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“Cultivating Confidence in Critical Appraisal”

Planning is currently underway for the 2020 Critical Appraisal Institute for Librarians. Please watch your inbox in mid-September for details on registration.

CAIFL consists of: assessment; self-directed learning through video, readings, and problem sets; small group facilitated exercises; and plenary talks by physician and librarian experts in evidence based practice and critical appraisal.



Goal: To develop librarian’s critical appraisal skills via enhanced understanding of research design, biomedical statistics, and clinical reasoning to apply knowledge in teaching target populations.

Objectives: At the end of the institute participants will be able to:

  1. Describe and analyze study methodologies used in clinical research.
  2. Define and critique biostatistical concepts used to report the results of clinical research studies.
  3. Critically appraise biomedical articles including an understanding of the methodology, sources of bias, and the results.
  4. Teach critical appraisal with confidence.

Prerequisite: Experience and prior training in EBM fundamentals.

35 MLA CE credits

Registration fee: $350.00 US 

Not currently accepting applications. Another session is anticipated for Winter 2020. Registration will begin in September 2019.

For more information about this program, contact: Marie T. Ascher, M.S., M.P.H. 

Developed resources reported in this project are supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012342 with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.