SWON Visits – Dayton Children’s Hospital
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Posted by: Melanie Blau McDonald
Grow. Learn something. Adapt.
Luz Sinha, the Librarian at the Dayton Children’s Hospital has a lot of experience with growth, not only personally but professionally, working with students and researchers at her hospital. When she first became a medical librarian, she realized that learning more medical terminology would help her provide better services to her customers. She found a local class at a community college. When she noticed that more and more Hispanic people were using the Hospital and working there, she took a Spanish for health care class, again taught locally. Luz tries to attend the annual Medical Librarians Association Conference, even when funding is tight. But if that is not possible, she’ll see what else is available, closer to home, and do that in addition to or instead of the more expensive learning opportunities. She has never not used her new skills. And sometimes, the need comes up quicker than she expects. Luz’s advice for those seeking to become a medical librarian, just go for it! But plan to be continually improving your skills. Luz has been doing just that for over 20 years.
Something you may not know, as shared by Luz Sinha.
PICO is an acronym used to perform literature searches in the medical field. It stands for Patient/Problem, Intervention, Comparison/Control, Outcome/Effects. Luz teaches the PICO method to nursing students and others so that their search results follow evidence-based medicine guidelines. If you’re interested in this kind of librarianship, you should learn more about PICO and evidence-based practice.
Photo credit: From the NYU School of Medicine, Federick L. Ehrman Medical Library handout found at: http://library.med.nyu.edu/library/instruction/handouts/pdf/picohandout.pdfAccessed September 11, 2014.