Can This Information Be Trusted?

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Medical students spend years mastering a well-developed curriculum of medical facts, the physical exam, and clinical skills.  And, since medicine is characterized by rapid turnover of critical information, it is essential that they learn the skills for identifying trusted information.


Karen Knight and Peter Ham

At the UVa School of Medicine, these skills are taught through the “Information Mastery/Information Sciences” thread that runs throughout the curriculum.  By linking their developing clinical knowledge with critical thinking skills, students are presented with a strategy for checking their information sources, prioritizing their reading, and talking with patients.

Students who develop Information Mastery skills can quickly locate valid and relevant answers to clinical questions from a broad range of ever-changing sources.    The skills will benefit them throughout their careers in patient care, management of healthcare resources, and contributions to the practice of medicine.

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