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“Cultivating Confidence in Critical Appraisal”

Dates: Week of January 22 - week of March 18, 2024 

     Registration for CAIFL 2024 is now CLOSED
CAIFL is in session.


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. Participation in the course also enrolls you in a continued community of practice with journal clubs held throughout the year.

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 increased confidence.

Prerequisite: Experience and some prior training in EBM fundamentals.

Requirements: At least two hours per week self-directed learning depending on familiarity with content. Participation in all 1.5 hour weekly small group facilitated sessions.

NOTE: Many participants indicate that they need much more than 2 hours per week to grasp the content fully. This course is a commitment.

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.