Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

5-26-2011: Medicine Grand Rounds

Bayes' Theorem: Ten Things You Were Never Told in Medical School

Einstein-Montefiore Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Thursday, May 26, 2011

8:00 am
Forchheimer 1st Floor Lecture Hall, Einstein

12:15 pm
Cherhasky Auditorium, Montefiore


Robert Goodman, MD
Assistant Professor pf Clinical Medicine (General Internal Medicine)
Teaching Hospitalist
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Montefiore Medical Center

Dr. Robert Goodman completed his MD at New Jersey Medical School and his residency in Primary Care and Social Internal Medicine at Einstein, where he was chief resident. During his residency, under the tutelage of Dr. Jerry Paccione, Dr. Goodman developed a strong interest in clinical epidemiology (now known as “evidence based medicine”). Following his residency, he joined the Division of General Medicine at Columbia, where he taught clinical epidemiology/EBM to medical students and housestaff, introduced an ambulatory curriculum, and was the founding director of Columbia’s primary care internal medicine residency program, which he directed until 2001.

In 1999, Dr. Goodman started “No Free Lunch,” an educational and advocacy organization which discourages health care providers from accepting gifts from industry and promotes the practice of evidence-based, rather that promotion-based, medicine. Dr. Goodman ran the organization from 1999 to 2009 and during this time lectured nationally and internationally on the “physician-pharmaceutical industry relationship,” incorporating this material into a number of medical school curricula. He worked with the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) at the inception of its successful “PharmFree” campaign, and has assisted several academic medical centers and hospitals with the creation of guidelines on interaction with industry.  In 2001-2002 he was awarded a Physician Advocacy Fellowship by the Open Society Institute’s Medicine as a Profession Program, during which time he worked with Public Citizen’s Health Research Group in Washington, DC

Dr. Goodman returned to Montefiore in 2006, initially to the Medical Group, and then to the inpatient side where he is currently a teaching hospitalist. In 2009, he took over the Einstein 2nd year Evidence Based Medicine course, expanding and integrating the curriculum into nearly all the 2nd year subspecialty courses. In 2010 the internal medicine housestaff voted Dr. Goodman “Full Time Attending of the Year.”


After attending this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Use Bayes’ theorem to interpret diagnostic test results
  2. Use Bayes’ theorem to interpret clinical trial results
  3. Correctly interpret p-values and 95% confidence intervals


Albert Einstein College of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 credit towards the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

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