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Teaching Evidence-Informed Decision Making using the concepts of Information Mastery.

Clinical Information Sciences has its roots in the collaboration between two medical educators, David Slawson and Allen Shaughnessy, that began more than 25 years ago. Concerned that the teaching of traditional evidence-based medicine did not help doctors incorporate the key concepts into their clinical practices, they developed Information Mastery to teach doctors and other health care professionals to make evidence-informed decisions in their day-to-day practice. Thousands of clinicians have attended Information Mastery workshops throughout the US and around the world, including Canada, Wales, England, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Spain, Denmark, and Hong Kong. Now they bring the same concepts to you and your learners via e-learning.

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About: About


Who We Are


David C. Slawson, M.D.

Course Co-creator

Dr. Slawson is the B. Lewis Barnett, Jr., Professor of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Chair of the Family Medicine Department of the Atrium Health Care System. Drs. Slawson and Shaughnessy were awarded the 2002 Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Innovative Program Award for their work together in developing the Information Mastery curriculum. Dr. Slawson is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Medicine and completed his postdoctoral training in Family Medicine at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Slawson is an honorary professor on the faculty of the University of Hong Kong and an international lecturer in evidenced-based medicine.  He and Dr. Shaughnessy developed the POEMS ™ [Patient Oriented Evidence that Matters] concept.


Allen F. Shaughnessy, PharmD, MMedEd

Course Co-creator

Dr. Shaughnessy is Professor of Family Medicine at Tufts University and Associate Director of the Master Teacher Fellowship at the Tufts Family Medicine Residency at Cambridge Health Alliance. He teaches the evidence-based medicine courses to medical students, physician assistant students, and family medicine and other residents. He has completed a faculty development fellowship and the federal government’s Department of Health and Human Services Primary Care Health Policy Fellowship. Dr. Shaughnessy has been active in research and evidence-based medicine, writing over 180 papers in the areas of pharmacology, family practice education, prescription writing, and evidence-informed decision making that have been published in journals such as JAMA, British Medical Journal and American Family Physician. He is the series editor for the American Family Physician’s STEPS series of new drug reviews. He has taught evidence-based medicine, information mastery, and evidence-informed decision making throughout the United States and in several countries.

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Advisory Board


Neal Maskrey, MD

Visiting Professor of Evidence-informed decision making, Keele University

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Nancy E. Dunlap, MD, PhD, MBA

Professor Emerita of Medicine and Scholar

Lister Hill Center for Health Policy, University of Alabama at Birmingham


Shepard Hurwitz, MD

Director, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professor of Orthopaedics, University of North Carolina School of Medicine

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Kristen Goodell, MD

Dean of Admissions

Boston University


Larissa Lucas, MD

Medical Director of Quality

CareDimensions Hospice and Palliative Care


Roland Grad, MD, CM, MSc

Professor, McGill University

Chair, Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care

Author of Look It Up! How People Benefit When Doctors, Nurses, and Pharmacists Search for Information

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