Information Mastery: A Practical Approach to Evidence-Based Care


Applied Skills Course for Clinicians and Teachers:
Days 1-2
Special Workshop on Teaching and Leading Evidence-Based Practice:
Day 3

Read about the 2014 conference.

Conference Overview

Faced with a torrent of clinical information, practitioners must develop effective and efficient ways to access and evaluate useful content. This highly interactive workshop presents practical and user-friendly methods for gaining control of medical information at the point of care from the Web, hand-held computers (PDAs), and other expert sources.

Previous workshops have been attended by thousands of clinicians from all specialties and health care disciplines in the United States, Canada, England, Israel, Spain, Wales and Saudi Arabia. Participants have learned ways to increase their confidence in medical practice, prepare for the new maintenance of certification process, and increase efficiency in getting clinically relevant, valid information.

Who Should Attend

Physicians, pharmacists, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, medical librarians and other health care professionals engaged in direct patient care and in teaching other clinicians. This workshop is aimed at clinicians and educators who:

  • Want to know how to use evidence-based techniques in a practical way to help them do their job.
  • Want to learn how to select and use the best information tools available.     
  • Want to teach others how to deliver care using effective techniques and the highest quality information.

Course Leadership

Allen F. Shaughnessy, PharmD, MMedEd
Professor of Family Medicine
Tufts University School of Medicine
        David Slawson, MD
        Professor and Director
        Center for Information Mastery
        Department of Family Medicine
        University of Virginia

Educational Objectives and Goals

Applied Skills Course for Clinicians and Teachers—Days 1-2

Goal: To help learners acquire the core concepts and skills of information mastery — i.e., to find, evaluate and apply the best evidence for everyday practice.

Educational Objectives
  • Select studies that present patient-oriented evidence that matters (POEMs);
  • Evaluate a research study for validity and relevance in relation to diagnostic testing and treatment;
  • Evaluate practice guidelines and other expert-based resources;
  • Use internet-based sources of medical information and searchable databases to obtain and apply valid, relevant, state-of-the-art information at the point of care;
  • Identify barriers to applying evidence to clinical decisions and implement evidence-based care in their own practices.

Special Workshop on Teaching and Leading Evidence-Based Practice—Day 3

Goal: To provide teachers of health care professionals with instruction and practice in teaching information mastery. Instructional materials will be provided for use at the learner’s home institution.

Educational Objectives
  • Interpret common problems and recommend solutions associated with teaching information mastery concepts and techniques;
  • Identify teaching opportunities in a clinical environment, including inpatient and ambulatory practice settings;
  • Explain and apply multiple approaches to teaching information mastery, such as through modifications of the traditional journal club format.

Conference 2014

This conference is held annually, usually on a Thursday-Friday-Saturday in November. Dates for 2014 will be announced in the spring.
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