Date

May 2007

Document Type

Poster

Medical Subject Headings

Education, Medical; World Health; International Educational Exchange; Students, Medical; Databases; Libraries, Medical; Institutional repositories; Lamar Soutter Library

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

Type of engagement and location: eScholarship@UMMS (http://escholarship.umassmed.edu/intmeded/) is an electronic repository sponsored by the Lamar Soutter Library. The Library is collaborating with the Office of Medical Education’s International Medical Education initiative under the direction of Dr. Michael Godkin.

Purpose/objective: The purpose of the collaboration is to provide an archive to preserve and promote clinical and language experiences of UMMS students serving in developing countries.

Description: The Library is building a database of student trips that includes descriptions of sites and clinical experiences, photos, personal reflections, maps, and advice for future students. Library staff worked with Dr. Godkin to convert paper records into an electronic format and added metadata to enhance searching. Reports are organized by country and year, and are full-text searchable.

Conclusion: eScholarship@UMMS offers an efficient and convenient means of promoting student interest in international medical education. More than 50 student trip reports from almost 20 countries have been entered into the database. In just four months the site has already had an impact and generated increased student interest. By archiving these trip reports, eScholarship@UMMS ensures that the information will be available for future UMMS students.

Implications: eScholarship@UMMS supports the primary goals of the International Medical Education program: to develop linguistic, cultural and physical diagnosis skills and enable the students to better serve a rapidly expanding immigrant and refugee population in Massachusetts and the United States.

Presented at the UMass Global Health Symposium, Shrewsbury, MA, on May 3-4, 2007.