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New to Himmelfarb: Reserve Any Study Room!

image of room capacity signFor your convenience and safety, Himmelfarb Library has transitioned away from first-come, first-served study room use. All study rooms are now available via advance online reservation! Because of reduced seating capacity in all our study rooms, you can guarantee that you will have a place to study before venturing over to Himmelfarb by reserving a study room.

To comply with social distancing requirements, most study rooms only accommodate one user. Several rooms can accommodate 2 people, and one allows for 4 occupants at a time.

Signs near the room entrances remind you of the occupancy limits, and floor decals in the study rooms will indicate where you should sit.

Currently, seating at study tables, computer labs, and individual carrels remain available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please stop by the Circulation Desk, or call (202) 994-2962, if you have any questions or issues.


In 2020 we faced the challenge of a worldwide Pandemic that has changed many of our lives. From relocating ourselves and our belongings to other states to limiting our errands and taking extra sanitary precautions, being on lock-down has taken its toll on many not only physically, but mentally as well.

That being said, there are many ways that you can take care of your mental health while still abiding by social distancing guidelines. Unsure of what you can do? Here are some ideas:

  • Make a new daily outdoor resolution.

    • Does being indoors so frequently get you down? You are not alone, being inside for so long can make anyone restless! Make it a daily goal to get outside just once, even if it’s a short stroll to the mailbox or spending an afternoon out on your balcony or patio. Even a short time spent outdoors can help you reap the benefits of some fresh air and vitamin D. Want to avoid any crowds? Get outside early. Not sure where to go? You can always take a few laps around some of the city’s athletic fields which are open as of May 29th. 

  • Start a garden.

    • Never tried gardening before? What better time to start than now? There are a variety of flowers, herbs, and vegetables that can be grown both outdoors and indoors. Find seeds, plants and tools online or at your local grocer or hardware store. The internet has countless resources for gardening basics and tips, depending on what you would like to grow.

  • Stop by your local Public library.

    • While operating on a limited basis, there are several locations of the DC Public Library that are open for curbside pickup. Further information on which locations are open can be found on the Mayor’s Website. 

  • Try a new recipe.

    • Never had the time to bake or cook due to a busy schedule? Why not use this time to bust out those pots, pans and baking sheets and put them to good use! No recipe is too simple or complex. Treat yourself to some french toast, or homemade pizza. Impress your roommate and your pets with this simple two ingredient pizza dough recipe which will not only cost a fraction of standard delivery, but will taste delicious too!

These are challenging times for all. We cannot stress how important it is not only to be mindful of social distancing guidelines, but to take care of yourself too. Stay safe, and study hard. We are excited to be back and to see you at Himmelfarb!

Access Medicine & Case Files Collection LogoTeaching online can pose its share of challenges. Finding clinical cases to include in your online instruction doesn’t have to be one of them. Using clinical case studies, especially during a time when students are not able to have first hand clinical experiences, can help your students hone their clinical decision making, critical thinking, and clinical reasoning skills. Himmelfarb Library provides access to cases with supporting text and multimedia materials. All materials are licensed for use in instruction. 

AccessMedicine Cases provides access to more than 900 basic sciences and plus selected clinical cases drawn from the Case Files series. AccessMedicine’s clinical case collections include: 

  • Family Medicine Board Review 
  • Internal Medicine drawn from Resident Readiness Internal Medicine
  • Vanderbilt Internal IM/Peds
  • Case Files (note: selected cases available in AccessMedicine and complete collection available via Case Files Collection)

Himmelfarb also provides access to the complete Case Files Collection which includes more than 1,150 cases, explanations, and quizzes. In addition to basic science cases, the Case Files Collection provides full access to clinical rotation cases for anesthesiology, cardiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, medical ethics & professionalism, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, and surgery. Case Files Collection also provides additional cases at the post-graduate level on cardiology, geriatrics, gynecologic surgery, and orthopaedic surgery.  The Case Files Collection ebooks are also available through Himmelfarb’s catalog.

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To integrate cases into your online instruction, start with a relevant patient case. Students can use cases to practice taking a patient history using Smith’s Patient-Centered Interviewing. Students can expand their physical exam skills in an online instruction setting through physical exam videos. Students can then do additional research by looking up current recommendations and reading article summaries on relevant topics. Students can then decide on appropriate next steps for the patient case including diagnostic tests to be ordered, and creating a treatment plan by looking through mini-textbooks, and the provided drug monograph library. Quizzes are available at the end of cases and can be emailed to instructors when completed.

Do you want to explore topics beyond specific medical conditions? Cases in Medical Ethics and Professionalism include opportunities to explore communication, conflict resolution, ethics, and professionalism skills in addition to the medical case at hand. 

Himmelfarb provides full-access to both AccessMedicine and Case Files collection although some features are accessible only after users create a free personal MyAccess Profile. To create a MyAccess Profile, click on Sign In in the upper right corner of AccessMedicine or Case Files Collection.

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The GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences celebrated Medical Student Research Day on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. More than 160 medical students submitted abstracts on a broad range of topics pertaining to medical education, public health, and clinical and translational research.

We congratulate all who participated in the event. Awards were presented to the following medical students:

Donald H. Glew Prize

Nyshidha Gurijala

Faculty Mentor: Laura Olivieri, Division of Cardiology, Children's National

Category: Clinical and Translational Research: Cardiology

Title: Cardiac Magnetic Resonance with Parametric Mapping to Predict Rejection in Pediatric Heart Transplant Recipients

Best Abstract Awards

Nicole Casasanta

Faculty Mentor: P Sheena Khurana, Department of Medicine, GWU

Category: Clinical and Translational Research: Cardiology

Title: Comparison of average and lowest home and office blood pressure recordings and implications on the management of chronic hypertension

Eric Chalif

Faculty Mentor: Jonathan Sherman, Department of Neurosurgery, GW SMHS

Category: Clinical and Translational Research: Neurosurgery

Title: CyberKnife Radiosurgery Treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia: A Single Institution Examination with Long Term Follow-Up

Marie-Claire Partridge

Faculty Mentor: Shana Jacobs, Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, CNMC

Category: Clinical and Translational Research: Genomics

Title: Pharmacogenetics of Ondansetron Failure in Pediatric Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting

Spencer Brodsky

Faculty Mentor: Komal Patel, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, GWU

Category: Public Health: Health Policy

Title: An examination of data from 700 crashes involving mopeds and scooters in Washington, D.C., from 2016 to 2019

Kelsi Knapp

Faculty Mentor: Lamia Soghier, CNMC

Category: Public Health: Community and Urban Health

Title: The effects of neighborhood and individual socioeconomic status on parental engagement and psychological distress in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Theodore Quan

Faculty Mentor: Ali Pourmand, Department of Emergency Medicine, GWU

Category: Public Health: Community and Urban Health

Title: Racial Demographics and Resource Utilization Among Teenagers with Firearm-Related Injuries Presenting to the Emergency Department, 2010-2015

Brianna McKiernan

Faculty Mentor: Kate Douglass, The Ronald Reagan Institute of Emergency Medicine, GWU

Category: Medical Education

Title: Introduction of formative assessment tool in a post-graduate training program in India: a mixed methods evaluation

William Beaumont Research Awards

Akshay Reddy

Faculty Mentor: Michael Whalen, Department of Urology, GW SMHS.

Title: Comparison of Oncologic Outcomes for Robotic Vs Open Radical Cystectomy Among Locally Advanced and Node-Positive Patients: An Analysis of the National Cancer Database

Guido Pelaez

Faculty Mentor: Alejandro Villagra, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, GW Cancer Center, GW SMHS.

Title: Functional Characterization of Next Generation Histone Deacetylase 6 Inhibitors

Erin Felton

Faculty Mentor: Andrea Hahn, Infectious Disease, Children’s National Health System

Title: Bacterial Functional Profiling of the Cystic Fibrosis Airway Across Clinical States

Doris DeFord Speck and George Speck, MD Endowed Prize for Student Medical Research

Sharjeel Chaudhry



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Continuing GW Students, Residents, Faculty & Staff

Automatic Loan Extensions: All due dates for books/items out on loan have been extended until May 22nd, 2020. If you are continuing at GW, you don’t need to take any action. We will continue to extend due dates as needed until we reopen.

Graduating Students and Residents

Items Currently on Loan: If you have books/items out on loan, please mail them to Himmelfarb Library using the United States Postal Service (USPS). We are not able to accept UPS/FedEx/DHL, because no one will be available to sign off on deliveries.

All books/items should be mailed to:
George Washington University
Himmelfarb Library
c/o Kathy Lyons
2300 I (Eye) St, NW
Washington, DC 20037

Check your Account Status: Check the status of your library account for loans and fees. To check the status of your library account, visit Under Services, click on My Library Account, and login using your GW NetID and password.

Graduating Students: If you have outstanding library fees and/or library-related Banner account blocks, please send an email to Kathy Lyons ( and Catherine Sluder (

Graduating Residents: Library sign-out instructions will be forthcoming from the GME office.


Please direct any questions to Kathy Lyons ( and Catherine Sluder (


Interactive Human Anatomy Modules

AccessMedicine has added an exciting new interactive anatomy study tool for medical and allied health students:  Complete Human Anatomy Modules. (If this link does not work, click on the AccessMedicine link from our library homepage, choose the Multimedia tab, and then select Human Anatomy Modules.)

You can choose between a male and female module. Once you’ve selected either, the module offers controls that allow you to pan, zoom, rotate in 3D, and strip away layers of anatomy. Clicking on the magnifying glass enables you to focus on a body system, such as respiratory or cardiovascular. Or you can use the search window to bring into view any part of the human anatomy.

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To become familiar with the controls that allow you navigate and explore the human model, watch this video tutorial (< 5 min) from AccessMedicine.

image of StatPearls logoIf you are looking to expand your knowledge base in any area of the health sciences, StatPearls is the ideal tool for you. It features a growing database of articles written for health care professionals. Search from over 6,000 free and peer-reviewed articles, all of which are indexed in PubMed. Content is updated daily using a peer review process. An example of content that is kept current is their review article on COVID-19:  Features, Evaluation and Treatment Coronavirus COVID-19.

Additionally, the StatPearls website offers access to a bank of over 53,000 test questions in 432 specialty databases. The basic learning management system is offered free of charge, with an upgraded subscription option available. The test bank available via subscription uses adaptive learning to tailor your learning experience by identifying areas of strength and weakness as you answer questions. All activities and adaptive learning content are reviewed at least once a year. In addition, users can post comments on all content. Managing editors review customer feedback on content daily and, if they choose, submit the proposed revisions for review.

For more information, please use the Ask a Librarian reference service on the Himmelfarb Library website.

Stuck at home during the pandemic? You are not alone. When it comes to research, the library still has plenty of resources you can use, even from a safe distance.

Himmelfarb Library has introduced a new search option that makes it easier for you to find online books, articles and other materials. When searching via Health Information @ Himmelfarb on the library's home page, you will now automatically search our "Online Access" collection and retrieve only books, articles, and other materials that you can access remotely. Once you've identified a resource you want, use the Available Online links to connect and either login with your GW NetID and password when prompted or connect to the GW VPN to gain access automatically.

The Online Access option is currently set as the default search option while the library building is closed, but the full range of search options is still available. We hope this change makes it easier for you to get the information you need, faster!

Speaking of resources...have you heard about Gideon?

What is it? 

Gideon is an infectious disease database that allows Himmelfarb users to access information about diagnoses for a wide variety of diseases (including COVID-19) and serves as a fantastic epidemiology reference.  You can use Gideon for:

  • Diagnosis: enter patient information to view differential diagnoses and review treatment and country information.
  • Research: Uncover new infectious diseases and pathogens in nearly every country around the globe.
  • Epidemiology: Dig deep into the epidemiology and underlying organisms of every disease
  • Mapping: More than 350 global maps to help illustrate position and scope of outbreaks

Access Gideon to explore this resource check out the online tutorial to learn more about this resource. Gideon is available to the GW community until May 23, 2020 courtesy of Wolters Kluwer.

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The GW Writing Center will NOT hold on-site hours at Himmelfarb Library or any other location in alignment with GW's online status. Presently, the Writing Center plans to offer online appointments after Spring Break, and will confirm those plans in the coming days. We will notify our Himmelfarb patrons as soon as we have additional information about Writing Center hours.

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) has declared March 8-14, 2020 to be Patient Safety Awareness Week.  The annual event promotes safety in the healthcare system for both patients and healthcare workers. Medical harm remains a leading cause of death worldwide with the World Health Organization estimating 2.6 million deaths annually from unsafe care in hospitals.

The Institute provides a number of supporting resources on its website:

Patient Safety Essentials Toolkit

Leading a Culture of Safety: A Blueprint for Success

It also makes available a Safety Culture Assessment tool for organizations.

IHI is offering a free virtual learning hour, Principles for Improving Patient Safety Measurement, on Tuesday, March 10th from noon to 1pm.

You can find more resources on IHI’s Patient Safety page, including how to earn the Certified Professional in Patient Safety credential.

Here are some Himmelfarb Library resources on patient safety:

AccessMedicine. Patient Safety Modules [multimedia]

Banja JD. Patient Safety Ethics : How Vigilance, Mindfulness, Compliance, and Humility Can Make Healthcare Safer . Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press; 2019.

Fondahn E, Lane M, Vannucci A. The Washington Manual of Patient Safety and Quality Improvement . Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania: Wolters Kluwer; 2016.

Journal of Patient Safety and Risk Management. London: SAGE Publications; 2018.

Wachter RM, Gupta K. Understanding Patient Safety . Third edition. New York: McGraw-Hill Education; 2018.

Waterson P. Patient Safety Culture : Theory, Methods, and Application . Farnham, Surrey, England ;: Ashgate Publishing Limited; 2014.


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