Students’ PEARLS: successfully incorporating evidence-based medicine in medical students’ clinical attachments.

Stockler MR, March L, Lindley RI, Mellis C. ACP Journal Club.

Students’ PEARLS: successfully incorporating evidence-based medicine in medical students’
clinical attachments. 

Ann Intern Med. 2009 Apr 21;150(8):JC4-2, JC4-3. 

The article describes an experiment with “PEARLS” – Presentations of Evidence Abstracted from Research Literature to Solve real peoples’ problems. The interesting fact is that while it is easier to teach EBM to qualified and experienced doctors, this experiment was done with students in training -the rationale being that a positive experience with a simple, efficient model for applying EBM in clinical practice would encourage subsequent use.
PEARLS are 15-minute presentations given by students that address a focused clinical question raised by contact with a real patient during a recent clinical attachment. The results have been very encouraging. Do read the complete article(link above) – it is free online!

Appeared in QMedCONNECT, Vol 2, Issue 7, July 2009

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