Introduction: During the preclinical curriculum, students are introduced to EBM principles, however structured application to clinical medicine varies throughout clinical experiences. Application of EBM in a clinical educational environment affords students opportunities to practice required skills.
Methods: Students selected a patient case and formulated a question related to diagnosis ortreatment using the PICO framework. Students selected research publications related to the patient case, critically appraised their validity and generalization, and developed a comprehensive presentation involving a case summary and related EBM topics, which were evaluated by a faculty member using a rubric developed for the project. To assess the effectiveness of the curriculum addition, students were administered a survey to rate their knowledge of EBM before and after completing the EBM project.
Results: One full academic year of clerkship cohorts (n=103) were surveyed. Regardless of EBM knowledge before the project, comparison of self-reported knowledge increased to above-average level of understanding as a result of the project (mean=4.0, SD=1.07, CI=3.75-4.19). Furthermore, student presentation percentage scores using the rubric showed an above average understanding of EBM (mean=96, SD=4.40).
Conclusion: It is important for students to integrate EBM into their practice early in their training. This curriculum addition was effective and could be utilized in other clerkships.
Maxwell, R. A.,
Massengill, J. C.,
& Kindig, M.
(2023). Integrating an Evidence Based Medicine Module Presentation into the Ob-Gyn Clerkship. .