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March 2021

March 2021, Volume 14


Welcome back to the library, students!

Library staff are very excited to have reopened our libraries in March as one of the available study spaces on campus (under Phase 4 of the KCU reawakening plan). Libraries on both campuses are open from 8:00 to 12:00 and 1:00 to 5:00 on Mondays through Thursdays. Sign up is required and is available through a SignUpGenius link that is distributed by Student Services every Friday.

Students studying in the libraries are physically distanced, wearing masks, and cleaning their study areas with the provided wipes. Hand sanitizer is also available. Library staff are on hand to obtain any books needed from our library stacks and contactless checkout is still available. Come study with us!


KCU Libraries are excited to share about a series of workshops called Scholarly Snippets! These workshops were created to help you boost your research and scholarship skills.

Scholarly Snippets is a series of 30-minute workshops on a range of topics and will be presented by librarians from Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, California Health Sciences University, Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City University, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Western University of Health Sciences. Workshops will take place on Zoom and will be recorded. 

We encourage faculty, staff, and students alike to attend and challenge everyone to snip a few minutes out of their day and learn something new! Learn more by visiting our Scholarly Snippets Library Guide


eResource Highlight

As you spring forward into the next phase of your medical education, don’t forget about these resources that can help you in your clinical experience.

Familiarize yourself with our Point of Care Databases information in the Residents & Residency Faculty Library Guide! 

Get mobile with our Apps for Mobile Devices Library Guide! With information on downloading and maintaining remote access, this guide can help you access important point of care tools. 


Going to AACOM's annual conference this year? Be sure to check out two posters being presented by the Council of Osteopathic Librarians (COOL). Lori Fitterling, our library director, is part of a group that has been working on a bibliometric analysis of the top 50 articles cited in medical education at osteopathic medical schools. Abbey Griffith, one of our medical librarians on our Joplin campus, has been working with a team of osteopathic medical librarians to complete a scoping review on the prominent trends in osteopathic medical education. We are very excited that both these groups will be presenting this year at AACOM!

EL131_FP14_218 - Trends In Osteopathic Medical Education: A Scoping Review Protocol

A multi-state team of medical librarians will present a scoping review protocol in order to assess prominent trends in undergraduate and graduate osteopathic medical education, and identify opportunities for further research. Librarians are experts on creating and executing reviews, including choosing what type of review best fits the evidence. Clinicians and educators alike will learn how the team developed the search methodology for this protocol.

EL146_FP82_98 - The Top-cited Articles In Osteopathic Medical Education: A Bibliometric Analysis

The Council of Osteopathic Librarians (COOL) performed a bibliometric analysis of the top 50 cited articles about medical education at osteopathic medicals schools. Bibliometric analysis provides a way to view the landscape of scholarly research and authorship in scientific publishing.


Handy advice from a helpful video - "Search Once, Twice, Then Ask Your Librarian." 

Medical Library Association. (2020, August 4). MLA InSight Initiative: Search Once, Twice, Then Ask Your Librarian [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=En-2ZSDnJz4


Recently Published Work from KCU Faculty, Staff and Students

Roxana Beladi, COM 2021, Kyle Varkoly, COM 2021 – published in Current Neuropharmacology: “Serine Proteases and Chemokines in Neurotrauma; New Targets for Immune Modulating Therapeutics in Spinal Cord Injury

Elise Craig, DO, GME Resident – published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association: “Poor match rates of osteopathic applicants into ACGME dermatology and other competitive specialties

Matthew Daggett, DO, GME Faculty, Adnan Saithna, MD, GME Faculty – published in Arthroscopy Techniques: “Percutaneous Anterior Cruciate Ligament Repair With Needle Arthroscopy and Biological Augmentation

Huy Doan, COM 2022 - published in American Journal of Opthalmology Case Reports: "Reperfusion of retinal ischemia in retinal occlusive vasculitis with nicotinic acid and infliximab in Adamantiades-Behçet's disease"

Michael Guan, COM 2021 – published in Clinical Neurophysiology: “Postictal generalized electroencephalographic suppression following electroconvulsive therapy: Temporal characteristics and impact of anesthetic regimen

Perwaiz Nawabi, COM 2022 – published in Journal of Surgical Case Reports: “Surgical management of a massive choledochal cyst

Linda Niessen, DMD, Vice Provost for Oral Health - published in Dental Clinics of North America: "Innovations in Geriatric Oral Health Care"

Robert Rogers, MA, PhD, Phase I Director - published in Autophagy: “Guidelines for the use and interpretation of assays for monitoring autophagy (4th edition)

Adnan Saithna, MD, GME Faculty - published in Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine: "Risk Factors for Rapid Chondrolysis After Partial Lateral Meniscectomy: A Scoping Review of the Literature"

Christopher Surek, Assistant Professor, Anatomy – published in Aesthetic Surgery Journal: “A New Target for Temple Volumization? An Anatomical and Ultrasound Guided Study of the Intermediate Temporal Fat Pad

Huy Tran, COM 2022 – published in Translational Research: “Pain in sickle cell disease: current and potential translational therapies


Mentioned as a "must-read" during the KCU International Women's Day presentation, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," by Rebecca Skloot, is a story of race relations, modern medicine, and bioethics.

From the publisher's description: "Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, yet her cells--taken without her knowledge--became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first "immortal" human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer and viruses; helped lead to in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks is buried in an unmarked grave. Her family did not learn of her "immortality" until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. The story of the Lacks family is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of."

Interested in reading more? Use our contactless checkout service to check this fascinating book out of our library!