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Critical Appraisal Institute for Librarians: Instructors

CAIFL 2023 Facilitators

Meet your 2023 CAIFL Peer Facilitators...

Marie Ascher, MS, MPH

Lillian Hetrick Huber Endowed Director

Phillip Capozzi, M.D. Health Sciences Library - 
New York Medical College

Course Director for the Critical Appraisal Institute for Librarians, Marie has been a teacher of evidence-based medicine for many years and is a former course director for EBM at New York Medical College. Marie also has a faculty appointment in the department of Epidemiology at NYMC.

Amy Blevins, MALS
Associate Director for Public Services

Ruth Lilly Medical Library - 
Indiana University School of Medicine

Amy has devoted her career over the last 12 years to online instruction, instructional design, and evidence-based medicine. Since 2017, Amy has served as the Thread Director for Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) for IUSM.


Deborah A. Crooke, MLIS, MPH
Associate Director for User Support, Education & Research Services.

Phillip Capozzi, M.D. Health Sciences Library - 
New York Medical College

Deborah teaches EBM to students, faculty and residents. She is an Assistant Professor and a Theme Director for EBE (EBM, Biostatistics & Epidemiology) in the School of Medicine at NYMC.


Laura Menard, MLS 
Assistant Director for Medical Education & Access Services
Ruth Lilly Medical Library - Indiana University School of Medicine

Since 2018, Laura has developed sessions on EBM for the School of Medicine, as well as trained faculty members to deliver EBM content. She is the current chair of the MLA LiHSC caucus and has presented and published on her research area of interest, quantifying the effects of different EBM curricular delivery modalities.


Abraham Wheeler, MTS, MLIS
Health Sciences Librarian

Michigan State University Library

Since 2011, Abe has served as EBM and biostatistical content developer and instruction lead across the undergraduate medical education at Michigan State University. His expertise is in practical biostatistics, facilitating journal clubs, and critical appraisal of articles. He works longitudinally across the curriculum and has expanded to integrate biostatistics, EBM and public health concepts into a wide variety of contexts.












Clinical Instructors / Consultants

Terrence Shaneyfelt, MD, MPH, MET

Professor of Medicine

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

Dr. Shaneyfelt, a practicing internist in both the inpatient and outpatient settings at the Birmingham VA Medical Center, became interested in EBM while attending the McMaster EBM course in 1999. His research, teaching and writing interests revolve around clinical practice guidelines, teaching EBM, and perioperative risk assessment and management. His is a known name in EBM due to his online presence at He has helped students learn EBM and critical appraisal, and has won awards for teaching excellence. 


Andrew Coyle, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Medical Education

Associate Program Director for Ambulatory Care, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Dr. Coyle received his MD from Case Western Reserve University and completed his residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai.  He is currently the Director of the longitudinal Evidence-Based Medicine curriculum for the medical school.  His clinical work focuses on the health and system-wide care of homeless individuals, and he provides primary care for patients who are homeless.