About McMaster UniversityMcMaster University, established in 1887, is located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The university has been recognized as one of only four Canadian universities ranked among the top 100 in the world (Academic Ranking of World Universities, August 2014, and Times Higher Education World University Rankings, October 2014). With well-established strengths in health-care, engineering, business, social-sciences, science, and humanities research and education, the University offers both students and professors exciting and unique opportunities for research, education, and collaboration.
Research ExcellenceMcMaster’s research strength is one of the University’s most prized assets. Home to some of the best minds and laboratories in the country, with research output rivalling universities more than twice its size, McMaster has a well-deserved reputation as a crucible of discovery and innovation. The Faculty of Health sciences maintains a reputation of research excellence with $133 million in research funding being overseen by health science investigators. McMaster’s core research community is comprised of individuals from around the globe: some 1,300 full time faculty (including clinicians from the Faculty of Health Sciences), approximately 4,000 graduate students, almost 300 post-doctoral fellows and hundreds of skilled technicians and research associates.
The Faculty of Health Sciences is committed to moving forward with discoveries that will improve medical knowledge and treatments for the people of Hamilton, Canada and beyond. In partnership with hospitals, government bodies and private enterprise, McMaster continually pursues medical breakthroughs and incorporates them into the practice of health care professionals. [1, 2]
InnovationProblem Based Learning: The University takes pride in a well-deserved reputation for pioneering world renowned learning strategies such as “Problem Based Learning”. Designed for use at McMaster though the medical school program in the 1960’s, PBL introduced an integrative curriculum that combined the study of basic sciences and clinical medicine using clinical problems in a tutorship system.  Since that time it has become a respected tool worldwide not only in medical schools but across learning disciplines to enhance the capacity of students to investigate and analyze complex problems, and to communicate clearly and effectively about them.
Evidence Based Medicine: In fewer than 20 years, evidence-based medicine (EBM) with its name and philosophy growing out of McMaster, has gone from a fledgling concept to the fundamental basis for clinical practice that is used worldwide. At the heart of EBM is a care and respect for patients. Conceptually, EBM involves three fundamental principles. First, optimal clinical decision-making requires systematic summaries of the best available evidence. Second, EBM provides guidance to decide whether evidence is more or less trustworthy. Third, evidence alone is never sufficient to make a clinical decision. Decision makers must always trade off the benefits and risks, burden, and costs associated with alternative management strategies and, in doing so, consider their patients’ values and preferences.
Clinical Practice Guidelines: The strength of McMaster researchers, who have secured their leading position in the field of health care, comprise a wealth of provided evidence and crucial contributions to the development of Evidence Summaries and Syntheses (including concepts of Meta-Analysis, Cochrane collaboration, and recently Network Meta-Analysis). The pioneering work done in those areas by McMaster faculty, together with careful application of EBM principles described above, has led McMaster to be part of almost all North American and major European Clinical Practice Guidelines.
The faculty involved in MIRCIM, both from McMaster and from other parts of the world, are all clinical practitioners who deal with day to day patient-centered challenges. This clinical experience is combined with training in various research methodologies and the application of research findings to direct patient care.
Continuing Health Sciences Education ProgramMcMaster University, Continuing Health Sciences Education Program is a leader in continuing professional development activities. We offer a range of services from consultations on educational design and development of programs that include conference and event planning. We specialize in working with our own Health Sciences Faculty to implement local, regional, provincial and national events for all healthcare professionals. We are fully accredited by The Committee on the Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) to provide CFPC Mainpro and RCPSC Maintenance of Certification (MOC) study credits for Continuing Medical Education.
We provide accreditation for:
- The College of Family Physicians of Canada
- The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
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- Section 3, Self Assessment
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3. Evidence-Based Medicine: A Short History of a Modern Medical Movement Ariel L. Zimerman, MD, PhD
About Medycyna PraktycznaMedycyna Praktyczna (Medicine in Practice) is a medical publishing house founded in 1991 in Kraków, Poland, by a group of physicians from the Jagiellonian University Medical College. Our objective is to provide a broad range of medical professionals as well as patients with current and verified medical knowledge. Boasting the reputation of a trusted and reliable source of information, Medycyna Praktyczna is the most widely recognized brand by the Polish medical community. An undisputed leader both in terms of the number of publications and collaborating authors, it has attracted a great community of readers and conference participants.
The Scientific Board of Medycyna Praktyczna comprises prominent experts in various medical fields from Poland and abroad.
An independent national survey has showed that over 95% of Polish physicians rely on the publications of Medycyna Praktyczna when making diagnostic and therapeutic decisions.
What we do1. Medical journals:
- Medycyna Praktyczna – 9 medical journals, which include a Polish monthly addressed to all physicians, with the highest circulation among professional medical journals in Poland, as well as an array of other journals covering different fields of medicine, such as paediatrics, surgery or obstetrics and gynaecology
- Polish Archives of Internal Medicine – an official journal of the Polish Society of Internal Medicine, published in English, with the impact factor of 2,121.
3. Electronic publications:
- a web portal MP Online (www.mp.pl), which contains a drug database and a number of topical, regularly updated websites (Diabetes Mellitus; Intensive Care; Medical Law; and many more)
- newsletter for physicians (sent 3 times a week)
- educational multimedia programmes for physicians
- websites with medical information tailored to patients
- an office administration software for physicians.
The spiritual patron of Medycyna Praktyczna is the late Professor Andrzej Szczeklik, who passed away in 2012. One of the most prominent Polish physicians and world-renowned scientists, for 20 years he closely collaborated with Medycyna Praktyczna. Professor Szczeklik was famous for his humanistic and holistic approach to medicine. The influence of his work has been reflected in a number of our initiatives, including:
- publications on ethics: a regular series of articles in Medycyna Praktyczna as well as books discussing ethical issues in medicine, addressed to both physicians and general readers
- an annual symposium “Ethical dilemmas in medical practice”
- a national literary contest for physicians, dedicated to the memory of Professor Andrzej Szczeklik.