Medical Literature: Searching for a Systematic Review (AMC PhD Program)

Information about the course Medical Literature: Searching for a Systematic Review.

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Searching for systematic reviews requires more complex and rigorous searching in order to minimize bias with an emphasis on high recall.

The goal of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the systematic review search approach, and to impact the skills needed to build a good basic search strategy. The goal is not to become a proficient information seeker and the assistance of an information specialist during a systematic review process is still recommended (see content).


The course runs three times a year. The course takes 2 to 2.5 hours.


  • Lecture 'searching for a systematic review': identification of databases and concepts to search, the use of methodological search filters, how to build complex searches using MeSH and textwords, and the documentation of your search.
  • Analysis of published search strategies (small group exercise).
  • Setting up a broad search in PubMed (computer workshop).
  • Short demo of a search in Embase using the Ovid interface to illustrate the difference with PubMed.

Recommended follow up courses:
Embase-Medline via Ovid and/or PsycInfo via Ovid. Matches perfectly with the course Clinical Epidemiology 4: Systematic Reviews.

Compulsary experience:

    Scheduled dates:

    • tba

      Target Audience:

      AMC PhD candidates in the process of performing or planning a systematic review. Students should have sufficient search experience and good knowledge of search techniques (see format).


      A participation certificate is issued. Attendance is registered.

      Study load:

      2.5 hours, which is comparable to 0.1 ECTS points.

      Number of participants:

      Maximum 8 per course.


      No charge for registered AMC PhD candidates.

      Course coordinator:

      F.S. van Etten-Jamaludin / Medical Library / / tel. +31 (0)20 - 566 7666.

      More information:

      From the course coordinator or AMC Graduate School / / E2-172 / tel. +31 (0)20 - 566 4618.


      AMC Graduate School
      Tel: +31 (0)20 - 566 3108