About the Library

Mario E. Ramirez, M.D., Library

Library Hours

Monday-Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.

See the Ramirez Library Holiday Schedule.

Address & Contact Information

2102 Treasure Hills Blvd
Harlingen, TX 78550 (map)
(956) 365-8850
rahclibrary@uthscsa.edu

About the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library

It is the mission of the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library to improve the quality of health care in the Lower Rio Grande Valley by connecting health professionals and patients to reliable health information. The Ramirez Library maintains an environment for research, study, and teaching for health professionals and the community and provides state-of-the-art services and collections.

The Library is named after Dr. Mario E. Ramirez a well-known physician in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and former University of Texas Regent who also served as Vice-President for South Texas Programs at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio from 1995 to 2007.

More About the Library

The mission of The Libraries is to advance the educational, research, clinical care, and community service programs of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio by critically appraising, selecting and organizing health sciences information and by facilitating and maintaining access to these resources for the faculty, staff and students of the UT Health Science Center and for the South Texas community.

The Libraries include the Dolph Briscoe, Jr. Library, the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library at the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen, the Laredo Regional Campus Library in Laredo, the Jesse H. Jones Comprehensive Research Library at the South Texas Research Park, and the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library.

Annual Reports

Services

Office Manager and Human Resources Representative: Herlinda Howard

Office Phone:  210-567-2407

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

Regular Duties related to Disaster Planning

  • Maintains and updates list of keys and card readers annually or as necessary
  • Establishes and maintains an inventory of library possessions
  • Maintains current list of all staff office phone numbers for updating the telephone tree

During and After a Disaster

  • Contacts recovery vendors and services at the request of the disaster team or collections manager
  • Tracks and coordinates expenditures
  • Coordinates with Executive Director and Director of Library Services to authorize temporary staff assignments and workspaces if needed
  • Coordinates payment for supplies and services needed
  • Recruits volunteers and ensures they all sign a waiver form
  • Arranges for food and drink for recovery workers as determined necessary
  • Works with Robert Zuniga, Senior Clerk to update the inventory of library possessions as damaged items are discarded
  • Maintains a list of possessions sent out for refurbishing, if applicable
  • Works with Executive Director to submit insurance claims for Library
  • Coordinates with Human Resources to assist any employee injured in the disaster or during recovery with workman’s compensation or insurance claims
  • Enrolls the assistance of the Employee Assistance Program if necessary

 

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One Book 2012

Cover of Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child

“La conversación es el pasto del alma.”

Conversation is food for the soul.

(Mexican Dicho, Barefoot Heart, Chapter 5)

Read the Book

Join the Conversation

Hear the Author

Download a printable flyer for One Community One Book 2012

Copies of Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child are available at the Briscoe, Ramirez and Laredo libraries, and at the Jesse H. Jones Comprehensive Research Library at Texas Research Park: Call number: E184.M5 H365 1999. The book is also available at the UT Health Science Center bookstore.

Humnanities Texas LogoThis program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

One Community One Book: More

The Maine Humanities Council, creator of a national award-winning hospital-based book discussion program, has outlined on its website the benefits that come from engaging diverse groups of health care professionals in conversation about literary works on themes relevant to the work of health care providers, as well as to the human experiences of patients and their families (http://www.mainehumanities.org/programs/litandmed/index.html).  These include enhanced communications between health care professionals, patients and families, deepened understanding of the ways that institutional hierarchies can impede communication, greater awareness of how cultural and socio-economic perspectives and family history affect the health care experiences of patients, and increased vocational satisfaction.

The American Library Association publishes a guide, One Book One Community: Planning Your Community-Wide Read (http://publicprograms.ala.org/orc/pdfs/onebookguide.pdf) that has also been consulted in the development of this program on the UT Health Science Center campus.  Community reading programs have been organized by small towns and large cities, and on university campuses across the country  The benefits of community reading programs listed in the ALA planning guide—cross-cultural understanding, improved communication, a deepened sense of community– are similar to those noted for the Maine Humanities Council’s Literature and Medicine program.

In 2008 the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and the Briscoe Library of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio planned our first One Community/One Book project.  Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World, a book by Tracy Kidder about the life and work of humanitarian physician, Paul Farmer, was selected. A series of book discussions were held during August and September, 2008, culminating in a visit to campus and a lecture by both Tracy Kidder, the author of the book, and Dr. Paul Farmer, the subject of the book.  During the lecture by Dr. Farmer and Tracy Kidder the UT Health Science Center auditorium, which seats 634, was filled to standing room only capacity with faculty, students, staff, and members of the San Antonio community. Total attendance may have been double that when video-teleconference participation at remote locations in Harlingen and Laredo are included.

A community read in 2009 focused on Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality, by Pauline Chen, MD.  In 2010 the One Community One Book selection was The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot.   Participation in book discussions have grown steadily, with more than 270 individuals taking part in book discussion events in 2010.  Author presentations by Pauline Chen and Rebecca Skloot were well-attended by members of the public as well as campus affiliates.

Campus and community partnerships have been critical to the success of all of the One Community One Book programs on the campus of the UT Health Science Center.  In the past, partners have included– in addition to the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and the Academic Center for Excellence in Teaching– the University Transplant Center and local offices of the National Kidney Foundation; and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.  In 2012 we are pleased that the San Antonio Public Library, the Voelcker Biosciences Teachers Academy, and the Young Women’s Leadership Academy have worked with us to provide speaking venues for Elva Trevino Hart, who will be in San Antonio from February 22 through February 25.

One Community One Book has also been supported by generous donations from individual faculty members.  Humanities Texas, the local affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has been a partner in three One Community One Book events, in 2009, 2010 and 2012.

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One Community/One Book 2008

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The Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics and the UT HSC Libraries are offering a season of reading and conversation in the fall of 2008, organized around the book Mountains Beyond Mountains, journalist Tracy Kidder‘s chronicle of the life and work of infectious disease specialist and anthropologist Dr. Paul Farmer.

A Haitian proverb lies at the heart of Tracy Kidder’s story about Paul Farmer: “Beyond mountains, there are mountains”. As you solve one problem, another problem will appear . . . and so you go on, and solve that problem as well.

The centerpiece event of One Community One Book 2008 at UT HSC will take place at noon on September 22, 2008, when Dr. Paul Farmer and Tracy Kidder will present the Frank Bryant Jr MD Distinguished Lecture. Their visit is being hosted by the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics.

One Community/One Book 2009

Photograph of president Henrich holding a copy of Final ExamThe Libraries and the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics have selected Dr. Pauline Chen’s Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality for our 2009 campus and community reading program.

Copies of Final Exam are available at any UT Health Science Center Library at call number WZ 100C518F 2007 or in the Health Science Center Bookstore for 25% off.

Working in partnership with the University Transplant Center, with support from the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, Texas Nurses Association District 8, and nursing sorority Sigma Theta Tau – Delta Alpha, and other community partners, One Community/One Book will reach out to involve local health care professionals both on and beyond the campus in multiple book discussion opportunities leading up to Pauline Chen’s talk, which will occur at noon on September 25, 2009.

How can you get involved?

  1. Read Final Exam by Pauline Chen
  2. Participate in discussion groups to further explore issues presented in the book
  3. See Pauline Chen speak about her book on September 25 at 12 noon in the HSC Auditorium

Dr. Chen’s reading on September 25th will be telecast to the following locations:

  • RAHC in Harlingen Room 1.100
  • South Texas Research Park Room 1.120
  • Laredo Library Room 1.101.7
  • Allied Health Room 4.102

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One Community/One Book 2009: Calendar of Events

Appearances by Dr. Pauline Chen

September 25, 8 a.m. Transplant Center Grand Rounds School of Medicine Room 444B
September 25, 12 noon Author lecture, followed by reception Parman Auditorium and Foyer

Dr. Chen’s lecture on September 25th will be telecast to the following locations:

  • Allied Health Room 4.102
  • Laredo Extension Campus Room 1.102
  • RAHC in Harlingen Room 2.120
  • South Texas Research Park SBC Room 1.120

Watch the Event Online

Training

Small group discussions are the heart of One Community/ One Book. Find out how you can be involved as a host or a facilitator by attending one of the following events. All take place at noon, with a light lunch provided. Registration is required, and space is limited.

Wednesday, July 29, 12 noon Student Orientation Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library
Thursday, August 13, 12 noon Facilitator/Host Training Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library
Saturday, August 15, 12 noon Facilitator/Host Training Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library
Thursday, August 20, 12 noon Student Orientation School of Nursing, Room 2.302
Tuesday, August 25, 12 noon Student Orientation Greehey Campus, GCCRI room 2.150

Discussion Groups

Small group discussions are the heart of One Community/ One Book. Discussion groups posted to this page are open to anyone. We will post more discussion group opportunities as they become available.

 

Scheduled Discussion Groups
September 3, 12 noon Howe Room, Briscoe Library 5th floor Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries and Ashlei Lowery, M.D., Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellow
September 8, 6:30 p.m. RSVP to Stephanie DeLaVega: DeLaVegaS@uthscsa.edu. Location to be announced. Ruth Berggren, M.D., Director of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics.
September 9, 12 noon University Health Clinic-Downtown, UT HSC Library, 3rd Floor, B Building Linda Levy, Assistant Library Director for Branches Database Services and Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian
September 10, 1:15 p.m. Audie L. Murphy Veterans Hospital, GRECC Conference Room #A323 Sandra Sanchez-Reilly, M.D., Hospice and Palliative Medicine Program Director, South Texas Veterans Health Care System and UT Health Science Center
September 11, 12 noon University Hospital- A610-6th floor Learning Resources ClassroomRSVP Ryan Pflipsen, LCSW, Transplant Social Worker
September 15, 4 p.m. South Texas Psychiatric Genetics Research Center, Conference Room, 454 Soledad Street, Suite 200 Salvador Contreras, M.D.
September 16, 12 noon Howe Room, Briscoe Library 5th floor RSVP Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries and Ashlei Lowery, M.D., Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellow
September 18, 12 noon Nursing School Room 1.202 Adelita G. Cantu, PhD, RN
September 18, 12 noon University Hospital- A610-6th floor Learning Resources ClassroomRSVP Ryan Pflipsen, LCSW, Transplant Social Worker
September 21, 9:30 a.m. National Kidney Foundation Offices (Suite 135) (210) 829-1299, ext. 11 Marolyn Stubblefield, Regional Vice President, National Kidney Foundation
September 22, 11:45 a.m. Audie L. Murphy Veterans Hospital, VERDICT Conference Room #B200 Sarah E. Lapey, MD, Assistant Director for Humanities Education, Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics and Dr. Ashlei Lowery, M.D., Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellow
September 23, 5:30 p.m. AAB108-110-112 RSVP Lee Robinson and Jerry Winakur, MD
September 24, TBD Howe Room, Briscoe Library 5th floor RSVP Jessica Koller, Student Government Association, Vice President
September 30, 5 p.m. School of Health Professions Student Lounge Patricia Brewer, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, School of Health Professions
October 2, 12 noon University Hospital- ASL29-6th floor classroom RSVP Ryan Pflipsen, LCSW, Transplant Social Worker

 

To register a new group discussion session fill out this form and e-mail it to hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu.

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One Community/One Book 2009: See Who’s Reading

See Who’s Reading Final Exam

One Community/ One Book is a community reading project, which aims to support vibrant local conversations about issues that are important to health care professionals.

Training for hosts and discussion group leaders is being offered two times in August:

  • Thursday, August 13 starting at noon
  • Saturday, August 15 starting at noon

A light lunch will be provided, and we will offer you some ideas for how to plan a successful discussion group.

One Community/One Book 2009: The Author

Publicity photograph of author Pauline ChenPauline Chen, MD

Pauline W. Chen was educated at Harvard University and Northwestern University Medical School and completed her general surgery training at Yale University. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the UCLA Physician of the Year Award in 1999 and the George Longstreth Humanness Award at Yale for “most exemplifying empathy, kindness, and care in an age of advancing technology.” Her book, Final Exam: A Young Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality, was published by Knopf in January 2007. Her website is at http://www.paulinechen.com.

Selected articles by Pauline Chen

Does Oversight Threaten the Doctor-Patient Relationship? New York Times, February 26, 2009

The Hidden Curriculum of Medical School, New York Times, January 29, 2009

Where Have All the Doctors Gone? New York Times, December 11, 2008

Dead Enough?: The Paradox of Brain Death, Virginia Quarterly Review, Fall 2005

The Gross-Out Factor, Virginia Quarterly Review, Spring 2007