"Information Survival Skills": a medical school elective. Academic Article uri icon


  • The authors developed an elective course to assist students in (1) understanding the changing nature of scholarly communication and online publishing, (2) identifying resources and strategies for searching current best evidence, and (3) demonstrating effective communication of information.The course took place in a medical school in the Southwest.Second- and third-year medical students participated in the course.A pass-fail, undergraduate-level elective was first offered October to December 2006. This 7.5┬áhour course, developed and co-taught by 2 health sciences library faculty, consisted of hands-on exercises, small group discussion, and didactic lecture.Presenting a medical school elective is one possible outlet for intensive bibliographic instruction. Illustrating the flow of information from creation to management and presentation affords students an opportunity to understand information in context. This elective has been consistently ranked very high in student evaluations and led to new and expanded teaching opportunities.

publication date

  • January 1, 2012