Dr. Elizabeth Malm-Buatsi didn’t know where to turn when she wanted to start researching. As the only pediatric urologist at MU HealthCare, and often called away for surgeries, she had no built-in infrastructure or research team she could lean on. Flying solo for a few months and frustrated by the research process, she found herself bogged down with projects she was passionate about, but with no direction for moving forward. She voiced her frustration to a colleague who suggested she contact Diane Johnson at the Health Sciences Library. Dr. Malm-Buatsi says from that initial meeting, Diane was an absolute lifechanger.
When she first contacted Diane, Dr. Malm-Buatsi was working on information to give to parents about newborn circumcisions, an important piece missing when she would talk to parents about the process. In order to create this educational flyer, she needed to conduct a literature search in order to find the best evidence-based research. Past experience with searching databases came up with no information after several hours of searching. With the literature search in Diane’s hand, she was able to find the information in the matter of minutes, at least that’s how Dr. Malm-Buatsi describes it. Diane even found several grant opportunities for Dr. Malm-Buatsi to pursue. “Ever since meeting Diane, my outlook on research projects has changed and I’ve learned to enjoy the process. She makes sure to keep me on track, makes the process easier, and helps me think critically about what I’m working on.”
Diane’s assistance didn’t stop at the patient education project. Dr. Malm-Buatsi was in the midst of applying for a grant when she met Diane. For this internal grant relating to the urinary microbiome, Diane conducted literature searches and created an Endnote Library, pulling articles that Dr. Malm-Buatsi could use for the grant proposal, making sure to point to the most relevant sections of information. “I didn’t like having to spend days and weeks on the research process because it would take far too long. Diane was able to cut the time I would’ve spent on researching in half.” Dr. Malm-Buatsi’s grant proposal was recently accepted and she expects Diane will still be an integral part of the project.
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And if it wasn’t enough that Dr. Malm-Buatsi was working on two projects at the same time, she also wanted to assess residents’ satisfaction and perceived usefulness of an online surgical training and assessment system. The system includes a pre-surgery assessment that allows the residents to set goals before the surgery and videos to view before the surgery. The best way to capture these results was through a survey and Caryn Scoville, Information Services Librarian, assisted with this project. Consulting with Dr. Malm-Buatsi, Caryn designed the survey in Qualtrics and distributed it out to the residents in order to gather the qualitative information Dr. Malm-Buatsi and her colleagues needed to submit an abstract about their system. The abstract hasn’t been accepted yet, but Dr. Malm-Buatsi is positive it will, in big part because of Caryn.
Dr. Malm-Buatsi suggests that from day one of your project, visit the librarians to learn how they can help contribute to the research process. “They are so open and I feel I can bounce my ideas off of them. Now that I am in their minds, I often receive emails with suggestions or pieces of information related to my projects.Their help has had a huge impact on my career.”
The health sciences librarians listed 100 of our “Most Wanted” books on the 2018 University Libraries book wish list. For as little as $22, you can help our continued mission of supporting health sciences teaching and research at MU.
To view the full list of titles we would have loved to purchase, please visit library.missouri.edu/giving/wishlist
In spring of 2017, MU librarians created a wish list of over 400 titles that would enhance teaching and research, but that could not be purchased due to fiscal restraints. The response from alumni and friends exceeded our highest expectations. Fifty-six donors purchased 105 books and electronic book collections, totaling $22,270 in gifts.
Don’t see anything here that appeals to you? Let us know what you’re interested in.
Between now and July 1st, we will be making some changes to our article finder.
You may notice that some of the screens look different, but the basic functions should work the same as always.
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Summer 2018 required and recommended textbooks for classes in the School of Nursing, School of Health Professions and the Department of Health Management and Informatics are now available at the library.
Paper copies are available on Health Sciences Library Reserve for a 24 hour checkout time. Any duplicate copies of textbooks are available and subject to regular check out times.
Please be aware of the user limits on electronic textbooks. They are different depending on textbook and platform. We make note of any user limits.
Unfortunately, we don’t have all the books required for every class. If we don’t have your textbook, there are several avenues you can use to find a copy, which are all clearly labeled on each class page.
The Health Sciences Library will be running on holiday hours this weekend.
Sunday, May 27th: 12pm-5pm
All University Libraries are closed on Monday, May 28th, in observance of Memorial Day.
We will resume normal summer hours, 7am-10pm, on Tuesday, May 29th.
Each month we provide an overview of University of Missouri authored articles in medicine and related fields as well as a featured article from a School of Medicine author with the highest journal impact factor.
This month’s featured article, Snasp Inhibits Tlr Signaling to Regulate Immune Response in Sepsis, was co-authored by Dr. Feng-Ming Yang, Dr. Hui-Ming Chang, and Dr. Edward T.H. Yeh of the Center for Precision Medicine in the Department of Medicine as well as Dr. Chuan Xia and Dr. Bumsuk Hahm of the Departments of Surgery and Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. The article was published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation (impact factor 12.784 in 2016).
See the list of publications in medicine and related fields we retrieved for this month: http://library.muhealth.org/resourcesfor/faculty/faculty-publications/may2018/
*This list is not intended to be comprehensive.
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