Lightning Talk: Program Description Abstract
Elevating Health Literacy Education with a Medical School Selective
Sunday, May 5
2:55 PM - 3:00 PM
Room: Columbus KL (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)
Assistant Professor of Medical Education & Medical Librarian
Lisa Marks, AHIP
Director of Libraries
Mayo Clinic Libraries, Arizona
Background : A new librarian in the medical school library had previously taught a health literacy selective for fourth year medical students. Upon beginning work in a new setting, it became clear that a health literacy selective for first and second year students would be beneficial. In cooperation with librarians from the other campuses, the content and format was modified to fit the selective requirements and provide a comprehensive overview of health literacy for medical students.
Description : Once the decision was made to move forward in offering a one-week health literacy selective through the libraries, the librarians virtually met to discuss objectives, structure, and requirements. The proposal was submitted to the selectives committee, and they needed more information. After a second proposal was questioned, one librarian attended a committee meeting and described the selective in detail. It was then approved by the committee. A LibGuide was prepared to inform students of the requirements and how to sign up. Students were able to sign up beginning on December 1. As of March 15, four students have completed the selective, and three more are signed up for a week in March. Each student meets with the librarian at their location after the selective, and comments were noted about what worked best and what will need tweaking in the future.
Conclusion : The selective requires students to submit two essays. One is a reflection on how the health literacy knowledge gained will impact their future practice. The other is a reflection on interviews conducted with family or friends about when they didn’t understand a health care professional. They also have assigned readings and videos. Students said the interviews were eye-opening and two said they were their favorite part of the selective. Students enjoyed the videos, and one disliked the readings. In the future, we may offer the students options for more videos or more readings while keeping the core content the same.