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Hagstrom & Cunningham - No rock stars involved: capturing the interest of first-year medical students in a health information literacy session (teachmeet abstract)

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  • 1. No rock stars involved: Capturing the interest of first-year medical students in a health information literacy sessionCarla Hagstrom, Gerstein Science Information Centre, University of Toronto,carla.hagstrom@utoronto.caHeather Cunningham, Gerstein Science Information Centre, University of Toronto,h.cunningham@utoronto.caAs part of their curriculum, first-year medical students at the University of Toronto arerequired to attend a 2-hour health information literacy session presented by UofTmedical librarians and Toronto hospital librarians during their Structure and Functionsegment. The session consists of an introduction to medical and health sciencesresources and hands-on exercises.Evaluations are distributed at the end of the session. The librarians who oversee thecontent of the session review the comments to see how the content might beimproved. Two years ago, a number of students suggested that it would be helpful ifthey knew what resources would be most useful to them in their first year. To thatend, a call for volunteers was sent to second and third-year medical students, askingthem to participate in a video that would be used in future instruction sessions.Two students were selected, one in second year medicine and one in third. Each wasfilmed while discussing the resources they found most useful and what resourcesthey wish they had known about in first year. The volunteers were given a gift cardfor coffee as a token of appreciation.As a result, the content of the session was adapted to cover many of the resourcesmentioned in the video.The video was well-received by the next set of first-year students, and is nowavailable in the libguide for the Structure and Function course.

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