University of Pittsburgh
Evidence and Discovery

Evidence-Based Medicine - Applied
MS-1

January 3, 2018-May 9, 2018
17 sessions

Course Director
Peter Drain, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Cell Biology and Physiology
drain@pitt.edu

Course Director
John Maier, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Family Medicine
jsmaier@pitt.edu

 

Course Description

Evidence-Based Medicine - Applied integrates the themes of the clinical expertise and scientific reasoning. Students learn how clinical trials, medical databases, and translational medicine are foundations of evidence-based medicine and patient-centered care. The goal of EBM - Applied is to help medical students to become medical practitioners/investigators, who are current with the latest advances in medicine.

EBM-Applied focuses on how to generate a research proposal. Students learn how knowledge is derived from biomedical research.

The goals of EBM - Applied are that students:

  1. design a hypothesis-driven biomedical research proposal.
  2. critically evaluate a biomedical research article—background, hypothesis, study design, results, statistics, key information, validity of conclusions.
  3. search the literature to find articles pertinent to the patient.
  4. critique the literature.
  5. relate the literature to the patient.
  6. engage in self-directed learning.

In EBM-Applied, students continue learning about critical appraisal of medical literature. The goal is for students to learn how the medical literature is generated and is used to formulate a scientifically rigorous approach for taking care of the patient. Patient information is from cases.

Students work in small-group active-bearing environments, in class and on-line, with 8–9 students and 2 facilitators per group. Students take turns serving as Investigators and Evaluators. Investigators make and present PowerPoint presentations of articles. Evaluators review the presentations and articles. By the end of EBM-Applied, students also will have identified an area of interest for a scholarly project that will be further developed in Investigation and Discovery. In addition, students independently study online material for the course.

The 43 faculty for this course are from 14 departments: Anesthesiology; Cell Biology and Physiology; Emergency Medicine; Family Medicine; Neurobiology; Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences; Ophthalmology; Pathology; Pediatrics; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Psychiatry; Surgery; Urology; and Environmental and Occupational Health (School of Public Health).

Educational Methods

 

Small-group active learning Literature critique Self-directed learning Oral presentation using PowerPoint
Case-based small group discussion Independent study Visual small group rooms on-line    

 

Evaluation

Evaluation for Evidence-Based Medicine - Applied is based on generating a feasible hypothesis-driven research proposla, selection of a high quality article, PowerPoint presentation of the article, demonstrating knowledge of articles and critical thinking, contributions to discussion, critical evaluations of articles presented, and timeliness in all assignments. There is a maximum of 10 points for EBM-Applied.

Faculty Note

Course Director Peter Drain, PhD, is a recipient of the Sheldon Adler Award for Innovation in Medical Education and a member of the UPSOM Academy of Master Educators and the Kenneth E. Schuit Master Educator Award.