SCSK 508 Scientific Literature and Evidence-Based Medicine

Walter Kolbinger, PhD
Joanna Rayner, PhD
 This one-credit selective is offered to students in Term 2 or higher. Major components of the course are tutorials and practical hands-on experience through small group and online assignments. The course aims to have the students understand the underlying principles of evidence-based medicine and to enable them to actively engage in searching for scientific literature, using tools that are available to the general public, as well as specific tools offered in the St. George’s University academic environment. The practical components are aimed toward actively learning to assess the methodological quality of scientific publications, differentiation between different types of trials, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and the ability to question or defend their findings in a small group interactive setting.