[mla-nynj] CE Classes at the upcoming Annual Meeting

McGowan, Richard Richard.McGowan at med.nyu.edu
Tue Sep 6 17:35:39 UTC 2011

Didn’t have an opportunity to attend the MLA Annual Meeting this past May?  Well, here is a second chance to take some of the popular CE courses offered this past year at a fraction of the cost!  The Education Committee is grateful to the NAHSL board for its continued support of CE activities/classes which are partially funded by the board as registration fees often do not cover the entire cost of the course.

The Annual Meeting looks terrific, and we highly encourage everyone to register for the entire meeting, however, if time is an issue, you do not have to register for the meeting to take the CE classes.

The classes which are scheduled for Sunday, October 30th include:

1.  Evidence-based medicine continues to drive clinical practice.  Connie’s class is a good introduction for those of you new to EBM/EBP and a great review for those of you planning to teach.

EBM: Introduction to Study Design and Critical Appraisal
Instructor: Connie Schardt; 8:00 – 12:00, 4 CE credits
This course is designed to give learners an introduction to critical appraisal skills through an understanding of basic study designs and validity issues related to reducing bias in clinical studies. The course will focus on understanding the basic study designs in medicine (case-control, cohort, randomized controlled clinical trial, systematic review, and Meta analysis). Learners will also discuss the criteria for determining internal validity of therapy studies and systematic reviews. After completing this course, learners will be better able to: identify appropriate study designs; identify validity criteria; help support evidence-based medicine within their own institutions. Teaching methods will include discussion, case studies, group exercises, and practice in appraising articles.

2.  Continuing our very popular “clinical topics” series of classes, this year we are focusing on Oncology.  Jeannine has lots of great search strategies to share.

Cancer Concepts & Search Techniques
Jeannine Cyr Gluck; 6 CE credits, 8:00 – 3:00
This course will cover the basic concepts in oncology; explain how to execute cancer-related searches in MEDLINE; differentiate the content found in various guidelines; help you to effectively locate staging information; find and search conference proceedings and identify the professional and consumer-level content found on other cancer-related sites

3.  Don’t have a strategic plan yet?  As we keep learning how to incorporate KM activities into our libraries, they should be part of the “bigger picture”.  This course will help you develop a strategic plan for your library which is aligned with your institution’s goals.

Developing an Effective Strategic Plan for Your Library: Best Practices in Library Management
Cindy Sullivan; 4 CE credits, 1:00 – 5:00
This course provides best practices training on the 11 elements of a successful strategic plan. Participants are divided into teams and through 10 interactive activities; they will learn to develop a plan for their organization. So, bring your mission statements and prepare to have a fun afternoon of informal learning with your colleagues.

4.  Sick of all the political wrangling in D.C.?  Maybe the folks in D.C. should take Barb and Marty’s class!  Learn how to navigate the political landscape of your institution and use it to your benefit.

Behind Closed Doors: Politics in the Library
Barbara Jones and Marty Magee; 4 CE credits, 1:00 – 5:00
We are all surrounded by politics: the only way to avoid them is to operate in isolation. Typically, politics means being concerned with positioning your ideas in a favorable light and knowing what to say to whom, how to say it and when. This class will focus on learning how to effectively influence and manage others’ perceptions of you and your ideas, how to change enemies into allies, how to stay in the loop and how to manage outcomes short term, and far into the horizon. Skills taught in this class will be useful to all librarians.

5.  Involved in CME activities?  Attend this class if want to learn how to showcase your skills in terms of collaboration (with your Education Dept), KM and the intrinsic value of libraries to health professionals.

CME Resources and Technical Know-how: the Librarian’s Role
Hongjie Wang; 2 CE credits, 3:00 – 5:00
For over half a century, medical libraries have been helping medical professionals in their pursuit for continuing medical education (CME) through pivotal library resources in the form of publications, audiovisual materials and online information. This educational offering, through a combination of lecture and discussion, aims to help attendees to achieve the following three goals: 1) new understanding (why librarians should care about the CME process and how to actively get involved), 2) new knowledge (what CME resources other libraries provide and what criteria your own library should use to maintain your CME collection) and 3) new skills (how to use some of your existing databases to help physician to obtain Point-of-Care CMEs, an emerging popular form of Internet CMEs in high demand among physicians today).


Richard McGowan, MLS
Research Librarian
NYU Health Sciences Libraries
Richard.McGowan at med.nyu.edu

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