EBM and Clinical Support Librarians@UCHC

A blog for medical students, faculty and librarians about their use of evidence based medicine, clinical literature, Web 2.0, sources and search strategies

A Research Community, in Context: More on the We and the It (Part 2)

In this first post of 2010, I wish all readers a Happy and Productive New Year!

This post continues an earlier thread (Dec 28 2009) about the end of a decade, academic libraries, librarians, scholarly research, open access and thinking about effective ways of handling expected – if uncharted – changes to the manner and style in which people consume and apply  information.

Change can be chosen, or forced, but it should be anticipated and prepared for as part of the essential nature of business in a dynamic library.  The “it” can’t stay the same, it can only keep moving forward.

The previous post refers to the ten points raised in a “library manifesto” recently published by OCLC and the RLG Partnership Research Information Management Roadmap Working Group.  Principal authors of this paper were Chris Bourg, Ross Coleman and Ricky Erway, and these (and other) RLG members also write a collective blog, entitled Hanging Together.

This week, a colleague gently suggested that in a second part of this post, I highlight some members of the greater community in this discussion of the “we” and the it“.   She is correct; I would be remiss not to mention some of the many talented individuals in this community who provide very important intellectual, educational or structural “it-s” or “we-s” (please excuse my execrable grammar and punctuation here).

In this large building, multiple missions are taking place: patient care, medical and dental education, clinical research, research which may become translational. These endeavors represent the sum contributions of many; our students are in effect “consuming” the information or experiential they provide.

Following are only a few of the many talented people that could appear on this list of the “We“:

  • Clinicians who are also educators and researchers.  Theirs is a lifetime of research on:
  • A collection of tutorials by UCHC faculty on the art and science of practical Physical Examination.
  • Professor Carol A. Pfeiffer is administrator of the Clinical Skills Assessment Program (CSAP) at UConn School of Medicine and has trained generations of students and residents on the art and science of patient assessment.  She trains those who serve as standardized patients.  She co-authored this curriculum training project (with other UCHC faculty and staff).
  • Family medicine physician Mary Guerrera, MD, FAAFP, DABHM, DABMA, directs the Complementary & Integrative Medicine program at UCHC.  Link here to read more about the Integrative Medicine in Residency, a grant-sponsored program which she administers (presentation from March 2009).
  • Kevin Clarke took a year off from medical school in Farmington to treat HIV-positive children in Zambia.  Now a b0ard-certified pediatrician, Dr. Clarke has returned to Africa and administers a pediatrics health clinic in Malawi.
  • Regarding those who are involved in selecting individuals to fill a new class of medical or dental students:  in a recent publication produced by University of Connecticut (Storrs) staff, I learned that in 2008 there were 2,919 applications received for the 85 available seats in the  UCHC Class of 2012…  or, 6% of those who applied were accepted.
  • Thanks to the 200+ community physicians throughout the state of Connecticut who each year volunteer their time to sponsor medical students, welcoming them into their exam rooms as they show and instruct them on ways to diagnose, treat and counsel patients.
  • A novel way to give back: Ten years ago, photographer Patty Swanson gave birth at UCHC John Dempsey Hospital where her twin daughters were born early and spent weeks in the NICU.  Over the past three years, Ms. Swanson has volunteered her time by taking portraits of NICU babies and their parents. These family portraits were featured in a news article published in the Hartford Courant on Dec 13 2009.


Finally, in memory of an educator who filled many roles in this building and was held in high esteem by all who knew him:  Associate Dean and Professor Charles Huntington III.  He passed away unexpectedly at his home on Dec 27 2009 at the age of 60.

Charles was a kind and gracious gentleman, an excellent preceptor and administrator, a lifelong student, and friend and mentor to scores of students, staff and faculty here.  (Link here to his obituary from the Hartford Courant).

He came from a family of physicians; in 1872, his great-great grandfather, George Huntington, described and named the disease which came to be known as Huntington’s Chorea.

We will miss you, Charles.


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