Available Until 10/19/2023

CAIFL: Critical Appraisal Institute for Librarians*

For more information, please contact Marie Ascher at marie_ascher@nymc.edu.

Craving more confidence in leading EBM sessions for medical students? Puzzled about how to guide students in study design and in depth critical appraisal? Frustrated with statistics?

Join us to become a trailblazer of EBM at your institution.

This six week online program will take place January 19 - March 16, 2022 and will consist of: assessment; self-directed learning through video, readings, and problem sets; small group facilitated exercises; and plenary talks by physician and librarian experts in evidence based practice and critical appraisal.

Resource URL: https://guides.library.nymc.edu/CAIFL

Goal and Learning Objectives

Goal: To develop librarians' critical appraisal skills via enhanced understanding of research design, biomedical statistics, and clinical reasoning to apply knowledge in teaching target populations.

Objectives: At the end of the institute participants will be able to:

  1. Describe and analyze study methodologies used in clinical research.
  2. Define and critique biostatistical concepts used to report the results of clinical research studies.
  3. Critically appraise biomedical articles including an understanding of the methodology, sources of bias, and the results.
  4. Teach critical appraisal with confidence.

Agenda (All times are Eastern US Time)

Plenary 1: Wednesday 1/19/22 2:00-3:30 PM*: 

Introductions (Marie Ascher, Dr. Terry Shaneyfelt)
Plenary Lecture (Dr. Andrew Coyle) "Why Critical Appraisal?"

Meet the Facilitators
Small Group breakouts, introductions.

During each of the modules listed below, participants are to meet in their small groups which are assigned at the start of the course. 

*If you cannot make any particular session, make arrangements with your facilitator in advance. You can attend another small group that week unless you are scheduled to peer teach for that week. In order to receive MLA CE credit, you must attend all small group sessions.

Module 1: Week of January 24: Intro to Critical Appraisal: Clinical Study Designs: Basics and Biases.

Module 2: Week of January 31: Foundational Stats: Descriptive & Inferential Statistics and Hypothesis Testing.

Module 3: Week of February 7: Common Measures of Association in Biomedical Studies 1: Therapy and Harm Studies

BREAK: Week of February 14

Module 4: Week of February 21: Common Measures of Association in Biomedical Studies 2: Appraising Diagnostic Tool and Screening Studies.

Module 5: Week of February 28: Common Measures of Association in Biomedical Studies 3: Prognosis Studies and Systematic Reviews.

Module 6: Week of March 7: Journal Club Presentations

Plenary 2: Wednesday 3/16/22 2:00-3:30 PM:

Plenary Lecture (Shaneyfelt): Pulling it all together.
Panel Discussion (EBM Facilitators): Supporting EBM at your Institution.
Closing comments.

MLA CE Credits: 35