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AHCJ names first class of AHCJ-National Library of Medicine fellows Date: 07/13/09

July 13, 2009

COLUMBIA, MO. - Six journalists have been named the first AHCJ-National Library of Medicine fellows. The fellowship program was created this year to increase reporter access and understanding of the considerable resources available at NLM and the National Institutes of Health.AHCJ-NLM Fellowships

The journalists chosen to take part this year are:

  • John Fauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Lynya Floyd, Essence Magazine
  • Jeff Hansel, Rochester, Minn. Post-Bulletin
  • Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star
  • Douglas Podolsky, Consumer Reports
  • Heidi Splete, Global Medical News Network

The weeklong visit to the NIH campus, set for Sept. 13-17, will allow hands-on workshops about how to use and get the most from several government research databases, such as PubMed, MedlinePlus, ClinicalTrials.gov and ToxNet. Fellows also will meet with senior NLM and NIH researchers and officials for exclusive informational sessions.

The fellows were selected from dozens of qualified applicants, which points to the need for these kinds of training opportunities, said AHCJ Executive Director Len Bruzzese. "We hope to continue working with the National Library of Medicine to offer this training regularly," he said.

"The bonus will be more and better stories."

AHCJ is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public understanding of health care issues. With more than 1,100 members, its mission is to improve the quality, accuracy and visibility of health care reporting, writing and editing. The association and its Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism are based at the Missouri School of Journalism.