MSc EBHC: the Teaching EBM course was a life-changing experience
December 3, 2018
‘The TEBM module allowed me to apply all the EBM concepts and skills that I learned throughout the MSc…It truly empowered me to embody the spirit of docendo discimus: “by teaching we learn”.’
I believe that an important component in the continuous journey of self-development is to reflect on the source of certain pivotal decisions in one’s life. These decisive moments often unlock a plethora of opportunities and uncharted pathways that were once unimaginable. One of such critical decisions, in my case, was to formally embark in the graduate study of Evidence-Based Healthcare.
In my ultimate objective of pursuing the DPhil in Evidence-Based Healthcare, I first completed the MSc in Evidence-Based Healthcare to give me a solid and comprehensive background in the topic area. The MSc quickly began to open countless new opportunities for me, both academically and personally. It allowed me to serve as the MSc class representative and become involved with the Oxford Department for Continuing Education, the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, and the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine.
The MSc in EBHC is composed of two compulsory modules, four optional modules, and a dissertation. Students are able to choose modules from a wide selection of Evidence-Based Medicine subject areas, based on what is most relevant to their area of research or practice. I found that flexibility to be extremely useful in tailoring the academic experience to meet my learning needs, which allowed me to select the modules that best supported the skills I needed for my MSc dissertation and proposed DPhil area of study.
My final module was particularly transformational for me. I chose to finish the MSc coursework with the Teaching Evidence-Based Practice module, which is offered as a stand-alone workshop for those that teach EBM (TEBM), as an optional MSc module, and most recently as part of the new Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Evidence-Based Health Care. The TEBM module allowed me to apply all the EBM concepts and skills that I learned throughout the MSc and served as an important capstone in my learning. It truly empowered me to embody the spirit of docendo discimus: “by teaching we learn”.
The life-long friendships and academic relationships generated within the program are invaluable. I could share many examples but will focus on one in particular, involving Dr. Luis Eduardo Fontes and myself. Dr. Fontes and I met during the TEBM module last year and quickly became friends (partly because we share a similar background of being born in Brazil, as well as a passion for EBM). We quickly began collaborating on EBM projects, including the translation of EBM Critical Appraisal Tools to Portuguese. Most recently we have partnered with Brazilian leaders of EBM, major Brazilian universities, and Dr. David Nunan from the Oxford CEBM in order to launch the Oxford-Brazil EBM Alliance as a new Center for EBM Learning and Research, with our first official class scheduled to debut in the summer of 2019.
I look forward to continuing my EBM journey and building on the knowledge obtained during the program.
If you are interested in developing your knowledge and skills in Teaching Evidence-Based Health Care with us then check out the options available including our annual teach the teachers course which is also part of our new Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching EBHC commencing September 2019.