A Clinical Librarian Embedded in Medical Education: Patient-Centered Encounters for Preclinical Medical Students

Lindsay Blake, Frances M. Yang, Hutton Brandon, Benjamin Wilson, Renee Page

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Adding patient encounters and simulation to the preclinical years of medical school is becoming increasingly popular. This article describes the creation of active learning opportunities by a clinical librarian that are aimed at training preclinical students through the use of simulated patient scenarios. Scenarios for second-year students walk them through the evidence-based resources needed in clinical years and beyond through a standardized patient encounter. Scenarios for first-year students involve role-play of cases where the patient and physician bring contrasting ideas to the outpatient interaction. All scenarios are carried out under the guidance of a clinician and librarian.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-30
Number of pages12
JournalMedical Reference Services Quarterly
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2 2018



  • Clinical librarians
  • evidence-based medicine
  • health literacy
  • literature searching
  • medical curriculum
  • medical libraries
  • standardized patients
  • team-based learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Library and Information Sciences

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