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pleasepayhereThe Commonwealth Fund just published an Issue Brief written by GW Milken Institute School of Public Health faculty examining this issue.  Sara Rosenbaum, Sara Schmucker, Sara Rothenberg, and Rachel Gunsalus describe Medicaid demonstrations currently running in six states.  These demonstrations all increase beneficiaries’ financial responsibility via enrollment fees and/or cost-sharing beyond traditional Medicare limits.   In this issue brief, the authors describe:

  • The types of cost sharing being tested
  • Opportunities for beneficiaries to reduce their financial liability
  • Penalties for not paying premiums or enrollment fees
  • Evaluation of possible changes

Read the full-text online:

Rosenbaum S, Schmucker S, Rothenberg S, Gunsalus R. (2016).  How Will Section 1115 Medicaid Expansion Demonstrations Inform Federal Policy? Issue Brief (Commonw Fund). 13:1-10. PubMed PMID: 27214927.


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How often are residents observed? 

A new study by GW researchers looks at this question in a recently published article.  In Observing and Giving Feedback to Novice PGY-1s, Katherine Tully, Jennifer Keller, Jim Blatt, and Larrie Greenberg studied OB-GYN residents during the second month of residency to assess:

  • What activities do residents report performing?
  • How often are residents observed and who observes them?
  • How often do residents receive feedback?
  • How useful is feedback given to residents?
  • Does shift time affect the frequency of observation and feedback?
Read the full-text article courtesy of Himmelfarb Library's full-text journal collection:
Tully K, Keller J, Blatt B, Greenberg L. (2016).  Observing and Giving Feedback to Novice PGY-1s. South Med J.  May;109(5):320-5. doi: 10.14423/SMJ.0000000000000459. PubMed PMID: 27135733.


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This summer The GW Writing Center will begin its office hours from May 24 through August 18 at the Gelman Library Location ONLY.

GW Writing Center hours are as follows:

    • Tues, 12-6
    • Wed, 12-6
    • Thurs, 12-6
  • On-Campus Students: Ally, is our dedicated health sciences writing tutor for Public Health or students in medical fields who need writing support.  To schedule an appointment go to the scheduling software and look for Ally's name dates/time.
  • Distance Learning: Schedule your appointment through the online system ( and send your paper (at least 24 hours in advance) to Include the name of your tutor, time of your session, and number you will be calling from.

Health care providers are inundated with information on a daily basis and cannot be expected to remember every morsel of information for every disease or treatment option.
That’s why they turn to point-of-care tools like DynaMed and Epocrates Essentials to help them answer their clinical questions. Find out what information they search for most.
Here’s a list of the top 10 searches in DynaMed:
  • Hypertension
  • COPD
  • Pneumonia
  • UTI
  • Diabetes
  • Gout
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Asthma
  • Pancreatitis
  • Stroke
DynaMed is available via web access and also as an app that installs the latest evidence-based information to your phone, tablet, or other mobile device.  To get DynaMed onto your device, check out Himmelfarb Library's App Shelf.  If you have questions, please contact Laura Abate (

File_000The next interview in our Himmelfarb Library Art Show 2016: Meet the Artist Series is with Meaghan Corbett, our Metadata & Scholarly Publishing librarian.  Here, we sit down with Meaghan and talk about her photography of her travels and her love of the annual Art Show.

Check out our previous interview with Dr. Frank Slaby here on our YouTube channel in case you missed it!.

catalogThe Himmelfarb Library Catalog will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance on Monday, May 16, 2016 from 11am-2pm.  Online catalog account services including self-renewal will also be unavailable and circulation desk staff may not be able to place holds on materials or take fine payments during downtime.

For assistance locating library materials on the 16th, please contact the Himmelfarb Library Reference Desk at 202-994-2850.  Electronic resources will be accessible using the e-Journals and e-Books links from the library web page.  Users can also continue to search catalog records in Health Information @ Himmelfarb during downtime but will not see current location and status information for print items.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience the downtime may cause.

FrankSlaby_HumanityAs Himmelfarb Library's annual art show wraps up today, check out this new interview with one of our faculty artists, Dr. Frank Slaby.  Dr. Slaby creates fused glass art and is also a professor in the Department of Anatomy & Regenerative Biology.  The interview is the first in Himmelfarb Library's 'Meet the Artist' series.

CaptureWe are happy to announce that one of our Public Health students, Mira Kahn, has recently been published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health.

Her systematic review, titled Maternal Leisure-time Physical Activity and Risk of Preterm Birth: A Systematic Review of the Literature served as her Culminating Experience, a requirement for graduating Masters of Public Health students.  Though currently at the pre-publication level, the official publication of this article will be available soon.

The Milken Institute School of Public Health promotes student publication, but most students’ Culminating Experiences rarely get published.

Congratulations to Ms. Kahn!  We are looking forward to seeing more student publications in the time to come.

Take a break from studying with coloring, Play-doh, and games!
Stop by anytime between noon and 1pm First floor of Himmelfarb Library

Event: Buff & Blue: Relaxation Zone
Date: Monday, May 2, 2016
Location: First floor of Himmelfarb Library
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm


Sponsored by Healthy Living @ Himmelfarb, PHSA and GW Health/Wellness Initiative

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