McMaster Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Workshops

Testimonials

What our participants had to say ...

2013

“I am a chiropractor who has participated in the EBCP Workshop at McMaster for the past 5 years. I am an educator and a clinician. My experience at McMaster has helped me grow tremendously in both those roles.

The skills I’ve gained at McMaster have enhanced my practice and rejuvenated my teaching. My growing understanding on how to acquire, appraise and use evidence to benefit my patients has brought clarity to my day to day practice. My teaching has shifted to be highly learner centered where I function as a facilitator of learning rather than a teacher of facts.

The McMaster program has been of tremendous value to my institution in its efforts to instill the concepts of evidence-based clinical practice in all aspects of the curriculum. So far we have sent 19 of our faculty to the workshop with 4 attending more than once. We have every intention of continuing to send faculty in the years to come.

Evidence is a universal language that cuts across disciplines and professions. EBCP is always focused on what benefits the patient. My profession is considered alternative and complementary but is slowly moving into mainstream. I have no doubt that preparing chiropractors to use the skills of EBCP will only enhance patient care and facilitate professional integration.”

John Stites DC, DACBR, FACO
stites_j@palmer.edu

“EBCP- A mother pearl in our midst!

Dear surgical colleagues (current and in the nearby future), Dr Algird and myself just finished a weeklong intensive Evidence-Based Clinical Practice (EBCP) right here in McMaster which was handled by superb experts in the field. I have always endorsed to everyone in my entire professional life, the microvascular anastomosis course at the Univ of Zurich lab which was started by one of the two internationally acclaimed neurosurgeons of the century, Prof Yasargil.

This EBCP course should be ranked in the same accolade! Truly, the experience and the knowledge I got through the interactions with other surgeons and a non-surgeon (within our small group) facilitated by extremely magnificent surgeons-tutors, are far beyond my expectations. I am sure, Munder and the rest of the participants from all around the world (US, Europe, Asia, MidEast, Africa, in and around Mc) had the same appreciation and enrichment.

I will strongly recommend that all of us should at one point in our professional career, much better for residents at their initial year, to participate in this 'mother of pearl' course right in our midst!

Just like the Zurich course, it is not only for us, but for the benefit of our clients/patients we pledge to give them the best (care and management) for they should receive the best!”

Ben Baronia, MD
baronia@mcmaster.ca

“As a practicing surgeon the EBCP workshop was an immensely useful and enjoyable experience. It was a compete evidence based immersion for 1 week in a highly stimulating and enjoyable format. In a few short days I feel I made dramatic improvements in my understanding and daily application of the evidence into my practice and academic pursuits. I plan to attend several more times in my career. As testament to the value of the course I was impressed by how many novice and expert evidence based practitioners attended the workshop on a repeated basis. Thank you to the EBCP coordinators.”

Participated in a Surgery small group.

Colin Schieman, MD
schiemc@mcmaster.ca

“As an educator I sometimes struggle with how best to teach EBCP. I went to McMaster hoping to develop some new skills for teaching my students and to work on my own content expertise. I came away from the workshop with that and more. I was so impressed with the safe environment in which we all practiced our teaching skills and tried out now things. In our group we were encouraged to step out of our comfort zones and try something new. The large group sessions always gave me something to think about and teaching tips to try at home. I especially appreciate the multidisciplinary atmosphere.

I hope I get the chance to come back again.”

Robert M. Rowell, DC, MS
robert.rowell@palmer.edu

“The 2013 evidence based medicine course at McMaster University was an excellent learning experience.
The direct application to surgery and my specialty of orthopedic surgery was quite useful. Our small surgery group allowed all of us to discuss and reinforce our understanding of EBM.
The Chairman of the Orthopedic Department, Dr. Mohit Bhandari and his colleague Dr. Brad Petrisor were outstanding in our small group. Thanks again for a great course. Let me know if I can help.”

Participated in a Surgery small group

Tom Reinsel, MD
reinselt@health.missouri.edu

 
2012

“I found the intellectual environment to be very collegial, but also very rigorous. It was the perfect complement to my prior experience in EBM, providing both practical tools and renewed enthusiasm to effectively teach EBM in my chief residency and beyond.”

Timothy Ashley
Timothy_Ashley@URMC.Rochester.ed

"Le cours sur la médecine factuelle offert par McMaster est une expérience inoubliable qui changera à tout jamais votre façon de pratiquer et enseigner la médecine. Ce cours organisé par les fondateurs du mouvement EBM vous initiera aux bases de la médecine factuelle et vous permettra de mieux comprendre la littérature scientifique."

"The course on evidence-based medicine offered by McMaster is an unforgettable experience that will change HOW YOU PRACTICE AND TEACH MEDICINE forever." "This course organized by the founders of the EBM movement will introduce you to the foundations of evidence-based medicine and will help you better understand the scientific literature."

Participated in a French group

Patrick Archambault
patrick.m.archambault@gmail.com

“This was the most helpful conference I have ever attended. I wasn't sure what to expect, and was quite anxious about the topic. I left feeling like EBCP was within my grasp, and excited to design a new EBM curriculum for our resident trainees.”

Elise Berlan
Elise.Berlan@nationwidechildrens.org

“The experience was very positive and we gained a lot from this workshop. I have shared this experience with many colleagues here in Toronto and with a friend in Montréal. I encouraged them to participate in this workshop next year.”

Ameen Omair
ameen1400@yahoo.com

"Indeed enjoyable and a good learning experience."

Martina Mookadam
Mookadam.Martina@mayo.edu

"The experience was very positive and we gained a lot from this workshop. I have shared this experience with many colleagues here in Toronto and with a friend in Montréal. I encouraged them to participate in this workshop next year."

Ameen Omair
ameen1400@yahoo.com

2011

“A great workshop in which you gain a lot of knowledge in Evidence Based Medicine, and the understanding on how to apply that knowledge to clinical practice.”

James D. Strange
JStrange@uws.edu

 

"My experience as a librarian participant in the How To Teach Evidence-Based Clinical Practice workshop at McMaster University was challenging, invigorating, thought-provoking, and rewarding. I came in with basic EBCP knowledge and minimal teaching experience and left with a deeper understanding of EBCP concepts and a greater understanding of how to teach those concepts effectively. Now I get to put what I learned into practice! It was an enriching experience that I would recommend to anyone who is teaching or will be teaching Evidence-Based Clinical Practice."

Edith Starbuck
STARBUEM@ucmail.uc.edu

“Indeed enjoyable and a good learning experience.”

Martina Mookadam
Mookadam.Martina@mayo.edu

Farouk Mookadam
Mookadam.Farouk@mayo.edu

"The "How to Teach EBM" workshop at McMaster University was one of, if not the best, medical meeting I have attended in my 20 years of clinical practice. What made this workshop so good was the clear focus on how to teach EBM concepts and the use of small group learning experiences to solidify key EBM concepts. I was in one of the family practice groups and we had outstanding tutors and an excellent tutor trainee. We had a wonderful mix of medical providers and pharmacists as well as an excellent librarian resource. The collegial attitude amongst our group members was a key element in making the experience a success. This workshop was just that - a workshop i.e. heavy on participation in the small group sessions through developing presentations on key EBM concepts and presenting these to our group. Overall, an excellent workshop and one I would highly recommend to colleagues."

Jim Ferguson
jferguson@pacificu.edu

“The week was intense, diving into detailed information on evidence-based research applicability, innovative teaching methods, in an incredibly invaluable inter-professional and inter-disciplinary setting. With this efficient and intense protocol, we streamlined our learning and processing of vast amounts of material. The week concluded with excitement!”

Barbara Mansholt
barbara.mansholt@palmer.edu

“It was a great way to meet people in my field and hear their pearls for teaching EBCP at the bedside. The McMaster course brings challenging topics to life with hands-on learning techniques and chance to meet some of the greatest minds in medicine.”

David Kessler
drkessler@gmail.com

 

"A great workshop in which you gain a lot of knowledge in Evidence Based Medicine, and the understanding on how to apply that knowledge to clinical practice."

James D. Strange
JStrange@uws.edu

2010

“A great experience! A strong advice not to miss this excellent opportunity of learning EBM”

Seham M. Hassonah
sehamh@yahoo.com

 

"A great experience! A strong advice not to miss this excellent opportunity of learning EBM"

Seham M. Hassonah
sehamh@yahoo.com

“I attended this workshop three times in a row so far. Every time, I learned something new that I incorporated in my teaching or practice.”

Hassan Murad
Murad.Mohammad@mayo.edu

 

"The Teaching EBCP workshop at McMaster is great! You get to spend an entire week with individuals from around the globe who share a common interest with you. I learned several new, clever techniques for teaching EBCP to my learners."

Elizabeth Paesch
epaesch@gmail.com

“Workshop participants get clear guidance and lots of practice doing exercises that develop teaching and critical thinking skills. Tutors are very experienced and combine a relaxed atmosphere with rigorous instruction. Group learning adds variety of ideas and approaches that really help to explain concepts. Learned a lot and enjoyed it all.”

Pat Lee
pat.lee@doctorsns.com

 

"Indeed enjoyable and a good learning experience."

Farouk Mookadam
Mookadam.Farouk@mayo.edu

"It was a great way to meet people in my field and hear their pearls for teaching EBCP at the bedside. The McMaster course brings challenging topics to life with hands-on learning techniques and chance to meet some of the greatest minds in medicine."

David Kessler
drkessler@gmail.com

“This is a great way to be immersed in evidence based medicine and to have a focused learning environment. The tutors tailor the small group sessions to the interests of the students, creating an opportunity for targeted growth.”

Dawn Dziuba
ddziuba@wulaw.wustl.edu

"Workshop participants get clear guidance and lots of practice doing exercises that develop teaching and critical thinking skills. Tutors are very experienced and combine a relaxed atmosphere with rigorous instruction. Group learning adds variety of ideas and approaches that really help to explain concepts. Learned a lot and enjoyed it all."

Pat Lee
pat.lee@doctorsns.com

"I found the intellectual environment to be very collegial, but also very rigorous. It was the perfect complement to my prior experience in EBM, providing both practical tools and renewed enthusiasm to effectively teach EBM in my chief residency and beyond."

Timothy Ashley
Timothy_Ashley@URMC.Rochester.ed

"This is a great way to be immersed in evidence based medicine and to have a focused learning environment. The tutors tailor the small group sessions to the interests of the students, creating an opportunity for targeted growth."

Dawn Dziuba
ddziuba@wulaw.wustl.edu

"The "How to Teach EBM" workshop at McMaster University was one of, if not the best, medical meeting I have attended in my 20 years of clinical practice. What made this workshop so good was the clear focus on how to teach EBM concepts and the use of small group learning experiences to solidify key EBM concepts. I was in one of the family practice groups and we had outstanding tutors and an excellent tutor trainee. We had a wonderful mix of medical providers and pharmacists as well as an excellent librarian resource. The collegial attitude amongst our group members was a key element in making the experience a success. This workshop was just that - a workshop i.e. heavy on participation in the small group sessions through developing presentations on key EBM concepts and presenting these to our group. Overall, an excellent workshop and one I would highly recommend to colleagues."

Jim Ferguson
jferguson@pacificu.edu

"Comment: The "How to teach EBM" workshop was one of the most exciting experiences I went through as a teacher of EBM. I found this workshop to be a unique opportunity to learn how to teach from experienced people on the subject and how to deal with the challenges we face as EBM teachers. Not only were the daily small group sessions unique opportunities to learn, but the high quality presentations in the large group sessions were very informative."

Carlos Gonzalez Malla
acordatedemimail@gmail.com

 

"I attended this workshop 3 times in a row so far. Every time, I learned something new that I incorporated in my teaching or practice."

Hassan Murad
Murad.Mohammad@mayo.edu

"This was the most helpful conference I have ever attended. I wasn't sure what to expect, and was quite anxious about the topic. I left feeling like EBCP was within my grasp, and excited to design a new EBM curriculum for our resident trainees."

Elise Berlan
Elise.Berlan@nationwidechildrens.org

"Comment: 2009 Participant and 2010 Tutor Trainee - highly recommended experience."

Darcy Vavrek
DVavrek@uws.edu

"The week was intense, diving into detailed information on evidence-based research applicability, innovative teaching methods, in an incredibly invaluable inter-professional and inter-disciplinary setting. With this efficient and intense protocol, we streamlined our learning and processing of vast amounts of material. The week concluded with excitement!"

Barbara Mansholt
barbara.mansholt@palmer.edu