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HSLS Participates in the Annual Health Career Scholars Academy for High School Students

They’re here! Yes, 110 high school students are participating in the University of Pittsburgh’s Health Career Scholars Academy (UPHCSA). During their four week stay, the students will live in a University dorm, eat in the UPMC cafeteria, and learn about the field of medicine. They will attend lectures, shadow professionals, go on site visits, and work on team projects. The students are also required to conduct research and write a paper based on their investigation. To assist with this endeavor, the library provides training on how to find reliable, evidence-based information. Library staff provide instruction on PubMed, MedlinePlus, and PITTCat.

Historical Collections at Falk Library

Falk Library has a soft spot in its institutional heart for its historical collections. While these collections receive modest funding for new acquisitions, they still get all the love and tender care they deserve. The carefully selected additions to the history of medicine collection keep this collection relevant and up-to-date to support scholars and medical historians in their research, and even the rare books and special collections continue to grow thanks to generous gifts. The historical materials, housed in climate controlled rooms, are well preserved for future users. Few medical libraries can boast of having a separate collection containing almost 20,000 books to support the research of medicine’s past.

HSLS Staff News

The HSLS Staff News section includes recent HSLS presentations, publications, staff changes, staff promotions, degrees earned, etc.


Barbara Epstein, HSLS director, visited Washington DC on June 15 and 16 as a member of the Joint Legislative Task Force of the Medical Library Association and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries. 

Classes July 2015

HSLS offers classes on database searching, software applications such as Prezi, bibliographic management, molecular biology and genetics, and library orientations. For more information, visit the online course descriptions.

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