MS-1: Evidence-Based Medicine Fundamentals

August 24, 2022-December 7, 2022
13 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 biostatistics and study design and analysis with a focus on clinical applications and interpreting the literature.

Course Goals:

  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 clinical research, including:
    • Diagnostic reasoning
    • Biostatistics and experimental design
    • Etiology, prognosis and survival
    • Therapies and studies of their effectiveness

Educational Methods

  • Lectures
  • Small-group learning sessions
  • Online modules


Evaluation for this course is based on criterion grading and passing the following 3 components: 1) 6 small group quizzes or the final exam, 2) small group attendance/evaluations, and 3) a case write-up of a research study.

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

Course Director Aaron Brown, MD, is a recipient of the Clerkship Preceptor of the Year Award. Joseph Yanta, MD, is a recipient of the Outstanding Early Career Educator Award. Ankur Doshi, MD and Charissa Pacella, MD, are recipients of the Sheldon Adler Award for Innovation. Dr. Doshi is a recipient of the Donald S. Fraley Award for Medical Student Mentoring. In addition, Drs. Pacella and Doshi are members of the UPSOM Academy of Master Educators.