Introduction to Pubmed

Des Moines, IA US
April 18, 2016

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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 as well as save and share 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:

  • Discover content of Pubmed
    • Citations and abstracts
    • Full text journals and the Library
    • PubMed Central and NIH open access policy
  • Summarize search strategy techniques 
    • Punctuation, truncation, phrase searching, wildcards, Boolean operators and nesting
  • Summarize best practices in author searching
    • Discuss the importance of ORCID
  • Discuss best practices for subject searching
    • Discover how PubMed processes terms using Automatic Term Mapping (ATM)
    • Evaluate the Search Details feature to learn how PubMed processes your search
    • Recognize MeSH (medical subject headings)
  • Identify how to filter search results based on evidence based practice principles
    • Article types
    • Age
    • Gender
    • Dates
    • Language
  • Identify how to manage your results
  • Identify how to temporarily save results using the clipboard.
  • Practice how to utilize interlibrary loan
  • Identify how to link to bioinformatics databases by NCBI
  • Utilize features of MyNCBI
    • Save and share search strategies and collections
    • Set up your My Bibliography to report compliance to eRA commons
    • Discuss My SciENcv and how to create a biosketch
  • Identify how to locate 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.

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)™.

Professional Competencies

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

  • COMPETENCY DOMAIN 3: Application of Knowledge for Osteopathic Medical Practice
    • MEASURABLE OUTCOMES FROM REQUIRED ELEMENT 3.1 The candidate demonstrates the ability to: 
      • 3.1.3 Use medical informatics to attain and enhance knowledge and skills
      • 3.1.4 Identify and apply medical evidence contained in medical literature
  • COMPETENCY DOMAIN 4 Practice-Based Learning and Improvement in Osteopathic Medicine
    • MEASURABLE OUTCOMES FROM REQUIRED ELEMENT 4.2: The candidate demonstrates the ability to: 
      • 4.2.2 Conduct a systematic review of literature on specific research or clinical topics.
    • MEASURABLE OUTCOMES FROM REQUIRED ELEMENT 4.7: The candidate demonstrates the ability to: 
      • 4.7.1 Use information technology, including the Internet, to manage and access online medical information.

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

  • L11.4 Conducts Research to Maintain Knowledge
  • L11.5 Is Recognized as a User of Best Practices: Establishes ongoing systems or habits to get information

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

  • Practice-based Learning & Improvement: utilize information technology to manage information, access medical information, and support their own education ​
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: 
04/18/2016 - 12:00pm CDT
Event ends: 
04/18/2016 - 1:00pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Munroe 101
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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