Posted on March 10, 2016
I have had a love for Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM), or Healthcare, or Practice – or whatever name is politically correct nowadays – since my second year of medicine, when I came to understand the importance of research.
It was through learning about research and its importance that I was introduced to EBM. Now, the idea that all practice needs to be built on evidence, and the concepts of finding, validating and applying that evidence, have shaped a lot of how I look at everything. From medicine to almost all of science. Critical appraisal, evidence, and shared decision making (yes, I am pushing shared decision making into EBM. I have written a blog for this, read here) have all become key concepts for me and things I hold quite dearly.
This is where Students 4 Best Evidence comes in…
S4BE have partnered up with Trip and have an amazing set of incentives for everyone who joins this community.
Trip is actually really cool. It’s basically a (really) beefed-up Pubmed(-ish) medical search engine.
Some S4BE Contributors are also active in keeping Wikipedia updated with the latest evidence. I’ve basically learnt about editing Wikipedia articles from my work with S4BE and now I’ve done quite a few edits on articles from WikiProject Medicine.
The Critical Appraisal Resource Library is another example of the things you can get into through being involved with S4BE. This is a project set up by Sir Iain Chalmers, with the help of some of the biggest names (and minds) in the EBM world, to collect and appraise available resources for EBM, and make them more accessible to the masses. This is one of the projects that we are up to at S4BE. Think this is interesting? Join up and get in touch to play a part.
So those are a few reasons to become an S4BE Contributor, some of the reasons closer to home follow.
S4BE has helped me find a social circle, a movement to be a part of. A place I come to find other similar minded people, share my thoughts, and get motivated to keep up to date and learn new and important things. S4BE has also proved invaluable in getting in touch with the pioneers of the EBM worldwide, meeting the people who lead this world and learning from them.
Holly who is now leaving to join the Cochrane Executive Team has been one of the driving forces behind the project alongside Martin at Cochrane UK (one of S4BE’s supporter organisations) who launched the idea of S4BE. There’s also my lovely compatriot Norah who was also the kind of Godmother of S4BE. We are now lucky enough to have Selena from Cochrane UK who is taking over the administration of S4BE. Getting to know these amazing people has been a great part of working with S4BE.
Finally, Students 4 Best Evidence is built for students by students, and if you get into this young it’ll stick. I always feel I carry EBM like a contagious disease, mode of transmission: a few words. Honestly, I have yet to preach EBM to anyone and have them not become believers.
I think everyone can get involved, understand it, absorb it, and go on to implement it as best their resources allow.
If you’d like to blog for Students 4 Best Evidence, register here.