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The primary objective of our research education program is train our students to be research “information masters” who can integrate the latest scientific evidence with patient preferences and clinical evaluation in healthcare delivery.

Northwestern has identified nine EIP competencies for its students which are addressed in the Foundations of Evidence-Informed Practice courses and in other courses in the program curricula.

We also hope to stimulate students’ interest in research and to create pathways for interested individuals to pursue CAM research careers. This is accomplished through the EIP Student Internships.

Evidence informed practice competencies

  1. Define Evidence-Informed Practice (EIP) and discuss its importance in health delivery
  2. Describe fundamental principles of research
  3. Describe non-research forms of healthcare evidence and information
  4. Critically appraise different forms of evidence
  5. Discuss the importance of research in one’s discipline, and its current status
  6. Efficiently find evidence-informed answers to specific questions
  7. Effectively apply relevant research evidence in practice in conjunction with patient preferences and clinical expertise
  8. Effectively use EIP to communicate with patients, other healthcare providers, third-party payers and others.
  9. Effectively participate in research in one’s field

Foundations of Evidence-Informed Practice courses

A course in Foundation of Evidence-Informed Practice is part of the required curriculum for students enrolled in Northwestern's chiropractic, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, and massage therapy programs.

Each course uses a blended approach of classroom and online presentations and activities to introduce students to the basic principles of Evidence-Informed Practice (EIP). EIP is an approach that integrates clinical findings, patient preferences, research and clinical experience (all important types of evidence) into the process of healthcare delivery. Students learn the strengths and limitations of each element of the model and how to use them together to enhance clinical decision-making and patient outcomes.

Evidence-informed practice internships

One of the goals of our EIP internships is to provide students hands on experience in using research in practice and to create interest in participating and conducting research.

Since its inception, Northwestern’s research department has encouraged students to play a role in its ongoing clinical research. Almost 50 students have participated in the implementation of CAM clinical research under the supervision of study investigators.

Several of these positions led to fellowships and careers in research. New internships have been created, and additional opportunities for students are in the development stage.

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine EIP Internship

This internship is designed to give students a unique opportunity to provide patient centered, evidence informed, traditional Chinese medicine care for long-term care residents in an allopathic setting.

Interns develop skills specific to treating the geriatric population in all stages of health and interfacing with allopathic professionals. They also have the opportunity to refine their evidence informed practice (EIP) skills by conducting research literature searches, incorporating research into clinical practice, and using outcome measures to optimize patient care.

Chiropractic EIP internship

For details regarding this internship opportunity, contact Dr. Linda Hanson at

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