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Early Introduction of an Evidence-based Medicine Course to Preclinical Medical Students

By Malathi Srinivasan, Michael Weiner, Philip P Breitfeld, Fran Brahmi, Keith L Dickerson and Gary Weiner

Abstract

Evidence-based Medicine (EBM) has been increasingly integrated into medical education curricula. Using an observational research design, we evaluated the feasibility of introducing a 1-month problem-based EBM course for 139 first-year medical students at a large university center. We assessed program performance through the use of a web-based curricular component and practice exam, final examination scores, student satisfaction surveys, and a faculty questionnaire. Students demonstrated active involvement in learning EBM and ability to use EBM principles. Facilitators felt that students performed well and compared favorably with residents whom they had supervised in the past year. Both faculty and students were satisfied with the EBM course. To our knowledge, this is the first report to demonstrate that early introduction of EBM principles as a short course to preclinical medical students is feasible and practical

Topics: Innovations in Education and Clinical Practice
Publisher: Blackwell Science Inc
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:1494995
Provided by: PubMed Central
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