Resident Seminars in Clinical Epi (RSCE)


The goals of the Resident Seminars in Clinical Epidemiology are to:
  • Improve the care of a specific patient by posing and answering a patient-based clinical question.
  • Gain skills in developing and answering a patient-based clinical question.
  • Practice skills in critical appraisal of the medical literature.
  • Develop skills in leading seminars for colleagues
  • To formulate a patient-based clinical question about diagnosis, prognosis, or therapy.
  • To conduct a literature search and identify 2 relevant scientific articles answering the patient-based clinical question
  • To critically appraise the 2 articles, present to colleagues, and state how the evidence has an impact on your clinical practice
  1. Formulate a clinical question (with colleagues/preceptors/AMR leaders) about a patient seen in clinic during the current or prior General Medicine month about whom you have a clinical question about diagnosis, prognosis, or therapy.
  2. Submit the clinical question to RSCE leader 5 days prior to seminar
  3. Conduct Pub-Med search to identify 2 relevant articles; send name of article/abstract to faculty member leading your Resident Seminar by no later than 3 days prior to seminar.
  4. Critically appraise 2 articles, using attached critique sheets.
  5. Present a critical appraisal of the 2 articles to colleagues during a 40 minute seminar.
Guidance on how to lead a RSCE:
  1. 1 minute patient presentation 
  2. State clinical question 
  3. Review 2 articles – (with critique sheets)
    1. 15-20 minutes on the first article
    2. 10-15 minutes on the second; highlight similarities and differences in the population, methods, and results to the first article
  4. Lead 5-10 minute discussion discussing implications for specific patient. 
    1. How do the study population and methods compare to your patient/our resources at CHCC?
    2. How do the results of this literature affect your patient care?



Critical evaluation of a treatment article
Critical evaluation of a prognosis article
Critical evaluation of a diagnosis article