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Literature Searching


Overview

This module is part of the Medical Communications eLearning Program (eight modules) and is designed to help medical affairs professionals search for medical literature in order to satisfy requests for information from consumers, external health care professionals, and internal colleagues. It contains current resources and the latest search strategies compiled by industry experts. This practical and useful information can be immediately applied to your daily work in medical affairs.

Featured topics

  • Identifying, assessing, and clarifying inquiries
  • Developing a search strategy
  • Selecting literature databases
  • Refining results and finalizing an inquiry
  • Sources of published references
  • Copyright considerations

Who should attend?

This program is designed for professionals involved in:

  • Medical affairs
  • Medical communications
  • Medical information
  • Medical writing
  • Field-based medical affairs support (i.e., medical science liaison)
  • Medical call center environment
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Clinical research
  • Professional education, training, and development
  • Document management/eSubmissions

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this module, learners should be able to:

  • Assess and clarify a request for medical information
  • Adequately identify the requester to provide an appropriate answer
  • Identify the search terms for the query
  • Differentiate the purposes and strengths among various literature references
  • Select appropriate references, indexes, and abstracts for a search
  • Refine the results of a search to finalize the inquiry
  • Record and report the results of a search
  • Identify sources of full-text copies of published information, both proprietary (available for a fee) and non-proprietary (available without cost in the public domain) where possible
  • Recognize and apply relevant copyright considerations when providing results

This module takes an average of 2.5 hours to complete.

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