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Teaching Information Mastery: An Evidence-Based Approach to Medical Education

Dear Bandolier

I teach at The University of Virginia, The Department of Family Medicine. My colleagues and I are planning our third annual workshop for teaching "Information Mastery". We have published much of our material focusing on how to use the concepts of Evidence-based medicine and apply them in a practical fashion to the real world of private practice (see Slawson DC, Shaughnessy AF. Obtaining useful information from expert based sources. BMJ 1997;314:947-9). We regularly read Bandolier and highly recommend it to our course participants. Would you possibly consider posting the following announcement in your newsletter? Thanks!-
Dave Slawson

Teaching Information Mastery: An Evidence-Based Approach to Medical Education

Faculty Development Workshop at The University of Virginia,
Charlottesville, VA., April 2-5, 1998
Course Directors: David C. Slawson, MD; Allen F. Shaughnessy, PharmD;
Lorne A. Becker, MD

Practicing and teaching Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) requires more than just journal reading skills. Current EBM techniques are time-consuming and rarely employed by the busy clinician. In addition to answering patient-specific questions, practicing clinicians are frequently in the mode of "keeping up-to-date": i.e. with new information provided by CME, experts/colleagues, pharmaceutical representatives, newsletters, practice guidelines and other sources. In this mode, the issue of RELEVANCE becomes paramount - clinicians must know not only HOW to read, but WHAT and WHEN (Patient-oriented evidence that matters - POEMs vs. Disease-oriented evidence - DOEs).

This highly interactive four day workshop focuses on strategies to manage the entire array of available information in a practical and time efficient manner. Participants will be given instructions and materials aimed at allowing them to teach an Evidence-Based curriculum at their home institution. The use of handheld computer software containing "just-in-time" versus "just-in-case" information will be demonstrated. Please join us for a spectacular spring event in the Blue Ridge Mountains of "Mr. Jefferson's Virginia"! For further information please contact Greg Volkar in the Office of Continuing Medical Education at
David C. Slawson, MD, Associate Professor
Department of Family Medicine, Box 414
UVA-HSC Health Sciences Center
Charlottesville, VA 22908
voice: 804.924.1165 Fax: 804.982.4306

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