Promoting evidence based medicine in preclinical medical students via a federated literature search tool

Samuel M Keim, David Howse, Paul Bracke, Kathryn Mendoza

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Background: Medical educators are increasingly faced with directives to teach Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) skills. Because of its nature, integrating fundamental EBM educational content is a challenge in the preclinical years. Aims: To analyse preclinical medical student user satisfaction and feedback regarding a clinical EBM search strategy. Methods: The authors introduced a custom EBM search option with a self-contained education structure to first-year medical students. The implementation took advantage of a major curricular change towards case-based instruction. Medical student views and experiences were studied regarding the tool's convenience, problems and the degree to which they used it to answer questions raised by case-based instruction. Results: Surveys were completed by 70% of the available first-year students. Student satisfaction and experiences were strongly positive towards the EBM strategy, especially of the tool's convenience and utility for answering issues raised during case-based learning sessions. About 90% of the students responded that the tool was easy to use, productive and accessed for half or more of their search needs. Conclusions: This study provides evidence that the integration of an educational EBM search tool can be positively received by preclinical medical students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)880-884
Number of pages5
JournalMedical Teacher
Volume30
Issue number9-10
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008

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Promoting evidence based medicine in preclinical medical students via a federated literature search tool. / Keim, Samuel M; Howse, David; Bracke, Paul; Mendoza, Kathryn.

In: Medical Teacher, Vol. 30, No. 9-10, 2008, p. 880-884.

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Keim, Samuel M ; Howse, David ; Bracke, Paul ; Mendoza, Kathryn. / Promoting evidence based medicine in preclinical medical students via a federated literature search tool. In: Medical Teacher. 2008 ; Vol. 30, No. 9-10. pp. 880-884.
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