How to do a systematic review in education: an introduction

Date: 02/19/2014 – Speaker: David Cook Prof: Medicine-MD – Country: US

About the Presenter

David A. Cook, MD, MHPE is Professor of Medicine and Medical Education in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, a Consultant in the Division of General Internal Medicine, and Director of the Office of Education Research. He is currently an associate editor / editorial board member for the journal Advances in Health Sciences Education. Dr. Cook’s research interests include the theory and design of Web-based learning and other instructional technologies, the quality of medical education research methods and reporting, clinical reasoning, and assessment of clinical performance and clinical teaching. He has developed and studied multiple Web-based courses for residents and medical students, conducted several systematic reviews, presented at numerous national and international conferences, and published over 100 journal articles and book chapters on medical education topics. He also serves as a local leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He and his wife Jennifer are the parents of five incredibly wonderful children.

Description of the Webinar

This webinar will discuss the role of systematic reviews in medical education, and outline a 5-step approach to planning and conducing a systematic review. Using a recent systematic review of simulation-based medical education as a case study, we will consider situations in which a systematic review might be appropriate, and those in which other approaches to knowledge synthesis might be better. We will also discuss criteria by which to judge the rigor and completeness of a review. Advance preparation (review of assigned readings) will enable participants to maximize the value of their time. Ample time will be allowed for questions.


At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe strengths and weaknesses of systematic reviews, and explain when one might wish to conduct a systematic review
  2. Follow a 5-step process in planning and conducting a systematic review
  3. Appraise the quality of a published systematic review in terms of reporting completeness and methodological rigor.


I am a UK-trained Neonatologist working in Starship NICU in Auckland, New Zealand. I am a member of the Douglas Starship Simulation faculty and lead the simulation programmer in NICU. My key simulation interests include education, communication and patient safety. I have been an active member of IPSS since 2011, member of the Education Committee since 2012, am a past Co-Chair of the Education Committee (2017-2018) and a current member of the Board of Directors. In collaboration with others, I established the IPSS-INSPIRE Fellowship in 2018 and am on the working group leading this initiative. My vision for IPSS is to continue to support collaborative knowledge sharing and research development in the pediatric and perinatal simulation community. My wish for IPSS is to see an increasing number of non-physician members and to support and develop the ability of those still at the early stage of simulation.





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