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Raising Clinician Genetics Information Literacy

Tuesday, May 7
2:20 PM - 2:35 PM
Room: Columbus GH (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Background : Precision Medicine endorses the use of genetic blueprint to custom-cater patient treatment rather than relying on a one-size-fits-all approach. To be effective in implementing precision approaches to patient care, clinicians need to be well-trained in genetics. Here, a health science library has conducted an outreach project aimed to raise the genetics information literacy of clinicians by teaching various clinicians on campus to navigate online genetics information resources that are pertinent to their medical practice.
Description : In this project, several clinical units on campus agreed that further training on the use of online genetics information resources would enhance their practice. We developed in-person training to demonstrate the use of genetics databases that house information pertaining to

1) Genetic influences of disease and drug response (GeneReviews, OMIM, and Pharmacogenomics Knowledgebase).
2) Appropriate tests to detect disease causing gene mutations and where testing can be done (Genetic Testing Registry).

Databases housing information regarding genetics and health that a clinician could provide as patient education were also introduced. Instructional videos that document the use of these resources were also created and made available online for clinicians to view during their spare time. A four-question survey was sent to gauge effectiveness of in-person training. Success of the videos will be measured by the number of views received a year post-production.

Conclusion : As the hub for information resources and education, this outreach project allowed the project team to enhance the genetics information literacy of clinicians at a university. This opportunity was innovative because the databases presented are authoritative, well organized, and well curated; thus, preventing the need for lengthy literature searches in a busy and fast-paced clinical environment.

Joe Wu

Bioinformatics Support Specialist
University of Florida Health Science Center Libraries
Gainesville, Florida

My name is Joe Wu. I have a PhD in biomedical science and completed two years of postdoctoral research at University of Wisconsin-Madison where my work was funded by a T32 training grant in Molecular and Applied Nutrition. I made my way back home to the University of Florida where I completed my undergraduate studies and now working as bioinformatics support specialist at the Health Science Center Library. This position allows me to make full use of my biomedical research training and apply new computational methodologies to help researchers advance their research.


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Margaret Emily Ansell, AHIP

Nursing & Consumer Health Liaison Librarian
Health Science Center Libraries, University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida

Margaret Ansell is the Nursing & Consumer Health Liaison Librarian at the University of Florida’s Health Science Center Libraries. She works with the College of Nursing and clinical nursing staff at UF Health Shands Hospital, as well as with the College of Health and Human Performance’s Health Education and Behavior department.


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Ariel Pomputius

Assistant University Librarian
University of Florida Health Science Center Libraries

Ariel Pomputius is a Health Sciences Center Liaison Librarian at the University of Florida's Health Science Center Libraries in Gainesville, FL. She's in that awkward interim between "recent library school graduate" and "experienced librarian", which means she is still learning more every day and asking lots of questions as she goes, but now sometimes people also ask HER questions, and OCCASIONALLY she even knows the right answer. Her areas of research interest include collection development, wellness, and graphic medicine. When not in the library, Ariel can be found taking long walks in the Ocala National Forest with her dog or playing overly complex board games at the local brewery.


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Michele R. Tennant, AHIP

Head, ARCS
Health Science Center Libraries
Gainesville, Florida

Michele R. Tennant received her PhD in Biology from Wayne State University in 1991, and her MLIS from UCLA in 1994. Since 1995, she has provided liaison, outreach and instructional at the Health Science Center Libraries (HSCL) of the University of Florida, with a focus on bioinformatics and genetics. She is currently head of the Academic Research Consulting and Services group of the university's libraries.She has created and taught courses for the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), and provided instruction in the science and resources of genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, and cancer biology to librarians for the Medical Library Association (MLA). Tennant served as PI on the “Women’s Health/Sex and Gender Differences Outreach Project” in 2013 and the complementary “Sex and Gender Differences/Women’s Health Outreach Project” in 2014, both awarded by NLM and the Office of Research on Women’s Health, as well as on the NLM’s contract “Partnering to Provide HIV/AIDS Information Outreach”, awarded in 2015. Tennant is currently editing a children’s book – “Madagascar from A to Z” – to be published by the LibraryPress@UF, and teaches a study abroad course on biodiversity, conservation, sustainability and culture in Madagascar. Tennant has authored or co-authored nearly 40 peer-reviewed articles in the library and scientific literature, as well as 5 invited book chapters, and over 140 posters and presentations at conferences and other venues. Since 2005 she has been a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP). She has been the recipient of two awards from the MLA – the Estelle Brodman Academic Medical Librarian of the Year Award (2005), and the Lucretia McClure Excellence in Education Award (2014), and has served on numerous grant panels for the National Institutes of Health/National Library of Medicine.


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