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Evidence Based Practice: Online Continuing Education Course

Evidence Based Practice: Online Continuing Education Course



This asynchronous online course is designed to introduce health and information professionals to the principles of Evidence Based Practice (EBP) including the steps of the EBP process, understanding the literature of evidence, and an overview of epidemiological concepts. Recorded lectures, independent readings, assignments, and threaded discussions provide an opportunity for assimilation, interaction, and exchange of ideas. Formative feedback will be given throughout the course.


It will take approximately 20-30 hours to complete the course.  Consider reserving 3 hours of dedicated time per unit for optimum benefit.   The course is approved for 21 Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credits.




An experienced group of University of Illinois at Chicago instructors from the Library of the Health Sciences, Department of Pediatrics, and Department of Medical Education will lead the course.  They are:  Sandy DeGroote, MLIS; Jo Dorsch, MALS; Carmen Howard, MSLS; Jordan Hupert, MD; Alan Schwartz, PhD; and Peg Burnettte, MLIS (UIUC Library). Course instructors will be available by e-mail to answer questions or provide guidance.




Access to the course is through UIC’s Blackboard system. Once you are registered you will receive a temporary UIC NetID and password for access.  If you are in a hospital environment, you should check with your IT department to determine if there are firewalls that would interfere with your ability to access all aspects of the class.


You will also need:

Internet Access

Word or Open Office

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Windows Media Player or comparable media software


A short tutorial is available for those not familiar with Blackboard.


All readings will be available from the course site.

There is no required text, but having one of these texts for reference is recommended:
1) Straus SE, et al.  Evidence-Based Medicine:  How to Practice and Teach EBM
2) Badenoch D, Heneghan C.  Evidence-based Medicine Toolkit
3) Glaxziou P, et al.  Evidence-Based Practice Workbook

4) Guyatt G., et al. Users’ Guides to the Medical Literature.  Essentials of Evidence-Based Clinical Practice.



Cost is $150.00.


The course runs from October 27th – December 5th, 2014.
Registration deadline is October 20th.

The course is limited to 25 registrants.


To register:

Visit the course registration site at  You will be asked for information that is required to establish access to the course site.


Payment may be made online or by sending a check for $150.00 made payable to the University of Illinois at Chicago to:


EBP Online – Emama Muhlim

UIC Library of the Health Sciences

MC 763

1750 W. Polk St.

Chicago, Illinois 60612


For additional information, email Jo Dorsch or Carmen Howard

NLM Technical Bulletin

The current isse of the  NLM Technical Bulletin includes a resource update about the NLM Drug Information Portal, a PubMed Mobile Update, and NLM resources for the Ebola Outreach.

Take Action: Be a Health Literacy Hero

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region invites you to attend a free workshop for librarians and others interested to learn more about health literacy.

Keynote Speaker: Helen Osborne,
Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014 (snow date: December 5)
Location: University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester
Time: 9:30 AM – 2:15 PM

Register here.

Bring a colleague! We encourage you to invite a current or potential health literacy project partner.


Continental breakfast (9 – 9:30 AM)

Health Literacy: What It Is, Why It Matters, How You Can Help (9:30 AM -11 AM)

Helen Osborne will present an overview about health literacy, highlighting not only what it is and why it matters but also how health science librarians and their clinical colleagues can help. The goal is for participants to gain a clearer understanding about the importance of health literacy and an eagerness to explore ways of taking action. Topics include:

  • What health literacy is and why it matters in treatment and care.
  • Six factors that can affect an individual’s health understanding.
  • Best practices and practical strategies to improve health literacy.

Conversation with Librarians about Health Literacy (11:15 AM – 12:15 PM)

Explore how librarians contribute to health literacy. Michelle Eberle will highlight strategies for librarians and information professionals outlined in the National Action Plan for Health Literacy. Helen Osborne will facilitate a conversation with three librarians with expertise in providing health literacy services. Speakers include:

  • Irena Bond, Library Manager, Blais Family Library, MCPHS University
  • Margo Coletti, Director IS/ Knowledge Services, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Anne Conner, Director, Gale Medical Library, Littleton Regional Healthcare
  • Nancy Goodwin, Director, Library and Knowledge Services, Middlesex Hospital

Lunch (12:15 – 1 PM) Book signing with Helen Osborne author of, Health Literacy from A-Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message

Take action: Be a Health Literacy Hero (1 PM – 2:15 PM)

In this dynamic session, Helen Osborne will lead a series of activities designed to help participants move from general health literacy know-how to specific and realistic action planning. Topics include:

  • Identifying key concepts heard, learned, or introduced to today.
  • Brainstorming effective and practical ways to improve health understanding.
  • Overcoming obstacles when putting health literacy into practice.
  • Identifying at least one action to take as a result of today’s conference. In other words, finding ways to be a Health Literacy Hero.

About Helen Osborne:

Helen is the president of Health Literacy Consulting based in Natick, Massachusetts. She produces and hosts the Health Literacy Out Loud podcast. She is also the founder of Health Literacy Month – a worldwide campaign to raise awareness about the importance of understandable health information. Helen’s award-winning book, Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message is considered by many as the most important health literacy reference today.

Details: Parking vouchers and lunch will be provided.

Travel reimbursement:  We can fund travel expenses for several librarians.  If you are interested to apply for travel reimbursement, please send Michelle Eberle a letter about your interest in the event, how you will apply what you learn,  and your reimbursement request (# of miles and if you need a hotel).

Sponsored by: the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region’s Health Literacy Community of Interest and the Peters Health Sciences Library at Rhode Island Hospital

Conference Planners:  Anne-Marie Kaminsky and Michelle Eberle



Got Coverage? Need Coverage?

Please join us for an Affordable Care Act webinar hosted by the New England and Middle Atlantic Regions.

Got Coverage? Need Coverage? Getting Health Insurance During the Open Enrollment Period

Presenter: Jennifer Syria, Health Insurance Specialist, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Boston Regional Office

Summary: During the next few months, millions of Americans will need to decide how they would like to receive their health care coverage in 2015. This webinar will focus on the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Period and review the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period. Discussion will include important information regarding the types of notices individuals will receive, consumer messaging, and the ways libraries can help inform individuals of their health care options. This webinar will provide valuable information for libraries in both the Middle Atlantic and New England Regions.

Lunch with the RML

When: Tuesday, October 28, 2014  Noon – 1 pm 


  •  1 MLA Continuing Education (CE) credit
  • Details will be provided at the end of the session
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