Updates from the College library

Online or in-person help with finding medical evidence

Finding medical evidence can be frustrating. Compared to Google, Medline is complicated to use. Google can offer millions of hits but the relevance-ranked results may not be authoritative enough for clinical decision making. Point-of-care tools like BMJ Best Practice, DynaMed or UpToDate can offer useful information at the pace of patient care, but may not have the breadth and depth needed for the peculiarities of a specific patient. How can physicians select the most appropriate information resource for their purposes and search that resource quickly and effectively? 

The College librarians offer training in finding relevant and valid evidence. An accredited, four-hour, hands-on workshop helps physicians identify levels of evidence from summary resources like BMJ Best Practice to systematic reviews from the Cochrane Collaboration to conducting effective searches in Ovid MEDLINE. Participants are also introduced to e-books and clinical practice guideline sources, and assisted in locating the full text of online and print articles and authoritative patient information. The workshop is presented in collaboration with UBC Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD). Upcoming sessions are listed on the UBC CPD website at http://www.ubccpd.ca/event-categorytype/fme. Choose between in-person or one-on-one online sessions.

Attendance at an in-person workshop is not always convenient and a four-hour commitment may not be feasible so the College library also offers free, internet-based, personalized training. The one-on-one interaction, flexible timing, and customized content maximizes learning. The online learning environment also facilitates the acquisition of technological skills through practise with online tools, and allows for direct and immediate feedback. College registrants simply need to arrange an appointment with a College librarian by emailing medlib@mls.cpsbc.ca or calling 604-733-6671.