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    Bernadette Howlett, Ph.D.

    Bernadette Howlett, PhD - Affiliate Faculty, Kasiska Division of Health Sciences, Idaho State University, Idaho Bernadette Howlett is an author, consultant, and educator who teaches evidence-based practice as an adjunct faculty member. She has been the Director of a research institute and also a Chief Research Officer of a medical school. She was an associate professor and research coordinator for a physician assistant (PA) studies program. She is currently an affiliate faculty member with the Kasiska Division of Health Sciences at Idaho State University contracted to design and teach courses in evidence-based practice as well as interprofessional practice. She hastaught evidence-based medicine for 15 years and was the coordinator for a cumulative evaluation and a capstone assessment course in a physician assistant graduate program. She is an accomplished researcher and has a doctorate in adult and organizational learning. She is also an expert in online education. In addition to teaching in a graduate PA program, Dr. Howlett has also taught graduate-level classes for nurse practitioner, dental hygiene, and public health programs. She also taught a freshman seminar course for more than 10 years. Dr. Howlett has coordinated and designed clinical trials and has written numerous publications, national paper presentations, and international conference presentations. She is a recipient of the John L.V. Bobell Award for Outstanding Dedication and Devotion to the Field of Adult Learning from the American Society of Training and Development.

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    Teaching “The Why” of Scientific Concepts to Health Profession Students

    Posted by Bernadette Howlett, Ph.D. on Mar 13, 2020 9:00:00 AM

    If you teach science subject matter to students in health professional programs, there’s a good chance you’ve heard the lament, “Why do I have to learn this? I’ll never use this information.” It can be surprising and concerning to hear future health professionals declare topics such as statistics, research, biology, chemistry, and others in their programs as "irrelevant" to their intended careers—in some cases before they have worked a single day in that career. Even more concerning, it’s not unusual for there to be high failure rates associated with these subjects for health professional students.

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    Evidence-Based Practice for Health Professionals

    Posted by Bernadette Howlett, Ph.D. on Feb 14, 2020 9:56:40 AM
    What is Evidence-Based Practice?

    Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) is“the process of combining the best available research evidence with your knowledge and skill to make collaborative, patient- or population-centered decisions within the context of a given healthcare situation” (Howlett, Rogo, Shelton, 2020). EBP is used across health professions as an applied, critical thinking skill for making decisions in individual cases, educating patients, developing population health initiatives, and more.

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