The Brooklyn Hospital Center opened the doors this summer on a new state-of-the-art Health Sciences Information Library, a move which represents a major step forward for the Center’s Graduate Medical Education program.
Funded by The Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, the new library is several times larger than its predecessor and has been refurnished and equipped with new furniture, high speed Wi-Fi access and more than a dozen new internet-connected computers, all of which can be used to access 115 professional medical journals and other on-line resources.
“Computers have become an essential ingredient of twenty-first century medical education,” said Dr. Yeh, Chief Academic Officer of The Brooklyn Hospital Center.
“Medical knowledge has expanded so much in the past sixty years, and subsequently became far more specialized,” Dr. Yeh continued, "but this dramatically expanded knowledge base is useless if it can’t be accessed and applied clinically at the bedside. The grant from The Littauer Foundation gives our students the tools they need to do just that.”
To maximize the value of the new equipment, the Hospital Center recently began training its medical students, residents and fellows in on-line search methodologies. The techniques teach students how to locate and filter information, helping them find the proverbial needle in the multiple haystacks of specialized medical literature.
“Having these skills is especially important because we expect residents and fellows at The Brooklyn Hospital Center to be producers—not just consumers—of original academic medical literature,” said Dr. Yeh.
With these tools, students are better able to research and write review articles and case reports, even co-author textbook chapters with Hospital Center faculty members.
“We graduate over one hundred residents and fellows each year,” Said Dr. Yeh, “Thanks to The Littauer Foundation, when they leave here they’ll have both the clinical and academic underpinning to make real contributions in their medical specialty area.”