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Sunday, May 15 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Poster Session 1: Poster Board Number 138

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Poster Board Number: 138
Title: Envisioning New Roles for Librarians in Medical Students’ Specialty Selection Process
Objective: With the support of the academic deans, librarians at this medical school library are developing a specialty decision-making workshop and online resource guide for third-year medical students. The workshop will focus on three distinct areas: personal reflection, specialty and match information as well as research skills, and a discussion panel with practicing local clinicians and residents.
Methods: The purpose of the workshop is to provide third-year medical students with an environment in which they can explore their personal values and skills, point them to best information resources, and allow them to engage with practicing clinicians and residents. Librarians initially met with academic deans to conduct a needs assessment. Librarians attended the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Careers in Medicine training in order to become adept at using and facilitating the Careers in Medicine database, a key specialty decision-making resource. Librarians proposed a tiered approach that would include offering workshops in the students’ first, second, third, and fourth year. At this time, data will only be reported on the third-year specialty decision-making workshop. An in-house online resource guide was created utilizing the LibGuides platform; the guide includes resources on specialties, interviewing, and residency programs among other items.
Results: The two-hour workshop was held on a Saturday morning in November 2010 and attended by nineteen third-year medical students. Two librarians taught the first half of the session on personal reflection and researching specialty information. The discussion panel comprised two members of the university’s clinical faculty and two residents. A pre-workshop survey was distributed to the registered students to gauge their workshop expectations. A follow-up survey completed by ten of the participants indicated a strongly positive experience.
Conclusions: Based on participant and instructor feedback, the workshop was determined to be successful and will be offered once again with slight modifications. The primary challenge presented was in identifying and securing the clinicians and residents. The strength of the workshop lies in the students’ engagement with the subject matter and the wonderful balance between the information presented by the librarians and that of the clinicians and residents.
Authors: Sarah Cantrell, Education Services Librarian; C. Scott Dorris, Digital Information Services Librarian; Dahlgren Memorial Library; Georgetown University, Washington, DC


Sunday May 15, 2011 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Exhibit Hall A - Minneapolis Convention Center

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