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The Value of the Consumer Health Information Specialization

Jean Winkler
Valley View Hospital
Glenwood Springs, CO

The Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) designation from the Medical Library Association is a valuable tool. Not only is the certificate itself often examined by visitors to our hospital library, but the requirements for designation provide an avenue to further develop professional skills.

Specifically, during my recent CHIS renewal period, I participated in a Clinical Trials Moodle course. The content of this month-long class taught the nuances of clinical trials as well as how to effectively navigate the ClinicalTrials.gov web site. This valuable resource is now regularly shared with our library customers. Additionally, the Moodle format was innovative and instructive.

The opportunities for professional development within the CHIS designation are varied. Through  “Discover National Library of Medicine Resources and More – Topic Specific Queries” my PubMed search strategies have improved. Our ILS has undergone updating both in content and design through MLA approved workshops with our ILS vendor, CyberTools for Libraries. Insights on assessing patient education materials have been gleaned from the “Spotlight on National Library of Medicine Resources—PEMAT – Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool.” CHIS designation truly encourages continuous improvement.

Jean received a CHIS Certification Funding award to cover the fee for the certificate application.

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