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Sponsored by the Section on Evidence Based Health Care, The New York Academy of Medicine

The New York Academy of Medicine will again offer an intensive 3 day integrated workshop experience in its “Teaching Evidence Assimilation for Collaborative Research” series. The 3-day conference features outstanding speakers on leading issues in evidence-based clinical practice (EBCP) as well as intensive facilitated workshop streams in basic EBCP skills, policies and guidelines and system level implementation science, or ‘knowledge translation’.  One stream will focus on the use of the GRADE system for evidence synthesis for practice guideline development. A companion stream will address development and implementation of clinical policies within specific health care settings.

This year’s internationally recognized faculty will include Andy Oxman, Ian Graham, Dawn Stacey, Marita Titler as well as faculty from the University of Pennsylvania Evidence Based Practice Center and the ECRI Institute.

Ian Graham is a Senior Scientist in the Clinical Epidemiology Program at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and is a faculty member of the Ottawa University School of Nursing.  He previously served as Vice President in charge of Knowledge Translation within the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.  He is prominent as a major contributor to the development of knowledge translation as a research discipline and to applying that discipline to issues of clinical guideline implementation.  He will lead the knowledge translation stream within the workshop.

Andy Oxman is a major figure in the areas of systematic reviews and practice guidelines, having previously chaired the Cochrane Collaboration, developed the guideline protocol for the World Health Organization and having initiated the GRADE effort with Gordon Guyatt, Holger Schunemann and a few others.  He has recently launched DECIDE, an international initiative in dissemination and communication of guidelines.  He currently leads the Norwegian Knowledge Center for Health Services in Oslo. He will lead the GRADE stream and be joined by Shahnaz Sultan and Reem Mustafa who are prominent members of the GRADE Working Group.

Dawn Stacey is a faculty member of the Ottawa University School of Nursing and is well known for her research in shared decision making.  She is Director of the Patient Decision Aid Research Group, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.  In 2012 she was awarded the University Research Chair in Knowledge Translation to Patients. She will contribute to several streams during the workshop.

Marita Titler is the Associate Dean for Practice and Clinical Scholarship and the Rhetaugh Dumas Endowed Chair of the Division of Health Systems and Effectiveness Science at the University of Michigan School of Nursing.  She is widely recognized for having developed the Iowa Model of Evidence Based Practice to Promote Quality Care.

The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue (at 103rd St), New York, 10029
August 6-8, 2014

Tuition: Health professionals: $1100
Health professionals in training and librarians: $500
Accreditation: CME credit applied for

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Thursday, April 3, 2014
Refreshments, 5:30, Lecture 6pm

Russ Berrie Pavilion, Room 1
1150 St. Nicholas Avenue at West 168th Street

Stephen J. Greenberg, MSLS, PhD, Coordinator of Public Services, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine

The impact of the introduction of photography after 1839 on the arts and popular culture has long been extensively explored.  The use of photography in medicine has also attracted the interest of historians and archivists, resulting in many significant collections of material both in public and private hands.

However, far too often, individual images have been made to stand alone, far removed from their original context, and therefore mysterious to the viewer. Why were these pictures taken? Who saw them? Were they meant for private study or professional publication?  How did they reflect the techniques and aesthetics of the rest of contemporary photography? Most importantly, how, in a purely technical sense, did one produce and publish medical photographs in the 19th century?

Dr. Greenberg will address the use of photography in 19th-century printed medical books, both from technological and aesthetic viewpoints, using the vast photographic resources of the National Library of Medicine to highlight milestones in the history of medical photography, and to explain how they were presented to the viewer.

The lecture is on Thursday, April 3 at 6pm in Room 1 of the Russ Berrie Pavilion.  Refreshments will be served beginning at 5:30.
For directions and a map see:

In this issue:

  • Upcoming History of Health Sciences Lecture
  • Two new exhibits on view in Hammer
  • Resource spotlight
  • Manage your e-mail quota 

... and more

March 17 to April 26, 2014

Part of the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) traveling exhibition program,Opening Doors highlights four prominent African-American surgeons and examines their roles as educators, healers, and pioneers. Featured are Alexa I. Canady, the first African American woman pediatric neurosurgeon; LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., cancer surgeon, and the first African American President of the American College of Surgeons and the American Cancer Society; Claude H. Organ, Jr., general surgeon, and the first African American to chair a department of surgery at a predominantly white medical school; and Rosalyn P. Scott, the first African American woman cardiothoracic surgeon. In addition, the careers of five other surgeons are more briefly looked at, giving a broad view of the role of African-Americans in contemporary American medicine.

The NLM cautions that Opening Doors “is not intended to be an encyclopedic look at African American academic surgeons” but “takes the visitor on a journey through the lives and achievements of these academic surgeons, and provides a glimpse into the stories of those that came before them and those that continue the tradition today.”

African-Americans have long practiced medicine both in slavery and in freedom as herbal healers, midwives, and bone setters, but mainstream medicine – and especially academic medicine – was long closed to them by widespread racial discrimination.  This, however, did not prevent some from achieving distinction.

The first African-American to receive a medical degree, James McCune Smith (1813-1865) had to go to Scotland for his education, receiving the M.D. from the University of Glasgow in 1837.  He would later make his home in New York City where he became a leading abolitionist and the first African-American to publish in a medical journal.  Daniel Hale Williams (1856-1931) performed one of the first successful open heart surgeries, when in 1893 he repaired the torn pericardium of a knife wound patient.  Charles R. Drew (1904-1950) did his groundbreaking work on blood banking while a doctoral student at the Medical Center; when he was awarded the Doctor of Medical Science degree from Columbia in 1940, he was the first African-American to receive such a degree.  Dr. Kenneth A. Forde (P&S 1959), José M. Ferrer Professor of Surgery and one of the country’s leading thoracic surgeons, now serves on the Columbia University Board of Trustees.

The first African-American to graduate from the College of Physicians and Surgeons was Travis J. A. Johnson in 1908.  After practicing medicine in New York City for less than ten years, he tragically died in a car accident in 1917.  The first African-American woman graduate was Agnes O. Griffin (1897-1991) in 1923.  Between 1908 and 1940, P&S graduated 15 African-Americans

Opening Doors may be seen during regular library hours: 8am-11pm, Monday-Thursday; 8am-8pm, Friday; 10am-11pm Saturday; and noon-11pm Sunday. For more information contact

There will be an opening reception March 18th 4-6pm where Dr. Kenneth Forde, Jose M. Ferrer Professor of Surgery Emeritus and Columbia University Trustee will speak.

Opening Doors was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, Baltimore, Maryland.