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Health Sciences Research CommonsWhile Covid-19 has upended many industries around the globe, faculty, staff, and students at The George Washington University have persisted in doing what they do best--researching, learning about, and compiling publications about some of the most pressing healthcare issues of our time. Since the start of the pandemic, researchers and students associated with the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Milken Institute School of Public Health, and the School of Nursing have published over fifty peer-reviewed articles related to Covid-19. The Himmelfarb Library has compiled a collection of these publications within our institutional repository, Health Sciences Research Commons. The Covid-19 Publications by GWU Authors collection highlights research by students, faculty, and staff and will be updated on a regular basis. Have a publication that needs to be added? Simply email with a link to your publication and we will be happy to include your research. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused dramatic upheaval in the world of professional conferences. Most conferences have either been  postponed to a later date or canceled for the year, leaving scholars with posters and presentations that can't be shared with their peers until late 2020 or 2021 at the earliest. Fortunately, the Himmelfarb Library has an excellent resource available that allows for asynchronous virtual conferencing. With the Health Sciences Research Commons, (HSRC), members of the George Washington University Medical, Health Sciences, Public Health and Nursing communities have the ability to archive and present their research to scholars around the globe. 

With Health Sciences Research Commons, it is possible to archive presentation materials such as poster PDFs or videos via native streaming or a 3rd party platform (i.e. YouTube).  If you have content that you would like to share, simply send an email to and we will be happy to find an appropriate collection, create the necessary metadata, and send you a link to your archived projects.  Have questions related to archiving and potential future publications? We are happy to answer those questions as well. 

Using the HSRC as a presentation platform is an asynchronous experience which is  different from than the in-person conference. But archiving your project in HSRC has unique benefits such as the ability to generate usage statistics using PlumX metrics and Altmetircs located on the right hand side of an entry. 

As we adapt to a life and workflow that is reliant on virtual workspaces, it is important that we continue to collaborate and share current research with the larger medical community. The HSRC is a wonderful space for archiving and presenting research. If you have any additional questions on using the repository, feel free to reach out to Sara Hoover,  Metadata and Scholarly Publishing Librarian at

Please note: This blog post was updated on May 18, 2020 to better reflect the process for submitting to the HSRC.

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The field of emergency medicine tends to attract outgoing individuals who enjoy engaging with their environment and don’t mind taking risks. This type of person is generally considered to be an extrovert. But this doesn’t mean that introverts don’t exist in the field of emergency medicine. GW faculty member Janice Blanchard, MD, Ph.D explores the importance of introverts in the field of emergency medicine in a reflection piece published in Academic Emergency Medicine

A key difference between introverts and extroverts is the source from which they get energy. Does being in a room filled with other people make you feel energized? Or are you exhausted and zapped of energy by the time you leave the room? Blanchard summarizes this difference by stating that “introverts thrive from the energy within, whereas extroverts are fueled from the spark of others.” 

Introverts recharge their internal battery with “me time” and extroverts recharge by being social. While attending a large emergency medicine conference recently where “frequent social interactions with colleagues was the norm,” Blanchard explains that “at the end of the day, I felt absolutely exhausted.”

While not much has been written about physicians and introversion, especially within the specialty of emergency medicine, Blanchard provides some insight that could help introverts thrive in the extroverted field of emergency medicine. Because introverts tend to be great listeners, their “leadership skills shine through the implementation of input gathered from each individual within that team.” 

Although there are differences in the way introverts and extroverts operate, both play vital roles in the world and within the field of emergency medicine. While the extrovert tends to be a dominant personality characteristic within emergency medicine, Blanchard reminds us that “there is room for both in our specialty.”


Blanchard J. (2019). Pardon Me for Being a Wallflower. Academic emergency medicine: official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, 10.1111/acem.13894.

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The question of how digital technologies can promote health is explored in an editorial by GW faculty Lorien C. Abroms recently published in Health Education and Behavior.  Dr. Abroms and her co-authors discuss the dominance of social media in current culture and the challenge of identifying its positive and negative health effects.

Among the possible approaches to harnessing social media to promote health, they identify collaboration and partnerships between government agencies and social media companies; scholarship to identify and assess positive and negative health effects of social media; and, social media public health campaigns which are rigorously assessed and evaluated.

To better understand the issues surrounding social media and health and to discover options for the way forward, read the full-text article from Himmelfarb Library's collection:

Abroms, L. C., Gold, R. S., & Allegrante, J. P. (2019). Promoting Health on Social Media: The Way Forward. Health education & behavior : the official publication of the Society for Public Health Education, 46(2_suppl), 9–11. doi:10.1177/1090198119879096


20170808-clinical-genomicsAre you interested in how genomics can be used in clinical care?  A recent review in The Lancet discusses future directions for clinical application and discusses how specific technologies can be applied including: family health history, clinically important genomic variation, SNP array genotyping, and genome sequencing.  The article also discusses clinically relevant issues such as the disclosure of information to patients, the process of sharing genomic test results with patients, and patient-oriented resources and genomic medicine studies.

For more discussion, check out additional articles in Dr. Chuck Macri's Genetics Journal Club  as well as additional full-text articles is available in Himmelfarb Library's full-text collection:

To get background information on genomics, consult a title from Himmelfarb's book collection which includes:

  • Pyeritz, R., Korf, B., & Grody, W. (2019). Emery and Rimoin’s principles and practice of medical genetics and genomics. Foundations (Seventh edition.). London, U.K: Academic Press is an imprint of Elsevier.
  • Moody, S. (2015). Principles of developmental genetics (2nd edition.). London: Elsevier Academic Press.  Himmelfarb Stacks: QH453.P756 2015

    • Congratulations to Sally Moody, PhD, chair of the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology at #GWSMHS, whose book Principles of Developmental Genetics, 2nd Ed., was selected for Doody Enterprises, Inc. Core Titles in the Health Sciences.   The list of the most distinguished titles is used by librarians worldwide to develop and update their collections with the titles deemed most essential in over 120 specialties across clinical medicine, nursing, allied health, and basic sciences.


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ctsiLetters of Intent for the CTSI-CN pilot awards are due on January 4, 2019 and you can apply now via the online application!

The CTSI-CN offers pilot awards once per year in three distinct pilot programs:

Research supported through this mechanism should provide critical preliminary data to support an extramural research application within two years of the completion of this award.

For more information please visit

PlumX metrics are now available in Himmelfarb Library's Research Commons, a repository of research output for GW's Milken Institute School of Public Health, the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and the School of Nursing.

PlumX provides non-traditional  metrics  like Altmetric (social media shares, mentions, etc.), as well as more traditional metrics including  citation indexes. PlumX provides information about what's happening with research post-publication including usage, captures, mentions, social media, and citations.

To get an idea of what PlumX can tell you about an article, check out this article by GW faculty published last year and mouse over the PlumX Metrics button on the right side of the screen:
If you have questions regarding the Research Commons, please contact Meaghan Heselden (

GW-Nursing_logo_homepageA new Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Project Repository recently was developed by the School of Nursing in collaboration with Himmelfarb Library's Research Commons.

The DNP Project Repository archives all doctoral projects completed within GW’s DNP program. It is used to advance nursing practice by preserving, archiving, and sharing these projects in a permanent digital archive even after student graduation. In addition, the repository can assist current and future DNP students in developing their own projects.

The repository is an open-access site that is searchable and discoverable via search engines.  Students retain copyright of their work and receive a unique, persistent URL that can be shared with colleagues and added to their CV/resume.

The DNP Project Repository was pilot tested in October 2017 with several 2017 DNP graduates. The Repository has now gone live and DNP students graduating in May 2018 are in the process of submitting their projects.

Be sure to check them out at

researchdayvideosWant to learn about projects from GW's Research Days 2018?  Watch the videos!

Each year, GW Research Days provides a showcase for research and scholarship occurring at The George Washington University.  Over two days, faculty and undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students showcase their research and highlight the scope of research occurring at GW.

Himmelfarb Library interviewed eighteen GW Research Days presenters.  Watch the videos to learn more about health sciences research at GW!

maternalchildHow will proposed changes to health care law affect women's health in the United States?

A new article in Women's Health Issues explores this issue.  In The Risk of Remaining Silent: Addressing the Current Threats to Women's Health, the authors assess how changes to the Affordable Care Act, insurance coverage for contraception, Planned Parenthood, and additional Department of Health and Human Services programs might affect health care for women.
Dr. Claire Brindis from the University of California, San Francisco is the first author in this paper.  The George Washington University's Dr. Amita Vyas is the editor for Women's Health Issues and is also the program director of the Maternal and Child Health Program in GW's Milken Institute School of Public Health.

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