Carver Nebbe is a physician who completed training in both Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Iowa. He will be spending nine months at the Kazan State Medical University in teaching the use of evidence-based medicine (EBM) in a clinical setting. He will additionally be consulting on the development of the medical ethics cirriculum for the medical school and doing some other lecturing in the medical school as well. While it may seem odd to many that the practice of allopathic medicine would be anything but "evidence-based," the transferral of biomedical and clinical research to clinical practice remains problematic throughout the world. While students ideally learn good science in medical school, once they disperse into the world as physicians poor access to information and, equally as important, not knowing how to make use of that information has required practitioners to depend on tradition and often anecdotal evidence in providing care. This has begun to change dramatically with the development of information systems and, most importantly, the internet. However, the implementation of this type of practice in much of the world, including Russia, is still quite problematic with information resources still in their infancy and not widely available. Nevertheless, there is a strong desire to educate physicians to work towards evidence-based practice. Dr. Nebbe is from Cedar Falls, Iowa originally. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1993 with degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies. After a tour in the Peace Corps in Poland as an Environment Volunteer, he attended medical school and subsequently residency at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, where he currently holds adjunct status in the Department of Family Medicine.