Ask a question to help shape E-Patient Dave’s keynote address!

Are you getting excited for this year’s Midwest Chapter conference?   We are! Our Sunday keynote speaker is E-Patient Dave (David deBronkart, Jr.), an internationally recognized, engaging speaker on Participatory Medicine and personal health data rights. Read more about E-Patient Dave on his website: http://epatientdave.com/

An even bigger reason to be excited: As a friend to medical librarians everywhere, Dave has proposed a unique opportunity for this conference. He hopes to solicit your questions in advance so he can tailor his talk to our meeting! You can submit your questions via the link on the speakers page of the conference site.

Check out the conference site to learn about the other exciting things happening at this year’s conference, and make your plans to attend! The deadline for early registration is September 7th. Hope to see you in Rochester in October!

Conference Memories

Your intrepid blog editor has made her way back to her humble abode in the Buckeye State. It was a great trip! I so enjoyed my time with my fellow Midwest Chapter members. And, of course, I learned a lot.

Some of the interesting and useful things I learned:

  • From Dr. Navsaria – the similarities between the reference interview and the medical patient interview.
  • From Ruth Holst – how the library can act as a “neutral” partner, without a “political agenda” within the organization, effectively spearheading cross-disciplinary endeavors.
  • From Alexandra Dimitroff – the importance of writing survey questions that will meet survey objectives.
  • From Kelly Thormodson – practical tips for improving the delivery of library instruction through teamwork.
  • From Liz Fine – how librarians are and could be engaged with nursing faculty in DNP programs.
  • From Robert Shapiro – shared advice from Dr. Lindberg: “Get out of the library!”
  • During Xiaomei Gu’s presentation – that “Dental librarians rock!” 

Memorable conference moments:

  • The rapt audience listening to Dr. Dipesh Navsaria reading The Three Questions.
  • During the “Ruthapalooza” keynote presentation – remembering how it was “in the old days” when doing it digitally meant using your fingers.
  • Enjoying the company of once-a-year friends – eating breakfast together every morning, swapping stories about the worst cars we’ve ever owned over beer and appetizers, buying jewelry from street vendors, sharing the colorful atmosphere of the farmers market.
  • Mentoring a first-time attendee and attending her excellent paper presentation.
  • The Executive Board working productively as a team during their meeting.
  • Waiting in the Madison airport with two Michigan librarians watching for Air Force One.
  • Barbara Gushrowski screencasting “on the fly.”
  • Having fun with Pete and Carl.
  • Taking photos, photos, and more photos.
  • Did I mention eating, eating, eating, and eating some more?

 

Of course, for me the most memorable moment was receiving the gavel from outgoing Midwest Chapter President Elaine Skopelja! Ready to go to work for the Midwest Chapter!