PubMed: Search Essentials

Des Moines, IA US
July 14, 2015

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This course is part of the Des Moines University Library Nerdfest Series.

Target Audience

Des Moines University faculty and staff. 


This class will introduce you to the key elements you and your students need to know to help you accomplish your clinical, research, and educational goals.  

PubMed provides free access to MEDLINE®, the NLM® database of indexed citations and abstracts to medical, nursing, dental, veterinary, health care, and preclinical sciences journals. This class will cover the essential skills you need to know in order to create effective search strategies and save your data.

Learning Objectives

By the end of class participants will be able to independently explain key concepts and/or perform the following skills as indicated by the observation of the instructor and student’s self‐assessment:

  1. Define the difference between Medline & PubMed.
  2. Embryology Lesson: Describe the creation of records in PubMed.
  3. Anatomy Lesson: Discover & apply MeSH (medical subject headings) to a PubMed search.
  4. Physiology Lesson: Discover how PubMed processes a search using Automatic Term Mapping (ATM).
  5. Summarize the elements of creating a PICO question and how it relates to searching PubMed.
  6. Summarize how search strategy techniques are different in PubMed versus Ebsco, Proquest, & Scopus.
  7. Demonstrate how to build an effective PubMed search based on the lessons learned from the Anatomy & Physiology modules of the training.
  8. Identify how to filter search results based on evidence based practice principles.
  9. Practice how to obtain full text or utilize interlibrary loan.
  10. Identify how to locate further training materials from the National Library of Medicine ( and the DMU library (


Hines, Rebecca-58422

Rebecca Hines, MLIS
Education Librarian, Des Moines University

Ms. Hines indicated she has no financial relationships to disclose relevant to the content of this CME activity.

Professional Competencies

ACRL Information Literacy

  • Standard Two: The information literate student accesses needed information effectively and efficiently (2, 3, 4, 5)

Fundamental Osteopathic Medical Competency Domains: Guidelines for Osteopathic Medical Licensure and the Practice of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Application of Knowledge for Osteopathic Medical Practice (3.1.3, 3.1.4, 3.2.2, 3.2.3)
  • Practice‐Based Learning and Improvement in Osteopathic Medicine (4.2.2, 4.3.1, 4.3.2, 4.3.3, 4.7.1)
  • Professionalism in the Practice of Osteopathic Medicine (6.5.1, 6.5.4, 6.5.6)

Curricular Guide for Podiatric Medical Education ‐ AACPM Council of Faculties 2014 Edition

  • Epidemiology (13)

National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) Health Leadership Competency Model

  • Information Seeking (L11.4, L11.5)

The American Physical Therapy Association 2014 Strategic Plan

  • Effectiveness of Care Goal 1.b
  • Professional Excellence Goal 3.c

The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants: Competencies for the Physician Assistant Profession

  • Practice‐Based Learning and Improvement

Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health: MPH Core Competency Model

  • Communication and Informatics

Continuing Education Credit

  • DPM: Des Moines University (DMU) is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. DMU has approved this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 continuing education contact hour(s).
  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and approves this live activity for 1.0 AOA Category 1-A CME credit(s).
  • Other: This live activity is designated for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

No commercial interest provided financial support for this continuing education activity.

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Library Appy Hour - 2 remaining Friday's in July from 2-3pm in SEC #281

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 1­A
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 CPME
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
07/14/2015 - 9:00am CDT
Event ends: 
07/14/2015 - 10:00am CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
SEC #115
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 1­A
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 CPME


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