Effective utilization of scientific research in clinical practice is an expectation in modern healthcare. The skills needed to efficiently acquire, interpret and apply research literature have not historically been part of the curriculum of many CAM academic institutions.

About the Conference
This 3-day program (July 9-11, 2015) is designed to provide CAM educators training in the principles, practice and teaching of Evidence-Informed Practice (EIP). The educational goals for the conference are ambitious, highlighting the skills of an active consumer of research. Two tracks are available: a teaching track aimed at classroom and clinic educators, and an administrative/curriculum development track. Registration is now closed.

The teaching track will cover foundational concepts such as hierarchy of evidence, research designs, systematic error, and EIP processes such as generating clinical questions, effective literature searching, critical appraisal, and appropriately applying results to patient care. Although there will be some lecture, the major mode of delivery will be through active learning methods with the focus on teaching in participants’ varying home institutions. The program will be highly practical and will equip participants with teaching tactics they can employ in their clinical learning environments.

The administrative/curriculum development track will blend basic EIP education with strategy development with the focus on institutional initiatives and cultural change. Administrative support is necessary to sustain any educational innovation or shift in practice habits and strategies are necessary to inculcate EIP principles into an institutions’ curriculum. This track will allow institutions to share initiatives that have worked in the past and develop future plans.

Funding Sources
Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by grant award numbers R13AT008642 and R25AT003580 from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (formerly National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine). The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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