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Overview 

The Literature Evaluation module is designed to help the medical communications professionals effectively evaluate scientific literature. The module helps learners identify and provide relevant and reliable information to medical professionals regarding the use of a particular drug. Learn how to evaluate research on a drug to assess the information’s applicability and reliability.


I have found these modules to be indispensable for any individual in the role of a Medical Communications Professional (MCP) in the pharmaceutical industry, whether they be new to this role or a more seasoned colleague.  I recommend this program be incorporated into a Medical Communications training plan for all MCP team members, as it covers the foundation work processes of a MCP's role very nicely.  As a seasoned MCP myself, the modules were very helpful to identify how we are currently practicing, and where improvements could be made based on following the industry's best practices as it relates to medical communications.  Also of great value, the ability to earn ACPE credit as a pharmacist as well as the opportunity to receive a DIA Medical Communications Certificate upon completion of all 9 modules, really adds credence to embarking on this educational opportunity as a "no-brainer".

Featured Topics 

  • Scientific literature evaluation
  • Medical communications
  • Drug research analysis

Who Should Attend 

Medical communications professionals in the first three years of a medical communications position.

Learning Objectives 

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to better perform the following functions: 

  • Examine the purpose, key features and possible bias in a study abstract and introduction
  • Evaluate whether subjects in a study were appropriately selected, and are representative of the subjects who will receive the drug
  • Evaluate the internal validity of a clinical drug trial
  • Identify efficacy, safety, and effectiveness outcomes of a study
  • Recognize protocol deviations in a study
  • Identify missing data and evaluate Intention to Treat (ITT) analysis
  • Explain how data is described in a study
  • Explain how tables and graphs can be used effectively, but can also sometimes misrepresent data
  • Evaluate whether study results are objectively interpreted
  • Explain causal and non-causal relationships, and criteria for causality
  • Explain the role that population size, cause, strength, randomization, and generalizability play in determining the importance of a study

The module takes an average of 4.5 hours to complete. (Note that this is an average time. People learn at different rates, and they explore resources and examples at different paces.)

Special Offers 

Save 20 percent by purchasing the full Medical Communications eLearning Certificate Program. Get all nine modules for $1,960, a $490.00 savings compared to the total cost if each module is purchased separately. Save 15 percent on the purchase of two to eight modules.

Contact Information 

Linda Belmont, DIA
Phone +1.215.293.5818
Linda.Belmont@diahome.org

Technical Requirements 

Click here for minimum system requirements.

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Continuing Education 

The Drug Information Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The Drug Information Association designates this educational activity for up to 4.5 contact hours or .45 CEUs. 0286-0000-13-404-H04-P Type of Activity: Application


Drug Information Association has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102.

As an IACET Authorized Provider, Drug Information Association offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard. Drug Information Association is authorized by IACET to offer .5 CEUs for this program.

This module is part of DIA's Medical Communications eLearning Certificate Program. If you complete each module of the certificate program and receive a passing score of 80% on each module exam, you are eligible to receive the DIA Medical Communications Certificate.

Release Date: October 16, 2002
Reviewed and Updated: October 31, 2003
Reviewed and Updated: October 15, 2004
Reviewed and Updated: October 31, 2005
Reviewed and Updated: October 27, 2006
Reviewed and Updated: October 18, 2007
Reviewed and Updated September 30, 2010
Reviewed and Updated September 25, 2013
Expiration Date: September 25, 2016*

*Continuing education credit is available to participants who successfully complete the eLearning program before the expiration date. Once the continuing education credit expires, participants may not be able to receive continuing educations credits.

Name Credit Type Max Credits CEU
Literature Evaluation ACPE 4.50 0.450
Literature Evaluation IACET 4.50 0.500

Disclosure Policy:

It is DIA policy that anyone in a position to control the content of a continuing education activity must disclose to the program audience (1) any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest related to the content of their presentation and/or the educational activity, and (2) discussions of unlabeled or unapproved uses of drugs or medical devices. Disclosure statements will be included in the course materials.

Statement of Credit:

In order to receive a statement of credit (before the one year purchase expiration date and before the expiration date listed above), please review the entire module, complete the exam and evaluation form. You must receive a passing score of 80% or better to receive a statement of credit. Statements of credit will be mailed within one month of receipt of exam and evaluation form. Please note: If you do not complete the module, pass the module exam, AND complete the evaluation form, you will not receive a statement of credit.

Registration Fees 

Other Fees

Industry
$450.00
Group Discounts

The entire Medical Communications eLearning Certificate Program can be purchased at a 20% discount ($1960), which is a $490 discount from the price if each module were purchased individually. When purchasing modules from the Medical Communications eLearning Certificate Program:

  • 2-8 modules receives a 15% discount on each item
  • 9 modules receives a 20% discount on each item

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