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Resources for Discussion Group Leaders

Questions Set 1

  1. 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?
  2. Chen draws upon her experiences with real patients. What do these people add to the story she tells in Final Exam?
  3. 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?
  4. 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?
  5. 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?
  6. 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?

Questions Set 2

Adapted from the LitLovers website

  1. 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?
  2. 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?
  3. How does the professional culture described in Final Exam differ from the professional culture in which you work? How is it similar?
  4. 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?

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Resources for Distance Learning Students

S.T.E.A.M Night at Hoffman Elementary

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Andrea N. Schorr, Metadata and Collection Management Librarian at the UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library, provided an exhibit for Hoffman Elementary students and their parents at the first annual S.T.E.A.M Night (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) on February 3rd. The event allowed students to explore future careers and new ideas about innovations and technology. Each student visiting the exhibit table was given a sticker saying “Future Health Science Librarian” prompting one little boy to ask, “Can boys be librarians?”

On display at the Briscoe Library exhibit were resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) including TOXinvaders, a new mobile game about chemistry, the environment, and health; and ToxMystery, created by the NLM to help children from 7-11 years old learn about household chemical hazards. Students also had a chance to see and handle objects produced by the new Briscoe Library 3-D printer.

As a Resource Library with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), the UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library provides a variety of services to individuals and groups throughout South Texas including:

• Exhibits at health fairs and other health-related events like school science fairs
• Presentations for health consumers (including students and parents), area health professionals, and librarians, etc.
• Instruction on finding and evaluating reliable health information, with a focus on resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
• Support for area organizations in identifying funding opportunities from the NN/LM or NLM and the preparation of proposals

To schedule an event or to request assistance with an outreach activity or project, contact the Briscoe Library’s Head of Outreach Services, Peg Seger.

San Fernando Health and Safety Fair Celebrates 25th Anniversary

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This year was the 25th Anniversary of the San Fernando Health & Safety Fair. The fair offers health screening to individuals in the community who have no insurance or are under insured. Over 400 volunteer doctors, nurses, health specialists, community volunteers and students provide the screening services.

Briscoe Library staff Patrick Lemelle and Peg Seger teamed up again this year on October 3rd to provide an exhibit table at the fair featuring reliable consumer health information from the National Library of Medicine.

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Save the Date for Student Appreciation Week

Mark your calendars for Briscoe Library’s 2nd Annual Student Appreciation Week!

Student Appreciation Week will take place October 29th through November 2nd from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm each day. Join us for food, prizes, and fun activities, like our Halloween photo wall, painting, Virtual Reality games, and pet therapy animals! The Awards Reception for the Image of Research Photography Competition will be held on Thursday, November 1st. Stay tuned for more information.

School of Dentistry Liaison Librarian Greets 330 Area Students at 2017 Science Expo

 

On November 11, Christy Tyson, Liaison to the School of Dentistry, provided outreach services at the 2017 Health Science Expo held at the Holly Auditorium, where there were 330 visitors. The Expo targets area high school students, their teachers, guidance counselors, and parents and seeks to inform them of the exciting aspects of health science librarianship and access points for NIH resources. PubMed and MedlinePlus were two of the resources demonstrated and literature was available for further reference. Christy also provided several hands-on opportunities to those who visited the library’s table, including manipulation of 3D prints of anatomical structures and online VR modules created for current courses offered at UT Health.

 

  

Senior Director of Libraries: Owen Ellard

Office Phone:  210-567-2413

Emergency Contact Information is on the Staff Intranet (not publicly available).

Regular Duties related to Disaster Planning

  • Works with Department of Environmental Health and Safety, Facilities Management, and UT Police to ensure Library is in consistent compliance with broader disaster management policies
  • Coordinates update of Business Continuity Plan with Associate Library Director (not publicly available)

During and After a Disaster

  • Maintains direct communication with UT Police , Department of Environmental Health and Safety, Facilities Management, and Office of the President
  • Activates Business Continuity Plan
  • Works with Office of Business Affairs to process insurance claims
  • Works with Facilities Management on the restoration of the Library
  • Authorizes payment for supplies and services as needed

 

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SMILE: Sharing MedlinePlus/MEDLINE for Information Literacy Education

Photograph of librarian Julie Gaines teaching a group of dental health workersThe 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.

Proposal

Poster

Tutorial

Final Report

 

Two photographs of libarians teaching and working with dental health professionals

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.

 

Staff Directory

Office of the Director

Staff Member Title Email Phone
Owen Ellard, MLIS, MA Senior Director of Libraries ellard@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2413
Jonquil Feldman, MALS, AHIP Associate Library Director feldman@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2430
Sharon Leach Administrative Assistant Senior LeachSM@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2408

Resource Management

Staff Member Title Email Phone
Andrea Schorr, MSIS Librarian Lead – Resource Management schorr@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2403
Dana Whitmire, MSLS Librarian Sr. – Electronic Resources whitmired@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2464
Kelley Minars, MLIS Librarian – 3D Print and Virtual Services minars@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2483
Melissa DeThorne Library Clerical Assistant Senior – Special Collections dethorne@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2470
Ron Mesa Library Clerical Assistant Senior mesa@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2450
Walter Creech Library Clerical Assistant Senior – Interlibrary Loan creechw@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2460
Diane Fotinos Library Clerical Assistant-Associate fotinos@uthscsa.edu (210) 562-6805

Outreach & Community Engagement

Staff Member Title Email Phone
Peg Seger, MLIS Librarian Lead – Outreach & Community Engagement segerp@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-6398
Kirsten Lorenzen, MLIS Librarian – Outreach & Community Engagement lorenzenk@uthscsa.edu (210) 450-8241

Library Liasons

Staff Member Title Email Phone
Chris Gaspard, MSLS Librarian Lead – Liaison to the School of Medicine sifuentes@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2429
Emme Lopez, MLS Librarian Sr. – Liaison to the School of Nursing lopeze13@uthscsa.edu (210) 450-8124
Christy Tyson, MLIS Librarian Sr. – Liaison to the School of Dentistry tysonc@uthscsa.edu (210) 450-8255
Karen Barton, MSLIS Librarian – Liaison to the School of Health Professions and Community Engagement bartonkd@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2428

Circulation Services

Staff Member Title Email Phone
Luis Barcenes Supervisor,  Library Information Resources barcenes@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2485
Maria Mota Library Clerical Assistant-Intermediate motam2@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2497
Albert Ramirez Library Clerical Assistant-Intermediate ramireza1@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2435
David Alvarez Library Clerical Assistant-Assoc. alvarezda@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2435
Juan Jaime Library Clerical Assistant-Assoc. jaime@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2439
Annette Gonzales Library Clerical Assistant-Assoc. gonzalesam@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2440
Roberta Johnson Library Clerical Assistant-Assoc. johnsonrm@uthscsa.edu (210) 567-2440

 

Student Appreciation Week: Oct 29 – Nov 2

Briscoe Library’s 2nd Annual Student Appreciation Week will be taking place October 29th through November 2nd! Head over to the library each day from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm to participate in fun activities and enjoy some food, prizes, and other giveaways.