Donna O'Malley


The UVM College of Medicine's clerkship curriculum includes hundreds of learning objectives divided into several themes and topics. Two objectives in the areas of communication and clinical decision-making encompass the classic EBM skills: PERFORM database searches for patient or disease specific information. DIFFERENTIATE between practices that are based upon different strengths of evidence for effectiveness. What are the benefits and drawbacks of using a clinical skills exam workstation to evaluate student mastery of these two objectives? Librarians and clinicians worked together to create a paper case scenario for students to use in generating a clinical question, performing a search to address the question, and retrieving an article to evaluate in pursuit of an answer to the question. An assessment rubric was also developed.


Presented at the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, 2008


CSE, Medline, Medical Education, Library, E-Resources, Database, Standardized testing, PubMed, Ovid, Evaluation

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