Team-Based Learning of Evidence-Based Medicine: Screening

Publication ID Published Volume
9450 June 20, 2013 9


This Team-based Learning session is one of a series of five developed for a course called “Foundations of Evidence-Based Medicine” for first-year medical students. The resource includes Objectives, preparation assignments, slides for a brief in-class presentation, a quiz and application exercises. An Instructor's Manual is also included.

There is an extensive literature on teaching Evidence-Based Medicine to medical students. That literature informed the topics and emphases in this and earlier versions of our course: PICO questions, studies of treatment and of harm, and diagnostic test characteristics, with appraisal of biases, interpretation of statistics, and generalizability. The Team-Based Learning approach is being adopted in medical schools because of its emphasis on problem-solving rather than memorization. However, there are no published reports of using TBL to teach evidence-based medicine. These sessions were first used with a pilot group of students, then on two successive large classes as a required component of the clinical skills course.


Bedinghaus J, Nelson D. Team-based learning of evidence-based medicine: screening. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2013;9:9450.

Educational Objectives

  1. To define and identify examples of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention.
  2. To list and define the characteristics of an effective screening program.
  3. To identify bias and error in the evaluation of screening programs.
  4. To identify and evaluate the features of a high-quality systematic review.


  • Evidence-Based Medicine, Team-Based Learning, TBL, Systematic Review, Review, Screening, Lead Time Bias, Length Bias

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