Hi Everyone,
    Thank you all for your prompt and creative titles, my daughter wanted "Oh Captain My Captain" something she saw on television I'm sure!  Here is the summary of responses and it seems the one that liked best is"  "Medical Education and Research Specialist", (which is closest to what they originally chose).  Thanks again everyone!
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Hi all,


    We are in the process of combining the library and CME departments and have seemed to gotten the responsibilities down well which appear to combine being a director for both departments.  Our people would like to create a more contemporary and broader title that encompasses growth and opportunity.  The other thing is the use of the word "Director" is off of the table, and manager and coordinator  and library/librarian are not applicable here.  (Please do not argue this point as it is not an option).

    What is being recommended so far is " Medical Education and Research Liaison", "Medical Education and Information Researcher"  or "Medical Education and Research (something)".  I am told to try and come up with a new title that we might be able to use to reflect being the director of both departments, Medical Education AND Research.  Any help would be greatly appreciated and replying off list may be best.  TIA.



Mary Jo


Mary Jo Devereaux, M.L.S.


Summary of Responses:


"....I've seen some ads that use the word "specialist" so "Continuing Medical Education/Health Information Specialist"?  Or "Continuing Medical Education/Medical Library Administrator"?"


"...  How about Knowledge Management and Educational Services Broker or Officer?  Or Research and Education Agent?  I like COO of the Center for Research and Education.  Or you could be Steward of EBM."


"How about "Medical Education and Research Specialist"?  Or, maybe you could opt for Medical Education and Library Coordinator?" 


"Interesting question. Have you considered the title: Evidence Based Practice Coordinator & Researcher? That has been added to my title."


"Health Knowledge Specialist?  You don't want to get confused with medical records (now health information).  Information is data, not knowledge... You could also use Guide or Navigator with Health Knowledge... If hospital ever looks at Magnet status, you need to have title that encompasses all disciplines served."


"How about Informationist?  Here is the Wikipedia definition of the term:  Or Knowledge-Based Information Specialist?  


(Ref:  The informationist: a new health profession? Davidoff F., Florance V.  Ann Intern Med, 2000 Jun 20; 132(12): 996-8 (20 ref) PMID: 10858185)"


"How about "Medical Education & Knowledge-Based Informationist" or "Education & Research Informationist", or even, "Knowledge-Based Informationist"...............


" about Library CME Specialist?"


"What if you put into a different light, "Physician Education & Resource Specialist" or "Physician Education & Research Specialist"?


"My suggestion is to add Specialist after Research.  Your specialty is Information Research and also Medical Education, so that works.  (Or perhaps make it Medical Education and Information Research Specialist).  Good luck with your new responsibilities."


"......what about Administrator, Continuing Medical Education & Resources"?


"Interesting this quote from an editorial rant by Stephen Abram,...... You can still be a librarian without necessarily calling yourself by that title in your job (although I am a proponent of having your degree on your business card).......... .  The single job title "librarian" is insufficient on its own to describe the breadth of opportunity opening up in today's world.  Even though the word "librarian" does describe several jobs that are wonderful, valid and available to us with our education and training, professional librarianship can be practiced in a wide variety of roles and environments.  We need to describe the entire vista of librarianship as well as the whole ladder of information opportunity."








Mary Jo Devereaux, M.L.S.

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