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Searching the Medical Literature
How and where to find the biomedical data you need
Huge amounts of scientific information are available in the public domain. Medical writers and researchers need to be able to access current reliable information in order to prepare good quality accurate documents. The aim of this workshop is to enable them:
- to understand the scope and limitations of the biomedical information available
- to determine how and where to obtain the information
- to identify reliable information sources
- to be more confident and effective in searching the internet and in developing and carrying out searches in MEDLINE and general search engines such as Google Scholar
The workshop discusses:
- Different types of biomedical data sources
- On-line databases and web sites
- The different database providers
- Types of information available from on-line databases
- How to choose the most relevant databases and web sites
- Developing search strategies
- Monitoring medical literature using “alerts”
- How to use Google Scholar effectively
- How to use PubMed to search MEDLINE
Participants will have the opportunity to develop their own search strategy and to test it out using Medline and Google Scholar during the training. It should, however, be noted that detailed information on how to conduct complex searches in specific databases, including MEDLINE, is outside the scope of this workshop.
Alison Rapley has worked in the Pharmaceutical Industry for over 30 years. She has degree in physiology and biochemistry and a postgraduate diploma in library and information studies. She began her career as a medical information specialist and continued to provide medical information to clients and colleagues whilst working as a medical writer, manager and finally director in the Medical Writing department of PAREXEL, a large Contract Research Organisation. Alison has provided training in Medical Writing and Medical Information throughout her career. She has been an EMWA workshop leader since 2001, is currently a member of their Education and Professional Development Committee and was President from May 2016 – 17. Since leaving PAREXEL in 2014, Alison has been providing freelance training to clients worldwide.
This course will be of use to all medical researchers and writers who need to obtain specific medical information in order to complete their writing tasks or keep track of the most recent published scientific literature.
Participants need to be familiar with the basics of scientific/clinical research. No previous experience of literature searching is required.
Training will be in the form of an interactive workshop. It will include presentations, group exercises and handson searches of MEDLINE and Google Scholar. Attendees are expected to bring a computer in order to access the Internet during the training.
At your arrival you will find our Staff at the Welcome Desk to greet and make you feel welcome and as comfortable as possible, providing direction and all information about the meeting, seating, refreshments.
Coffee breaks and lunch will provide a pleasant moment of refreshment. Special care about the food quality, in particular to your dietary needs or preferences, from menus of local products and flavors to vegetarian dishes.
Limited number of participants to encourage networking and discussion.
All our training facilities are safe, healthy, comfortable, aesthetically-pleasing, and accessible. They are able to accommodate the specific space and equipment needs of the training program.
Depending on the seating configuration, the room may accommodate lecture-style instruction or encourage interaction in the form of roundtable discussions. Equipped for audio/visual, Free Wi-Fi to allow everyone to connect with just one click, electric sockets.
All the information necessary for learning during the course is provided. It is recommended to bring your PC to take notes (even directly on the slides provided in PDF format). The environment is important to us and that's why we try to make this meeting an experience of environmental sustainability.
Early Bird: € 880,00* (until 7 May 2020)
Ordinary: € 990,00*
Freelance - Academy - Public Administration**: € 490,00*
* for Italian companies: +22% VAT
**Early Bird discount not applicable to Freelance – Academy – Public Administration fee
The fee includes: tuitions, teaching materials, lunches and coffee breaks, organizational office assistance, attendance certificate.
Thursday, May 7, 2020
At the end of the training, you will be able to
Understand the scope and limitations of biomedical data available
Determine how and where to obtain the information
Identify reliable information sources
Be more confident and effective in searching the Internet and in developing and carrying out searches in MEDLINE and general search engines such as Google Scholar