Teaching Medline to Medical Students
I am very excited, starting with the new incoming class of medical students I will be teaching three one hour classes on Medline to the medical students. I have noticed that many of medical students coming to us were fairly unfamiliar with Medline (either PubMed or Ovid) and were really struggling to do research. After some questions and some gentle probing I learned that the students were not taught Medline in their first two years at school because they weren't doing the type of research that warranted using Medline. In their third and fourth years the medical students began hospital rotations and were on the medical school campus less frequently. However, this was also the time where they are expected to do a lot more in depth research and writing. From what I could tell, there was no formal training on how to do research once students entered into their third and fourth years. I was teaching them one at a time whenever I could get a chance, fifteen minutes here, a half hour there. But there was no official time to teach them and I was only able to reach the students who sought help.
Well now I am added to the education schedule! Instead of 15 minutes here and there, I get three classes for an hour each class. While I am a very excited about this, I am going to have to sit down and figure out what I want to teach them. My method of teaching Medline to the students has been more akin to speed dating, try and reach as many people as quickly as possible to make a connection. While it is definitely not the best method for teaching, they rarely had time for anything else and at least it got my foot in the door for follow up questions.
I thought I would ask what you would do and teach in three one hour classes on how to do Medline. What are things you have learned that work well, that don't work well? what are some good search questions that illustrate certain aspects of searching Medline? What about mini pre and post test to see how much they have learned? The table is open for discussion, feel free to post your thoughts. We can all benefit from the sharing of ideas.
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