Evidence Based Medicine
Life-long learning skills are essential for practicing physicians. Therefore, understanding the basic principles of EBM and appraising the literature is a core competency to be learned during residency. Journal club is the primary vehicle the program uses to teach residents the skills to maintain proficiency in the ever-evolving field of medicine. Specifically, JC is resident-driven, helps to assess milestones, and helps to achieve the core goal in developing skills as a life-long learner.
The goals for journal club include the ability to:
- Form a clinical question in PICO format
- Find literature to answer the question
- Appraise the literature
- Apply the findings to clinical practice, as applicable
Interns cover core topics in Epidemiology & Biostatistics during a review of landmark articles curated by the EBM faculty in advance of the academic year.
Senior residents search for their own papers based on a single clinical question and focus their discussion on a critical appraisal of the article, and how their findings might change their practice.