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Himmelfarb Headlines - November / December 2011

Inside this Edition...

Director's Desk
Anne Linton

From the Director's Desk

Hello! I would like to call readers’ attention to the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library Annual Report. The 2010-2011 Academic Year was an exciting one as the Medical Center transitioned to the "three dean" model. Throughout the transition period, Himmelfarb Library continued to serve the three health sciences schools - the School of Public Health and Health Services, the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and the School of Nursing-while introducing new services and programs such as the eProfessionalism seminar and mobile apps for health research and reference. The paper intensive ILL department became "green" as it shed print files for scanned documents. Fifteen new research guides were created and the research portal completely updated. We look forward to building on this strong record in the year ahead as we work with our three schools to meet the information needs of  their faculty, staff and students. Please feel free to contact me at or 202-994-1826 with your feedback and suggestions.

Faculty Profile - James Cawley , MPH, PA-C: Director of the MSHS/MPH Program
Jim Cawley Picture

Himmelfarb Library continues this feature in our newsletter that lets us become better acquainted with our friends and colleagues in the Medical Center. In this issue we learn more about James Cawley , MPH, PA-C: Director of the MSHS/MPH Program.

Tell us a little bit about your current position or research/projects.

Tell us a little bit about your current position or research/projects.
Currently, I am serving as the Interim Chair of the Department of Prevention and Community Health in the School of Public Health and Health Services. I also hold and appointment in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies in the School of Medicine. My research projects involve health workforce policy and in particular looking at the PA profession. Two of our recent research efforts included a study examining the gender-based salary differences among a large cohort of practicing PAs, and another was the development of a model to estimate the number or practicing PAs in the medical workforce through 2025. 

What has been your biggest professional challenge? Leading legislative/regulatory efforts to obtain PA prescribing and practice rights in the state of Maryland.

What has been your most memorable moment at GW?
I have been on faculty at GW since 1982. My most vivid memories involve the starting of the MPH Program in 1987 and the opening of the School of Public Health and Health Services in 1997.


Tool of the Quarter - BMJ Case Reports

BMJ Case Reports is a relatively new peer-reviewed journal from the BMJ Publishing Group which is devoted entirely to case reports. BMJ Case Reports began in 2008 and has published more than 1,000 case reports across all medical disciplines. BMJ Case Reports can be searched, browsed by specialty, and are also included in PubMed, MEDLINE, and Scopus.

In addition to providing access to case reports for both common and rare conditions, BMJ Case Reports provides a new publishing opportunity for you as well as for your students, residents, and fellows. Himmelfarb Library's subscription doubles as an "Institutional Fellowship" which means that GWU affiliates can publish case reports for free. Submitted cases are reviewed by at least one external referee and the BMJ Case Reports Editor; for additional information please review the Instructions for Authors.

BMJ Case Reports also provides functionality to support your classroom teaching. All BMJ Case Reports images include a ‘Download as PowerPoint Slide' link which automatically generates a PowerPoint slide of the selected image including copyright and citation information.

In addition to access to original case reports, BMJ Case Reports provides a platform for clinical discussion. Readers are invited to rate articles and publish comments, and additional commentary and a discussion platform is provided via the Editor's blog.

Personalized Medicine

Personalized Medicine is a recently developing area of medicine that focuses on assessing family history and genetic disease risk to enable better, more personalized diagnosis and treatment. Personalized medicine was one of the primary goals of the Human Genome Project, which was completed in 2003. The development of personalized medicine shows a potential for great benefits, most notably in cancer care (Willard & Ginsburg, 2010). Tools such as My Family Health Portrait and 23andMe DNA Testing help advance personalized medicine by providing patients with opportunities to securely share personal medical information with their doctors.

My Family Health Portrait, a free tool from the Surgeon General, is a secure online tool where patients can record and save family medical history information. A pedigree family tree is created based on the amount of information entered by the patient. This tool provides health care practitioners an opportunity to provide more personalized medicine, as personal risk for many diseases can be discovered through the family history.


International Open Access Week

Himmelfarb Library participated in International Open Access Week during the last week of October by hosting two events, the Open Access Publishing Forum and NIH Public Access Policy Webinar. In addition to these events, a display table featuring open access publishing information was posted at the library entrance for the week.

The Open Access Publishing Forum, featuring a panel discussion of GW faculty with experience and knowledge of this emerging publishing model, was held on Monday, October 24th. The panel included Vice Provost Stephen Ehrmann, Vice President of Research Leo Chalupa, Professor of Biochemistry Ajit Kumar, Professor of Health Policy Leighton Ku and Himmelfarb Library Director Anne Linton. Attendees had an opportunity to join in a lively discussion about open access faculty publishing opportunities, old and new publishing models and the value (and limits) of journal impact factor. Himmelfarb offers open access publishing discounts for GW faculty, staff and students through BioMed Central (15% discount on Article Processing Charges) and Public Library of Science (10% discount).

The NIH Public Access Policy Webinar was held on Friday, October 28th. The webinar provided information on the NIH policy, how to comply, as well as how Himmelfarb Library can support GW authors in this process. The NIH Public Access Policy applies to all peer-reviewed articles arising from NIH-funded research.


Meet George Paul, Head of Collection Management at Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library
George Paul

George Paul arguably knows more about the books on the shelves in Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library than anyone else. As the Head of Collection Management, George selects new books, orders them from a host of different sources, and makes sure they land on the correct shelves after cataloging and processing. George searches for books when they are missing or mis-shelved and supervises the staff who shelve and maintain the stacks. He knows which books are experiencing high demand based in part on what's appears on shelving carts or left scattered on tables after late night study sessions and tailors his orders to reflect when multiple copies of a particular book are required.

Many students and staff know George from the book sale he runs at the start of every academic year where withdrawn materials are sold. He also does stints on the reference desk and serves as a PCL advisor. Years ago, George worked in circulation and still acts as a morning backup there when needed. He lives in Foggy Bottom and is often the first staff member to make it in to open the library when bad weather hits.


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