Category Archives: Students

Join the Jefferson Book Club & Discuss Educated: A Memoir on 2/24

All Jefferson students, faculty, and staff are invited to join the Jefferson Book Club! Our next selection is Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover.

Discuss the book on Monday, February 24, at 12 p.m. in Room 308, Scott Memorial Library, Center City Campus.

For more information about the Jefferson Book Club, contact

New February E-Books: Pediatric Care & Child Development, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Midwifery, & More

This February, we added 25 E-Books to our ever-growing digital collection. Topics include Neurodegenerative diseases, Midwifery, and Thyroid cancer, among others. Check out the new titles below, and browse our full online collection here.

The Aging Networks: A Guide to Policy, Programs, and Services

The Clinician’s Guide to Treatment and Management of Youth with Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders

Complications of Urologic Surgery E-Book: Prevention and Management

The Diabetic Foot: Medical and Surgical Management

The Epigenome and Developmental Origins of Health and Disease

The Molecular and Cellular Basis of Neurodegenerative Diseases: Underlying Mechanisms

The New Midwifery E-Book: Science and Sensitivity in Practice

OB/GYN Hospital Medicine: Principals and Practice

Obesity Medicine: Management of Obesity in Women’s Health Care

Obstetric Intensive Care Manual

The Parathyroids: Basic and Clinical Concepts

Pediatric Physical Examination E-Book: An Illustrated Handbook

Pediatric Primary Care

Pediatric Urology for Primary Care

The Pituitary

Play Therapy: A Psychodynamic Primer for the Treatment of Young Children

Practical Endocrinology and Diabetes in Children

Principles and Practice of Research in Midwifery

Samour & King’s Pediatric Nutrition in Clinical Care

Thyroid Cancer: A Comprehensive Guide to Clinical Management

Treating and Preventing Adolescent Mental Health Disorders: What We Know and What We Don’t Know

Treatment of Cerebral Palsy and Motor Delay

Understanding Child Development: Psychological Perspectives and Applications

Visual Guide to Neonatal Cardiology

Working with High-Risk Adolescents: A Collaborative Strengths-Based Approach

Honor Black History Month: African American Graduates of JMC Digital Exhibit

Dr. Algernon Brashear Jackson (class of 1901)

Celebrate Black History Month by visiting the SML’s online exhibit “African American Graduates of Jefferson Medical College.” The exhibit tells the story of Jefferson’s first African American graduates, years of changes and challenges at the university, and the faces of Jefferson today.

Dr. Cora LeEthel Christian (class of 1971)

The exhibit’s story begins in the 18th century with James Derham, who is recognized as the first African American medical doctor.  

Learn about the accomplishments of Dr. Algernon Brashear Jackson, the first African American graduate of Jefferson, Dr. Cora LeEthel Christian, the first African American woman graduate, and other graduates who paved the way for many others.

Check out the online exhibit now. 

RefWorks Down for Maintenance: Starting 10 p.m. Saturday, February 8 until Sunday, February 9

Both legacy Refworks and (new) RefWorks will experience downtime between Saturday, February 8, and Sunday, February 9. Starting at 10 p.m. on Saturday, access to RefWorks and Write-n-Cite will be disabled. RefWorks hopes that maintenance will be completed within 12 hours, and usage will resume on Sunday, February 9.

If you have any questions, please contact RefWorks support team:

Operation Beautiful: support national eating disorder awareness week (February 24 – March 1)

Join Jefferson’s Counseling Center in supporting National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (February 24 – March 1) by participating in a project called Operation Beautiful. The mission of this project is to leave positive, encouraging notes about body image in public places like bathroom mirrors.

Selfie Signs will be available in the library that reflects positive body messaging, so take a photo and share your positive messages using #JeffOperationBeautiful and tag the library (@SMLibrary_TJU) and Jefferson (@JeffersonUniv).

Post-it notes will be set aside in the Jefferson Recreation and Fitness Center and the Student Personal Counseling Center waiting area.  Use the post-its to create positive and encouraging notes about body appreciation. Share your positive body messages with us by using #JeffOperationBeautiful and tagging us in your photos. 

History Made: An interview with Jefferson’s Dr. Greco, a member of the surgical team that performed the first open-heart surgery

Dr. Victor Greco (left) speaks with Ryan Baumuller (right) in the One Button Studio (OBS)

The Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC) recently added an interview with alumnus Dr. Victor Greco to its collection. In the recorded interview, Dr. Greco reflected on his notable career and told stories about his historical time at Jefferson and experiences after leaving the university, which included being the personal physician for boxer Muhammad Ali. Watch the interview here.

Dr. Greco was a member of the Jefferson team that performed the first successful open-heart surgery in 1953 using the Heart-Lung Machine developed at Jefferson by John H. Gibbon, Jr., M.D. ‘27.

During his distinguished career as a Thoracic Surgeon, Dr. Greco was the recipient of numerous accolades. He was a member of the advisory council to the director of the National Institutes of Health, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, and a member of the State Board of Medicine appointed by then-Governor Casey. Dr. Greco was also nominated to serve on President Clinton’s National Health Board and received UNICO’s prestigious Marconi Science Award in 2012.

Watch the interview to learn more about Dr. Greco’s story and browse other oral histories.

Clinical Researchers: Attend “A Roadmap to Clinical Research” on February 25

Register here!

If you conduct clinical research at Jefferson, attend this half-day course, organized by the Jefferson Clinical Research Institute (JCRI).

Tuesday, February 25, 8 am – 12:30 pm, JAH Eakins Lounge

At “A Roadmap to Clinical Research,” you’ll learn:

– the responsibilities of the research team
– how to navigate the university’s systems
– the necessary approvals and requirements for study implementation

Learn more & register here.

Ever thought of running for office? Attend Ready to Run (2/8) for FREE!

Interested in working on a political campaign? Ever thought of running for office? Attend Ready to Run Philadelphia for FREE on Saturday, February 8, 2020.

Ready to Run
Saturday, February 8, 2020
8am – 5pm
Thomas Jefferson University, East Falls Campus

The event costs $75, but all Jefferson students, staff, and faculty can register for FREE by using code R2RC20 at registration. Learn more about the event here. Sign up here.

This event is sponsored by Jefferson’s Arlen Specter Center.

New Plagiarism Tool: iThenticate Joins Jefferson

iThenticate is now available to all Jefferson researchers, faculty, and students. The tool is the leading provider of professional plagiarism detection and prevention technology and is used worldwide by scholarly publishers and research institutions to ensure the originality of written work before publication. With an easy to use submission process that checks for similarity against the world’s top published works, you can feel confident that your academic reputation will be protected!

Register for an account. For help with iThenticate, check out their QuickStart guide.

Dr. Klasko and Jefferson featured in new NEJM Catalyst journal: Innovations in Care Delivery

The New England Journal of Medicine’s new digital, peer-reviewed journal, Innovations in Care Delivery, just joined SML’s collection of journals. The first issue includes a case study report from Jefferson’s very own Dr. Stephen Klasko! 

Explore the first issue by searching “NEJM Catalyst Innovations in Care Delivery” via the SML website here. Read Dr. Klasko’s article, “Equipping the Workforce for Complex Care: How Jefferson University Trains Medical Students in Hotspotting” here.

NEJM Catalyst Innovations in Care Delivery will publish six digital issues a year, focusing on the latest innovations, big ideas, and practical solutions for health care delivery transformation. 

The mission of the journal is to accelerate the transformation of health care delivery and improve patient health by publishing authoritative and actionable content for health care leaders, practitioners, and researchers.

ORCID iD numbers are *Now* Required for Some NIH Grant Applications

Starting January 25th, an ORCID iD number will be required for both individual fellowship and career development grant applications. If an ORCID iD is not linked to an application submitted after this date, an error will be generated and the application will not be sent to the NIH for consideration.

An ORCID iD is a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher. Creating an ORCID iD is easy, and it will only take a few minutes for you to fill out the form

Once your iD is created, you can link it to your eRA Commons account, and rest securely in the knowledge that your grant application will go through. ORCID iDs can also be used when submitting manuscripts to journals, creating data sets, and more, to make sure that you receive full credit for your contributions. As your ORCID iD links with other systems and databases, it improves the discoverability of your work and reduces repetitive entries and incorrect attribution of work.

Also, consider linking your Scopus author identifier to ORCID and populating it with your publications. Visit our guide on securing your scholarly identity for more information.

Learn more about this new requirement from the NIH Extramural Nexus blog.

25 titles join SML e-Book collection: Topics include aging and geriatric care, Pediatric Psychology and medicine, Endocrinology, and more

Check out the list of new additions below, or visit our website to browse our complete e-Book collection.

Aicardi’s Diseases of the Nervous System in Childhood

Behavioral, Social, and Emotional Assessment of Children and Adolescents

Better with Age: The Psychology of Successful Aging

Children with Disabilities

Clinical Dilemmas in Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Current Management of Diabetic Retinopathy

 Cummings Pediatric Otolaryngology E-Book

Diagnostic Imaging: Gastrointestinal E-Book

Endocrine Surgery

Endocrinology: Adult and Pediatric

Geriatric Anesthesiology

Gerontology for the Health Care Professional

Greenfield’s Neuropathology

Handbook of Hormones: Comparative Endocrinology for Basic and Clinical Research

Handbook of Neurosurgery, Neurology, and Spinal Medicine for Nurses and Advanced Practice Health Professionals

Handbook of Pediatric Psychology

How the Child’s Mind Develops

 Journey Across the Life Span: Human Development and Health Promotion

Kidney Transplantation

Lubkin’s Chronic Illness: Impact and Intervention

MacSween’s Pathology of the Liver

Manual of Neonatal Respiratory Care

Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Children and Adolescents: A Guide to Evaluation and Treatment

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Secrets

Pediatric Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease

Prism 8 is here: New software helps with statistical comparisons, simulations, & more

Calling all Jefferson researchers! Prism, the analysis and graphing tool, is now available for use. With Prism, you can elegantly graph and present your scientific research, make more appropriate analysis choices, and even integrate your work with LabArchives. Learn more about the features of Prism here.

Request a Prism 8 account at

Integration with LabArchives
Prism integrates with LabArchives, so you can directly export projects from Prism into the LabArchives Notebook. Additionally, when a Prism project is open from within LabArchives Notebook, it may be re-saved into the same Page from which it resides, preserving both versions of the file. Learn more here.

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JDC Quarterly Report (October – December 2019)

The Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC) quarterly report for October – December 2019 is now available. Check out the full report to see a list of what was added and what people are saying about the JDC.

Inside this report, you’ll find:

  • Articles
  • Dean’s Research Development Lunch Conference
  • Dissertations
  • Educational Materials
  • From the Archives
  • Grand Rounds and Lectures
  • Journals and Newsletters
  • Population Health Presentation Materials
  • Posters
  • Reports
  • Symposiums
  • What People Are Saying About the Jefferson Digital Commons

New Year’s Day? This January 1st Celebrate Public Domain Day!

January 1st may be the start of a new calendar year, but fans of Open Access also celebrate it as “Public Domain Day,” the day when copyright expires on creative works published 95 years ago. This January 1st works created in 1924 (including select titles by Mark Twain, WEB DuBois, Pablo Neruda, and Agatha Christie, to name a few), will enter into the public domain, meaning that they can be used and repurposed by anyone without the need to obtain permission from the rights holders. This January 1st will be only the second “Public Domain Day” since 1998 when the passage of the Copyright Extension Act added 20 years onto the already existing period of copyright protection for creative works published before 1978.

Image from the 1923 movie Safty Last!, now in the public domain.

It is important for every author or creator to know that copyright law automatically applies to an original creative work, as soon as it is published in a fixed medium. Creators do not have to do anything special for copyright protections to apply to their work. However, authors who want to make their material available to others to use and repurpose can choose to assign their work a Creative Commons License. These licenses exist on top of existing U.S. copyright law and allow creators to give more rights than the law typically allows the public to make use of their work. For example, a Creative Commons License would allow an instructor to more easily copy, distribute, and assign an article or book chapter to their students for a course reading, since repeated use of a work (not purchased by the student or owned by the university) can violate the fair use clause of U.S. copyright law.

Learn more about copyright, the ideas of public domain, fair use, and how you can decide what rights as an author or creator are important for you to protect, by going to the Scott Memorial Library’s Copyright Guide.