Objectives: Undoubtedly information-based decision making is a necessary skill for health professionals. With the emergence and continuous development of Information Technologies the challenge has turned from finding information to finding quality information. This paper examines the integration of information literacy through a biomedical informatics (BMI) course at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Faculty of Medicine in Mexico and outlines the advantages that students have with this course during their professional career.
Methods: The UNAM Faculty of Medicine, one of the largest medical schools in Latin America, developed and implemented a biomedical informatics mandatory course for two years (BMI-1 and BMI-2). Information literacy components were included in BMI-1 according to the Association of American Medical Colleges and the International Medical Informatics Association recommendations on biomedical informatics education. BMI-1 has the unit ‘Databases and medical digital libraries’ which goal is to know the main biomedical information resources, apply and use the strategies and tools needed for their effective use. Librarians joined the health care team and have teaching roles with physicians since the BMI course started and implemented strategies and didactic tools to achieve this goal. Information searching skills of students have been observed and evaluated while they are in BMI-2 and when they use the Faculty of Medicine library in person and remotely.
Results: They will made available during our presentation at MLA '17.
Conclusion: They will made available during our presentation at MLA '17.
Keywords: Biomedical Informatics / undregraduate education / Information Literacy
UNAM [National Autonomous University of Mexico]
Distrito Federal, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Alejandra Martinez del Prado has a MLIS degree and a LIS undergraduate degree from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México (UNAM). She is a medical librarian at the School of Medicine Library of UNAM. She is also the coordinator of electronic collection development and remote access service to the library digital information resources.
She is the Secretary General of the Mexican Library Association (AMBAC) for the 2016-2018 period. From 2010 to 2012, was founder member and first chair of the Health Sciences Libraries Section of AMBAC.
Since 2007, she has been involved in the IFLA FAIFE committee workshops, particularly the IFLA Internet Manifesto workshop and the HIV/AIDS Information Training workshop in Mexico and the Latin America and the Caribbean Region. She also participated with the translations into Spanish of some workshop learning materials.
Her attendance to IFLA annual conference (WLIC) is regular and often participates in the IFLA/LAC meetings and the business meetings of the FAIFE Committee. During WLIC 2012, she participated in the President-Elect planning session, representing the Latin America and the Caribbean Section, pointing out all the projects held and the impact produced.
She is a member of the Medical Library Association since 2013, and is member of the Sections: International Cooperation Section, Collection Development and Medical Informatics. She also participates within the Latino Special Interest Group.
Biomedical Informatics Department
Mexico, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Head biomedical librarian
Instituto de Fisiología Celular
Mexico, Distrito Federal, Mexico
National Autonomous University of Mexico
Mexico city, Distrito Federal, Mexico
I hold an MD and a BA in Psychology and Medicine from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Presently, I work as a coordinator of the Department of Evaluation at the Faculty of Medicine (UNAM). I teach the undergraduate course of Biomedical Informatics and Basic Clinical Integration at the same institution. Finally, I am studying the master in Education in Health Sciences.
• Coordinator and member of the Evaluation Commission of the Department of Biomedical Informatics. 2012 – present. Faculty of Medicine, UNAM.
• Manager of the Virtual Campus Courses for Biomedical Informatics in the Moodle platform. 2003 – present. Faculty of Medicine, UNAM.
• Social Network Administrator for the Facebook page of the Department of Biomedical Informatics. 2013 – present.
• Coordinator of the Headquarters for the Intermediate Profile I, modality of the Basic Clinical Exam. Ministry of Medical Education. 2014. Faculty of Medicine, UNAM.
• Evaluator during the Practical Stage of the Intermediate Profile I, modality of the Basic Clinical Exam. Ministry of Medical Education. 2012. Faculty of Medicine, UNAM.
• Elaboration and review of the examination questions for the Intermediate Profile I. 2012. Faculty of Medicine, UNAM.
• Elaboration of the examination questions of the Biomedical Informatics subject in the Professional Exam for the Degree on Medical Doctor. 2012. Faculty of Medicine, UNAM.
• Oral symposium, “A Biomedical Informatics Course at UNAM Faculty of Medicine in México: Program Evaluation through a mixed method approach”. 2014. Presented at Canadian Conference on Medical Education in Ottawa.
• Poster presentations, “Clinical and metabolical characterization in patients with early onset of diabetes mellitus type 2 “. 2009. National conference of the Mexican society for nutrition and endocrinology.
• Poster presentation, “Quality of life improvement in patients with chronic diseases”. 2002. Mexican Psychology Conference.
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