Locating and Using Medical Information in the Digital Age


Internet Enduring Material Sponsored by the Stanford University School of Medicine. Presented by the Medical Lane Library and Knowledge Management Center at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Course Description

Given the proliferation of information and information tools, today’s practicing clinicians and nurses need to identify reliable medical information resources, effectively search those sources, and then manage the information that they find efficiently and appropriately. This course will have direct relevance and benefit to any health care provider who seeks efficient ways to apply the most recent evidence-based practices to their patients.

Intended Audience

This course is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians from a wide variety of specialties including primary care, family practice, and internal medicine as well as nurse practitioners and physician assistants.


Dates, Duration and Fee

  • Release Date: December 20, 2018
  • Expiration Date: December 20, 2021
  • Estimated Time to Complete:  1.50 Hours
  • CME Credits Offered: 1.50
  • Registration Fee: FREE

To Obtain CME Credits

  • Review the information below and complete the entire activity.
  • Complete the CME Post-test, CME Assessment Survey, and CME Activity Completion Statement at the end of the activity.
  • You must receive a score of 75% or higher on the post-test in order to receive a certificate. You will have two attempts to answer each multiple-choice question (or one attempt for questions with only two options) to pass the post-test.
  • Once you attest to completing the entire online activity and have scored 75% or higher on the post-test, your certificate will be generated automatically and will be available on your Dashboard page.
  • Physicians will be awarded AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. All other participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the principles of evidence-based practices, and demonstrate advanced skills in information and image retrieval and copyright-compliant usage.
  • Identify and efficiently utilize key resources for searching and retrieving reliable, authoritative medical evidence, and employ tools to create a personalized system for keeping current with the growing medical knowledge base.
  • Identify barriers to the practice of evidence-based medicine, and utilize tools for searching, locating and managing different types of medical information (e.g., literature, data, patient education materials, images)



Test Your Knowledge

Module 1: Improving Your Search Skills

Module 2: Managing Your Search Results

Module 3: Biomedical Images and Copyright

Module 4: Keeping up with the Latest Research

Course Wrap-Up

Resources and References



The following planners and authors have indicated that they have no relationships with industry to disclose relative to the content of this activity:

Henry Lee, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology)
Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital
Stanford University School of Medicine
Course Director, Author

Christopher Stave, MLS
Information Services Librarian
Lane Medical Library
Stanford University School of Medicine
Co-Course Director, Author

Jamie Gray, MLS
Director, Distributed e-Library
Weill Cornell Medicine Qatar

Colleen Chiahk, RN
Associate Director
Stanford Center for Continuing Medical Education

Nicole Capdarest-Arest, MA(LIS), AHIP 
Head of Blaisdell Medical Library 
University of California Davis 
Planner, Author

Heidi Heilemann, MA(LIS), AHIP 
Associate Dean for Knowledge Management, Director
Lane Medical Library
Stanford University School of Medicine



Technical Design and Development

Hardware/Software Requirements

  • Computer with Internet connection
  • Current version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari browser. You must have javascript enabled.

Accreditation and Designation of Credits

The Stanford University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Stanford University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM from organizations accredited by the ACCME. Please check with your state’s credentialing board for their requirements.

Commercial Support Acknowledgement

Stanford University School of Medicine has received and has used undesignated program funding from Pfizer, Inc. to facilitate the development of innovative CME activities designed to enhance physician competence and performance and to implement advanced technology. A portion of this funding supports this activity.


Cultural and Linguistic Competency

California Assembly Bill 1195 requires continuing medical education activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency. It is the intent of the bill, which went into effect July 1, 2006, to encourage physicians and surgeons, CME providers in the State of California and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to meet the cultural and linguistic concerns of a diverse patient population through appropriate professional development. The planners and speakers of this CME activity have been encouraged to address cultural issues relevant to their topic area. The Stanford University School of Medicine Multicultural Health Portal also contains many useful cultural and linguistic competency tools including culture guides, language access information and pertinent state and federal laws.

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Landhuis E. "Scientific Literature: Information Overload." Nature 2016;535(7612):457–8.

Sarah McGrew, Joel Breakstone, Teresa Ortega, Mark Smith and Sam Wineburg, Can Students Evaluate Online Sources? Learning From Assessments of Civic Online Reasoning, Theory & Research in Social Education, (1), (2018).

Phillip C Arceneaux and Lucian F Dinu, The social mediated age of information: Twitter and Instagram as tools for information dissemination in higher education, New Media & Society, 10.1177/1461444818768259, 20, 11, (4155-4176), (2018)


For a complete list, please view the References/Bibliography page in the Course.

©2018 Stanford University School of Medicine

Course Details

  • Ongoing registration for this self-paced course is available until: December 20, 2021 
  • Estimated Time to Complete: 1.50 hours
  • CME Credits Offered: 1.50
  • Registration Fee: FREE

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