Geriatrics EBM Course 2018

Post-graduate trainees in Geriatrics will participate in a course of instruction on the practice of Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM). The primary text for the course will be The Users’ Guide to the Medical Literature, 3rd edition as available online at JAMAevidence. The course will combine the use of existing online didactic materials and in-person class sessions.

The introductory course will be divided into 5 weekly sessions, most occurring on Tuesdays from 8-9AM beginning on May 29th. An additional Searching the Literature class will take place on Wednesday, May 30th from 8-9 AM in the Medical Center Library (Seeley Mudd Building), Room 212C. All other classes will be held in the GRECC conference room (VA C3102) with the exception of the class with Dr. Genao on June 5, which is in the DMP 2W91.

In preparation for each session, learners will access the class website, EBM in Geriatrics, from the Duke Medical Center Library’s website and use learning aids available there. Participants will be asked to read the corresponding chapter from the Users’ Guide. This should take no more than 1 hour total.

Readings: Most background readings will be selections from The Users’ Guide to the Medical Literature, 3rd edition as available online at JAMAevidence.com.  The full-text is available if you access this through the library website or the course website.   Other readings, including articles for review, will be available in full-text form from links on this site.  To access weekly instructions and materials, please click on the link provided under “Topic and Instructor” in the table below.

2018 Topic, case and article: Reading:
online at JAMAevidence. (The Users’ Guide to the Medical Literature, 3rd ed.)
Intro Readings
Introduction to EBM in Geriatrics Chapters 2-4: What is EBM? EBM and the Theory of Knowledge; What is the Question?
May 29
GRECC conference room (VA C3012)
Mitchell Heflin, MD
Chapter 18: Diagnostic Tests (required)

Chapter 16: Process of Diagnosis (optional)

May 30
Medical Center Library, Seeley Mudd Bldg, Room 212C
Searching the literature
Sarah Cantrell, MLS
Chapter 5: Finding the Evidence
June 5
DMP 2W91
Bias, Error, and Study Types
Liza Genao, MD
Chapter 6: Why Study Results Mislead: Bias and Random Error
June 12
GRECC conference room (VA C3012)
Ken Schmader, MD
Chapter 7: Therapy
June 19
GRECC conference room (VA C3012)
Systematic Review
Cathleen Colon-Emeric, MD
Chapter 22: Process of a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Chapter 23: Understanding and Applying the Results of a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

June 26
GRECC conference room (VA C3012)
Mamata Yanamadala, MD, MHSc
Chapter 20: Prognosis
TBD Harm Chapter 14: Harm