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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)

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.


Cynthia Beeler, AHIP

Academic Medical Librarian
Mayo Clinic Libraries
Rochester, Minnesota

Cynthia J. Beeler, MLIS, AHIP is an Academic Medical Librarian at Mayo Clinic Libraries. She moved to Minnesota after 12.5 years in Knoxville, TN and time before that in New York City and Bethesda, MD as an NLM Associate Fellow. She obtained her MLIS from Lousiana State University. Over the years, her interests have evolved from clinical librarianship and outreach, including outreach in South Africa, to the librarian's role in medical education.


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Tara Brigham

Assistant Professor of Medical Education & Medical Librarian
Mayo Clinic
Jacksonville, Florida

Tara Brigham, MLIS, is an Assistant Professor of Medical Education and medical librarian at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. She


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Lisa A. Marks, AHIP

Director of Libraries
Mayo Clinic Libraries, Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona

Lisa Marks, MLS, AHIP is the Director, Library Services for the Mayo Clinic Libraries in Arizona and has held this position for the last 5 years. Part of her current role includes the Administration of the Mayo Clinic Center for Humanities in Medicine as well as the Historical Archives for Mayo Clinic in Arizona. This is the first time time Lisa as lived outside her home state of California. She has come to love living in Arizona - even in the heat - and enjoys exploring her new state of residence.


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