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Moral Judgment in Evaluating Disease: Some Pictures for Discussion

21 April 2017 - 11:29am by Andy Hickner

An image from the Moral Judgment exhibition

Curated by David K. Dupee and Melinda Wang, M.D. Candidates, Class of 2020, Yale School of Medicine, this new exhibit in the hallway, is a collaboration of the Program for Humanities in Medicine and the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library.

By virtue of its ubiquity, we all practice moral judgment at some degree long before developing an aptitude for clinical evaluation. Ideas of how a "good" person should look and act, reside within us and subtly impact the way that we perceive those around us. This practice is so deeply ingrained that it can carry over into the clinic, leading well-meaning practitioners to perceive patients both clinically and morally. 

We have organized a collection of prints that encourage the viewer to confront the cultural constructs that underlie moral evaluation. In presenting prints from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, we aim to impress upon viewers that the association between health and morality is deeply ingrained within the very fabric of society, and indeed, stretches far beyond the period that our exhibit encompasses. We have prepared a hypothetical patient vignette for each print to further conversation about morality and the practice of clinical medicine. It is our hope that viewers will see the chosen depictions of mental health, illness, and body image not as distant echoes of the past, but rather as preludes to forces that remain substantial in the modern era.

The exhibition is on view April 28 through September 5, 2017.

“Medicine and War: A panel discussion” on April 21st at 5 p.m. in the Medical Historical Library

7 April 2017 - 10:21am by Andy Hickner

Join us on April 21st at 5 p.m  in the Medical Historical Library for a Beaumont Medical Club panel discussion on the topic of  "War and Medicine," representing medical work in different wars.  Panelists will discuss their experiences as medical personnel in recent wars, and talk broadly on how medicine is affected by war.  

Event poster

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The panelists are:

  • Kristaps Keggi, MD, Dr. Med. (h.c.),  Elihu Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Yale University School of Medicine; 
  • Captain in the Medical Corps (Retired) United States Army Reserve; Chief of Orthopedic Surgery to the 3rd Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) with the 173rd Airborne in Biên Hòa, Vietnam during the Vietnam War
  • Shepard B. Stone, MPS, PA, FAHA, DFAAPA-  Associate Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology; Physician Associate-Anesthesiologist; Clinical Director, Adult Post Anesthesia Care Units Yale New Haven Hospital; Brigadier General (Retired) Connecticut State Guard Reserve; Colonel (Retired) United States Army     
  • Dennis Dee Spencer, MD, Harvey and Kate Cushing Professor of Neurosurgery; Director, Epilepsy Surgery Program; Director, Pituitary Tumor Program.  Dr. Spencer will be discussing Dr. Harvey Cushing’s experiences in World War 1.       
  • Melissa Thomas, MBA, MHA, MPH, Yale School of Medicine MD Candidate; Major in the Medical Service Corps (Veteran) United States Army, Operation Iraqi Freedom 2005-2006, 2008.  Melissa was stationed in Iraq in 2005, and will be sharing her experience.  To learn more about Melissa's service, see this article in Yale Medicine
  • Moderator:  Thomas P. Duffy, M.D.- Professor Emeritus of Medicine (Hematology)         

This event is co-sponsored by the Medical Historical Library, in celebration of the exhibition “Yale Medicine Goes to War, 1917,” on display in the Cushing Rotunda.

Join our team! Now recruiting a Research and Education Librarian

6 April 2017 - 11:21am by Andy Hickner

We're hiring! Join our team, or share this link with colleagues who may be interested.  

Position details:

Research and Education Librarian
The Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library
Yale University
New Haven, CT
Requisition:  42608BR

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut.  Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

Position Focus: The Research and Education Librarian serves as the primary librarian involved in the Medical Library general library instruction program. This enthusiastic, user-centered individual will be responsible for the design of the library’s current general instruction program. Through consultation and collaboration, the librarian works to enable faculty, students, clinicians and researchers to leverage information and data resources to the fullest. With experience using a wide range of bibliographic databases, both biomedical and general, the librarian develops and provides training/instruction in the use of knowledge management, information and data resources, tools, and strategies including evidence-based searching, systematic reviews, and content management tools. This position reports to the Assistant Director of Research and Education Services and is a member of the Research and Education Team.

The Research and Education Librarian:

  • Creates and participates in training and instruction, including curriculum-integrated instruction for the School of Medicine, the Physician Associate Program, the two-week intensive Medical School elective, and as part of the library’s general instruction program.
  • Identifies, prepares, and presents a range of in-person classes on various topics, including biomedical databases (e.g., PubMed, OVID, Embase, Scopus), citation management tools, biomedical research strategies, enhancing research impact, and in-depth citation analysis.
  • Provides in-depth reference, information, research and consultation services for faculty, students, and researchers throughout the research life cycle.
  • Provides training in the use of knowledge management and information resources, tools, and strategies including: evidence-based searching, systematic reviews, content management tools, databases, mobile apps, etc.
  • Creates and maintains online guides and other research support tools. Collaborates with fellow librarians.

Required Education, Skills and Experience:

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school is required.  Qualified individuals new to the library profession are encouraged to apply.
  • Demonstrated commitment to providing excellent customer service and a passion for teaching.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications and analytical ability.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize, multi-task, and meet deadlines, and to conceptualize new solutions to problems with creativity and flexibility.
  • Demonstrated record of designing projects and bringing them to a conclusion in a timely fashion.
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, analytical, and communication skills, both oral and written, including the ability to actively listen, understand and articulate user needs. Experience working collegially and cooperatively within and across organizations.
  • Experience working collaboratively and independently with varied groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing, team environment.
  • Innovative, resourceful, and flexible. Knowledge of information technology.

Yale University assigns ranks to librarian positions based on a combination of professional experience and accomplishments. Librarian ranking information can be found at:

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience: Familiarity and experience with adult learning theory and instruction with adult learners. Experience designing and conducting library instruction. Experience working with and knowledge of biomedical research resources. Experience with assessment, educational technology and instructional design. Experience working in an academic or health sciences library.

The University and the Library

The Yale University Library, as one of the world's leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and supports the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including around 15 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaging in numerous projects to expand access to its physical and digital collections. Housed in eighteen buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Center for Science and Social Science Information, and the Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of approximately five hundred who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers.  For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library's web site at

The Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library

The Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library serves the Yale Schools of Medicine, Public Health, Nursing, the Yale-New Haven Hospital and other affiliated institutions of the Yale-New Haven Medical Center. The Medical Library is a dynamic and busy place; library staff work together as a team to provide responsive and effective information support to the Medical Center's missions of research, education, and patient care.  A collection of 400,000 volumes and a wide range of state-of the art electronic resources brings information to the community at the library, on campus and remotely.  For additional information, see:

Salary and Benefits

We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country's great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

How to Apply

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Applications, consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be submitted by applying online at

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

Flo Gillich retires from the Medical Historical Library

29 March 2017 - 11:55am by Andy Hickner

(by Melissa Grafe)

Flo Gillich

Florence Gillich retired this week after 18 1/2 years of service. Before coming to the Medical Historical Library, Flo began working at Yale in 1998 as a Media Technician for the School of Nursing, assisting patrons with audiovisual requests and instructional media services. Flo also worked to digitize materials, something she carried into her job at the Medical Historical Library. Flo joined the Medical Historical Library Library in 2005 as our Historical Library Assistant, and quickly jumped into creating metadata and scanning our digital collections, beginning with our portrait engravings. Over the years, Flo has been a major force in the shaping of our Digital Library, ensuring online access to Medical Historical Library collections.

Beyond her work with the Digital Library, Flo helped many Library patrons over the years, assisting in reference, ILL, and image requests, and getting patrons settled into research in the Medical Historical Library. Many patrons over the years have commented on how much they appreciated all the help Flo has provided. She also assisted with the Library Associates for a number of years, maintaining contacts with the Associates, helping with programming, and ensuring the smooth coordination of the program. Flo supervised students, and has been a wonderful colleague to all of us.

Join us in expressing best wishes to Flo in her next adventure in life and thanking her for all that’s she’s done for Yale. Flo is looking forward to spending more time with her family. We will sorely miss her at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library.


3 new articles on scholarly publishing you ought to read

23 March 2017 - 3:16pm by Andy Hickner

The latest issue of The Economist includes 3 articles focused on issues you should be aware of as you seek to publish your research. "Assessing the Importance of Scientific Work" discusses the development of altmetrics and profiles 2 companies working in the field. "The Findings of Medical Research are Disseminated Too Slowly" looks at how the old model of scientific research locked up behind paywalls is changing, as funders such as the Gates Foundation begin to require its grantees to make their work freely available to the public. "The Shackles of Scientific Journals, and How to Cast them Off" outlines the problems with the old model of scientific publishing, which results in profits for journal publishers to the detriment of the scientific enterprise and to the general public, as well as additional solutions including open access repositories and more transparent peer review.

These are quick reads, and we encourage our researchers to spend the less than 10 minutes it takes to skim them. We thank Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC, for drawing our attention to these articles. 

If you are a researcher, check out our Research Impact guide to learn how to use altmetrics and other tools to help you tell the story of *your* research impact. 


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