Medical Information Workshop 4th Edition

Improving knowledge and skills in accessing health information in Africa


Information literacy has become an essential requirement in today’s world of information and technology. Access to right and accurate information is a prerequisite to good health. The wordliteracy therefore goes beyond the traditional definition of knowing how to read and write. Health information literacy is crucial in ensuring all those involved with health including researchers, healthcare providers and medical consumers know how to find, use and manage health information. An American Scientist rightfully stated “we are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices widely”.

There is a serious lack of awareness of the resources as well as skills deficit in using information search resources and tools. The main objective of this training therefore is to raise the level of awareness of the electronic information resources and to improve on the information retrieval skills.The present course entitled “Finding, Organizing, and Using Medical Information” is the gate to improving knowledge and skills in accessing health information.Whether you are a doctor, a nurse, a health professional or a medical librarian, this course provides answers to the most crucial questions that arise while searching for health information. These questions range from: What information sources are available? What tools are available for searching the web? What techniques do you apply when searching the web? How do you manage and store information once retrieved? How do you evaluate information so as to use what is accurate? How do you use information? … The instructorswill provide answers to these key questions so as to ensure that looking for information does not become a frustrating task and that the right information is retrieved, stored and used. The workshop program will be trying to answer various issues surrounding information retrieval and the attendee will gain a lot from this invaluable resource.

Finding, organizing and using health information is designed to be a training course for students, researchers and health workers and to provide a broad foundation in health sciences information services. The purpose of the workshop is also to build capacity within the academic community and in health care related sectors in finding, organizing and using health information for better health outcomes. The intended audience comprises health sciences students, faculty, healthcare professionals, policy makers, and medical librarians.

The course consists of 7 sessions:

  • Session 0- General introduction
  • Session 1- Informations Ressources
  • Session 2- Searching Tools
  • Session 3- Electronic information searching techniques
  • Session 4- Information Evaluation
  • Session 5- Management of information
  • Session 6- Introduction to Scientific writing

Session 0 : General introduction (1 hour)

  • General introduction : workshop objectives, participants profil and skills
  • NLM overview

Session 1 : Informations Ressources  (2 hours)

  • Challenges of reliable information
  • Documentation types

Session 2 : Searching tools (3 hours)

  • Methodology of information searching : building an efficient searching strategy
  • Online search tools : Health databases and Health portals

Session 3 : Electronic information searching techniques (4 hours)

  • Electronic searching techniques
  • Hand’s On 1 : Information search on Google Scholar
  • Hand’s On 2 : Information search on Pubmed

Session 4 : Information Evaluation (2 hours)

  • How to evaluate and compare information
  • Hand’s On 3 : Information evaluation online

Session 5 : Management of information (2 hours)

  • Managing and saving information
  • Intellectual property and Copyright
  • Plagiarism

Session 6 : Introduction to Scientific writting (3 hours)

  • Scientific Papers : description and composition
  • Introduction to scientific writing skills
  • Citation and References techniques


The course consists of 7 sessions:

  • Session 0- General introduction
  • Session 1- Informations Ressources
  • Session 2- Searching Tools
  • Session 3- Electronic information searching techniques
  • Session 4- Information Evaluation
  • Session 5- Management of information
  • Session 6- Introduction to Scientific writing


This training is primarily designed for bioinformatics users who want to increase their efficiency in searching, navigating, managing, analyzing and evaluating health information using available tools and resources.

Course Material


Lectures and hands-on sessions will be given in English. If possible some sessions can be given in French. Discussion and questions are allowed in French.

Intended Audience

This one-week course is designed for individuals, particularly those based in biomedical and biological institutions, interested to learn, the most efficient ways for health information search and use. The target includes scientists from different fields including Biologists, Physicists, MDs, from various levels including researchers, educators, graduate students, medical students, and other scientific staff.

Participant profile and Selection criteria

The subject matter is suited for researchers, masters of biology, PhD students, MDs, MD candidates or last year students in a broad range of disciplines: computer science, biology, agricultural engineering, medicine, pharmacy etc… Candidates will be asked to provide information on their personal tasks and field of research. Good knowledge of the English language is a prerequisite.The number of candidates for the course is limited to 60 persons. The registration into the course will be provided on the first come first served basis, provided the selection committee accepted the application candidates. Evidence of involvement in research in Health or related fields must be provided. Those accepted will be informed by October15th, 2013.

Number of Participants

Theoretical and Practical classes: Maximum 50

Workshop materials

Lecture notes (Digital Copies) and information package will be provided. The attendees will be given a copy of the PowerPoint slides.  The participants are asked to bring their laptops for tutorials and hands-on sessions. A certificate of attendance will be provided.


Mr. Abda Anna, Medical Informationist and librarian,
Pr. Kamal Marzouki is a MD, Faculty of Medicine Rabat,
Dr. Nargisse Hajjami, ASM young ambassador to Morocco.

Organizing Committee

GHAZAL Hassan, PhD., University Mohammed First, Oujda/Nador,Chair
GHAZI Bouchra, PhD, UM6SS, Faculty of Medicine, Casablanca, Chair
MARZOUKI Kamal, MD, Faculty of Medicine, Rabat, Co chair
HAJJAMI Nargisse, ASM young ambassador to Morocco, Co chair
ISMAILI Nabil, PhD, UM6SS, Morocco
IDRISSI Imane, Master Student, UM6SS
ESSAYEH Soumia, Polydisciplinary Faculty of Nador
ATOUNTI Mohammed  , Vice Dean, Polydisciplinary Faculty of Nador
EL AMMARI Leila  , MD intern, Faculty of Medicine of Rabat
BOUKHATEM Noureddine  , PhD., Faculty of Sciences of Oujda, Oujda
CHBEL Faiza, UM6SS, Faculty of Medicine, Morocco
BENRAHMA Houda, UM6SS, Faculty of Medicine, Morocco
ELGHANMI A., UM6SS, Faculty of Medicine, Morocco
SLIMANI Lamia , UM6SS, Faculty of Health Sciences and Technologies, Casablanca, Morocco
MOUWAFAQ Safwane, UM6SS, International School of Public Health, Casablanca, Morocco
CHAQSARE Souad, National Institute of Hygiene, Rabat
SEDRATI Hayat, National School of Public Health
ALLALI Imane, PhD, Faculty of Sciences, Rabat,
ZAID Nabil, PhD, Faculty of Sciences, Rabat
RAOUI Sanae, PhD candidate, Faculty of Sciences, Rabat
EL IDRISSI SAIK Imane, Master student, UM6SS, Morocco
EL OMARI Houda, Master student, UM6SS, Morocco
NAJI Oumayma, Master student, UM6SS, Morocco
SITTE Oumaima, Master student, UM6SS, Morocco
Zakaria Kasmi, Master Student, UM6SS, Morocco

Technical Presentation

Date: December 6-13, 2017
Venue: Medical School, UM6SS, Casablanca, Morocco


Tuesday, Dec 5th   Introduction
Session1 N. Hajjami General Introduction
NLM Overview
Coffee break
Recherche Documentaire
Session 2  K. Marzouki Information sources
Information sources
Coffee break
Health Databases&Health Portals
Monday, Dec 11 and Tuesday, Dec 12
Session 3  K. Marzouki
Online search tools
Coffee break
Electronic Information Searching Techniques
Session 4  I. IDRISSI Information sources and Searching Tools
Information sources
Coffee break
Searching Tools
Session 5  I. IDRISSI Management and Evaluation of Information
Management of Information
Coffee break
Evaluation of Information






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