Archive for the ‘NLM Announcements’ Category
Tuesday, July 12th, 2016
Shari Clifton, Outreach Librarian at the Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center has been awarded the 2016 Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award.
Shari has extensive experience providing outreach programming throughout Oklahoma and was instrumental in developing an outreach program that has helped public libraries increase their ability to locate and search for authoritative health information. In partnership with other OUHSC librarians, Shari developed the Health Information Specialists Program. This program provided training to Metropolitan Library System (MLS) staff which allowed participants to obtain extensive training in consumer health resources and ultimately obtain a Level I Consumer Health Information Specialization through the Medical Library Association.
This prestigious award was established in the early 1990s in honor of Dr. DeBakey, to recognize outstanding service and contributions to rural and underserved communities by a practicing health sciences librarian. The award is presented annually by the Friends of the National Library of Medicine.
Congratulations to Shari for providing exceptional health information programming!
Friday, May 27th, 2016
Focus on NLM Resources bi-monthly webinars are hosted by the NN/LM Mid-Atlantic Region. Sessions feature NLM resources and offer 1 MLA CE credit for online attendance.
Sessions begin at noon Eastern Time and registration is required. The full schedule is available at: http://nnlm.gov/mar/training/focus_schedule
HealthReach / June 9, 2016 noon – 1pm ET Register
Presenter: Laura Bartlett / Outreach and Special Populations Branch, National Library of Medicine
Description: HealthReach is a resource of quality multilingual, multicultural public health information for those working with, or providing care to, individuals with limited English proficiency. In Spring 2016, the site was redesigned.
- Health education materials in various languages and formats (brochures, fact sheets, videos)
- Provider tools (including best practices, cultural information, and effective use of interpreters)
- Special collections on Emergency and Disaster, Women’s Health, and Mental Health
Genetics Home Reference / August 4, 2016 noon – 1pm ET Register
Presenter: Stephanie Morrison, MPH / National Library of Medicine
Description: Genetics Home Reference is the National Library of Medicine (NLM) website for consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes or chromosomes associated with those conditions. A recent redesign of the website introduced a completely new look and feel, improved navigation, and hundreds of educational images. This presentation will cover the development and use of this NLM resource, with a focus on the recent changes.
Monday, May 16th, 2016
The NLM Pill Image Recognition Challenge submission period, which began April 4, will end at 5:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday May 31, 2016.
A Federal Register Notice and Submission Instructions provide further information about the Challenge. As stated in the Federal Register Notice, individuals, private entities, and teams interested in submitting must first register.
- An individual who registers as an individual (not as part of a team) must be either a US citizen or a permanent resident of the US.
- A private entity (for example, a company or a university) that registers must be incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the US.
- If a team registers, then at least one team member must be either an individual who is a US citizen or a permanent resident of the US or a private entity that is incorporated in and maintains a primary place of business in the US.
Additional restrictions, such as for Federal employees, are in the Federal Register Notice. Only US citizens, permanent residents of the US, and entities that are incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the US can be eligible to win a monetary prize (in whole or in part).
There is no deadline for registering, but an individual, private entity, or team must register before making a Challenge submission.
A submission shall be a USB drive containing a Virtual Machine (VM) that arrives no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at:
Pill Image Recognition Challenge
Computational Photography Project for Pill Identification (C3PI)
National Library of Medicine
Building 38A, Room B1-N30
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20894
The NLM Pill Image Recognition Challenge is a National Institutes of Health Challenge under the America COMPETES (Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science) Reauthorization Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-358).
This information was originally posted in NLM in Focus: A Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine, https://infocus.nlm.nih.gov/2016/05/03/four-weeks-left-nlm-pill-image-recognition-challenge-submission-ends-may-31/
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016
Adapted from: NLM Outreach and Special Populations Branch
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health is offering the first webinar in a series on the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care on March 17, 2016 at 2 pm CT. The featured speaker will be: Dr. J. Nadine Garcia, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, Director, Office of Minority of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Culturally and linguistically appropriate services refers to facilities that are respectful of and responsive to individual cultural health beliefs, practices, preferred languages, health literacy levels and communication needs.
The National CLAS Standards provide a blueprint for individuals and health care organizations to serve the nation’s diverse communities through culturally and linguistically appropriate services. Furthermore, those in attendance will learn about culturally and linguistically appropriate services and the National CLAS Standards.
Attendees are encouraged to register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1124444526228357633
After registering, you will receive a conformation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Thursday, February 18th, 2016
Adapted from: National Library of Medicine’s News and Events dated 2/05/16
The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce the launch of MedPix®, a free online medical image database originally developed by the Departments of Radiology and Biomedical Informatics at the Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, Maryland, USA. The URL is https://medpix.nlm.nih.gov/.
The foundation for MedPix was a radiology study tool that was originally developed by Dr. J.G. Smirniotopoulos in 1984. In the early 1990s, as radiology was moving from film to digital imaging, there was simultaneously a merger of the diagnostic imaging residency programs of the two premier military hospitals: Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center. In the summer of 1999, a Web-based digital teaching file based on the radiology study tool was built at USUHS to allow the two military training programs to share teaching file cases, a training requirement. Soon, other military hospitals and several civilian institutions joined MedPix. Over the past 16 years, MedPix has amassed an impressive collection of over 53,000 images from over 13,000 cases.
The MedPix collection categorizes and classifies the image and patient data for each of several subsets of image database applications (e.g. radiology, pathology, ophthalmology, etc.). The content material is both high-quality and high-yield and includes both common and rare conditions. Most cases have a proven diagnosis (pathology, clinical follow-up). The teaching file cases are peer-reviewed by an Editorial Panel.
As a public education service, the NLM and MedPix provide the storage service, indexing, and Web server hosting. Individuals as well as institutions may participate. Contributed content may be copyrighted by the original author/contributor. No additional software required—your Internet browser is all you need!
The primary target audience includes resident and practicing physicians, medical students, nurses and graduate nursing students and other post-graduate trainees. The material is organized by disease category, disease location (organ system), and by patient profiles.
At this time, the new MedPix website is up. Existing users can login, but there is no access to CME credits yet, no new registration, no submitting a case and no search.
NOTE: MedPix provides a quick summary of medical information with images. It is not intended to be encyclopedic.
WARNING: This is not a substitute for medical advice, and the reader is responsible for confirming the accuracy of this information before beginning or changing any therapy or treatment.
Since its founding in 1836, the National Library of Medicine https://www.nlm.nih.gov has played a pivotal role in translating biomedical research into practice and is a leader in information innovation. NLM is the world’s largest medical library, and millions of scientists, health professionals and the public around the world use NLM services every day.
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
Adapted from NLM:
The NIH Director, Dr. Francis Collins, MD, formed a working group of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD) for the purpose of reviewing the programs of NLM and recommendations for the future. The working group submitted a Request for Information from February 13 to March 13, 2015. There were 650 respondents in total. After the RFI was completed and reviewed, NLM found a wealth of information about its products, services and suggestions. For more information, please visit: http://infocus.nlm.nih.gov/2016/02/01/nih-request-for-information-yields-important-public-input-on-value-of-nlm-products-and-services/
Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
The Friends of the National Library of Medicine (http://fnlm.org/) seek your nominations for this year’s Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award (Nomination form).
- Nominees must be currently employed as a health sciences librarian and have worked in such a position for at least five years immediately preceding the award.
- The nomination may be made for contributions by the librarian as demonstrated by excellence and achievement in leadership, publications, teaching, research, special projects or any combination of these.
- Nominations must be in writing and contain at least the following elements:
- The official nomination form (see attached)
- A precise description of the nominee’s achievements, no more than 5 pages please
- A current resume or curriculum vitae
- Any additional information that would assist the jury in the evaluation of the nomination and selection of the recipient. Please include no more than ten extra pages.
- Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.
- All nominations must be received by May 1, 2016 via mail, fax, or email (details below):
Friends of the National Library of Medicine
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 500
Bethesda, MD 20814
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Fax: 301-657-1296
Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announced its Pill Image Recognition Challenge January 19, 2016 in the Federal Register at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/01/19/2016-00777/announcement-of-requirements-and-registration-for-pill-image-recognition-challenge. The Pill Image Recognition Challenge will also be posted on Challenge.gov. The submission period for the Challenge is April 4, 2016 to May 31, 2016, with winners announced August 1, 2016. More information about the Challenge itself can be found on the Web site at http://pir.nlm.nih.gov/Challenge
Summary: The Pill Image Recognition Challenge is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Challenge under the America COMPETES (Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science) Reauthorization Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-358). Through this Challenge, the National Library of Medicine (NLM), part of NIH, seeks algorithms and software to match images of prescription oral solid-dose pharmaceutical medications (pills, including capsules and tablets). The objective of the Challenge is the development and discovery of high-quality algorithms and software that rank how well consumer images of prescription pills match reference images of pills in the authoritative NLM RxIMAGE database. NLM may use all or part of any Challenge entry (i.e., algorithm and software) to create a future software system and a future API (Application Programming Interface) for pill image recognition; the system will be freely usable and the API will be freely accessible.
Wednesday, January 13th, 2016
Shared from HHS:
The HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response recently kicked off the My Preparedness Story: Staying Healthy and Resilient Video Challenge on Challenge.gov. The contest invites young people between the ages of 14 and 23 to submit a creative video—up to 60 seconds long—showing how they help their families, friends, and community protect their health during disasters and every day. The entries will be evaluated by a panel of expert judges and we’ll post the top entries on the My Preparedness Story Video Challenge website so that other people can vote on them. Submissions could be used to help others learn better ways to prepare their communities for disasters and emergencies. And contestants could win up to a $2,000 grand prize. Entries are due on March 28, 2016 at 11 p.m. EST.
Wednesday, January 13th, 2016
MedlinePlus, the National Institutes of Health’s website for patients and their families and friends, just launched two Facebook pages. Find us at https://facebook.com/mplus.gov (English) and https://facebook.com/medlineplusenespanol(Spanish). You can help promote the launch by liking our page and using the following posts on Twitter and Facebook.