To prepare residents to handle the vast amount of scientific and clinical information available to them, CHOP offers a formal evidence-based medicine (EBM) curriculum that spans three years of training, and offers many opportunities to implement EBM skills in real-time patient care activities.
The curriculum draws on the expertise of faculty from many divisions including Emergency Medicine, General Pediatrics, Pulmonary Medicine and Infectious Diseases.
The growing evidence base for advocacy research has also been incorporated into our EBM curriculum in the form of our Advocacy Journal Club, where third year residents on their Advocacy Month present a topic with mentoring from a faculty member. Residents consider the research design, statistical methods and conclusions as they critique the manuscript chosen.
Real-time implementation of EBM skills occurs in a variety of settings. During morning report, specific questions that arise during clinical discussions may be addressed with targeted literature search strategies and discussion of the findings. Beyond the formal curriculum, residents will practice EBM daily as they care for patients and participate on clinical teams.