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Women’s Health Resources

National Women’s Health Week was May 11-17. During this week the Office on Women’s Health campaigned for women to take ownership in their own healthcare, health knowledge, and most importantly, encourage women to make their health a priority.

Lister Hill Library, Mervyn H. Sterne Library, the UAB Graduate School and The Edge of Chaos are all doing their part to help promote the issues that surround women’s health.  Thanks to a grant funded by the National Library of Medicine,  faculty, students, researchers, healthcare providers, and everyone you know will find our guide on Women’s Health Resources valuable.

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For live links to these resources, go to our News Letter: http://eepurl.com/V-ZXz

 

Library Liaisons: Every bit as fancy as we sound

If you know who your Lister Hill Library Liaison is then you already know that:

  • Library liaisons keep you informed:  We send out notifications informing faculty and staff about relevant database trials, services and invitations to events.
  • Library liaisons pay attention:  Part of our mission is to understand what faculty and staff need to support teaching, research and clinical care.
  • Library liaisons help make the library visible:  Many of us keep office hours outside the library, in common areas within departments to be available to faulty, and at the Learning Resource Center at the School of Health Professions for students.
  • Library liaisons are your biggest fan:  We support you in your endeavors, whether it be an assignment for class or a research grant, and cheer you on every step of the way.

Now, while I’d love to make this post all about us, and go on and on about how smart and innovative we are, I’d be remiss if I didn’t get to the heart of what it means to be a Lister Hill Library Liaison.

Quite honestly, we wouldn’t be this wonderful if it weren’t for the work you do.

Here’s what the liaisons have to say about working with their schools:

School of Health Professions

Susie  Susie Smith:  susanc@uab.edu

Specifically, I think I’m most impressed with:

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks several SHP programs in the nation’s top 25
  • The school is at the top of the list in research funding from the National Institutes of Health for schools of its type and has been either first or second in funding received since 1969.

I get to see examples of these high-quality SHP programs on a day-to-day basis and consider myself extremely lucky to be the liaison to SHP.

See also: The School of Health Professions Guide & The School of Health Professions Blog

Liaison to the Graduate Biomedical Sciences & Joint Health Sciences Departments  &

Interim Liaison to the School of Dentistry

Lee  Lee Vucovich:  lvucovi@uab.edu

On the School of Dentistry:   The School of Dentistry is nationally known for it’s contributions to practice-based research.  I love to see this important work translated into the engaged, happy, and dedicated dentistry students who I see almost every day, in their scrubs, studying and researching at Lister Hill.

See also: The School of Dentistry Guides

On the Joint Health Sciences:  ….I could go on forever!

Faculty and scientists in the Graduate Biomedical Sciences and the Joint Health Science Departments explore, develop and share knowledge that truly does change our world.

  • According to the 2012 survey of The Best Places to Work for Postdocs conducted by The Scientist, UAB was 1st among all public universities nationwide and 16th among all universities surveyed.
  • Faculty are ranked 10th nationally for scholarly productivity (scientific publications, grants, awards) in overall biomedical sciences, Chronicles of Higher Education
  • The 28 UAB Research Centers involve communities of faculty scientists, graduate and postdoctoral trainees and staff with common research interests, who collaborate in scientific research projects, participate in common seminars, journal clubs, retreats or symposia, and share common resources and core facilities.
  • UAB ranks No. 20 in funding from the NIH and No. 30 in total federal research funding among academic institutions.

Additionally, approximately 400 graduate students in the Graduate Biomedical Sciences community participate in eight interdisciplinary themes that integrate more than 33 departments, 20 university research centers and affiliated drug-discovery and biotechnology institutes.

See also: The Joint Health Sciences Guides & The Joint Health Sciences blog

Expert Search Consultant,

working with School of Dentistry

Carolyn  Carolyn Holmes:  carolynholmes@uab.edu

They are the most energetic group of people I’ve ever seen.  It’s amazing to work with them. 

 

 

School of Medicine

Pat  Pat Higginbottom:  phiggin@uab.edu

Two of the most fun things related to my students are Match Day & the Best in Medicine Show.  I love to see them succeed when they’ve worked so hard for so many years, and I love to see them cut loose and have fun.

See also: The School of Medicine Guide

 

 

School of Nursing

   Jill Deaver:  jilld@uab.edu

The School of Nursing does so many amazing things, but one thing that constantly impresses me is the level of support the faculty give their students.  The faculty set high expectations for their students and they make the students work hard, but they are right there with them, helping to pull the weight.

I really hit the liaison jackpot with UAB’s School of Nursing.  At every level, from the faculty down to the undergraduate students, this group is not shy about their love of librarians!

School of Optometry

 NicolePic Nicole Mitchell:  anmitch@uab.edu

A new tradition was started this month by the 4th year OD students who wear sport coats to clinic on Fridays. The Dean rewards them with a UAB Blazer lapel pin to proclaim “Blazer Friday” at the School of Optometry.

I also really enjoy the Halloween costume contest—faculty, staff, and students all participate and it has become an annual tradition.

See also: The Optometry News and Notes Blog

School of Public Health

Kay Kay Smith: khogan@uab.edu

That the SoPH dean, Max Michael, is running for a county commission seat in order to address the Cooper Green fiasco!

MichaelAND Michael Fitts:  fitts@uab.edu

I feel blessed to have an opportunity to not only teach but to learn from the students, faculty and staff of the School of Health Professions.  I also love the fact that we constantly get the opportunity to meet new people and get to share with them everything the library has to offer.  We meet their needs by connecting and partnering, adding value to both SoPH and Lister Hill.    

Now that you know who your liaison is, what are you waiting for?  Get in touch! 

You might be surprised how we can help.

The Joanna Briggs Institute Database: Quick Answers to the Clinical Bottom Line

Default search box

The default search box for JBI.

Equally geared toward practitioners and researchers, the Joanna Briggs Institute Database might not seem very flashy, but it has a lot of muscle.

For anyone working on the front lines–nurse practitioners, registered nurses, nursing assistants–the JBI can help locate evidence-based information sheets and practice recommendations fast.  The details of the results can be skimmed and saved easily–maybe even by the time the next alarm goes off.

RecPracticesEx

Looking up Recommended Practices is quick with the JBI database–look for JBI Database PDF to open the full document.

EvidenceSummariesExample

Publication type is clearly label under the title of the document. Clicking on JBI Database PDF will pull up the full document.

For nursing students the JBI database is definitely worth placing in your arsenal of databases among PubMed, CINAHL and Scopus.  For any assignment requiring an extensive search of the literature, focusing on EBP,  a JBI Evidence Summary can help jumpstart your literature search, or help fill in gaps after combing through PubMed & CINAHL.

You can simultaneously export multiple findings to EndNote from the results list.   You have the option to set up a personal account within JBI.  An account lets you save search history, organize and save findings into projects–keeping your research organized the way you want it.

JBI Content

These content types are clearly labeled under the the title of the publication–see the image above for an example. Searches can also be filtered for specific types–look for the Publication Type filter in the menu to the left.

Access off campus requires a Blazer ID & Password.

 

 

Feel Better about this Semester with LHL’s Express Training Clinics

Juggling the work

Not only do we have obligations to our chosen fields and majors in the way of research and writing, attending class, publishing and turning in assignments (not to mention making these contributions significant), but we also have to learn the technologies that make it all possible and manageable.  We need to know where to find information and then also how to dig it out of any number of databases.  And we need to know how to collect it, how to use it, and how to put it into the right style format.  When you add it up, that’s something like a million skills to learn.

It is a lot to juggle, but if you have an hour to spare on a Thursday morning, there are reference librarians eager to discuss, teach, and advise you on developing these skills.

What to expect at a LHL Express Training Clinic

The LHL Express Training Clinics for Spring 2014 cover everything from getting off on the right foot with your assignment, to learning search strategies for Scopus & Google Scholar, to writing a literature review, and yes–much, much more!

Maybe you’ve heard of EndNote?  And wished you had the time to learn it…well, there’s a clinic for that. Put it on your calendar for April 3 or April 17.  Are you expected to write a literature review? Make some time on March 6.

EndNote Class online

This is from a recorded session on EndNote Online, available in the Express Training guide.
Watch it anytime!

Need more incentive to come in besides learning something useful?

Well, you get to hang out with us!  If that’s not enough, we have free coffee & snacks for you.  Just stop by LHL between 9:00-11:00 and bring whatever it is you’re working on.  You’ll get specific advice and walk out the door feeling better about the things you need to do.

[See Also: The LHL Express Training Guide for more schedule details and listen to past recorded sessions.  And if you have any questions about Express Training, or want to suggest a class, let us know!]

 

 

2013: A Year of (Re)Source

December: Season’s Greetings! 

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November:   EndNote

EndNote features, style changesEndNote is a bibliographic software that you can download to your computer for free (if you’re a student, faculty, or staff member of UAB).  This software allows you to organize and collect citations and PDFs as you find them, whether they are found on the web, or in one of LHL’s many resources.  You can also choose and adjust citation styles with the click of a button with Cite While You Write.  EndNote can save you a lot of time and effort when working on big projects.

EndNote also offers EndNote Web (a cloud-based version) and the EndNote for iPad app.  All three of the programs can be synced, making EndNote available wherever you are.  (Go to October’s post.)

October:  Ask a Librarian Chat

AskALibrarianThe Ask a Librarian chat service, provided by the LHL reference team, is one of our most convenient, popular services.  With an average of 8 seconds to respond to your chat, we answer your questions fast and efficiently.  So say “Hi” and ask your question–we’ll guide you to the answer.  (Go to September’s post.)

September:  Visual DX

DifferentialBuilder Visual DX is a beauty of a database.  It holds over 100,000 high-quality, peer-reviewed images that can aid clinicians and students alike.  The database is easy to navigate on your desktop and mobile device.  (Go to August’s post.)

July/August:  Women’s Health Resources

Nikki's PreziThe month of July was dedicated to Women’s Health.  The three posting highlighted The National Library of Medicine’s resources, The National Institutes of Health online course, The Science of Sex and Gender in Human Health, and Lister Hill Library’s Libguide for Women’s Health Resources.

June:  Anatomy.TV

RegionalShoulderDissection,AnatTVAnatomy.TV is a high quality student resource and clinical tool.  It produces medically accurate 3D images of human anatomy.  Along with animated, interactive images Anatomy.TV offers videos demonstrating real-life images of human body movement.  With the use of cadavers, real-life videos of internal movement, in a “how things work” type tutorial.  (Go to June’s post.)

In addition to the intriguing images curated in Anatomy.TV, sub-posts this month feature Anatomy-inspired works of art, old and modern.

 

May: UCentral

UCentral 2The UCentral app (compatible with iOS & Android) from Unbound Medicine searches MEDLINE and the Johns Hopkins  ABX Guide.  To set up the app, you’ll need to be on campus.  If you are one of our many distance-education students, contact the reference department for a license number.

UAB’s Article Linker button is also featured within the app, which can link you to full text articles. (Go to May’s post.)

April:  EndNote for iPad

EN 2The EndNote for iPad will sync with the EndNote software on your computer and your EndNote Web accounts.  You can attach PDFs to an EndNote record from anywhere, including a Dropbox account.  (Go to April’s post.)

 

March:  Express Training Videos on Vimeo

VimeoThe Express Training workshops this year, led by Lister Hill Librarians, covered topics from Finding Full Text, to EndNote, to searching PubMed, Scopus & CINAHL.  Understanding that sometimes people need a refresher course after a workshop, the librarians began posting the online Express Training classes on vimeo.

These recorded classes are still available on our Express Training @ LHL Guide.  (Go to April’s post.)

February:  DynaMed

DynaMed 1Click through sections quickly for the information you need.  DynaMed offers general information, diagnosis, treatment guidelines, ICD-9 & ICD-10 codes, and more. (Go to February’s post.)

January:  Clinical Key

CK 3In January we replaced MD Consult with Clinical Key.  This resource is primarily intended for medical and surgical specialties, but all the health sciences can benefit from the extensive ebook and journal coverage.  (Go to January’s post)

Cut the Clatter & Noise of Academic Writing with EndNote & EndNote Online

Allow me a metaphor:  You’re in a hip, noisy restaurant full of people talking, ordering, laughing, shouting to be heard, and generally having a great time.  Mixed up in all of these conversations is the constant clatter of silverware on plates and glasses, and chairs moving across a slick floor; from the kitchen, you can also hear the chef berating the entire cook line and the wait staff.  At your table is a group of like-minded people having a really interesting conversation about a topic that you all care about.  You want to join in, but you’re not sure how to do that since you can hardly hear what’s being said.  Wouldn’t it be great if you could organize the sound in the room so that you could hear your own thoughts, hear the conversation at your table, join in, and also enjoy the ambiance of the restaurant?

Well, if paper-writing is the noisy restaurant, EndNote is your way of organizing the clatter of articles, citations and style rules that are inherent of scholarly writing.  With EndNote, you can focus on the most important aspects of joining the on-going academic conversation: YOUR IDEAS and CONTRIBUTIONS!

EndNote features, style changes

Inside EndNote, at a glance. Click to enlarge.

How EndNote & EndNote Online help your paper-writing process

Among many other helpful features, EndNote software will allow you to:

  • import citations, as you find them, from research databases and search engines
  • store citations in groups by topic, class, assignments, or area of study
  • insert in-text citations and bibliography in Microsoft Word, with the Cite While You Write Tool, in the bibliographic style of your choice.  In the words of a first-year dentistry student during a recent demonstration of EndNote: “OK.  That’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen.  Ever.”
  • find and attach full-text PDFs to their corresponding EndNote records, keeping everything in one secure place
  • sync citations between EndNote Online (the cloud version) and EndNote (the software version)
  • search and annotate PDFs
  • upload folders of PDFs already collected on your desktop
  • working on a group project?  Share your citations with your group.

EndNote with EndNote basic

Why two EndNotes?  EndNote lives on your machine, while EndNote Online is a web-based version that lives in the cloud.  You can easily sync the two programs.  If you choose to use EndNote Online with EndNote, you get the best of both products. You’ll have the ability to:

  1. Access your library of references from any computer with Internet access
  2. Share groups of references with others. You can give other EndNote Web users the rights to view and/or add to specific groups in your EndNote Web library. If you’re working on group projects, using EndNote with EndNote Online is a must [Student's should expects to work on a lot of group projects in the near future.  See why in this announcement: UAB's Next Chapter in the QEP, is Learning in a Team Environment.]

It’s not hard to learn, you just have to start using it

First things first: Download EndNote to your machine, and set up your EndNote Online account.  UAB students and employees* can download EndNote software for free with a Blazer ID & password.  You will need to learn a few things, and you will have questions along the way.  Once you see how it fits into your research & writing process, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it.

We have about a dozen ways to help you learn EndNote, and Reference Librarians are always available for questions with ASK A LIBRARIAN chat and email:

Go on, get started with your next assignment!!

A word of encouragement to Undergrads: Join the conversation.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a freshman fresh out of highschool, a Master’s student, a PhD candidate, a professor, or a practicing physician, scholarly writing is difficult.  The task puts pressure on your time, your brain, and your reputation.  So why do we do it??  Because it’s progression in research is important–it’s how the world gets better.  Beginning writers often make the mistake of assuming that paper writing will get easier, and that just isn’t so.  Those same pressures exist with each and every assignment and professional obligation to publish.  There is, however, good news: the more papers you write, the more experience you have in dealing with the long process of mapping out your ideas, gathering information, constructing a hypothesis or thesis, and disciplining yourself to keep to a writing schedule until the paper is submitted.

Using EndNote & EndNote Online can help you keep track of all your research findings in one place.  So, say goodbye to the days of creating folders on your desk top, keeping up with stacks of printed out articles, and trying to find the right PDF in your inbox when they’re all titled “Article for Paper.”  Because if you’re going to be writing big-time scholarship at UAB, you need a reference manager that can handle the type of work you’re producing.

*UAB Health System employees are not included; you may want to try Zotero.  **EndNote Online is in the process of changing their name.  As of this post, the online version of EndNote still reads EndNote basic.

We’re not Bots, we’re Librarians…and awfully chatty these days!

AskALibrarian

This is the Ask a Librarian chat box that users see. It is all over the LHL website.

Typical scenarios:

An undergraduate nursing student is writing a paper but has never really used PubMed or CINAHL before, a surgeon needs to know if we have a specific article found in the NEJM from 1965, or a member of the community needs information on the side effects of a new drug they’ve been prescribed.

Where do all these people go for help?  They have many options, but more and more, they are chatting in!

Lister Hill Library has been offering an online chat service for almost 10 years.  It may have taken a while to catch on, but today, over half of the reference questions asked come in through the Ask A Librarian Chat.

And the average wait time for your chats to be answered?  8 seconds!  That’s pretty impressive, and I think it says something about  how much we, the LHL Reference Team, enjoy answering your chats.

So what really goes on behind the ASK A LIBRARIAN chat box?

There are 10 of us in the Reference Department–a mix of experienced faculty librarians, associates and assistants.  Monday-Friday between 8am-6pm, there are at least 2-4 of us ready to answer your questions.  At least one librarian is on Sundays between 12pm-8pm.

We’re on a rotating hourly schedule making sure that one person is on, catching all the chats that come in.  Basically, if we’re at our desk, our Chat box is open.  All day long we keep an eye out for chats to pop up on our screens, and we’re paying attention to the questions that are asked.  Paying attention to what you’re asking helps us constantly improve our services and the teaching we do in your classrooms.  (So a big thanks to all of you who chat in!!)

We answer about 20 chats a day, and that number can increase during those times in the semester when projects and papers are due.  In between answering chats, we’re doing any number of things: working with people in person, working on clinical searches, working on preliminary searches in preparation for one-on-one consultations, preparing to teach classes, updating blogs, updating or creating LHL Guides.  It’s multi-tasking at it’s finest!

Typical desktop

So who have you been chatting with?

Meet the LHL Reference Team, your Resource(s) of the month!

No question is too tough for Lee!

Assistant Director for Reference Services: No question is too tough for Lee!

Fastest chatter in the South!  Carolyn is often the first to respond to a chat--she's fast! And an expert clinical searcher.

Carolyn is the fastest chatter in the South! and an expert with clinical searches.

If you've chatted in between 10am-2pm, you're likely chatting with Jack!

If you ever sent a chat between 10am-2pm, you likely chatted with Jack!

Karen is our early-bird.  She's always on a 8am.

Karen is our early-bird. She’s always on a 8am.

Emma is almost always on chat.  She might be our most stylish chatter :)

Emma is almost always on chat.

There's Nicole, with her trusty APA Style Manual...we get a lot of these questions.

There’s Nicole, with her trusty APA Style Manual…we get a lot of these questions.

Pat chats standing up!!

Pat chats standing up!!

Who wouldn't want to chat with Susan?  She really is as friendly as she looks!

Who wouldn’t want to chat with Susan? and she really is as friendly as she looks!

 

And me, Jill, working on this post, but pausing to answer a chat.

And me, Jill, working on this post, but pausing to answer a chat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visual DX makes the question “Does this look right to you?” easy to diagnose

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DisualDX Image Example of Urticara, or Hives

When it comes to a resource that is fit for both clinical practice and patient education, VisualDX truly gets it right.  Not every high-quality, peer-reviewed tool is as intuitive and stream-lined as this one is.  With over 100,000 peer-reviewed images, diagnosis is easy to spot.  Dr. Noah Craft, Chief Marketing Officer of DisualDX, in an interview with medGadget this past July had this to say about his product: “We know that visual pattern recognition and processing of visual information is a much more primal brain function that is instinctual and requires less energy but is quite sophisticated.  For instance, we can recognize someone across a room very reliably in 1 second, while recognizing that same person from a paragraph of words would take much longer and may not be as reliable.”

Using the Differential Builder

The Differential Builder makes building a case as easy as selecting items off a menu.  Starting with a simple aspect, as seen in the picture below, you can start building possible diagnoses.  Clicking “Quick Start” will take you step by step, from type of lesion to location of the lesion, to describing the well-being of the patient (ex. patient is not in distress, or patient seems ill) and the rapidity of the occurrence of the symptoms (developed within minutes or hours, or over months or years).  As you build the scenario,  images adjust accordingly.  A detailed synopsis of the diagnosis, Pearls, and a list of linked Differential Diagnoses are accessible by clicking on any image.

DifferentialBuilder

VisualDX Differential Builder

Diagnosis search

The Diagnosis Search will search  common terms as easily as their medical counterparts.  One nice feature is that both terms will be displayed together.  VisualDX will refer to the medical term except for in the patient handouts.  Synopses also provide ICD codes, references, and a list of associated findings such as signs, medications, exposures, medical history, and more.

VisualDX,ChickenPoxSearch

Results of Chicken Pox search, notice the easy access to differential changes and the Patient Handouts.

 

Medication adverse events

Search by medication to view adverse conditions that may be caused by a specific drug. Results provide images of medication-induced eruptions and include literature evidence documenting each association, as well as management and therapy guidelines.  As shown in the picture below, evidence is at-the-ready.  With a few clicks, you can link out to PubMed where you can follow the UAB Article Linker to the full text.

Images also come with list evidence-based literature

Images also come with list evidence-based literature

Patient Handouts

If you’re using VisualDX in a clinical setting, the images can aid in patient education.  Patients may feel a sense of ownership in their healthcare if they are able to see the similarities of their condition with the images indexed in VisulDX–they may even feel more confident in the diagnosis.  Patient handouts are available for most diagnoses; these can be printed or emailed.  The take-home pages can empower patients with a better understanding of their own condition.  The self-care guidelines will help patients remember what to do, and what not to do, once they get home.

Patient Pages, chicken pox

Easy-to-read Patient Handouts

 

LearnDerm

VisualDX offers self-study supplements in 5 lessons.  The lessons themselves are not in-depth but do offer some interactive elements that some first-year students may find helpful.

LearnDermEXImage

LernDerm Educational Supplements

Explore VisualDX for yourself!

VisualDX can be access through Lister Hill Library’s databases.  Students and practitioners of Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Diagnostics, Family & Community medicine, Pediatrics, to name a few, will find many uses for VisualDX.  Students of Clinical.  Off-Campus access will require a Blazer ID and password.

As always ASK A LIBRARIAN if you need help and let us know what you think of VisualDX!!

 

Lister Hill’s Newest Research Guide: Women’s Health Resources

Women's Guide home

Explore the Women’s Health Resources Guide

This summer, Lister Hill Library was fortunate to have Nikki Agho, from the School of Public Health, intern with us.  Nikki created a really remarkable guide for LHL’s collection.

What is included in this guide? 

The Women’s Health Resource Guide features over 100 links to resources from organizations like the National Institutes of Health, The Office of Research on Women’s Health, Planned Parenthood, March of Dimes, the Society of Women’s Health Research, and the American Sexual Health Association–to name a few.  The guide includes books and journals from Lister Hill Library and UAB centers and departments where people can find health information related to women’s health.

Nikki's Prezi

A colorful and energetic Prezi by Nikki Agho
is included in the guide.

Websites from Women's Health

A Plethora of Reliable Websites

 

 

Who is this guide for?

Faculty, Students, Researchers, and Healthcare Providers.  While the majority of the guide features information geared toward a highly educated audience, there is also quality information from less formal, though no less relevant, sources like healthywomen.org and ourbodiesourselves.org.

This guide is truly comprehensive but also very well-organized and easy to navigate, not to mention aesthetically inviting.  Overall, this guide would serve as a wonderful educational supplement and/or patient resource for women of all ages and backgrounds.

You & Everyone You Know Should Take This NIH Course!

ScienceOfSexAndGenderCourse

In Part II of July’s series on Women’s Health Resources via Lister Hill Library, I’m promoting The Science of Sex and Gender in Human Health, a 2-part online course designed by the National Institutes of HealthThe NIH describes the course as a “permanent foundation for sex and gender accountability in medical research and treatment by enabling researchers, clinicians, and students in the health professions to integrate knowledge of sex and gender differences and similarities into their research and practice.”  And while this course may be targeted to those in the health science professions, I can think of a few others that would benefit from a course on the foundations of sex and gender which may help them become more accountable for how they communicate these differences in public.  (Dear Congressman or Senator, consider taking this course, won’t you?)

The course is divided into 2 parts consisting of 6 short lessons.  NIH estimates that each lesson takes about an hour to complete.  Don’t worry, you don’t need to carve 6 hours out of your day to complete a course.  You can leave and come back to the lesson as many times as you like and your work will be saved.  After each lesson there is a short quiz.  A score of 70 % is a passing grade.

Course 1 ,2

The courses are easy to navigate, and the quizzes are nothing to be concerned about.  They aren’t hurdles to jump but are rather a means to solidify your understanding of the material.  Those eligible can receive Continuing Medical Education Credit.  If you sign up, you can expect a crash course in:

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services policies in regard to the inclusion of women in medical studies
  • the appropriate measures to consider when designing and administering research studies
  • the specific differences between the sexes in the presentation, treatment and management of diseases.

Beyond the hard science, you’ll also gain perspective of how medical research has been shaped by sex differences and how those differences have shaped the world’s understanding of gender roles.  It’s hard not to consider the meaningful impact that a course like this could have on current discussions of gender equality.  The NIH course truly balances what is different and what society constructs to be different.

The Science of Sex and Gender in Human Health is a thoughtful and thought-provoking course–a course, I think, capable of correcting some of the most recent, completely bizarre, political discussions concerning women’s bodies.

I hope you’ll consider taking this course!  Go to http://SexAndGenderCourse.od.nih.org.

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