This is one of the major things we work with our med students on. I even teach a class to the PA's about using PubMed. I don't understand why anyone would deem it not necessary for them to know how to use PubMed. It just blows my mind! 

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Sent: Friday, April 01, 2016 9:45 AM
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Back when I was at a different hospital with medical students (not pharmacy students) absolutely NONE of them had PubMed (nor Ovid or any other database) training.
On their hospital rotations in my hospital they were asked to do research and they were drowning.  I was totally surprised that they got no PubMed training while they were at the medical school.
I called the librarians from the medical school that we got the students and I was told this....

It was felt that medical students don't need to use PubMed in their first two years of medical school education so the librarians focus on other things.  

I said fine, but then after 2 yrs you are sending them out to hospitals to do their rotations and they are asked to do research on PubMed and they can't.  So you are sending out unprepared students.  If they don't need it during the first 2 yrs of medical school they definitely need it before they do their rotations. When will it be taught?

Long story short, it wasn't being taught nor was it going to be taught before the medical students came to my hospital.  So I worked with the program coordinators at my hospital to have PubMed class for the students squooshed in during one of their rotations.  It was better than nothing and just like Patti said, every one of them mentioned they wished they had been taught the information earlier.

***Please note this past experience is not related at all to my current experience.


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Sent: Thursday, March 31, 2016 5:48 PM
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Subject: My rant about not teaching PubMed

I taught 4 pharmacy rotation students how to use PubMed. None of them have been given the in depth education in PubMed. This is their only career tool if they go to most hospitals. They all said to a one - they wish they knew this sooner.
1. What are clinical queries
2. How to use MyNcbi to save collections. - during the workday 3. How to save searches(alerts).
4. How tousle filters properly
5. How to read a complete citation for needed information and get the most out of it There is much more that I know you all can add to.

But I am tired of hearing " I wish I had known this a lot earlier ". From a major state school student with impeccable credentials.

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