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Archive for November, 2012

November 2012 NIH News in Health

Cartoon of battling bacteria that look like pirates and seafaring adventurers.Check out the November issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this edition:

Your Microbes and You: The Good, Bad and Ugly
Trillions of microscopic creatures—like bacteria, fungi and viruses—are living in and on your body right now. We tend to focus on destroying bad microbes. But taking care of good ones may be even more important.

Gut Feelings About Gastritis: When Your Stomach’s Sick
Your stomach lining has an important job. It makes acid and proteins that help break down the foods you eat. But when the lining gets inflamed—a condition called gastritis—it can cause long-term problems.

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NLM Recruiting for 2013-14 Associate Fellowship Program!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is accepting applications for its 2013-14 Associate Fellowship program, a one-year training program designed for recent MLS graduates and early-career librarians. All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2013 are eligible to apply. Priority is given to U.S. citizens. Applications and additional information are available on the NLM web site. The application deadline is February 1, 2013. Between 4 and 7 fellows will be selected for the program.

In the first half of the fellowship year, a formal curriculum offers exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of NLM’s web-based products and services, and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions, and work with librarians and library staff over a 6-7 month period. Successful projects have led to peer-reviewed publications, and to services that have become a regular part of library operations.

The September through August program also offers professional development and an introduction to the wider world of health sciences librarianship that may include:

  • Supported attendance at national professional conferences, often including the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting, the American Medical Informatics Association annual meeting and others
  • Additional brown bags, seminars, field trips and learning opportunities available on the National Institutes of Health campus
  • Opportunities to meet and interact with senior management at the National Library of Medicine
  • Experienced preceptors from National Library of Medicine staff
  • Potential to compete for a second-year fellowship at a health sciences library in the United States

The Fellowship offers:

  • A stipend equivalent to a U.S. Civil Service salary at the GS-9 level ($51,630 in 2012)
  • Additional financial support for the purchase of health insurance
  • Some relocation funding

Digital Volunteers Support Disaster Recovery Efforts!

The usage of “digital volunteers” during disasters is growing in popularity, allowing volunteers with computer and information skills to participate from outside the affected region in supporting disaster response and recovery. One example of this effort is CrisisCamps, which bring together volunteers in information management, and web design and coding, to work on projects identified by federal and state agencies in response to specific events. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, there are CrisisCamps occurring in various locations, including San Francisco. Find out if your area is hosting a CrisisCamp and how to volunteer! Virtual Operations Support Groups, also known as Virtual Operations Support Teams (VOST), are groups that make use of technology and social media tools to provide support to those at the scene of a disaster. VOSTs are activated to perform specific functions in support of affected organizations and jurisdictions. The web site includes a list of active teams in the US. The Standby Task Force is an international digital volunteer platform that uses an open source model for digital volunteering, with a specific focus on crisis mapping. The Red Cross Disaster Digital Volunteer training program includes the use of Radian6 Engagement Console software, and other necessary online platforms to monitor social media and news sources, in order to assist the Red Cross in its response efforts.

NLM Recruitment for Head of MeSH Section

Stuart Nelson, M.D., has retired as Head of NLM’s MeSH Section in Library Operations. Dr. John Kilbourne is now the acting head of the MeSH Section. Dr. Kilbourne received his M.D. degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and practiced Family Medicine near Chicago. He worked as a clinical editor and implementation trainer for the SNOMED CT clinical vocabulary before joining the NLM in 2005 to work on RxNorm.

The National Library of Medicine will soon seek applicants for the Head of the MeSH Section. The head of MeSH is responsible for the content of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), RxNorm, and the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) Metathesaurus; managing DailyMed, and overseeing a full-time staff of 10. The job will be posted soon on the NLM Jobs Opportunities web page. All qualified applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. As a medical officer position at the GS15, the position requires a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy, has a salary range of $123,758-$155,500, and may be eligible for a Physician’s Compensation Allowance.