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Texas A&M University
SACS Reaffirmation of Accreditation. Comprehensive Standard 3.8.2
Section 3: Comprehensive Standards Standard 3.8.2, Page 3
Modules in the Nursing Informatics Course, NURS 322
Modules in the College of Medicine Internal Medicine Clerkship [Syllabus: Internal
Medicine Clerkship Informatics Rotation]
Modules in the College of Dentistry Introduction to Evidence Based Dentistry and
Clinical Research course, BCD 6860
College of Medicine Fourth Year Elective
Public Health Informatics, SRPH 640 (3 credit hours) [Syllabus: SRPH 640: Public
Health Informatics]
They also participate in other TAM HSC courses, instructional programs and curriculum
committees. For example, MSL faculty have had the following roles in support of TAM HSC
Serve as facilitator for the Interdisciplinary Ethics course (College of Medicine and
College of Nursing)
Attend the College of Medicine Family Practice Residency Morning Report sessions on a
weekly basis to provide support as needed
Serve on the School of Rural Public Health Curriculum Committee
Serve on the Internal Medical Education Committee
Attend College of Medicine Curriculum Committee meetings
In September 2009 MSL piloted a new approach to provide instruction in the use of library
resources, the information resources fair. The intent of the fair is to provide a concentrated,
inter-active experience that enables faculty, students and staff to learn about and effectively use
the information resources that MSL provides. The event usually spans two days and includes
both a general open information resources event featuring selected information resources and an
in-service formal presentation intended for faculty. Students, faculty, and staff receive free
vendor items, brochures, and fact sheets in addition to learning about the services, expertise and
resources that MSL provides. The information resources fair event has been successfully
repeated in 2010 and will be expanded to reach each of the geographically disperse units of the
Online Guides and Tutorials
In addition to the standard in-person instructional sessions, MSL faculty provide virtual
instructional aids that are available 24/7 on the MSL website. Subject guide pages are available
for medicine, nursing, pharmacy and public health. These guides were viewed over 30,000 times
in 2009 [MSL Subject Guides]. Online tutorials are available for specialty health sciences
resources such as AccessMedicine, Anatomy TV, DynaMed, Essential Evidence Plus, Exam
Master, MD Consult, PubMed, Scopus and Web of Science. Additional general tutorials on
subjects such as academic integrity and plagiarism, citation management software and library use
tutorials [MSL Online Tutorials] are also available. Online tutorials are created as new online
resources are added.
Electronic Resources HelpDesk
MSL, as part of the Texas A&M University Libraries (TAMUL), offers access to over 1,200
databases and over 101,000 journal titles available electronically. Emphasizing electronic
resources is a strategic MSL choice which best supports our geographically distant TAM HSC
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