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Exploring Best Practices for Librarian Integration into Case-Based Small Group Learning

Sunday, May 5
2:50 PM - 3:05 PM
Room: Columbus EF (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Background : Health sciences librarians and medical educators performed a study about undergraduate medical students’ use of resources in small group case-based learning experiences. Librarian activities included collecting students’ presentations, critiquing resources cited, and providing feedback. Librarians also performed in-person observations of student presentations. The librarians discovered gaps in information seeking skills on the part of both the students and faculty small group facilitators. Facilitators acknowledged their own need for training about effective searching. The goal of this project is to explore best practices for ongoing integration of health sciences librarians in case-based learning in undergraduate medical education to facilitate lifelong learning.
Description : As an outcome of the original study, one of the librarians participated in a teaching fellowship focusing on increasing librarian participation in small group case-based learning. She was invited to teach an orientation session on searching and critical appraisal skills to faculty small group facilitators at the beginning of the 2018-2019 academic year. Another librarian is taking part more regularly in small groups at her campus. A needs assessment is being developed for the small group facilitators to assess their needs for improving information seeking skills, how to integrate review of resources into student learning summary presentations, facilitator comfort level in providing feedback to students on resource use, and best ways to leverage librarian expertise. Librarians are also exploring ways to reinforce information seeking skills throughout the academic year through more intensive educational interventions, such as adding graded criteria.
Conclusion : The presence of the librarians in the small group case-based learning sessions prompts both students and faculty facilitators to consider the quality of cited information resources which are important for clinical reasoning skills for future clinical work. Due to increased participation by librarians, faculty facilitators are more open to having librarians attend small group case-based learning sessions. The librarians are also gaining increased recognition among small group facilitators. A needs assessment of faculty small group facilitators will help shape future librarian involvement, along with possible addition of graded criteria for student presentations.

Gail Kouame

Assistant Director for Research & Education Services
Augusta University
Augusta, Georgia

Gail Kouame is the Assistant Director for Research & Education Services at the Greenblatt Library on the health sciences campus at Augusta University. Ms. Kouame manages the embedded librarian program for the health sciences colleges and units: Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Allied Health Sciences, and the Institute for Public and Preventive Health. Gail is embedded in the Medical College of Georgia and works primarily with first- and second-year medical students. Her research interests include health literacy in vulnerable populations and librarian integration into undergraduate medical education. In past positions, Ms. Kouame worked under contracts for the National Library of Medicine as well as for the Washington State Department of Health


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Julie K. Gaines, AHIP

Head, AU/UGA Medical Partnership Library
Augusta Univ/Univ of GA Medical Partnership
Georgia Health Sciences University
Athens, Georgia


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