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“Cultivating Confidence in Critical Appraisal”

Dates: January 19 - March 16, 2022 
 Registration for CAIFL 2022 is now closed!

Please consider taking the course in 2023. Complete this pre-registration form and you will be notified when registration opens before it's widely publicized.

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35 MLA CE credits


CAIFL is a fully online course that 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 including 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.
Requirements: At least two hours per week self-directed learning. Participation in all small group facilitated sessions.

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

Developed resources reported in this project were originally 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.