The Ramirez Library at the RAHC-Harlingen celebrated Medical Information Day on April 11th with short presentations on medical information topics conducted throughout the day. Andrew Lombardo, Program Director for the Rio Grande Valley Health Information Exchange (RGVHIE), provided an overview of health information exchanges and how RGVHIE is working to facilitate sharing of patient information between area hospitals and clinics. Program coordinator for Migrant Health Promotion, Inc., Genoveva Martinez, shared the results of MHP’s CommCare project which provides promotores de salud with smartphones equipped with a patient tracking app called CommCare. With the CommCare app, promotores can record and share information about their clients. It has been used to build a patient database, track patient outcomes and achieve better coordination of care. Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services, provided a demonstration of RefWorks, a web-based tool for citation management. Dr. Alfredo Sardinas, RAHC Internal Medicine Chief Resident and Kathy Carter, Assistant Director of the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D., Library presented the results of two program improvement studies on the use of iPads and point-of-care information resources by RAHC IM residents. In the spirit of fun, participants also had the opportunity to don a mustache, say cheese, and share their go-to medical information resource in a photobooth. Verizon Wireless also demonstrated the latest tablets and smartphones for library visitors throughout the day.
News from the Libraries
Medical Information Day Celebrated at the Ramirez Library
Library Says Goodbye to Trinae Weldy, Archives Intern
The UTHSCSA Libraries have sponsored numerous undergraduate and graduate students over the years as interns.
These interns worked on various projects to gain experience in library operations, information services, systems, records management, or archives and historical collections while earning college credit at the same time.
Trinae Weldy, a graduate student in the History Department at the University of Texas at San Antonio, has worked for two semesters as an intern in Special Collections at the Briscoe Library. During this time she has completed many projects that have made materials in the University Archives and the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library more accessible to researchers, faculty, and students. She added four interesting entries to the Treasures of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library blog to highlight rare books and medical instruments in the collections including:
- A Landmark in Anatomical Illustration: Paolo Mascani and the Lymphatic System
- Investigating the Origins of a Spencer Monocular Microscope
- The Life and Experiences of Dr. John Mathews
- Electrotherapy: Stimulating Medicine
Trinae also identified numerous antique medical instruments in the Special Collections and scanned newspaper clippings about the university from 1995, 1996, and 1999 for preservation and to enable keyword searching. She scanned the 2011 Medical School Yearbook for future addition to the Digital Archive’s University History Project and created an exhibit on antique obstetric and gynecological instruments, which is displayed in front of the Nixon Library. Trinae helped inventory the rare books in the Nixon Library and worked to organize the negatives, proof sheets, and photographic prints in the University Archives from Academic Technology Services.
Trinae is graduating in May. We wish her luck in her search for an archival position. Thank you, Trinae for all of your hard work.