How to teach evidence-based medicine to teachers: reflections from a workshop experience

J Eval Clin Pract. 2009 Dec;15(6):1205-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2753.2009.01344.x.


Rationale, aims and objectives: To summarize 20-year experience of conducting a workshop designed for educators who wish to improve their teaching skills of evidence based medicine (EBM). The goal is to provide tips for educators interested in replicating this educational model.

Methods: Qualitative description of factors associated with the success of the workshop.

Results: The factors considered by instructors to be most helpful are: the small group interactive design, role-play and simulation of real world learning environments, a mentorship model and high educator to learner ratio.

Conclusions: Although this experience is observational and does not represent high quality evidence, certain attributes in the design of EBM workshops may lead to better dissemination of EBM concepts. Educators may consider empirically applying some of these attributes and testing their efficacy in comparative studies.

MeSH terms

  • Curriculum
  • Education
  • Evidence-Based Medicine / education*
  • Humans
  • Program Evaluation
  • Staff Development*
  • Teaching*