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Tips for teaching evidence-based medicine in a busy clinical practice

October 25th 2023

Evidence-based medicine is the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in everyday practice. It integrates the best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values. Prior research shows that clinicians have about 5-8 questions per daily shift where they need to go back to the literature and find answers. There is an increase in the volume and speed of newly published research which could make finding useful evidence challenging.

Thus, it is important to teach our learners to navigate through existing evidence-based resources, assess their trustworthiness, and therefore maximize chances of quickly finding answers based on current best evidence.

The session covered:

  1. What is Evidence-based Medicine?
  2. What are the steps of Evidence-based Medicine?
  3. Why is it important to teach Evidence-based Medicine?
  4. How to teach Evidence-based Medicine in a busy clinical practice (office, wards, noon reports, journal clubs, and online)?
  5. What are some tools that could facilitate this?
Sonam Kiwalkar

Session presenter: Sonam Ravindra Kiwalkar, MD

Dr. Sonam Kiwalkar earned her medical degree in Pune, India. She completed her residency and chief residency in internal medicine at Rochester General Hospital in Rochester, New York.

She completed her rheumatology fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. She is a rheumatology consultant at the Vancouver Clinic and is the Associate Program Director for Legacy Salmon Creek internal medicine residency program. Apart from that, she is also pursuing a Masters in Education for Health Professionals at Johns Hopkins University.

In her spare time, Dr. Kiwalkar loves cooking and hiking around the Pacific Northwest with her husband and daughter.

Follow Sonam on Twitter @rheumcorner


Session presenter: Basil George Verghese MD, FACP, FHM

Basil George Verghese is a practicing Adult Academic Hospitalist at Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, New York. He completed his medical school in India before moving to Rochester to do his Residency training, where he was also a Chief Medical Resident.

His focus areas include Quality & Safety, Evidence-Based Medicine, and Standardization of care.

In his spare time, he is completing his Masters in Education for the Health Professions from Johns Hopkins University, plays with his overactive dog Brady and loves to cook and try different cuisines from around the globe!


Sarah Edwards scaled e1692265974625

Session Chair: Sarah Edwards, Honorary Secretary, ASME

Dr Sarah Edwards is an Emergency Medicine registrar working in the East Midlands. As well as being ASME’s Honorary Secretary she works in a number of other roles. She currently works as a tutor/lecturer for the Medical Education Masters at Sunderland University and is the Social Media Editor for the Emergency Medical Journal. She also is the Clinical Cases Editor for the Royal College of Emergency Medicine’s (RCEM) Learning platform.

Her research interests include technology enhanced learning, social media education and game-based education. With a specific interest in qualitative research methodology.

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