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Information Mastery:
A Better EBM Curriculum

Our Story

This online course developed out of a teaching partnership between David Slawson, MD, and Allen Shaughnessy, PharmD, MMedEd that started in the early 1990s. After receiving training in evidence-based medicine at McMaster University, they expanded the idea to what is called “information mastery.” Aiming to spread the word to increase the use of evidence to improve medical care, for 19 years they conducted a yearly multi-day workshop at the University of Virginia and then at Tufts University, teaching this approach to evidence-based medicine, information management, and clinical decision making to thousands of physicians, pharmacists, and members of other professions.

This workshop has been presented throughout the United States at hospital systems, residencies, and medical schools, as well as in eight countries. They took the workshop online in 2014, creating separate courses created to meet the LCME accreditation standards of medical schools, ARC-PA standards of physician assistant programs, and ACGME PBLI milestones for medical residencies. 

Allen and Dave



Medical, Physician Assistant, and Pharmacy Schools

Modules and curricula designed to meet the needs of students.


Graduate Medical Education


Modules and curricula for residency programs to meet PBLI milestones teaching requirements.

DIAG2 Lesson List

Module Topics

Our curriculum consists of 11 modules, each about 20-40 minutes in length. The modules can be used as standalone assignments or to support blended, hybrid, or flipped classroom teaching. 

  • EBM1

    Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine

  • EBM2

    How to Make Decisions Better

  • DIAG1

    Understanding How Screening and Diagnostic Tests Work

  • DIAG2

    Deciding If and When To Screen or Test

  • PROG

    Basic Concepts in Epidemiology and Evaluating Research About Prognosis

  • THER1

    Evaluating, Understanding, and Applying Results of Research Studies

  • THER2

    Understanding and Applying Results of Studies to Individual Patients 


    Identifying Misinformation and Evaluating Information from Pharmaceutical Companies

  • REV

    Evaluating Review Articles and Meta-Analyses

  • GUID

    Evaluating Clinical Practice Guidelines

  • INFO

    Understanding Information Needs and Finding Answers to Questions at the Point of Care

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Teachers Guide Pages

Teacher's Guide

Subscriptions include the Teacher's Guide, offering teaching strategy overviews, module-specific ideas like small group tasks, journal exercises, and structured questions for team learning, plus curricula for both standalone and integrated teaching of students and residents.

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