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Critical Appraisal Institute for Librarians: Instructors

CAIFL 2021 Facilitators


Marie Ascher, MS, MPH

Lillian Hetrick Huber Endowed Director
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, and 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. Head of User Support, Education & Research Services
Health Sciences Library - 
New York Medical College

Deborah has taught evidence-based medicine for 15 years to students, faculty and residents. She is the Course Director for EBM in the School of Medicine at NYMC.


Rachel Pinotti, MLIS, AHIP

Associate Library Director, Education & Research Services|
Levy Library, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Rachel oversees reference, consultation and instructions services for ISMMS a
nd the hospitals of the Mount Sinai Health System. Rachel serves as co-director of the longitudinal evidence-based medicine curriculum for medical students and as course director of the Lessons in Scientific Publishing Introduction to Systematic Reviews courses for graduate students.


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

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.




Joey Nicholson, MLIS, MPH

Head, Education and Curriculum Support
Associate Curator - 
NYU Health Sciences Libraries

Joey is the Vice Chair for Education and the content director for evidence-based medicine throughout all years of medical school at NYU. In this role, he teaches critical appraisal both in the classroom during the Pre-Clerkship years and on the wards to small groups, including residents and medical students. He also leads NYU’s systematic review service and teaches a semester-long course on systematic reviews and meta-analyses.