of Evidence-Based Medicine
Evidence-based medicine (EBM) has been defined as "the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use
of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. The practice of
evidence based medicine means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available
external clinical evidence from systematic research."(1)
More recently it has been described as the "integration of best research evidence with clinical
expertise and patient values."(2)
EBM at UMMS
All medical school students receive instruction in EBM searching and interpretation of statistics within
their third year. Special EBM training sessions for other students or staff of UMMS/UMMHC may be
scheduled by contacting Len Levin at 508-856-6028.
1. David Sackett, et al. "Evidence
Based Medicine: What It Is and What It Isn't," BMJ 312, no.7023 (1996).
2. David Sackett, et al. Evidence-Based Medicine: How to Practice and Teach EBM (New York:
Churchill Livingstone, 2000), 1.