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From the GMR: EBM for Librarians class in Champaign, IL in March 2010

EBM for Librarians: Appraising the evidence for validity.

This 3 day class will be offered in Champaign, IL (I-Hotel and Conference Center) on March 17, 18, and 19, 2010

Introduction to EBM: Research Design and Searching Tools - Day 1
Critically Appraising the Medical Literature for Validity;
Diagnosis and Therapy - Days 2 & 3


Day 1 places an emphasis on the first two steps of the EBM process: formulating a searchable clinical question and efficiently searching the literature. Tools available to facilitate the EBM process will be introduced. These tools include PubMed Clinical Queries, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Practice Guidelines and other electronic resources available. The course will provide an overview of levels of evidence, research design, and bias in publication. Librarians will have the opportunity to work as teams, each sharing his/her unique perspective and knowledge.

Days 2 and 3 provide an in-depth exploration of the third step of the EBM process - critically appraising the medical literature for validity. This class is intended for health sciences librarians who wish to learn the evidence based medicine process of critically appraising articles for validity and analysis of results. This class will provide an in-depth understanding of the statistical concepts used in the medical literature. This will be done in the context of analyzing journal articles and answering case-based clinical questions with an emphasis on therapy and diagnosis. A focus will be placed on the epidemiological concepts fundamental to understanding the clinical literature such as number needed to treat, absolute risk reduction, likelihood ratio, confidence interval and intention to treat.

COST: $375 [includes 21 MLA CEs, Lunch (all 3 days), Workbook and Materials, Coffee, Snacks]

CE HOURS: The two-day course has been approved for 14 MLA CE hours; the one-day course has been approved for 7 MLA CE hours

FACULTY: Jordan Hupert, MD; Sandra De Groote, MLIS; Cleo Papas, MLIS, Peg Burnette, MLIS

Doctor Hupert is actively involved in UIC's EBM initiative and have worked closely with UIC librarians in strengthening librarians' EBM skills and in developing an evidence-based service in pediatrics.

For more information and to register - visit:

Sandy De Groote, MLIS, AHIP
Scholarly Communications Librarian and Associate Professor
University Library
University of Illinois at Chicago
801 S Morgan St. M/C 234
Chicago, Il 60607 312-413-9494; sgroote@uic.edu

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