Jim Beattie will be leaving his position as Health Sciences Libraries’ liaison to the Medical School in order to pursue a new role in the Medical School’s Office of Medical Education.
Beattie will be serving as their new Director of Medical Educator Development and Scholarship (MEDS). In this role, he will be working to support faculty in the initiation and development of scholarship by offering trainings and serving as a connector to other resources.
Beattie will also be the course director for the Foundations of Critical Thinking course, which introduces first- and second-year medical students to concepts needed to apply critical thinking to cases. This position complements his skills in facilitation, teaching, and supporting scholarship which he has applied to his current role within the Libraries.
Beattie began his career at the Health Sciences Libraries in April 2002 as liaison to the School of Nursing. In the years since, he stepped into leadership roles as the head of reference and then the Associate Director of Liaison, Education, and Interdisciplinary Services.
Beattie helped define the liaison librarian program and served on many library committees and groups over the years. Since June 2011, he has been focused on serving the needs of undergraduate medical education.
He has maintained and built upon relationships with faculty to model embedded librarianship by participating in Morning Report with Medicine as well as being an instrumental partner in the school’s required Family Medicine Clerkship course where he and other librarians have been integral partners in teaching skills inherent in evidence-based practice.
Beattie’s last day will be on Friday, July 31.