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Introducing evidence based medicine in schools

The Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine presented at the Association for Science Education Annual Conference in Reading last week, as part of a new initiative aiming to introduce evidence-based medicine (EBM) into secondary science education.

The Evidence IN School TEachINg (EINSTEIN) programme is developing a suite of resources to enable secondary school educators to introduce key concepts of EBM into enrichment and enhancement activities outside the usual Key Stage 3 and 4 science curricula.

CEBM_ASEA seminar led by Professor Carl Heneghan, Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, introduced EBM to teachers and others. This was followed by a workshop facilitated by Dr Kamal Mahtani and Dr David Nunan, which gave teachers the opportunity to get hands-on with some of the pilot EBM secondary school resources and collaborate on developments of their own.

Professor Carl Heneghan said:

“We were really delighted by the reception we received at the ASE conference this year. There clearly is an appetite for evidence-based medicine in schools and I’m looking forward to working more closely with the contacts we made to develop our EINSTEIN programme.”

Pictured at the ASE Conference in Reading 
(left to right): Dr David Nunan, health researcher Dr Iain Chalmers, Professor Carl Heneghan, biology teacher Sarah Pannet-Lingfield and Dr Kamal Mahtani.

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