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Expanding the Health Professions Pipeline in Nevada

Posted by on October 14th, 2019 Posted in: Advocacy, Funding, MedlinePlus, NLM Products, Outreach, Technology


Did you know that rural healthcare providers can 3D print tools and materials they otherwise might never have access to? Did you know virtual reality headsets can guide patients through their treatments step-by-step? 

a man holds up a 3D printed bone

Kyle Mefferd, MS, Senior Learning Specialist at TUN shows a 3D printed bone.

We had the immense pleasure of visiting Joanne Muellenbach and her wonderful interdisciplinary team of librarians, student affairs specialists, and information technologists at Touro University Nevada in Henderson, NV. Joanne’s outreach subaward project, Using Virtual Reality & 3D Technologies to Expand the Health Professions Pipeline in Southern Nevada, will harness emerging technologies to increase learning outcomes for health sciences students and draw in new, diverse students to the health sciences field. “We want to increase and expand the health professions pipeline,” Joanne says. 

Two librarians stand next to a 3D printer in operation.

[Above: Joanne Muellenbach shows Nora Franco how the 3D printer operates.]

During our visit, the team showed us the range of resources they have developed as part of this project, including a research guide on virtual reality technologies and the health sciences; a presentation for staff and faculty to promote use of library resources in their classrooms; and a compilation of NLM resources that encourage students to consider careers in health sciences, such as MedlinePlus’ Health Occupations page.

We especially love that Joanne has brought together an interdisciplinary team to work on this project, and to conduct outreach that meets students where they are.

With NNLM PSR subaward funding, as Joanne says, “The library gets more notice, which is always a good thing.” Congratulations to the Touro team for a great start to this project, and thank you for hosting!

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Julie Botnick is an Education & Outreach Librarian for the NNLM PSR located at UCLA.

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This project is funded by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Cooperative Agreement Number UG4LM012341 with the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library.

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