ABCs of Evidence-based Medicine

Health care provider examines medical text

Course Overview

Evidence-based medicine skills are essential to providing patient care and managing population health. Participants in this online course will develop a methodical approach to practicing evidence-based medicine. This course will improve participants’ abilities to ask a well-constructed question, acquire evidence efficiently, appraise evidence comprehensively, and apply it to answer questions.  This course will also review study designs, biostatistical concepts, and common statistical tests used in the literature.

Target Audience

This course is designed for pharmacists looking to improve their literature evaluation skills.

Completion Requirements

70% overall average on four online assessments and completion of a verification form and course evaluation.

Registration for the Summer 2019 offering of this course is now closed. The next offering of this course is tentatively planned to begin in July 2020.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course successfully, you will be able to:

  1. Given a complex clinical scenario, outline a well-constructed question using PICO (population, intervention, comparison, outcome) format
  2. Apply a rational and methodical search strategy to select resources that are based on convenience, relevance, and validity of the resources
  3. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of different study designs. Module 2 (comprehension)
  4. Given a clinical scenario and question, determine the best study design to answer the question
  5. Explain key terms and basic statistical concepts used in scientific literature
  6. Interpret evidence using basic statistical concepts
  7. Define types of data
  8. Determine the statistical test to use for a given type of data and study design
  9. Identify when common statistical tests have been applied and interpreted appropriately or inappropriately
  10. Develop a methodical approach for appraising evidence that involves evaluating the relevance and validity of the evidence and the magnitude and significance of its findings
  11. Evaluate evidence to answer questions related to patient care and population health


Jody Lounsbery, Pharm.D., BCPS
Associate Professor
Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems
College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota

Shannon Reidt, PharmD, MPH, BCPS
Associate Professor
College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota

Director of Clinical Analytics
Optum Informatics & Data Science


ABCs of Evidence-based medicine is organized into five modules. During this aaplication-based online activity, materials will be released on a weekly basis. The five course modules consist of various instructional materials, including: presentations, self-evaluation questions, activities and discussions.

Participants will be required to pass (70% or better) four quizzes released throughout the activity and a cumulative written assignment.

Participants can log in and access the learning materials 24 hours/day-7 days/week, at their convenience. This activity totals 12 contact hours.

  • Module One: Asking Questions and Acquiring Evidence
  • Module Two: Appraising Evidence: Understanding Study Designs
  • Module Three: Appraising Evidence: Applying Study Design and Statistical Concepts
  • Module Four: Appraising Evidence: Comparing Groups with Statistical Tests
  • Module Five: Applying Evidence: Putting it All Together


Joint Accreditation logoIn support of improving patient care, University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The Universal Activity Number is JA0000810-0000-19-048-H04-P. This application-based online activity has been approved for 12 contact hours.

CE completion requirements
  • CE participants must be pharmacists.
  • Participants must complete activity content and 4 quizzes (passing with a 70% overall).
  • Following successful completion of the activity requirements, course evaluation, and a verification of completion form, participants will be able to access their CPE data directly from the Monitor. Once information is received by NABP, the tracking system will make CPE data for each participant available to the state boards of pharmacy where the participant is licensed or registered. Please allow 4 weeks after course completion for data to be complete.

Registration and Fees


Registration for ABCs of Evidence-based Medicine is currently unavailable. For more information about the next offering of this course, please contact the Continuing Pharmacy Education office at



Discounts are available for groups of two or more participants from the same institution.