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The library segment of this Transitional course deals with evidence based medicine and searching and appraising the literature in support of evidence based practice. This page reflects only the content covered in the library segment of the course.


Learning Objectives

By the end of this session students will:

  • Be aware of the multitude of resources available via the Health Sciences Library and how to use them.
  • Understand basic principles of evidence based medicine.
  • Be able to structure a well-built clinical question using PICO.
  • Have an increased ability to formulate a quality search strategy in PubMed.
  • Demonstrate skills necessary to select best evidence from search results.
  • Critically appraise an article using a checklist of relevance and validity criteria.

Session Materials

Evidence Pyramid

Evidence-Based Medicine Evidence Pyramid

From "Evidence-Based Medicine: Resources by Levels of Evidence" by Central Michigan University Library, 2018 (   

The above image is based on the EBM Page Generator (2006) from Dartmouth College and Yale University and the Coursera MOOC “Understanding Clinical Research: Behind the Statistics“ (2016).

Appraisal Guides

Below are some guides designed to help you understand the process of appraising clinical research.

Clerkship Resources

General Resources

Point of Care Resources

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