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Critical Appraisal Institute for Librarians: Instructors

CAIFL 2024 Facilitators

Meet your 2024 CAIFL Small Group Facilitators...

Marie Ascher, MS, MPH

Lillian Hetrick Huber Endowed Director

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

Marie is the Course Director for the Critical Appraisal Institute for Librarians. She 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 and Head of User Support, Education & Research Services.

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

Deborah is an experienced EBM educator. She is an Assistant Professor and a Theme Director for EBE (EBM, Biostatistics & Epidemiology) in the School of Medicine at NYMC.


Rachel Pinotti, MLIS
Information Services Consultant

Rachel is an experienced evidence-based practice (EBP) educator, information scientist and review methodologist. Previously Rachel served as co-director of the longitudinal EBP curriculum for medical students and taught courses in systematic review methodology, scientific publishing, and critical appraisal. In 2016, Rachel was the recipient of the Excellence in Service of Education award from the Institute for Medical Education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. As an author of two dozen papers and a collaborator on many more, Rachel has a thorough understanding of the medical literature, research databases, and information organization and management. Currently she works as an independent information services consultant, providing research and software development services to a range of clients.


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

Associate Professor
Division of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine
University of Wisconsin

Dr. Coyle is a faculty member in the Division of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine and the program director of our internal medicine residency. He is active in numerous professional societies, including the Society of General Internal Medicine and the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (serving on the Program Planning Committee). He is also a reviewer for the Journal of Graduate Medical EducationJournal of General Internal MedicineAcademic Medicine, and MedEdPORTAL. Prior to joining UW, Dr. Coyle was an associate program director at the internal medicine residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where he oversaw its ambulatory care transformation, founded and co-directed the Department of Medicine's Medical Education Track, and was the course director for the medical school's longitudinal Evidence-Based Medicine curriculum. He has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards and has been inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society.