Welcome back, everyone! This is the Friday Post #52 for Aug 27, 2010.
The area in the pink box (below) has been the focus of instructional activities this week:
Image source: http://library.uchc.edu – All rights reserved – copyright 2010
August is a challenging month for academic reference librarians. This week at UCHC, an interactive instructional session for first year medical and dental students (140 of them) was our main event. In 2009, the reference librarians presented a mock PBL case, written with a fourth year student who narrated the case while the librarians linked to the databases on the overhead screen in one of the large teaching auditoriums. As each clinical scenario was described in the case, librarians linked into an assortment of resources.
This year, the 90-minute instructional session was more interactive. Everyone was handed an electronic clicker (aka audience response system) to use to respond to our librarian-questions which were interspersed between live demonstrations of PubMed, Lexi-Comp, 3-D Tooth Atlas, ADAM (Interactive Anatomy) and others.
Their new laptops also came in handy as the students quickly tried a “test run” on each of the resources. The live interactive feedback from this group was something new to try in 2010, and it was both fun and instructive. Although perhaps next year we will skip the video procedure showing the skin punch biopsy… when it is projected onto a 24 ft. square overhead, it’s just way too graphic for the first week of medical school (LOL).
The Girl with the Blue Stethoscope (a fourth-year medical student and blogger from Australia) began a series in July 2010 titled “How to Survive Medical School. For the members of the Class of 2014 this should be pretty much essential reading.
Her first installment was “How To Survive Medical School Part 1: Friends“. The second installment: How To Survive Medical School Part 2: Ask For Help. Thank you, Girl with the Blue Stethoscope… I’m looking forward to the next installment!
Then this: Tufts University medical students raise the bar with this video for – and about – first year medical students called 99 Problems til First Years Done!
Video source: http://youtube.com – All rights reserved – copyright 2010
That’s the Friday Post #52 for Aug 27, 2010, folks. Enjoy a summer weekend!