of Pittsburgh
Evidence and Discovery

Evidence-Based Medicine - Fundamentals

August 29, 2018-December 19, 2018
16 sessions

Course Director
Aaron M. Brown, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine

Course Director
Margaret Hsieh, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to tools of analysis of particular relevance in clinical work and in the reading of medical literature.

The goals of the course are:

  1. to give students a foundation for using the basic and clinical sciences in medical decision making;
  2. to teach students to think critically about concepts relevant to medical decision making, including
    • diagnostic reasoning,
    • biostatistics and experimental design,
    • etiology, prognosis and survival,
    • therapies and studies of their effectiveness

The 27 faculty for this course are from 5 departments: Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Medicine (Division of General Internal Medicine), Pediatrics, and Psychiatry.

Educational Methods


Lectures Small-group learning sessions Online modules    



Evaluation for this course is based on a final exam (75%), small group learning evaluations (15%), and a case write-up (10%).

Grading: This course comprises 100% of the grade for the Evidence and Discovery Block, Section 1. Grading for the block is Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.

Faculty Note

Donald Middleton, MD, is a recipient of the Kenneth E. Schuit Master Educator Award and a member of the UPSOM Academy of Master Educators. John Mahoney, MD is a recipient of the Sheldon Adler Award for Innovation. Ankur Doshi, MD is a recipient of the Donald S. Fraley Award for Medical Student Mentoring. In addition, Drs. Middleton, Mahoney, and Doshi are members of the UPSOM Academy of Master Educators.