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Volume 5 | Issue 10 | October 2015         

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National Medical Librarians & Health Literacy Month  |  Student Corner  |  Faculty Corner  |  Resource Trial: Case Files Collection  |  OUWB Publication List, April - June 2015

National Medical Librarians & Health Literacy Month

October is a busy time of year for all of us! It's also home to a number of events celebrating information and information professionals!

National Medical Librarians Month was established in 1997 by the Medical Library Association to recognize the contributions of medical librarians to education, research, patient care, and the community. This year's theme is "Are You a Risk Taker?" focusing on partnering with librarians to find the best and right information! Just a few highlights from the Medical Library as we celebrate the month:
  • 4th Annual Organ & Bone Marrow Donor Drive registered 48 new bone marrow donors and 23 new organ donors with our volunteers speaking to 242 total individuals!
  • 3rd Annual Gaming Fundraiser raised over $200 in support of Beaumont Children's Hospital with help from the Pediatrics Interest Group!
  • In October, medical library faculty taught 7 instruction sessions both within and outside the curriculum as well as sponsored faculty development touching 322 students and faculty!


Health Literacy Month promotes access to high-quality, understandable health information for patients and consumers. In support of this month, M1 medical students learned how to counsel patients on locating reliable health information online from library faculty as part of the Art & Practice of Medicine course. Library faculty also spoke with over 60 community members at the Harvest of Health Fest at Avondale High School on October 23, promoting quality health information and MedlinePlus, NLM's free database of high-quality, authoritative consumer health information.

We thank you, our OUWB community, for your continued support and participation in our initiatives!

Student Corner

Library Hours over Thanksgiving Break In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Kresge Library, including all Medical Library spaces, will have the following hours:
  • Wednesday, November 25 - Closes at 8:00pm
  • Thursday, November 26 & Friday, November 27 - CLOSED
  • Saturday, November 28 - Opens at 7:30am and resumes 24/7 hours

December Walk-In Consultations & InfoBite M1s, your capstone proposals are due January 11, 2016! In preparation for writing the background section of your proposal, you'll need to find, review, synthesize and cite the existing literature!

Medical Library faculty will be hosting a consultation table outside the student lounge on Monday, November 30, and Wednesday, December 2, from 11:00am - 1:00pm for you to stop by, ask questions, and get help in identifying and citing articles in AMA format for your proposal!

Also on Friday, December 4, we're hosting a special InfoBite on Synthesizing the Literature for your Capstone Proposal from 10:00am - 11:00am in 110B/C O'Dowd Hall. Coffee and brunch items will be served! RSVP to the online registration form by Monday, November 30!


Missed the October Anatomy Resources InfoBite?
We had a great turnout at our "Exploring Online Anatomy Resources" InfoBite! If you missed it, check out the summary handout comparing the various anatomy tools we covered as well as the AFCP course guide!

Other resources recommended by your fellow students include:

Faculty Corner

Announcing Faculty Brown Bag Series 2015 - 2016! The Medical Library is pleased to announce our third series for faculty focused on tools to enhance your teaching and scholarship. Each session will be held on Oakland's campus in Room 478 O'Dowd Hall from 12:00 - 1:00pm. Anyone interested in the topics is welcome to attend. Please feel free to bring your lunch!
  • Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - Teaching & Learning Resources for Your Academic Success
  • Monday, January 18, 2016 - Citation Management Tools
  • Monday, February 15, 2016 - Scholarship Redefined
  • Monday, March 21, 2016 - Building Your Research Profile
  • Monday, April 18, 2016 - Disseminating Your Scholarship of Teaching: Revisiting MedEdPortal

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at

Resource Trial: AccessMedicine Case Files Collection

The Medical Library has a new trial to the AccessMedicine Case Files Collection! This new database contains the complete content from all 23 books in the popular Case Files series in an interactive format. Students can learn and apply basic science and clinical medicine concepts in the context of realistic patient cases as well as create a free MyAccess account to take quizzes and track their progress. The trial runs through November 30, 2015.

OUWB Publication List: April - June 2015

The Medical Library is pleased to publish the OUWB Publication List, April - June 2015 featuring the published work of our OUWB faculty, staff, and students!

This quarter's report includes 240 citations to articles, books, book chapters, published meeting abstracts, and
other works added to the major medical databases in the months of April, May, and June 2015. These 240 citations include:
  • 12 book and book chapters
  • 58 published meeting abstracts
  • 6 MedEdPortal submissions
  • 16 student-authored works (6 articles, 9 published abstracts, and 1 MedEdPortal piece)
If your publication was inadvertently missed, please email the citation to us at, and it will appear in next quarter's report!

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