Teaching Evidence-Informed Decision Making using the concepts of Information Mastery.
Clinical Information Sciences has its roots in the collaboration between two medical educators, David Slawson and Allen Shaughnessy, that began more than 25 years ago. Concerned that the teaching of traditional evidence-based medicine did not help doctors incorporate the key concepts into their clinical practices, they developed Information Mastery to teach doctors and other health care professionals to make evidence-informed decisions in their day-to-day practice. Thousands of clinicians have attended Information Mastery workshops throughout the US and around the world, including Canada, Wales, England, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Spain, Denmark, and Hong Kong. Now they bring the same concepts to you and your learners via e-learning.
David C. Slawson, M.D.
Dr. Slawson is the B. Lewis Barnett, Jr., Professor of Family Medicine and Director of Information Sciences for the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is the Director of the Faculty Development Fellowship Program for the Department of Family Medicine and holds a joint appointment as Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences. Drs. Slawson and Shaughnessy were awarded the 2002 Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Innovative Program Award for their work together in developing the Information Mastery curriculum. Dr. Slawson is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Medicine and completed his postdoctoral training in Family Medicine at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Slawson is an honorary professor on the faculty of the University of Hong Kong and an international lecturer in evidenced-based medicine. He and Dr. Shaughnessy developed the POEMS ™ [Patient Oriented Evidence that Matters] concept and were co-founders of InfoPOEMs, which they sold to John Wiley and Sons in 2005.
Allen F. Shaughnessy, PharmD, MMedEd
Dr. Shaughnessy is Professor of Family Medicine at Tufts University and Associate Director for Faculty Development and Retention at the Tufts Family Medicine Residency at Cambridge Health Alliance. He teaches the evidence-based medicine courses to medical students, physician assistant students, and family medicine and other residents. He has completed a faculty development fellowship and the federal government’s Department of Health and Human Services Primary Care Health Policy Fellowship. Dr. Shaughnessy has been active in research and evidence-based medicine, writing over 140 papers in the areas of pharmacology, family practice education, prescription writing, and evidence-informed decision making that have been published in journals such as JAMA, British Medical Journal and American Family Physician. He is the series editor for the American Family Physician’s STEPS series of new drug reviews. He has taught evidence-based medicine, information mastery, and evidence-informed decision making throughout the United States and in several countries.
John D. Shuck, JD, MBA
Mr. Shuck is an experienced senior executive in the healthcare and financial services industries. Currently Mr. Shuck is the managing member of Swan Advisors, his own advisory and investment firm.
Mr. Shuck’s recent work has included assisting the CEO of an international firm that operates specialized hospitals to determine whether entry to one of the Nordic countries would be appropriate. He has also advised top executives of a major national insurance company on how to respond to technology changes in the distribution of mass-market insurance.
Prior to founding Swan Advisors, Mr. Shuck was a senior executive (Senior Vice President and Managing Director) at Zurich Reinsurance Centre and Zurich Centre Group, both companies within the Zurich Financial Services Group. Prior to Zurich Financial, Mr. Shuck was a partner at McKinsey & Company and a leader of the Financial Services practice group in New York and in Scandinavia.
Mr. Shuck is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School (JD, 1976), the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (MBA, 1976), and Amherst College (AB, 1973), where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Kurt M. Wassenaar MArch., BSci.
Mr. Wassenaar is an experienced executive and investor in technology start-up businesses. He is currently the Managing Member of Blue Springs Development, which is engaged in portfolio management and the development of new technology ventures and real estate assets.
Mr Wassenaar was most recently the co-founder and CEO of Medical Automation Systems which was a national market leader in clinical laboratory data management and analytics. He was co-founder and CEO of The Epsilon Group, which commercialized the first “in-silico” computer simulation model for FDA clinical trials in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Both companies were sold to Alere Corporation in 2012. He is currently a co-founder of Vibethink Corporation, a digital media company, and currently serves as Chairman of its Board.
Prior to this, he was the CEO of Computational Diagnostics Corp. which commercialized the first non invasive diagnostic test for detecting sepsis in neonates and co-founder and CEO of WSA Architecture Development PC. which provided design, engineering, and facilities development services for technology companies including Bell Atlantic, NASA, and Xenobiotic Laboratories. Mr. Wasssenaar served as the Chief Architect for the University of Virginia Medical Center and as an Associate Professor of Architecture and Director of Research and Technology for the University of Virginia School of Architecture.
Mr. Wassenaar is a licensed Architect and holds a Master of Architecture  and Bachelors of Science Degree  from the University of Michigan with concentrations in Chemistry, Biology, and Computer Science.
Neal Maskrey, MD
Visiting Professor of Evidence-informed decision making, Keele University
Co-Lead ADVOCATE Field Studies, University of Amsterdam
Nancy E. Dunlap, MD, PhD, MBA
Professor Emerita of Medicine and Scholar
Lister Hill Center for Health Policy, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Shepard Hurwitz, MD
Director, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Professor of Orthopaedics, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Kristen Goodell, MD
Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care
Larissa Lucas, MD
Medical Director of Quality
CareDimensions Hospice and Palliative Care
Roland Grad, MD, CM, MSc
Associate Professor, McGill University
Member, Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care
Author of Look It Up! How People Benefit When Doctors, Nurses, and Pharmacists Search for Information
Joshua Bennett, MD, MBA
Chief Medical Officer
Vibra Health Plan
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