Program Directors: Attend Free Training on Teaching Evidence-Based Medicine to Residents

June 26, 2008


The AAN is offering a free training for program directors to teach evidence-based medicine to their residents. Sign up now to attend!

The training begins with a two-day course held September 19 and 20 at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, prior to the American Neurological Association meeting in that city. Two additional training sessions will be held January 9 and 10, and May 15 and 16, 2009. Participants in the training should be program directors or their designees (not program coordinators), who will implement the program at their institutions throughout the year after each training session.

The program will include 20 modules, each with PowerPoint slides, illustrative articles with critical analysis, and detailed teacher’s notes. Training materials will include the AAN Evidence-based Medicine Toolkit, a coordinated set of resources designed to teach residents to understand and use the techniques of evidence-based medicine as a strategy for increasing quality of neurologic care.

In addition, a web-based interactive component that can be used by directors and residents will be available to participants. This feature offers tools (such as neurology-related clinical scenarios), articles that can be critically reviewed according to evidence-based principles, checklists and assessment sheets, and statistical tools. Tools for measuring resident teaching outcomes will also be included.

The program may also be a resource to help meet the Practice-Based Learning and Improvement core competency requirement of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Program directors are asked to check with the ACGME about requirements and if this will meet the requirements.

The training is free to attendees; travel costs and lodging will be paid if the participant is not attending other programs for educational credit. Some costs can be paid if the attendee is extending his or her stay from another program.

The training will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, September 19, and from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, September 20. The AAN Consortium of Neurology Program Directors meeting is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 20. The Association of University Professors of Neurology (AUPN) Program Directors Boot Camp is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, September 20.

The Evidence-based Medicine Toolkit program is sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and is endorsed by the Association of University Professors of Neurology (AUPN) and the American Neurological Association (ANA).

The program is supported in part by an unrestricted educational grant from Pfizer, Inc.

For more information, contact Amy Wallace at

Sign up today to ensure your space and hotel accommodations. The registration deadline is July 21.