For the past several summers, Ebling Library librarians have given orientations and taught high school and undergraduate students visiting campus for three different programs. In addition to tell them about resources at Ebling Library we give them a healthy dose of information regarding NLM resources.
First, the UW-Madison School of Pharmacy hosts high school students enrolled in the Pre-College Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence (PEOPLE) program. This eight week program introduces the students to a variety of health science careers. The program serves as a pre-college pipeline for students of color and low-income students. Covering resources such as http://nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/healthoccupations.html gives the students a glimpse into careers in pharmacy as well as other health occupations.
Second, UW-Madison Department of Surgery hosts a 6-week internship for high-school juniors called the Surgery Clinical Research Experiences for High School Students Program. Funded in part by the Doris Duke Foundation the program offers minority students first hand opportunities to experience the rewards of an academic medical career which include providing cutting-edge patient care in an environment that promotes novel clinical investigation for the purpose of improving care. The program is designed to encourage participants to consider careers in surgery with a clinical research component. A librarian meets with the group to talk about PubMed research tips and tricks as well as cover other NLM resources.
Last, the Rural and Urban Scholars in Community Health (RUSCH) program is a pre-med pipeline program that has been developed by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in partnership with three UW System campuses (UW-Milwaukee, UW-Platteville and UW-Parkside); Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia; and Wisconsin’s Native American college students enrolled in any campus. The aim of RUSCH is to select and nurture students who show an interest in practicing medicine in rural and urban underserved areas of the state. Underrepresented or disadvantaged students from partner schools are encouraged to apply, as well as Native American applicants from schools in Wisconsin and surrounding states. An Ebling librarian meets with group to again show them PubMed research tips and tricks focusing on underserved population terms and how to locate other NLM resources focusing on Native Americans’ health.
Submitted on behalf of Heidi Marleau