For the second year running, librarians from the Briscoe Library were instructors in the School of Medicine’s Clinical Foundations course. Clinical Foundations provides the basic clinical tools to rising third year medical students about to embark on their clerkship rotations. Eric Willman, Angela Myatt and Chatchawin Assanasen, M.D., a Hematologist/Oncologist with the department of Pediatrics, were responsible for the knowledge management section of the eight day long program. Objectives of the class included accessing and identifying the best information resources for patient care and knowing how to find answers to clinical questions.
The class of over 200 students was divided into eight groups, with students working in pairs. Each 2 hour session was a fast paced blend of didactic instruction and group assignments. Throughout the session students were posed clinical questions. Answers required the groups to pool their critical thinking skills and to utilize their newly acquired information. Students were encouraged to use their handheld devices to access several clinical resources. They were also received instruction on information management, document storage and password protection.