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Rules for Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Award

Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Award

Win $500

  • The contest is open to students of UTSA and UT Health San Antonio, as well as affiliated interns, residents and fellows
  • Word Limit: 2500 words or less
  • Please include a cover sheet with: name, date, title, word count, school/program
  • Submission Dates: September 7th, 2017 to January 31st , 2018
  • Format: PDF
  • Submit to: Peg Seger segerp@uthscsa.edu

Judging Criteria

  1. Applicability of topic/educational value to health care professionals (30 pts total)
    1. Connects relevant historical facts to contemporary issues in health care (15 pts)
    2. Shows how topic relates to health care (15 pts)
  2. Quality of writing (20 pts total)
    1. Uses proper grammar & spelling (7 pts)
    2. Writes clearly (7 pts)
    3. Cites sources (6 pts)
  3. Comprehension of issues (30 pts total)
    1. Demonstrates knowledge of chosen topic (8 pts)
    2. Provides evidence to support thesis & arguments (8 pts)
    3. Draws appropriately on external resources (7 pts)
    4. Demonstrates original thought, rather than just restating what others have said (7 pts)
  4. Clarity of discussion & conclusions (20 pts total)
    1. Shows a clear logical flow of argumentation (e.g. thesis, arguments, supporting evidence) (7 pts)
    2. Stays on topic (6 pts)
    3. Makes a logical conclusion for action, thought, or research (7 pts)

 

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.

Save the Dates for Student Appreciation Week!

 

For more information, contact Peg Seger: segerp@uthscsa.edu 

 

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. 

The History of Enemas: A History of Medicine Society Event

Presentation by Daniel Rosenthal, M.D.

Thursday, March 16th, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Briscoe Library, Howe Conference Room (5th floor)

 The History of Medicine Society is a student-run organization,  meetings are open to the public.

Light refreshments will be served!

From the need to clean the colon of royal war elephants in India to the job of shepherding the anus of Egyptian Pharaohs, to the fad of coffee enemas….this talk will take you across five continents and thousands of years of recorded medical history. The Mayan used it, Louis the XlV loved it….Moliere popularized it in his plays.

Daniel Rosenthal, M.D.

Upcoming 2016 Events for the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

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The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library are committed to the development and use of an exceptional collection of books and manuscripts relating to the history of medicine and the health sciences. The collection was established through the efforts of Dr. Pat Ireland Nixon (1883-1965), who was born in Guadalupe County, attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and later built a practice in San Antonio. Your  support of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library  helps to assure that we will be able to maintain, build, and promote the use of the collection, both on the campus of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and in the academic communities of the surrounding area.

The History of Medicine Society is a student-led interest group of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. It meets on the third Thursday of the month during academic semesters to discuss the historical development of the health sciences and to explore the impact of medicine on society. Membership is free, and meetings are open to the general public.

The next meeting of the History of Medicine Society is scheduled for Thursday, October 20, 2016

6:00 pm in the Howe Conference Room on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library

The topic will be Orthopedic Eponyms, presented by Fred Olin, MD.

On Wednesday, November 2nd 2016, the 46th Annual Friends Dinner Meeting and Presentation will be held

Kirsten Gardner, PhD, will be speaking on “Patient Decisions: A History of Diabetes Since the Discovery of Insulin”

The dinner is held at the Old San Francisco Steak House, 10223 Sahara Street

(Located north of Loop 410. From San Pedro, turn right onto  Sahara Street.)

Sponsorships for students are available on request. Advanced registration is required.

Please RSVP by October 21, 2016. A link to the reservation form is available below.

Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library annual dinner reservation form @ frienddinnerreservationform_2016

For more information, contact Peg Seger, Head of Outreach and Community Engagement, at 210-567-6398 or segerp@uthscsa.edu.

Visit with Gary Taubes October 26th, 2-3pm, AltC 3.304

Vote Held for Naming of New Space in the Library

A newly developed space in the Library seeks a new name!

The space, now filled with new furniture and technology, has been made possible thanks to student funds. In earlier communications, the space had been referred to as the Technology Sandbox, however, the Library would like to open up the choice to students and anyone else who would like to cast their vote.

Voting will be available from Friday, February 3, through Tuesday, February 7.

So far, the vote has brought up some interesting opinions!

Watch for Library Events in April!

Student Fiesta Day

Come for refreshments and Fiesta fun!

 

P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Open House

Join us for refreshments and help us celebrate the historical significance

of the library collection in this Tricentennial year in San Antonio!

 

 

We Have a Winner!: The 2018 History of the Health Sciences Essay Award

On March 29, the winner of the Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Award, Farhan Ahmad, was presented with a check by Senior Director of Libraries Owen Ellard. Farhan won the 2018 competition with his essay, Knee History: From Early Developments to the Total Knee Replacement. The annual $500 award is sponsored by the Friends of the P.I Nixon Medical Historical Library.

Farhan will be giving a presentation on his essay on April 24 at 3:30 p.m. on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library. The presentation will cap off activities during the UT Health Library Student Fiesta and will lead into the P.I. Nixon Library Fiesta Open House also happening on the 24th.

Farhan is a first year medical student at the Long School of Medicine, and is interested in pursuing a career in Orthopaedic Surgery. He graduated from UTSA’s Honors College in the FAME B.S./M.D. program. His essay topic is a historical review of advancements in knee care from major time points in recorded human history.

“The knee,” Farhan explains, “when diseased or broken, is like any part of the body in that it tells a story. However, there is scarce documentation of medical history regarding knee injuries and developments. I found that many advancements in knee care (both operative and non-operative) contributed to and came from general advancements in the history of medicine. Some advancements were helpful to the patient while others may not have been. Ultimately, in every civilization across time, the knee was a universal concern and human curiosity pushed forth new ideas, which I aimed to capture in my essay. As the rates of knee osteoarthritis continue to increase in the U.S., my paper is a timely meditation on the progress we have made so far, as well as a reminder that there is much to discover.”