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One misconception about 21st century learners is that they already know how to search for the information they need. However, medical students, and often residents, need to be taught how to quickly find the latest relevant clinical research as it pertains to individual cases they encounter.
As a preceptor, you can begin to teach the practice of evidence-based medicine by simply articulating to your students how you find current recommendations. Then, demonstrate how you incorporate the evidence you find into the individual circumstances and preferences of a patient.
A critical component of evidence-based medicine is learning how to evaluate a research article for relevance to a particular case. The PP-ICONS method provides a straightforward method for showing your students how to evaluate research.
Finding resources on topics like evidence-based medicine and the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) can be difficult. At TeachingPhysician.org, the sidebar links to external resources are curated to give you the best information out there. Visit the section on What to Teach to find more resources on:
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