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7th Annual Faculty Days: Spotlight on Teaching and Learning

June 26th, 2015

faculty daysOn June 9-10th the 7th Annual Jefferson Faculty Days were held on the campus of Thomas Jefferson University. Kellie Smith, EdD, RN, gave the keynote address: “Everyone Has a Story… Listen, Hold Gratitude, and Love.”

The 2015 Faculty Days presentations have been loaded in the Jefferson Digital Commons. If you missed any of the presentations take time to catch up on the Teaching and Learning innovations taking place at Jefferson.

If you are new to Jefferson, the 6th Annual Faculty Days are also available for viewing.

New Journal: Pedagogy in Health Promotion

June 22nd, 2015

Pedagogy in Health Promotion: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (PHP), a new journal publication from the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), is now available at Jefferson.  PHP “advances pedagogy through contributions in areas such as curriculum and course/program design, assessment, and administration relevant to teaching and learning. The quarterly journal includes works addressing the art and science of teaching and learning, and how it contributes to the formation and ongoing development of the health promotion professional working in any site and with a range of populations.”

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Jennifer Wilson Earns ELS Certification

June 17th, 2015

Jennifer Wilson, medical writer and editor for the Center for Teaching & Learning Writing Center, is now a certified Editor in the Life Sciences (ELS).

To earn ELS certification, Jennifer had to provide proof of her editorial experience and successfully complete a 3-hour examination that objectively assessed her editorial skill. Candidates must demonstrate a high level of proficiency in editing in the life sciences according to internationally recognized standards. The Executive Council of the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences allows editors who successfully complete the certification examination to use the designation ELS after their names. It has certified a little over 1,000 editors worldwide since its founding in 1991. Please join us in congratulating Jen on this accomplishment!


Molecular Biology of Precision Medicine in JDC

June 16th, 2015

On April 29, 2015, the Computational Medicine Center, The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, The Wills Eye Hospital, and The Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences presented a one-day event: The Molecular Biology of Precision Medicine: Gender, Population and Race.

Presenters included:

 If you are hosting a conference on campus and would like it archived in the Jefferson Digital Commons, please contact


Pennsylvania Research Portal Showcases Jefferson Research

June 16th, 2015

The new Pennsylvania Research Commons (PRC), an online portal to share high-quality research conducted within the state, features content from 20 institutions, including Thomas Jefferson University. This content includes articles, book chapters, dissertations, conference proceedings, and other original scholarly work — all freely available to users anywhere in the world. Users can access university archives in addition to more current content.

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Data Release: 2015 Southeastern Pennsylvania Household Health Survey

June 11th, 2015

The Philadelphia Health Management Corporation’s (PHMC) Community Health Data Base (CHDB) released the results of its 2014-2015 biennial Southeastern Pennsylvania Household Health Survey. Jeffersonians may download the complete datasets in SPSS format. If you don’t already have a copy, SPSS software is available in the library and for download. The online data analysis tool will be updated later this summer.

UPDATE 6/16/15: SAS and Stata files are now posted.

In addition to tracking core health indicators such as insurance status and cigarette smoking over time, this year’s survey addressed 13 new topics including the Affordable Care Act, use of social media, e-cigarettes and vaporizers, sodium intake and awareness, CPR training, and HIV testing. See their slides for more about their top-level findings.


PHMC offers free orientation sessions to Jeffersonians and other members. The next session will be Thursday, June 18th, from 9:30-11:30AM at PHMC’s office in Center City (1500 Market St., Centre Square East). RSVP to Cavonne Sedeno at or 215-985-2548. Light refreshments will be served.

Scopus Begins Journal Re-evaluation

June 10th, 2015

Scopus announced that they’ll begin annually re-evaluating the journals they index to maintain quality. Journals that don’t meet six metrics around citation patterns, production, and usage will be flagged and their publisher contacted. If the problem persists, Scopus’s independent content advisory board will consider removing the journal. See their post for details.

Journal Citation Reports (JCR) has already been doing this to combat citation cartels and other types of scientific misconduct, as pointed out by Phil Davis.

Jefferson faculty are affected by which journals Scopus covers because the university’s website uses it to power the publication feeds displayed on their profiles. Contact a librarian if you’d like help correcting them.

10,000th Asset Archived in the JDC

June 8th, 2015

fireworksRejoice! Hooray!! The Jefferson Digital Commons has archived its 10,000th item. The lucky 10,000th item was published by David Nash, MD, MBA and Eugene Mochan, PhD, DO from the Jefferson School of Population Health, Thomas Jefferson University:

Weaving Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Skills into All Levels of Medical Training: An Annotated Bibliography
American Journal of Medical Quality
Volume 30, Issue 3, May 2015, pp. 232-247
DOI: 10.1177/1062860614528568

To date, the JDC has exceeded 2 million downloads.

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Full Text @ Jefferson: New & Improved!

June 3rd, 2015

Full Text buttonUse the Full Text @ Jefferson button to find the full-text article from the search results of your favorite databases (PubMed, Scopus, CINAHL, Ovid, Google Scholar, and more.) This button will direct you to over 11,000 full-text journals made available through Scott Memorial Library.

Look for a new design and improvements when using the Full Text @ Jefferson button:

  • A temporary sidebar will appear along with the full-text article that provides additional options. The sidebar is automatically minimized after 5 seconds, but can be reopened.
  • Use the Report a Problem link to automatically report problems with full-text linking. You may include your contact information, or report the problem anonymously.
  • Export a citation directly to Refworks, or email yourself the citation and link to full-text.
  • Chat with a library staff for additional assistance.
  • Mobile friendly design will easily adjust to your phone, tablet or desktop.

The new Full Text @ Jefferson button is based on advanced technology with improved linking capabilities, so you should see more reliable full-text search results.

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10 Ebooks New to Scott Library in May

June 3rd, 2015

Scott Library added these 10 e-books in May to the growing collection:

The Transformation of Academic Health Centers

June 1st, 2015

book coverThe Transformation of Academic Health Centers: Meeting the Challenges of Healthcare’s Changing Landscape by Steven Wartman M.D. Ph.D. is now available in Scott Library’s ebook collection.


The Transformation of Academic Health Centers: Meeting the Challenges of Healthcare’s Changing Landscape presents the direct knowledge and vision of accomplished academic leaders whose unique positions as managers of some of the most complex academic and business enterprises make them expert contributors.

 Users will find invaluable insights and leadership perspectives on healthcare, health professions education, and bio-medical and clinical research that systematically explores the evolving role of global academic health centers with an eye focused on the transformation necessary to be successful in challenging environments.

 The book is divided into five sections moving from the broad perspective of the role of academic health centers to the role of education, training, and disruptive technologies. It then addresses the discovery processes, improving funding models, and research efficiency. Subsequent sections address the coming changes in healthcare delivery and future perspectives, providing a complete picture of the needs of the growing and influential healthcare sector.

Congratulations, Dr. Frisby!

May 27th, 2015

SKMC Faculty Awards 2015 Group[8]We’re proud to announce that Tony Frisby, Ph. D., Director, Center for Teaching and Learning & Scott Memorial Library, was a 2015 recipient of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College Dean’s Award for Excellence in Education.

 The award is given to faculty who: 1) demonstrate superior effectiveness as a teacher and devote significant time/effort to teaching over a sustained period of time, or 2) demonstrate major contributions to an educational course, clerkship or program of training.

Dr. Frisby is pictured here (top of the stairs, right) with the other 2015 recipients of SKMC awards.

Scott Library Staff Posters at MLA

May 22nd, 2015

Several Scott Memorial Librarians authored posters presented at the recent Medical Library Association (MLA) Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. Copies of the posters are now available in the Jefferson Digital Commons:

Supporting the Occupational Therapy Student in the Production and Dissemination of Systematic Reviews: An Interprofessional Collaboration among Librarians and Occupational Therapy Faculty (Paul Hunter, Gary Kaplan and Dan Kipnis – along with OT faculty member, Teal Benevides) – This poster describes “the outcomes of a curriculum-based collaboration between librarians and Occupational Therapy faculty to enhance graduate student skills for conducting and disseminating a systematic review.”

Human Books: Social Media, Unplugged (Pat Wynne, Dot Berenbrok, Gary Kaplan, and Helena Washington) – This poster reviews two events at SML based on the international program, The Human Library.  The program was designed to “enable health sciences students and staff to engage in dialogue to challenge common prejudices in a positive manner and to promote empathy for the patients and families they encounter. “

CTL Support for Blended Learning

May 22nd, 2015

course badgeEDUCAUSE, an organization at the front of innovation in teaching and learning in the digital environment, recently recognized Ivy Tan (CTL Instructional Design Specialist) as a Blended Learning Designer. To earn the credential, Tan completed a five-week blended-learning seminar facilitated by the University of Central Florida and then submitted an e-portfolio for review by a team of national experts.

The learning experience modeled best practices for blended, or hybrid, learning and required Tan to engage in different learning activities in both synchronous and asynchronous environments, including blogging, social networking, assignment design and reflective writing. The experience extends Tan’s expertise in instructional design by concentrating on the current educational environment and innovative tools for extending the traditional classroom’s reach.

As blended learning (the strategic combination of face-to-face and online learning experiences) grows in popularity among educators around the world, it’s more important than ever to understand how to design effective courses in this mode.

To learn more about blended learning or designing courses and/or assignments for blended or traditional learning, contact Ivy Tan or the Center for Teaching & Learning.

Nursing Alumni Bulletins Now in the JDC

May 20th, 2015

Nurses Alumni Bulletin 1948More than fifty years of Nursing Alumni Bulletins (beginning in 1935 and going up until 1995) have been added to the Jefferson Digital Commons.

The Bulletins were published by alumni of the Diploma Nursing program, which was started in 1891 as the Jefferson Hospital Training School for Nurses. The first class consisted of thirteen women and the program graduated more than 5,000 nurses by the time it disbanded in 1982. According to the 1891 admission requirements, applicants had to “be between 21 and 35 years of age” and those of “superior education, culture, and refinement” would be given highest priority. Upon acceptance, students went through a 30-day probationary period where they worked 14-hour days, starting with lectures at 7 AM. Once their probation was over they were allowed to wear the Jefferson nursing uniform, a floor-length pink cotton dress and a starched white cap and apron. Over the years the program went through a variety of changes, many of which can be seen in the Nursing Alumni Bulletins.