EBM and Clinical Support Librarians@UCHC

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News, Academic Medicine, Teaching & Learning in Medicine, UCHC: NEGEA Conference 2010

I have been unable to post very much on the blog lately, and apologize for this.  It has been largely due to a combination of workload and snow-days!

The Northeastern U.S. has been smacked by weekly snowstorms lately – but as the days grow longer and the sun gets a little warmer daily, there is hope that snow-season is drawing to an end.

One of the items on my work horizon is participating in next week’s 2010 NEGEA Retreat, hosted by the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.  The theme for this year’s meeting is “Innovations in Medical Education: Responding to Health Care Reform“. *

Here is a screenshot of the conference program page:

Image Credit: https://negea.uchc.edu/index.asp – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010


This retreat will be held in Farmington on Friday, March 12 and Saturday March 13, 2010.  Click this link to view the complete list of programs and speakers (68-page PDF).


UCHC reference librarians were honored to be invited to present a poster session at this meeting (wOOt).

In August 2009, a collaboration project between UCHC reference librarians (Jessica Kilham, Robert Joven, Hongjie Wang and myself) and a UConn School of Medicine 4th year medical student, Cheyenne Beach, resulted in a redesigned Library Orientation instructional session for the incoming medical and dental students (Class of 2013).

Ms. Beach and I wrote a 3-page mock problem-based learning (PBL) case which served as a live document for the hands-on interactive instructional session held on Aug 26 2009.  We met in one of the large wired auditoriums with 136 students and a group of faculty.

Cheyenne narrated the case for the group. The hypothetical patient was written up to present through the Emergency Room in acute pain and was later diagnosed with cholangitis.

As she explained findings about the physical exam, lab results, diagnosis and treatment, librarians took turns standing at the podium demonstrating links to Up to Date, DynaMed, Access Medicine, MD-Consult, histology images, drug information from Lexi-Comp and other sources.

The students were given an electronic copy of the case, which had hyperlinks to clinical subscription resources from UCHC Library embedded in the text.  This allowed them to choose whether to follow along with the case digitally or to simply watch and listen as librarians demonstrated how these resources “look” and search.

The intent of the session was to provide an overview of the “Where, How and Why” of finding health science resources at UCHC, and to reinforce learning set in the context of answering specific questions that apply towards formulating a hypothesis about diagnosing and taking care of this pretend “patient”.

One thing that I really enjoyed about this exercise was admiring how attractive  library resources look when they are projected onto a mega-sized projection screen.  (Answer: Wow!  Big!)

Here is a screenshot of our NEGEA poster:

Image Credit: http://www.uchc.edu/NEGEA – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010

If you are interested, the LibGuide created for the August 2009 session is available by linking here.

And who knew that a 42″ by 46″ poster would take so many hours to produce?   😯

Please stop by and visit us at the official Poster Session on Friday, March 12 from 11:30am-12 Noon if you’re around!


* Factually speaking, Northeastern Group on Educational Affairs (NEGEA) is one of four regional groups that comprise the Group on Educational Affairs (GEA) for the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC).  UCHC is a GEA institutional member.

AAMC “represents all 131 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; approximately 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 68 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and nearly 90 academic and scientific societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC represents 125,000 faculty members, 75,000 medical students, and 106,000 resident physicians.”

Finally:  Here is a link to the 2008-2010 Agenda for Action collectively created by institutional members of the Group on Educational Affairs.


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