Bachelor's degree in Obstetrics (to qualify as an obstetrician)


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Name of lecturer
Andrea Sboarina
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
2° ANNO 1° Semestre CLO dal Oct 1, 2018 al Nov 18, 2018.

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Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to provide the student with basic knowledge on biomedical studies, bibliometric analysis and the main IT tools for bibliographic research, making he/she autonomous in the search for literature through the use of specialized journal web sites, multidisciplinary databases (eg Web of Science and Scopus) and biomedical database (eg Medline and Cochrane Lybrary). The skills and knowledges acquired will be useful both for the preparation of the thesis and in a perspective of lifelong learning.

• Introductory notions to evidence-based medicine
• Knowledge of the main types and designs of biomedical studies
• Fundamental knowledges for searching publications through IT tools
• Basic knowledge on bibliometric analysis
• Knowledge of the main databases and / or web sites used in the research of biomedical literature

• Set up an effective research strategy with IT tools
• Search for a specific publication
• Search for publications related to one or more authors
• Calculation of the main bibliometric indices
• Perform a search by type or design of the study
• How to increase the sensitivity or specificity of bibliographic research


1. Introduction to Evidence-based Medicine
2. Basic concepts for searching online literature
3. Identification of publications, sources, authors
4. Introduction to bibliometric analysis
5. Research for specific publications (Exercise)
6. The search for publications related to one or more authors (Exercise)
7. The calculation of the main bibliometric indices (Exercise)
8. The classification and design of biomedical studies
9. The research of primary studies (Exercise)
10. The research of secondary studies (Exercise)
11. The search for guidelines (Exercise)

The course includes both theoretical lessons and practical exercises (in the computer room) to achieve the expected knowledges and skills .

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Paolo Chiari, Daniela Mosci, Enrico Naldi, Centro Studi EBN Evidence-Based Clinical Practice - La pratica clinico-assistenziale basata su prove di efficacia (Edizione 2) Mc Graw Hill 2011

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam consists of two written tests aimed to verify the degree of learning of the knowledges and skills which are the goal of the course. One test (mainly aimed to verify the student skills) will consist of exercises that can be solved using a computer connected to the university network. The other test (mainly aimed to verify the student knowledges) will be part of the global exam of the teaching, and will consist of questions with free-text answers and multiple choice questions. Each exercise /question of both tests will be associated with a score (reported in the text of the exam). The maximum score achievable for each test is 16 points. In order to pass the course the student must obtain a minimum score of 9 points in each test.
The final grade corresponds to the sum of the scores obtained in the two tests up to a maximum of 30. In order to obtain the grade of excellence (30 cum laude) the student should provide correct and comprehensive answers for all the questions of the two tests (the sum of the scores obtained for the two tests should be 32 points).

The student can take every exam session and he can take it again as many time as he/she like (within the end of academic year).
The student, that have achieved a positive evaluation to a single test, must communicate to the professor if he/she accepts the evaluation or , at the contrary, he/she want to repeat the test.
If the student take the test again, delivering the answers to the professor, the evaluation of the previous test will be lost definitively.

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