Annual Assembly 2018

Annual Assembly





Evidence-Based Medicine Principles and Practice

Wednesday, October 24
2 pm-5 pm

Orange County Convention Center, Room W311EF, Level III

This course provides education in the fundamentals of evidence-based medicine (EBM), including history and definitions of EBM, how to critically appraise the literature and determine level of evidence, how to apply EBM principles and understand clinical practice guidelines (CPG) and appropriate-use criteria (AUC) recommendations are developed and drafted, and how these principles and methods permeate and influence the quality measurement and performance metric landscape. 

The course is comprised of didactic presentations followed by Q&A. Completion of this course meets the EBM training requirement for participation on all AAPM&R committees for which EBM training is strongly encouraged or required.   

This course is complimentary and no registration is required!


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand history and origins of evidence based medicine
  • Define evidence-based medicine, appreciating the importance of the integration of all three components in its practice: best research evidence, clinical expertise, and patient values.
  • Evaluate clinical value of research from an evidence-based perspective.
  • Define different types of studies, their strengths and limitations.
  • Determine levels of evidence and how they are applied based upon the type of clinical question being addressed.
  • Identify methodological weaknesses and how these weaknesses affect assignment of levels of evidence.
  • Understand EBM principles and GRADE methodology principles behind the drafting and development of CPG and AUC recommendations.
  • Understand Quality and Performance measurement landscape and EBM principles behind them.


Wednesday, October 24

2 pm-2:45 pm

History and Definitions of Evidence-Based Medicine
Joseph Hornyak

2:45 pm-3:30 pm

Critical appraisal of literature and determining levels of evidence
Marlis Gonzalez-Fernandez

3:30 pm-4:15 pm

CPG and AUC recommendations: How they are drafted and what they mean
Armando Miciano

4:15 pm-5 pm

Quality and Performance Measurement: EBM principles behind the landscape
Thiru Annaswamy

5 pm

Course Adjourns


Physicians and health professionals interested in evidence-based medicine principles and how it can be applied to everyday practice in PM&R. Completion of this course will fulfill AAPM&R committee member requirements for EBM training.


AAPM&R designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.