An Educational Timeline: One Library's Involvement in Undergraduate Medical Education
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  • 1. An Educational Timeline: One Library’s Involvement in Undergraduate Medical EducationMark MacEachern, MLIS; Whitney Townsend, MLIS; Kristen Young, MLIS
    Overview
    The Taubman Health Sciences Library (THL) is heavily integrated in the fouryears of the University of Michigan’s (UM) undergraduate Medical School curriculum. THL librarians first meet with the students early in the M1 year to provide two training sessions, one optional and another mandatory. These early sessions provide students with a basic orientation to the information environment at UM, as well as an introduction to fundamental search functionality of PubMed, Ovid MEDLINE, and select psychosocial and E-Book resources. The instructors provide another instruction session on advanced PubMed during M2 year. In this session, the librarians introduce students to evidence-based resources, such as Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, National Guidelines Clearinghouse, and ACP-PIER. During the M3 year, the librarians continue the evidence-based resource thread by revisiting systematic review and practice guideline resources, while adding instruction on drug (Micromedex) and point-of-care (DynaMed) resources. A new session has been added to the M4 year, which will be taught remotely and focus more on research resources, like Scopus and Web of Science. All sessions are co-taught by Medical Education Faculty.
    Future Plans (Proposed Courses)
    The librarians and medical education faculty are in the process of developing two new courses for this curriculum. One session, which would focus on particularly challenging clinical questions that the instructors are unable to address elsewhere because of time, would fall within the M3 Family Medicine Clerkship. The other, which would involve resources beyond UM, would fall at an as of yet undetermined point in the M4 year.