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The Literature Searching module is designed to help medical communications professionals search for medical literature in order to satisfy requests for information not only from consumers and external health care professionals but also from internal colleagues.

Feedback from Our Participant(s)

I have found these modules to be indispensable for any individual in the role of a Medical Communications Professional (MCP) in the pharmaceutical industry, whether they be new to this role or a more seasoned colleague.  I recommend this program be incorporated into a Medical Communications training plan for all MCP team members, as it covers the foundation work processes of a MCP's role very nicely.  As a seasoned MCP myself, the modules were very helpful to identify how we are currently practicing, and where improvements could be made based on following the industry's best practices as it relates to medical communications.  Also of great value, the ability to earn ACPE credit as a pharmacist as well as the opportunity to receive a DIA Medical Communications Certificate upon completion of all 9 modules, really adds credence to embarking on this educational opportunity as a "no-brainer".

Featured topics

  • Medical literature search
  • Commercial and government databases use
  • Copyright basics

Who should attend?

New medical communications professionals

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to better perform the following functions:

  • Assess the query to formulate and iteratively develop a search strategy (with or without Boolean operators) to retrieve literature information useful in answering internal or external requests
  • Utilize a conceptual approach to drug- or device-focused literature searching to locate desired references as quickly as possible
  • Determine how to find literature-related sources, proprietary (available for a fee) and non-proprietary (available without cost in the public domain)
  • Recognize and apply basic copyright considerations

The module takes an average of 2.5 hours to complete. (Note that this is an average time. People learn at different rates, and they explore resources and examples at different paces.)

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