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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: This blog post was updated on May 18, 2020 to better reflect the process for submitting to the HSRC.
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
Are 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:
- Manolio TA, Rowley R, Williams MS, Roden D, Ginsburg GS, Bult C, Chisholm RL, Deverka PA, McLeod HL, Mensah GA, Relling MV, Rodriguez LL, Tamburro C, Green ED. Opportunities, resources, and techniques for implementing genomics in clinical care. Lancet. 2019 Aug 10;394(10197):511-520. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(19)31140-7. Epub 2019 Aug 5. Review. PubMed PMID: 31395439; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6699751.
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.
Image citation: Del Aguila, E. (No date). Image of young child with double helix [Online image]. Retrieve from https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/nih-accelerates-use-genomics-clinical-care on September 3, 2019.
Letters 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 https://ctsicn.org/funding/ctsi
Want 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.
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A new article by Himmelfarb Librarians Tom Harrod and Alexandra Gomes describes how they developed FOSCE sessions for medical students as part of the revised medical school curriculum.
The article was just published in Medical Reference Services Quarterly and describes the evolution of this project - from it's basis in instruction in the old curriculum through the process of developing and implementing the instruction.
Read the full article: