Critical thinking is a subject matter that has been discussed by philosophers and scientists for thousands of years.
Many definitions have been proposed to describe this concept, which ultimately is a process of recognizing how and why we believe what we see, hear, and read. Included in a critical thinking process is being cognizant of different sides of an argument, and being able to apply an analytical, logical, and systematic approach to new and old ideas, all while being both inquisitive and curious.
In today’s world, where we are inundated with health information from sources ranging from social media to reputable biomedical journals, being able to parse the truth from the hype is more important than ever. In this course, participants will be presented with different ways of approaching ideas and claims, be introduced to common statistical concepts and an appreciation of scientific literacy, as well as be shown how to recognize biases and misinformation in the scientific literature. Incorporating principles of critical thinking into clinical care will greatly benefit our patients and ultimately improve health in our own communities and beyond.
Participants will learn:
- to understand how critical thinking can affect and enhance decision making
- to recognize the presence of one’s own biases and misconceptions
- to interpret common biostatistical concepts
- to identify biases and misinformation perpetuated in the news and the scientific literature
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Michael Glick is Professor and Executive Director, Center for Integrative Global Oral Health, School of Dental Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Glick has authored more than 300 publications, including original research articles, editorials, and book chapters, and has written, edited and co-edited 10 textbooks.
Dr. Glick is past-President of the American Board of Oral Medicine, Dean and Professor Emeriti, School of Dental Medicine, University at Buffalo, and served as the Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of the American Dental Association from 2005 to 2020.
During his professional career, Dr. Glick has been a strong proponent of integrating scientific principles within oral health care. As such, he has proposed and published numerous clinical protocols for the treatment of the medically complex dental patient, as well as on how to incorporate an evidence-based approach to benefit patient outcomes.
Based on his experience as a researcher, academician, author and clinician, Dr. Glick is passionate about helping health care professionals to better understand and interpret scientific principles and research, improve scientific literacy within the ranks of health care professionals and advance critical thinking as a foundation for better health outcomes.