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Reinventing the College of Veterinary Medicine Curriculum

Monday, May 6
5:05 PM - 5:20 PM
Room: Columbus AB (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Background : In 2016 the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine was charged with reimagining their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) curriculum and turning it into a cost-effective, learner-centered, integrated curriculum that produces high-value, career-ready graduates. The veterinary medicine librarian has been involved since the beginning of the process, with increasing responsibilities that ultimately led to being embedded in the instruction team when the new curriculum launched in the fall of 2018. This session will describe the process of developing a new curriculum and how the librarian leveraged their expertise to help shape the education of future veterinarians.
Description : After being identified as a College of Veterinary Medicine stakeholder the veterinary medicine librarian was invited to participate in a day-long workshop to identify key competencies for the new DVM curriculum. As the reimagining process progressed the librarian reached out to the college working groups and instructional design teams to suggest ways to integrate library resources and services into the new curriculum. This led to the librarian receiving an invitation to join the instruction team for the first course in the new curriculum, helping to create the course using backward design principles and developing course objectives and instructional materials on the topics of evidence-based veterinary medicine and information literacy.
Conclusion : Increasing involvement in the redesign process allowed the veterinary medicine librarian to develop a deep working knowledge of the DVM curriculum and identify key points where library services and librarian expertise is necessary. As part of the instruction team the librarian established close working relationships with members of the faculty and a well-known presence among the students. Evidence-based medicine and information literacy are integral competencies introduced early in the students’ education and provide a foundation for the librarian to advocate for their inclusion throughout the four years of the curriculum.

Andrea C. Kepsel, AHIP

Health Sciences Educational Technology Librarian
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan

Andrea C. Kepsel, MLIS, AHIP is a Health Sciences Educational Technology Librarian at Michigan State University. She serves as liaison to the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Department of Animal Science, the Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics Program, and the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Prior to becoming a librarian and joining MSU in 2011, she worked as a molecular biologist at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. Andrea received her Master in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology from Michigan State University, where she is an alumnus of the Lyman Briggs College.

Andrea is professionally active at the national, state, and local levels. She is currently the Chair of the Medical Library Association’s Medical Informatics Section and is representing the Educational Annual Programming Committee on the 2020 National Planning Committee. She is also a member of the Veterinary Medical Libraries Section and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Special Interest Group. Locally, she is currently Chair of the Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Association Communications Committee and is a member of the 2019 Annual Meeting Local Arrangements Committee. She maintains membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals and has obtained a Consumer Health Information Specialization from the Medical Library Association.

Andrea has a diverse range of interests, including instructional design and the integration of information literacy and evidence-based practice into medical education. She is passionate about the role that accessibility and universal design have in creating an equitable educational experience for all and is exploring the intersection of these principles with emerging technologies in healthcare and higher education. In her free time she volunteers as a docent at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing, MI, where she gets to combine her love of animals and teaching to educate the zoo’s visitors about the many different animals who call the zoo home.

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