Evidence-Based Medicine Training in US-based Physiatry Residency Programs

Thiru M. Annaswamy, John-Ross Rizzo, Amy Schnappinger, David Morgenroth, Julia Patrick Engkasan, Elena Ilieva, W. David Arnold, Mike Boninger, Bean Allison , Carmen Cirstea, Brad Dicianno, Michael Fredericson, Prakash Jayabalan, Preeti Raghavan, Lumy Sawaki, Pradeep Suri, Stacy J. Suskauer, Qing Mei Wang, Maryam Hossein, Christina Case John Whyte, Sabrina Paganoni,

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    Abstract

    While the physiatric community increasingly embraces Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM), the current state of EBM training for trainees in physiatry is unclear. The purpose of this article is to report the results of the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP)’s surveys of physiatry residency programs in the United States (US), to discuss the implications of their findings, and to better delineate the ‘baseline’ upon which sound and clear recommendations for systematic EBM training can be made. The two AAP surveys of US physiatry residency programs reveal that most survey respondents report that they include EBM training in their programs that covers the five recommended steps of EBM core competencies. However, while most respondents reported using traditional pedagogical methods of training such as journal club, very few reported that their EBM training used a structured and systematic approach. Future work is needed to support and facilitate physiatry residency programs interested in adopting structured EBM training curricula that include recommended EBM core-competencies and the evaluation of their impact.

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