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Evidence-based Medicine I Course Guide (Archived): Introduction

This guide provides links to information resources that can be utilized in course in-class activities and assignments.

EBM I Announcements

  • Welcome to the EBM I course. You can find more detailed course information in the EBM I syllabus in AIMS.

The EBM I & II courses will become part of the Health Systems & Community I-IV courses for the College of Medicine beginning the 2019-2020 academic year. P1 students will take the Pharmacy Evidence Based Medicine course beginning the 2019-2020 academic year. This guide will available to students as a resource until the class of 2022 graduates.

Mid-Course Feedback from Students

We welcome constructive feedback from students. There are multiple ways that students can provide mid-course feedback to the course directors.

How can you provide feedback?

  • See Professor McEwen before or after class.
  • Email the course directors.
  • Stop by Professor McEwen's office.
  • Talk to course directors at review or help sessions.

College of Medicine Curriculum Mapper, Asst. Professor of Family & Community Medicine

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Heather McEwen, MLIS, MS
Office: G-142 (within the Department of Family and Community Medicine)

Learning Center Resources

EBM Students,

            The Academic Support Staff are available to help you maximize your learning.

Learning Center Staff:

Craig Theissen,M.Ed., Director, Learning Center,  330-325-6758

Dyann Whaley, M.Ed., Assistant Director, Learning Center (Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy), 330-325-6771 

Outline of Learning Center Services:

  • Effective & efficient studying and learning consultations
  • Time management consultations
  • Course preparation/management
  • Prematriculation programming
  • Peer tutoring program
  • Supplemental instruction/workshops
  • Licensure exam preparation

Resources-provided on AIMS_Learning Center:  study skills, licensure prep, ESL, LASSI, tutoring

About This Guide

This guide is students enrolled in the Evidence-based Medicine course I at the Northeast Ohio Medical University. Resources included in the guide have been selected to assist students in-class activities and assignments. See the course syllabus for more information about the course.

EBM I Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to perform the following ability-based outcomes.

  • Use an evidence based medicine approach to answer clinical questions by identifying and evaluating relevant online and print information (primary literature, reference books, databases, journal articles, etc.).
  • Provide answers to clinical questions orally and in writing aimed at other healthcare professionals.
  • Describe the following approaches to clinical research design and common statistical tests used in these studies: meta-analyses, systematic reviews, randomized controlled trials, case-control studies, cohort studies, descriptive studies, and qualitative studies.
  • Calculate and interpret standard EBM measures such as number needed to treat, number needed to harm, event rates, relative risk, odds ratios, sensitivity, and specificity.
  • Distinguish between nominal, ordinal, and interval types of measurement and indicate which statistical tests are appropriate for each type of measurement.
  • Interpret the risk of disease based on results from diagnostic and screening tests.
  • Describe Type I and Type II errors and how they affect the statistical significance and power of a test.
  • Distinguish between null and alternative hypotheses, state the basic steps of hypothesis testing, and interpret confidence levels.
  • Evaluate the clinical literature to estimate the probability of drugs and treatments benefiting or harming patient populations.
  • Identify strategies for clinicians to discuss the clinical evidence with their patients for shared decision making and find relevant educational resources to foster patient education.
  • Work in interprofessional groups to effectively present a journal club using the PP-ICONS approach.


EBM I Course Directors

  • Course Director: Heather McEwen, MLIS, MS
    • Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
  • Asst. Course Director (COP): Michelle Cudnik, Pharm.D.
    • Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
  • Asst. Course Director (COM): Kristin Baughman, Ph.D.
    • Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine, Adjunct Graduate Faculty College of Graduate Studies
  • Course Coordinator: Alyssa Pryor, M.Ed.

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