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PNR Rendezvous webinar December 14

When: Wednesday, December 14, 1:00 – 2:00pm Pacific Time, Noon –  1:00pm Alaska Time, 2:00 – 3:00pm Mountain Time

“Full Circle: Update on an Integrated EBM Instructional Model for First and Second Year Medical Students”
This webinar will be an update regarding the progress finalizing the EBM module created for 1st and 2nd year Integrated Case Studies classes of Bastyr’s Naturopathic Medicine program. Discussed will be the “healing effects” of standardized assignments and grading rubrics, improvements to the quarter-to-quarter flow and consequent reductions in workload (the “complicated dance steps,” for those familiar with original webinar from December 2014). The presenters will also share cohort level results of the first complete assessment cycle.

Presenters: Bastyr University librarians- Jane Saxton, Chris Mahoney, and Ekaterini Papadopoulou

How to attend: You may join the webinar from your computer and/or phone. Read more »

Updated Online CE’s Now Available for the Disaster Information Specialization

From the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC):

Do you have some down time as 2016 comes to a close? Or maybe you made a resolution way back in January that you would learn something new this year?  We have a suggestion for how to end 2016 with a flourish!

The NLM Basic Level Courses for the Medical Library Association Disaster Information Specialization have all been updated to a new online web-based tutorial format. The courses are self-paced, interactive, and offered at no cost. When you complete all 15 hours of the courses, you are eligible to earn a Basic Level certificate in Disaster Information Specialization from MLA.

The Basic Level courses include three from NLM Disaster Health:

  • Information Roles in Disaster Management presents current research findings on librarians’ roles supporting the disaster workforce. Additionally, the information needs of first responders, emergency managers, and other professionals working in the areas of disaster planning, response, and recovery are discussed.


Two additional courses are available online, Read more »

National Influenza Vaccination Week

What is the best way to reduce the risk of the flu? That’s right, getting the flu vaccine is the easiest and best way to prevent the flu and its complications. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) everyone 6 months and older should receive an annual flu shot. Some people are at greater risk of flu related complications than others. This includes children younger than age 5 and adults 65 and older. Those who have certain medical conditions such as heart disease, liver disease, and blood disorders. Go to the CDC to see the full list of ages and health issues of those who are at increased risks.

Of course there are those who should not receive the flu shot or may be eligible to receive an alternative protection option. These include children younger than 6 months and those who are severely allergic to ingredients in the vaccine. A physician should be consulted for those who have had Guillain-Barre Syndrome, may be allergic to eggs and other ingredients in the vaccine, and those who are feeling ill. The CDC has complete information regarding those who should not receive the flu shot or consider not having it. Read more »

Aim for Excellence!


Remember, Dec. 31 is the deadline for MLA’s Medical Librarian’s Month contest!

October is National Medical Librarians Month

Library services and quality health information can reduce hospital costs, length of stay, changes in diagnosis and clinical decision making, and improve patient outcomes. Find out how librarians can improve your organization’s standard of care.

This year’s theme for Medical Librarians Month is “Aim for Excellence.” Medical librarians add skill and value to have a positive impact on their institutions. Members of the Medical Library Association (MLA) may request a free poster which highlights research studies proving patients receive better care and institutions save money with information from medical librarians. Themed posters from previous Medical Librarians Months are available here.

And there’s more … to win an annual meeting registration, an MLA membership, or registration for a webinar, enter this year’s Medical Librarian’s Month contest, sponsored by the Medical Library Association. Submit a high quality original photograph of you (and/or your colleagues) in your workplace doing your job. See contest rules and prize information here. Contact Tomi Gunn at MLA with questions. Submission deadline is end of day December 31, 2016. Good luck!

Research Data Management Best Practices and REDCap

Join us in the new Translational Research and Information Lab (TRAIL) Idea Incubator Space on the second floor of the University of Washington Health Sciences Library to watch the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) online Webinar, “Research Data Management Best Practices and REDCap.” The one hour webinar starts at 11:00 am Pacific Time on December 7, 2016.

“This webinar will begin with a short description of best practices for consideration in any research data collection/management plan. Once this information is covered, the webinar will transition to a demonstration and discussion of REDCap—a data management platform used by research teams across the world.

This webinar is sponsored by ALCTS CE

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this session, attendees will have learned:

  1. The importance of thinking through real world study requirements and logistical workflow before starting collection of data
  2. The importance of good record keeping and documentation of records for ongoing and shared research
  3. Practice implementation exercise and overview of REDCap—a data collection and management platform available at no cost to academic, non-profit and government institutional partners

Who Should Attend
Library science professionals interested in research data collection and management

Paul A. Harris, Ph.D., is professor of biomedical informatics and biomedical engineering who has approximately 20 years’ experience working in the field of clinical research informatics. He earned his doctorate in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and now serves as Director for Vanderbilt’s Office of Research Informatics. Dr. Harris devised and created REDCap, a research data collection and management software platform that has been adopted by 1,900 academic and non-profit institutions in 101 countries.”

My Family Health Portrait

Do you know your family’s health history? Did you know that gathering information about your family health history is an important screening tool to evaluate genetic risks? Knowing your family’s health history can help you become more engaged in your health and the health of your family. It can also be a way for you to increase your knowledge regarding genetics which is starting to enter mainstream healthcare.

Every year since 2004 the Surgeon General has declared National Family Health History Day on Thanksgiving which is November 24th this year. It is a time when many families gather and a perfect chance to review health problems that run in the family and to learn about the family’s health history. This can be difficult for some as it can bring up unexpected or unpleasant topics that are not easy to address. But learning about one’s family health history can allow for some preventive measures as families share genes and often other factors such as the habits and lifestyle. According to an article in Genetic Medicine, “Family health history used as a clinical tool can empower the public with a new understanding of health as it relates to their genetic heritage…” Read more »