Vice President Gerald R. Ford and Walter Annenberg at the dedication of the Annenberg Building, May 26, 1974
On May 26, 1974, Vice President Gerald R. Ford was the principal speaker at the dedication of Annenberg Building, the home of the then new Mount Sinai School of Medicine. This celebration marked the culmination of two decades of work by Mount Sinai trustees and staff to raise the $152 million necessary to hire the faculty, create the curriculum, build the needed facilities and then find students willing to come to a new school with new ideas on medical education. The building was named for the Annenberg family because the eight children of Mrs. Moses (Sadie) Annenberg were early supporters of the fund raising campaign that created the School. The building was built to house the School of Medicine, but ultimately also had important spaces for The Mount Sinai Hospital, as well.
When the Annenberg Building opened, it had all the latest in technology, including ‘playback equipment for taped teaching aids’ and overhead closed circuit televisions. The Hospital side boasted a “computerized drug profile” for each patient and an automated medical record retrieval system. The radiology equipment was the latest, including a new ultrasound machine capable of displaying the anatomy of heart valves.
In his address, Ford said (as quoted in the NY Times), “I believe that cooperation and compromise are the only means by which our form of government – in this field and others – can move ahead successfully.” He had “hope and belief” that a national health insurance program would be enacted later in 1974.
In less than three months, Gerald Ford became President of the United States when Richard Nixon resigned. He had not mentioned Nixon’s name in his speech at Mount Sinai.
A new service under the recently formed Instructional Technology Group (ITG) brings Academic Medical Illustration (AMI) to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai community. Myself and Courtney McKenna bring over twenty years of experience in medical illustration to ISMMS though the merger with Continuum Health Partners.
You might be asking at this point, “Exactly what is Academic Medical Illustration?” Academic Medical Illustration is a visual teaching tool for communicating medical and scientific concepts. The audience for academic medical illustration varies: from a medical student studying anatomy, to a surgeon discovering the latest technique, to a basic scientist researching molecular structures and processes. Academic medical illustrations enhance all manner of educational materials, including textbooks, journals, websites, in-person lectures and online courses.
Seen here are a couple examples of recent illustrations. For more information on enlisting the department’s services, please contact Jill Gregory, AMI manager, at email@example.com .We look forward to sitting down with you and hearing about your interesting project.
Manager, Academic Medical Illustration
Academic Informatics and Technology (AIT)
Instructional Technology Group (ITG)
A detail from a display case showing the dog-tags that belonged to Charles F. Naumberg. He is in the picture to the left.
This summer marks the centennial of the beginning of the First World War, sparked in June 1914 by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.
When the United States entered the war in 1917, the U.S. Army called on American hospitals to enlist their doctors and nurses to serve the war effort. Members of the Mount Sinai staff were organized as U.S. Army Base Hospital No. 3 and stationed at Vauclaire, a fourteenth-century monastery in southern France that had been converted to a hospital.
Two of the display cases highlight Mount Sinai’s Base Hospital No. 3. The third case features pages from a scrapbook created by Marion Moxham, RN, a graduate of the Mount Sinai Training School for Nurses. She started at Base Hospital No. 3 and was then transferred to units in Germany. Her scrapbook provides a fascinating look at life in the Army medical services during World War I.
A page from the Moxham scrapbook. Note the memo from the Chief Nurse top left: “Nurses are not allowed to dance outside of their own hospital”.
This exhibit of material from the Mount Sinai Archives demonstrates how the hospital responded to one of the twentieth century’s first major crises. Twenty-five years later, with the outbreak of the Second World War, the government would once again ask The Mount Sinai Hospital to form and support an Army unit.
The Levy Library now subscribes online to all previous versions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manuals (DSM) through PsychiatryOnline. The previous editions are in PDF form, and are made available for reference and archival purposes:
Icahn School of Medicine library users who previously had MicroMedex installed on their iPhones must now download a new app in order to keep access on their iPhone. If you downloaded the MicroMedex iPhone app before March 31st 2014, you can now simply delete it, as it will cease to work. For more information on downloading the new MicroMedex iPhone app and using it with out Mount Sinai subscription, go to: MicroMedex and click on “mobileMicroMedex” at the top. Step-by-Step information about downloading the correct iPhone app and entering the password necessary to set up our Mount Sinai subscription will be available.
The Levy Library has created our first web guide devoted to online Big Data Sources and DataSets. Included in this list are many suggestions from Mount Sinai faculty and researchers. Several of the data repositories are Mount Sinai specific, such as the Mount Sinai Bone Marrow Database and the Mount Sinai Data Warehouse.
Our goal is to compile data sources that are helpful to faculty, students, and researchers, to highlight efforts at Mount Sinai to compile research data online, and to support the various data initiatives taking place at the Icahn School of Medicine .
To visit the Library’s directory of data repositories, please go to: http://libguides.mssm.edu/bigdata
If you have further suggestions about data sources to include, especially for those relevant to the scope of research at Mount Sinai, please let us know.
The Levy Library is trialing BrowZine, a great new service that allows you to browse and read many of the library’s full-text scholarly journals, all in a format optimized for your iPad and Android tablet. Seamlessly access PDFs, create favorite journal lists and save articles.
Get started with the trial in 3 easy steps:
1) From your ipad or Android tablet, go to your app store and search for “BrowZine” and download it for free.
2) Open BrowZine and select Icahn School of Medicine from the list.
3) Enter your network credentials, these will be the same that you use to access library resources from off-campus.
Start browsing and reading your scholarly journals!
The Levy Library is considering a permanent license. Please send any comments about the BrowZine app to : firstname.lastname@example.org
Massive Open Online Courses, also known as MOOCS, are high-quality online courses on a variety of topics, open to all. These are available to members of the Mount Sinai community and the public at no cost. In addition to the traditional course materials such as videos, readings and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community for students.
Three of the top MOOCs available include the following:
1.) The Icahn School of Medicine is participating in the Coursera initiative which is very popular and offers certificates in select programs. View the Coursera courses offered by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai here.
2.) Harvard & MIT’s EdX is also a terrific learning resource.
3.) The KHAN Academy is a very popular initiative and has a finance focus.
If you have any specific questions, please contact John Graves, Director of Instructional Technology.
For the last two weeks, some library users have experienced an error when trying to connect to library resources from off-campus. We apologize for this error. The connection problem has now been resolved on the server side, however once someone has seen the error, they will continue to have the problem until they have cleared all browser history information including cookies, browser cache, saved forms and saved library passwords. Here are the instructions:
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Extract from the minutes of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of The Mount Sinai Hospital, November 1918
With World War I going on and the Influenza Epidemic of 1918 raging, The Mount Sinai Hospital Board of Trustees found it prudent to agree to the Medical Board’s request to allow women to serve as blood donors. This was a transitional period in transfusion medicine when indirect transfusion existed (what we are familiar with today), but when direct transfusion – donor to recipient, lying side by side – was still being used. Mount Sinai physicians Lester Unger, MD and Richard Lewisohn, MD made contributions to both methods just a few years before this. But it was Lewisohn’s citrate method allowing for indirect transfusions that won the day and paved the way for the development of modern blood banking.