Serves as institutional consultant for Records Management issues relevant to disaster recovery
In case of an imminent emergency, locates items on priority collections list (not publicly available) to be saved or recovered first; identifies temporary storage space for these items, and coordinates moving these items
Assesses and records damage in Archives and Special Collections; works with Department of Environmental Safety and Health to determine if a mold assessment of the affected collections is necessary
Works with Disaster Team Leader and BMS Catastrophe to coordinate recovery and salvage operations in Archives and Special Collections
Coordinates restoration efforts in Archives and Special Collections
Final Exam is about Pauline Chen’s education by two very different sets of teachers: doctors and patients. What does she learn from doctors? What does she learn from patients? In what ways are these lessons incompatible? Have you experienced or heard of something similar?
Chen draws upon her experiences with real patients. What do these people add to the story she tells in Final Exam?
In Chapter 1, Pauline Chen writes: “The daily confrontation with a dead body, the first stranger’s body that medical students may have ever examined so closely, marks a point of high anxiety in medical education.” During your professional education, can you describe any events similar to Pauline Chen’s experiences in anatomy class? How did you learn to cope with the feelings and anxiety that you may not have encountered before?
What makes Chen’s story compelling and interesting to you? In what ways does Final Exam read more like a novel than a book of nonfiction?
Reflect on Chen’s statement that doctors “learn not only to avoid but also to define death as the result of errors, imperfect technique, and poor judgment. Death is no longer a natural event but a ritual gone awry” [p. 95]. What are the consequences, for patients and for health care professionals, of this way of defining death?
Has reading Final Exam caused you to think differently about life and death? How could you use the book to start a discussion with your family about their end-of-life wishes?
Pauline Chen paints a detailed culture of the professional culture in which she works. What does she celebrate in that culture? What does she criticize?
Does she wish to preserve or reform the professional culture? If reform, in what way? What would be gained and what would be at risk if the professional culture in which she works was changed as she imagines?
How does the professional culture described in Final Exam differ from the professional culture in which you work? How is it similar?
Does Final Exam offer a central idea or premise? Do you think the problems Pauline Chen raises are personal, spiritual, societal, global, economic or scientific?
Membership in CLHIN fulfills the JCAHO requirements for library service by providing staff with MEDLINE and other database searches, copies of articles, books and audiovisual materials from the collection at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio’s Briscoe Library, the Ramirez Medical Library at the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen, and through interlibrary loan from other libraries. Become a CLHIN Member.
For Current Members
The Circuit Librarian Health Information Network (CLHIN) provides ready access to medical library services for the physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, and administrative staff of participating institutions in the absence of a fully staffed and equipped in-house library.
SMILE: Sharing MedlinePlus/MEDLINE for Information Literacy Education
The SMILE project is a partnership among the UT HSC Libraries, the Gateway Clinic in Laredo, and the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. SMILE addresses information-access components of Healthy People 2010 and oral-health objectives specified in Healthy Border 2010. The project focuses on improving South Texas public health dental practitioners’ and community health workers’ (“promotores”) awareness of and access to reliable information resources, as well as integrating the best evidence from these resources into their public health dental practice and educational activities. The SMILE project provides information literacy skills needed for lifelong learning. By equipping practitioners with these skills they can impact the lives of patients and their families.
This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. N01-LM-6-3505 under the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.
What is TEDMED?TEDMED is where the world’s most creative minds meet healthcare’s most innovative science. At TEDMED’s 3½-day conference, great minds from dozens of medical and non-medical fields come together for intellectual cross-pollination. The result is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to stimulate inspiration, innovation and imagination… to generate fresh insights and surprising breakthroughs.
TEDMED 2012 will take place at the Opera House of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, April 10-13, 2012. It will consist of 11 sessions (each session is 90 minutes long), each featuring an unforgettable mix of speakers, entertainers, and audience collaboration. Onsite delegates to TEDMED typically pay an event fee of $4,950 per person to attend, but TEDMEDLive offers you the chance to participate in the event live — for free, right here on campus.
TEDMEDLive is an interactive simulcast sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and hosted here by the Libraries, ACET and IMS, that will put you in the front row of TEDMED 2012, right here at the Health Science Center, at no charge! You’ll have the opportunity to do more than just watch passively — by using the TEDMEDConnect Mobile app, you’ll be able to connect “live” to the TEDMED stage to participate in live polls and activities, ask and answer questions, and share comments with the speakers.
Here are the times & locations for TEDMEDLive at the Health Science Center - join us when you can!
[Updated Monday, March 12, with just-announced new session times and one location change]:
I’m in! How do I attend? Simple: add it to your calendar now, and join us at one or more of the session times indicated above. Then download the “TEDMED Connect” app for iPhone/iPad or for Android, or use the mobile web version of the app on any platform. This app will allow you to connect directly to the TEDMED stage while you are watching the live simulcast, request additional information from speakers, participate in polls, vote in the Great Challenges program, and more.
If possible, please also complete this RSVP form to help us plan:
Questions? Please contact Luke Rosenberger at 210.567.2486 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Please spread the word all across campus about this unique opportunity!
Faculty, Staff, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Adult Public Library Borrowers, and Members of Libraries of Clinical Medicine from participating TexShare libraries around the state are eligible to register for library services, including:
Books (excluding Nursing titles) and databases
Journals—print or electronic, in-house use only at any of the UT Health Science Center Libraries
Library computers (time limit)
Online search service (fee)
Photocopy and printing (fee)
Loan periods for circulating material
# of Renewals Allowed
Print Reserve Materials
Create an account for book checkout.
Request a TexShare card from your home institution library.
Bring the TexShare card to the Circulation Desk along with your Texas driver’s license or other official state ID, and complete a borrower registration form.
Student cards are valid for one semester only, with breaks between semesters. See the circulation cut-off dates for this year. Faculty cards expire on August 31 every year.
Library Collection Use
Users may have up to 3 items checked out at any given time.
The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library
The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library provide a forum for those interested in the history of the health sciences. The Friends have a deep appreciation for the Nixon Library’s remarkable rare book collection and have joined together to see that the Special Collections are preserved, augmented and introduced to those who have not yet discovered them. The society meets periodically throughout the year for lectures, films, and a dinner presentation in November.
In 2012 the History of Medicine Society was formed as an interest group within the Friends of the Nixon Library. The History of Medicine Society is a student-led group that includes students and faculty across the health science center, as well as members of the wider community. Membership in the HOM Society is free and attendance at events welcome.
The Friends Annual Newsletter gives a recap of the year’s activities, lists current members and past presidents, mentions recent acquisitions, and provides information on forthcoming events.
Membership in the Friends is open to everyone! Dues are $10/year for students, $25 for individual members, and $50 for patrons. The Friends always welcome new members. If you are interested in joining or would like to know more, please contact Anne Comeaux, Assistant Director for Special Collections, at 567-2428 or email@example.com.
The university-wide Library Committee meets quarterly to address library service issues from the users’ perspective and works with library administration to get input from faculty, students, and staff concerning proposed changes in library policies and practices. Faculty and students who serve on this committee have a “global perspective” about services the library may be willing to provide, and become involved in committee projects.
Bridgett Piernik-Yoder, Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy, is the chair of the UT Health Science Center Library Committee for 2013-2014.
To serve in a consultative and advisory capacity to the President and Vice President for Academic Administration and to work with and assist the Executive Director of Libraries in making recommendations for library practices and procedures. To review and advise in the development of priorities in the areas that have an impact on academic efficiency and effectiveness to ensure that the services provided by the library reflect the needs and interests of the academic community.
Terms expire August 31, 2014
Boese, Teresa (Nursing)
Palmer, Ray (Medical)
Rahman, Md Mizanur (Medical)
Short, John D. (Medical)
Terms expire August 31, 2015
Acheson, Ashley (Medical)
Huynh-Ba, Guy (Dental)
*Piernik-Yoder, Bridgett (Health Professions)
**Wallisch, Benjamin (Medical)
Terms expire August 31, 2016
MacNeill, Barbara (Dental)
Rahimi, Omid (Medical)
Shaw, Jennie (Nursing)
Garcia, Elizabeth (Health Professions)
Gorthi, Aparna (Graduate)
Silvas, Delia (Nursing)
Tidwell, Johvoh (Dental)
Villanueva, Gabriela (Medical)
Ex Officio (voting)
Tesh, Michael (Vice President for Human Resources)