Geriatrics EBM Course 2022

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’ Guides 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 weekly sessions, most occurring on Thursdays from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. beginning on January 20.

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’ Guides. This should take no more than 1 hour total.

Readings: Most background readings will be selections from The Users’ Guides to the Medical Literature, 3rd edition as available online at JAMAevidence.  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.

2022 Topic, case and article: Reading:
online at JAMAevidence. (The Users’ Guide to the Medical Literature, 3rd ed.)
Thursday, January 20th

8:00 to 9:30 AM

Introduction to EBM in Geriatrics

Mitchell Heflin, MD

Chapters 2-4: What is EBM? EBM and the Theory of Knowledge; What is the Question?
Thursday, January 27th

8:00 to 9:30 AM

Searching the literature
Sarah Cantrell, MLS 
Chapter 5: Finding the Evidence
Thursday, February 2nd

8:00 to 9:30 AM

Session 2: Bias
Liza Genao, MD
Chapter 6: Why Study Results Mislead: Bias and Random Error
Thursday, February 10th

8:00 to 9:30 AM

Kenneth Schmader, MD
Chapter 7: Therapy
Thursday, February 17th

8:00 to 9:30 AM

Jack Twersky, MD
Chapter 14: Harm
Thursday, February 24th

8:00 to 9:30 AM

Mitchell Heflin, MD
Chapter 18: Diagnostic Tests (required)

Chapter 16: Process of Diagnosis (optional)

Thursday, March 3rd

8:00 to 9:30 AM

Mamata Yanamadala, MD, MHSc
Chapter 20: Prognosis
Thursday, March 17th

8:00 to 9:30 AM

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