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Roles in practice: 1.6: Scholar

AR_SC 2: Critically evaluate information and its sources, and integrate best available evidence into practice

Networks: Scholar role support resources

A number of resources are available via Networks to:

  • Assist trainees meet the requirements of the revised scholar role competencies in the re-released curriculum
  • Assist Scholar Role Tutors and Supervisors of Training (SOTs) understand the requirements of the scholar role and provide support for trainees in this area.

The material includes self-paced e-learning modules as well as further reading and resources, which cover critical appraisal, clinical audit and learning and teaching.

Sections include:

  • Critical appraisal: designed to develop skills and knowledge required for trainees to undertake critical appraisal of an article or topic.
  • Clinical audit: designed to provide the necessary skills and knowledge required for trainees to commence the design of a clinical audit.
  • Learning and teaching: designed to develop the skills and knowledge required to teach practical skills and facilitate small group discussion.

 These resources can be accessed via Networks (College ID and password required)

Networks: Literature searching learning module

An in-depth introduction to literature searching. After completing this Scholar Role Support Resources module, participants will have sufficient knowledge to:

  • Undertake a literature search
  • Understand the concept of PICO when developing and defining a search strategy
  • Understand the significance of evidence-based practice
  • Comprehend the difference between a literature review and a systematic review

 This module can be accessed via Networks (College ID and password required): Critical appraisal > Literature searching

Additional literature searching help

The library has also developed a guide to help users conduct their own literature searches on specific topics, using specialised resources (including those available via the ANZCA library).

 Literature searching library guide

Articles of interest

ArticlesCook DA, Bordage G. Twelve tips on writing abstracts and titles: how to get people to use and cite your work. Med Teach. 2016:1-5. 

ArticlesHautz SC, Hautz WE, Feufel MA, Spies CD. What makes a doctor a scholar: A systematic review and content analysis of outcome frameworks. BMC Med Educ. 2016;16(1):119.

ArticlesHuria T, Palmer S, Beckert L, Lacey C, Pitama S. Indigenous health: designing a clinical orientation program valued by learners. BMC Med Educ. 2017;17(1): p.180.


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