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How to Use Professor EBM

Here are some instructions and tips on how to lead a lively and educational discussion, using the Professor EBM teaching modules.




1.      Each of the teaching modules is written using a case-based, question and answer format.  The Teacher’s Guide offers a rough estimate of how long it would take to teach a module.  Most are between 30 to 50 minutes long and are designed to be discussed on attending rounds.  If you would like to give a shorter teaching session, you can skip section III, the “Questions for Further Discussion.”  If you prefer to give a longer teaching session, consider combining two or more teaching modules.


2.      The modules can be taught one-on-one, but they are most useful when reviewed in a small group setting of 2 to 8 learners. 


3.      The teaching modules assume a basic understanding of evidence-based principles and terms.  Read through the modules on evidence-based principles if it has been a while since you’ve learned about them.




1.      We highly recommend that you read through the entire Teacher’s Guide before leading the teaching session.  We also recommend that you read the Key Articles.  Reading any of the Reference Articles is purely optional.  It usually takes from 60 to 90 minutes to prepare for a teaching session, assuming it is the first time you have covered the topic.


2.      Ask your learners to review the cases and questions in the Learner’s Guide prior to the teaching session.  You can send them an email linking them to Professor EBM with In

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