NLM workshop in Ohio tests waters for possible chapter

Andrew Van Dam

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Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism.

This post was contributed by AHCJ member Eileen Beal.

On Oct. 9, health care journalists, a couple of journalism professors, a couple of local medical librarians – a total of 15 – turned out for the free National Library of Medicine Workshop that NLM senior staffer Robert Logan presented at the Cleveland Heights Library on Cleveland’s east side. Logan was formerly a journalist and professor of journalism at the University of Missouri-Colombia. Currently, he is with NLM’ s Office of Communications and Public Liaison and chair of NLM’s Consumer Health Informatics Research Interest Group.

The 2 ½-hour workshop accomplished two goals. It taught attendees how to access several of the National Library of Medicine’s on-line databases (PubMed, Clinical Trials.gov, and Medline Plus) and it provided hands-on training on how use the MeSH feature on NLM’s website to better-target research and databases searches. Feedback indicated that the workshop was, as one person put it, “well worth giving up a sunny Saturday morning for.” (A few copies of the workshop handout are still available.)

In addition, the workshop tested the waters in the health-writer-rich Cleveland-Akron area (home to several large newspapers, Advanstar Communications, Penton Media, Inc., MedCity News and a host of health care institutions) about interest in forming a local chapter of AHCJ to provide opportunities for more education/training events and networking.

Feedback on this was also good, so, if you live in Northeast Ohio, contact AHCJ member Eileen Beal (eojb@visn.net) for more information about forming a local chapter.

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