Caregiver reading a bookEvery month I walk up to Pelham Parkway in the Bronx and ride the Bx12 select bus to the Fordham section to visit my patient. She is a warm-hearted, middle-aged woman who has multiple chronic medical conditions and no longer works as a result. She spends her time watching her neighbor’s children and involving herself heavily in her church community.

During our visits, I spend time listening to her—developing a patient-based narrative history of her life that is revealed though stories about how she manages her chronic medical conditions, and about her involvement in the local church. I’ve really gotten to know what’s important to her as a patient and as a person. [click to continue…]

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Aurelia Minuti, head of reference & educational services at D. Samuel Gottesman Library at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, assists a student.

Aurelia Minuti, head of reference & educational services at the D. Samuel Gottesman Library at Einstein, assists a student seeking information.

A recent Viewpoint column by Melissa L. Rethlefsen et al. in the Journal of the American Medical Association,Engaging Medical Librarians to Improve the Quality of Review Articles,” examined the value medical librarians bring to the research process. Librarians’ expertise includes selecting databases, employing advanced search skills, refining topics, developing search strategies and managing results. Disappointingly, these skills are sometimes underused by medical students and established researchers; they either don’t understand the value of these tasks or believe they are already expert at searching.

The article caused me to reflect on the evolving relationship between librarians and researchers that I’ve experienced throughout my library career. [click to continue…]

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It was the fall of 1984 when I interviewed at Einstein to become a medical student. I can still remember the jitters I felt. I was the first person in my Puerto Rican family who was born in the U.S., the first to pursue a graduate degree, the first to attempt to become a physician. Talk about a challenge.

Prior to my interview, I knew that Einstein had a strong commitment to diversity and considered it critical to the education of its student body. I was still a bundle of nerves. [click to continue…]

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Magnetic balls marketed to adults but easily swallowed by children

As practicing pediatric gastroenterologists at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, my colleagues and I remove a fair number of esophageal and intestinal foreign bodies (i.e., things kids accidentally swallow).

A couple of years ago, several physicians across the country began noticing serious injuries in children who swallowed high-powered magnets. The issue was raised in an email forum for pediatric gastroenterologists and the response was overwhelming. There were hundreds of cases—throughout the world, as we later learned—that many of us had thought were isolated incidents. An avalanche of emails quickly convinced us otherwise. [click to continue…]

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Einstein’s Nir Barzilai, M.D., an internationally recognized researcher on aging and one of this blog’s contributors, captivated a crowd of nearly 1,000 people at a September 27 TEDx event in Manhattan’s Gramercy Park neighborhood.

His topic: “Grit”—what it is and how to get more of it. [click to continue…]

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Bag Of Milk Chocolate Chip CookiesI direct a nutrition clinic in a large center for children with special needs, the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. My “kids” can have everything from mild learning disabilities to genetic disorders that affect growth and development to profound intellectual and physical impairments that cause them to be unable to walk, speak or even scratch their heads. My most seriously involved kids are completely dependent for all their care. [click to continue…]

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