Division of Emergency Medicine
BEEM Frequently Asked Questions
BEEM stands for Best Evidence in Emergency Medicine and is a nonprofit, international emergency medicine (EM) knowledge translation project based at McMaster University, the centre for evidence-based medicine.
BEEM is a unique collaboration of frontline and academic emergency physicians around the world working together to find, select, appraise, and summarize the most recent and relevant emergency medicine-related studies.
BEEM does this by continuously screening over 100 medical journals for the latest EM-relevant articles. A copy of the title and conclusions of each selected article is sent to BEEM Raters, frontline emergency physicians around the world, who rate each article on its relevance to the clinical practice of EM. Those articles with the highest ratings are critically appraised by a group of clinical epidemiologists/emergency physicians trained in EBM.
The studies that pass all of the quality assessments formulate the Best Evidence in EM and the BEEM reviews are submitted for publication and for presentation at the BEEM Course.
The objectives of BEEM are to make current, clinically relevant information freely available to all practicing emergency physicians.
This is a 12 hour, emergency medicine, continuing medical education event detailing the best evidence for clinical practice.
Physicians working in emergency departments anywhere in the industrialized world.
To deliver current, clinically relevant information in a relaxing, fun, and interactive learning environment.
The BEEM Course is a truly evidence-based CME developed by an international group of emergency physician educators and researchers. We present an objective critical appraisal of each study using validated criteria and ask the audience for their assessment of the clinical value.
The presenters are emergency physicians from the United States and Canada. Most have academic appointments as teachers and/or researchers with post-graduate training in evidence-based medicine teaching and/or clinical epidemiology.
BEEM is an international knowledge translation project based at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario and Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. The BEEM Course is a CME function based at the Division of Emergency Medicine at McMaster University.
BEEM does not accept any pharma or related sponsorship, but receives support in the form of advertising through Emergency Physician Monthly and PEPID.
Yes, information on what CME credits are available can be found our Accreditation page.
Absolutely! Attendees are collectively asked to evaluate the clinical value of the information and determine for themselves whether the studies provide sufficient evidence for a change in practice. The presenters serve as resource experts on content, critical appraisal, and other areas evidence-based medicine.
Questions and discussions are encouraged but the level of participation is left up to the attendee. Often, the most valuable discussions at previous BEEM courses have been participant driven.
No, just register and show up.
Attendees are provided with a manual containing abstracts and critical appraisals of all of the relevant studies as well as a glossary of definitions of evidence-based medicine terms and reference articles.
We regularly screen over 100 medical journals for studies related to the practice of emergency medicine. A copy of the title and conclusions of each selected article is sent to BEEM Raters—frontline emergency physicians around the world—who rate each article on its relevance to the clinical practice of EM.
Those articles with the highest ratings are critically appraised by a group of clinical epidemiologists/emergency physicians trained in EBM. The studies that pass all of the quality assessments formulate the Best Evidence in EM and the BEEM reviews are submitted for publication and for presentation at the BEEM Course.
A list of our publications are available on the website.
SkiBEEM, SilverStar Mountain Resort, British Columbia, Canada
January 23 to January 25, 2012
SteelBEEM Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
February 16 and 17, 2012