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Librarian Co-Teaching a Graduate Medical Education Research Practicum

Monday, May 6
2:50 PM - 3:05 PM
Room: Columbus EF (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Background : Residents have limited time for research and working with librarians, and therefore are often not exposed to the full breadth of skills and services available from a library. Our academic medical center offers a dedicated 2-week Research Practicum, an immersive research experience for PGY3s in which they analyze a real dataset and produce an abstract for either a publication or conference presentation. Skills taught in the class are often possessed by librarians: literature review; data management, sharing, visualization and analysis. This paper presents a case study of a librarian’s collaboration in teaching a GME Research Practicum for PGY3s.

Description : A librarian was invited by one of the Research Practicum faculty to join as an instructor. The librarian had experience teaching data visualization workshops, as well as working with residents to teach Evidence Based literature searching, and the practicum allowed for an opportunity to deepen engagement with residents and improve skills in data analysis. Two blocks of the Research Practicum were held, each with a group of four residents. The librarian joined brainstorm sessions and offered help finding relevant literature. Additionally, the librarian worked with the main professor to discuss methods of analysis and visualization and to discuss with the residents ways to move past roadblocks in their research. Finally, towards the end of the Practicum, the faculty provided feedback on presentations and advised on improvements to be made before publication.

Conclusion : Residents who participated in the Research Practicum are currently revising abstracts and/or manuscripts for submission to national journals in their field. By MLA we expect to hear if they have been accepted. In addition to the publications, residents learned about issues relating to data sharing and reuse, data analysis and visualization, and research, and the library gained inroads into teaching and research with this group.

Fred Willie Zametkin LaPolla

Research and Data Librarian
NYU Langone Health
New York, New York

Fred LaPolla is a Research and Data Librarian with NYU Health Sciences Library. He has a strong interest in data visualization and teaches workshops in tools including GraphPad Prism, Excel and R Studio. In addition to working with NYU HSL's Data Services Team, Fred is liaison to the departments of General Internal Medicine and Radiology. He earned his MLS at Queens College, CUNY.


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Colleen Gillespie

Associate Professor
NYU School of Medicine
New York, NY


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