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People and Poulations. (Image courtesy of James Forrester, Marathon Design.)
Highlights of this Course

We will teach you how to read and critique medical journal articles using examples from some of the most widely-read medical journals. To critique the medical literature you will need to understand the fundamentals of epidemiologic study design, the sources of bias, and the role of chance. Every discipline has its own jargon. we will cover the terminology used in clinical research, including the basic statistical jargon. The most important concepts are in the lectures and small groups provide you with an opportunity to apply what you have learned from the lecture material to actual medical journal articles.

Course Description

As future physicians you have an obligation to remain current in your field of practice and to treat patients according to generally accepted standards of care. To do this well you will need to read the medical journals that are considered the most important sources of new information in your field of medicine. The primary purpose of this course is to teach you the skills to read, understand and critique the medical literature.

Please note that the course as presented here does not contain the full content of the course as taught at Tufts. The included content is based on material the Tufts faculty and instructors choose to include, as well as factors such as content preparation, software compatibility, and intellectual property and copyright restrictions.
Course Faculty
Janet, E.A. Forrester
Kwan Ho Kenneth Chui
Steven Cohen
Michael D. Kneeland
Alice Tang
David Tybor
1st year