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Sign up for a CE: Drug Information Resources

Posted on June 6, 2013 by Amy Chatfield | No Comments

Librarians rarely receive training in finding drug information, yet this area of information is vital for ensuring safe health care. When students and health care professionals ask drug questions, librarians do not always know where to start—how do you even do a reference interview on drug information questions? Once you find a drug information source, using it not always easy—if the physician wants to know if a drug can cause arrhythmia, do you look for contraindications, warnings, or adverse events?

We heard your needs and made a class just for you! The MLGSCA/NCNMLG Joint Meeting 2013 presents the Continuing Education course “Finding Drug Information Online: The DI Center Approach” on Wednesday, July 24th from 1 PM-5 PM in La Jolla, California. The class provides 4 hours of MLA-approved CE credit.

Have a drug or pharmacy question needing an answer? This class will be taught by two Pharmacy Librarians and is guaranteed to start you on the right path to drug information research.

This class is aimed at anyone who has experience in reference, but little experience with drug information; it is also valuable for those who have used print drug information and want to increase knowledge of electronic drug information. The class begins by describing Drug Information Centers—specialized reference centers where clinicians receive drug information from pharmacists. Understanding the Drug Information Center approach to analyzing drug information questions can help you provide better service to clinicians and students seeking drug information. The class will also provide definitions of common drug information terms to improve communication and make you a better, faster searcher, describe free drug information resources created by the FDA and NLM during the drug approval processes, and provide paid and free resources for questions on commonly-discussed topics: adverse drug events (“side effects”), herbal products, and prescription/over the counter drug use in pregnancy and lactation. The class includes hands-on activities.

The class is just $75 for MLA chapter members, $125 for non-members, and $50 for retirees and students. Feel free to share this message with others who may be interested.

After this class, you’ll be able to confidently conduct reference interviews on drug information questions, use a variety of free drug information resources, and be able to quickly locate needed information within basic drug information resources.

You are right, I must attend! How do I sign up?
It’s simple! Just add “Drug Information Resources” when you register for the meeting.

Already registered? Use your name, email, and confirmation number to access the registration system and add “Drug Information Resources.”

Want to register for “Drug Information Resources” CE only? Contact Danielle Linden, tri-chair of the MLGSCA/NCNMLG Joint Meeting.


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