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November 2020

Welcome to BiblioBlast

This newsletter from the D. Samuel Gottesman Library of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine will inform you about new Library resources and keep you up to date with our classes and events. BiblioBlast also highlights tips to help you find the information your need quickly & easily.

In This Issue

From The Director

All of us at the D. Samuel Gottesman Library hope you are all doing well during this fall season. Please let us know whenever you have questions about our services or access to library resources. We’re here to help you! 

We look forward to seeing you in the Library. We are open and following our regular schedule. Check our calendar for updates.

While you are here, please remember:

  • Masks must be worn at all times in Library space!
  • Practice social distancing with other library users and library staff.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers are located near the elevators and the entrance of the Reading Room.
  • Seating capacity is limited to ensure social distancing. Please abide by posted signs.
  • Do not move tables or chairs. Library furniture has been arranged to accommodate social distancing guidelines.
  • Do not leave belongings to hold your space for a long time when you are not in the Library.

Housekeeping staff is cleaning & sanitizing surfaces (table tops, chairs, doors, door handles, etc.) every day.

Need a book? Contactless book borrowing is easy!

  • Request books via Grab-N-Go
  • Return books at book depository located to the left of the Library entrance (available 24/7)

For more information about COVID-19 visit our COVID-19 resources guide.

Links to Website and ILLiad To Change Soon

Update your bookmarks! 
As always, if you have questions or difficulties accessing the information you need, please let us know! Call 718.430.3104 or email


Contactless Comb Binding Service is here!

If you have files you would like to print and bind, try our comb binding service!
Instead of printing the file yourself, fill out this form and upload your file.

We will:
  • print the document
  • deduct printing charges from your PaperCut account.(10 cents per page for black and white. 20 cents per page for color. Maximum is 200 pages. Minimum is 20 pages.)
  • email you when your document is ready.
You pick it up from the cart opposite the Circulation Desk.! Contactless!

Email questions to

Additions to Anti-Racism Resources Guide: Syllabi and Structural Competencies

New resources have been added to the Anti-Racism Resources guide. Here are some of the standouts:
  1. Syllabus: A History of Anti-Black Racism in Medicine  Although the focus of this syllabus is the history of anti-Blackness in American medicine, we are aware that many of the texts are not from historians of medicine. Those scholars’ insights, however, are invaluable to our dissertation research and theoretical approaches. The selection of texts here also reveals the gaps that remain between the histories of medicine and science and Black studies.
  2.  Addressing Race and Racism in Academic Medicine  Academic Medicine is committed to assisting medical schools and teaching hospitals, their faculty and trainees, and the public in dismantling racism. This collection of articles was curated with the intent to help readers engage in necessary conversations about race and to inform strategies to eliminate structural racism in their institutions.
  3. Towards Structural Competency in Emergency Medical Education  As the emergency department (ED) is the “front door” of the hospital and the primary site by which most patients access the health care system, issues of inequity are especially salient for emergency medicine (EM) practice. Improving the health of ED patients, especially those who are stigmatized and disenfranchised, depends on having emergency physicians that are cognizant and attentive to their needs in and out of the medical encounter.
  4. Integrating and Assessing Structural  Competency in an Innovative Prehealth Curriculum at Vanderbilt University   Structural competency is a framework for conceptualizing and addressing health-related social justice issues that emphasizes diagnostic recognition of economic and political conditions producing and racializing inequalities in health. The curriculum for Vanderbilt University's prehealth major in medicine, health, and society (MHS) was reshaped in 2013 to incorporate structural competency concepts and skills into undergraduate courses.

This guide is a collaborative effort between librarians and Dr. Nerys Benfield, Senior Associate Dean of Diversity & Inclusion. We will add new resources as we become aware of them. Click here to suggest a resource for inclusion in the guide.

Webinar Series: Structural Racism and Bias in Medicine

The Skin of Color Society, NEJM Group, and VisualDx are co-hosting a series of virtual panel discussions that call attention to health disparities and structural racism in medicine. The four-part webinar series, “The Impact of Skin Color and Ethnicity on Clinical Diagnosis and Research,” delves into longstanding problems in education, research, and patient care as well as introduce ways to improve outcomes in marginalized patients.

You can register for one or all four. The schedule for the webinars is as follows:

  1. Structural Racism and Racial Bias in MedicineWednesday, October 28, 1:00-2:15 PM ET
  2. Hair Disorders in People of ColorThursday, November 12, 1:00-2:15 PM ET
  3. Pigmentary Disorders and KeloidsWednesday, November 18, 1:00-2:15 PM ET
  4. Covid-19 Comorbidities and Cutaneous Manifestations of Systemic Diseases in Adults and ChildrenWednesday, December 2, 1:00-2:15 PM ET
VisualDX is diagnostic clinical decision and medical education support tool that aids in making fast, accurate diagnoses. Combines high-quality, peer-reviewed medical images with concise information to support clinical staff and health sciences students in the accurate recognition and management of disease. Available on the web or app for iOS and Android devices.

Something Spooky This Way Comes

Still looking for a Halloween costume? You might want to look to history for inspiration. “Twenty-three hundred years of medical costume Distinctive Garb of the Medical and Related Professions from the Time of Hippocrates and the Napoleonic Era.” , a 1962 publication which is now part of the digital collections of the National Library of Medicine, includes twelve full color images. The images, created by Warja Honegger-Lavater, a Swiss artist, are based on authentic costume replicas in the University of Rome’s Institute of Medical History.
Another historically based costume inspiration might be 17th century PPE. Learn more about the story behind plague doctor masks and their use in Europe during the bubonic plague here.
For more present day themes, look to the CDC’s guide on Public Health and Zombie Preparedness. Whatever the nature of the pandemic, preparedness is key.

Kopernio Changing to EndNote Click

If you use the Kopernio browser extension to access article PDFs from databases such as PubMed, please note that Kopernio will soon be rebranding to EndNote Click. Functionality and access to full text should not be be affected by this change. To learn more about Kopernio / EndNote Click, see our Kopernio research guide (which will be updated when we learn more about this transition).

New Books


The atlas of emergency medicine, edited by Kevin J. Knoop, Lawrence B. Stack, Alan B. Storrow, R. Jason Thurman, 5th ed., 2021
 Conducting your literature review, by Susanne Hempel, 2020
Current diagnosis & treatment: geriatrics, edited by Louise C. Walter, Anna Chang; associate editors, Pei Chen, Rebecca Conant, G. Michael Harper, Daphne Lo, Josette Rivera, Michi Yukawa, 3rd ed., 2021
Diabetes: a history of race and disease, by Arleen Marcia Tuchman, 2020
Reproductive justice: an introduction, by Loretta J. Ross and Rickie Solinger, 2017

Webinars and Events

View the full calendar or click on a class title to sign up. All events will be held via Zoom. Contact the Reference Department for more information, or to schedule your own individual or small-group session.

November 10: PolicyMap, a new data visualization & GIS tool 10-11am

November 12: Mendeley - 10-11am

November 16: The New PubMed - 3-4pm

November 19: EndNote - 9:30-11am

November 19: Doing a Systematic Review: What to Think About - 12-1pm



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