December 15, 2009

OML Adds University Health Sciences, Antigua as Recipient

OML is proud to announce its new relationship with University of Health Sciences Antigua (UHSA), a privately endowed institution, founded in 1982 and chartered by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda. Although resources are quite limited, 90% of the UHSA medical students pass the USMLE on their first attempt at taking the test. UHSA Graduates are practicing in the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa & Asia, that why our motto says: UHSA, Medical School to the World.

Macedonia School of Nursing is a part of the UHSA campus. In the first years of the university’s charter, emphasis was placed on establishing a medical school. In recent times, the worldwide shortage of nursing personnel has drastically increased the need for nurses who are well educated. As a result, UHSA decided to fulfill the nursing component of the charter in an effort to provide qualified nurses not only for local needs but for regional and international health care institutions.

The UHSA School of Veterinary Medicine opens in September 2010.
The request for medical, nursing and veterinary medicine textbooks came from Ms. Lyzette Roman, Director, Office of International Affairs and Programs in Puerto Rico. Materials sent to UHSA are considered domestic and do not require US Customs forms. The most economical USPS rate is Media Mail. Please send textbooks to Lyzette’s attention c/o International Medical Student Services, 650 Munoz Rivera Avenue, Suite 304, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00918-4112.

If you have questions, please email Lyzette or visit the UHSA Website.

September 28, 2009

Photos of Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan

Photos Courtesy of CDR Rich Hayden, MC, USN
Team Leader, Medical Embedded Training Team
Commander, U.S. Navy Garrison

May 26, 2009

OML Enjoys Aloha Time at MLA 2009 Annual Meeting

Lisa Marks, MLS, AHIP,Supervisor, Library Services,Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California and Ellen Aaronson, MLS, AHIP,Medical Librarian, West Hills Hospital and Medical Center in West Hills, California were selected to present a poster on their participation with Operation Medical Libraries at the Medical Library Asssociation (MLA) 2009 Annual Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, on May 15-20.


May 23, 2009

OML Library in Maraz-e-Sharif Expands with New Shipments

Digital photos courtesy of CDR Resa Warner, MC, USN


OML Library in Bagram, AF Provides Textbooks for Two Week Medical Mentorship Program

Digital photos courtesy of MAJ Maureen Nolen, Two Week Medical Mentorship Program Coordinator


Thank You to the 31 Official Stateside Participants

A special OML thank you to all 31 official OML participants! Through your energies and efforts, over 20 tons of medical materials have been sent to OML Libraries throughout developing and war-torn countries!

“Official” Participating Health Sciences Professional Schools

Golden West College, School of Nursing
Keck School of Medicine of USC
St Johns River Community College (Florida)
UC Davis
UC Irvine
UC San Diego
UC San Francisco
University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria (Illinois)
University of North Carolina, Charlotte (North Carolina)
University of Texas School of Dentistry (Texas)
Wayne State University (Michigan)
West Virginia University (West Virginia)

Participating Medical Center Libraries
(out of state locations indicated)
Baldwin Park Medical Center
California Hospital Medical Center
Providence St. Joseph Medical Center
Salem Hospital (Oregon)
South Shore Anesthesia Associates (Massachusetts)
Stanford Health Library
St. Luke’s Hospital (Iowa)
St. Mary’s Hospital (Colorado)
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (North Carolina)
Yuma Regional Medical Center
West Hills Hospital & Medical Center

Participating Hospitals
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
UCLA Santa Monica Orthopedic Hospital

Supporting Organizations

American Medical Association
American Women’s Medical Association
California Association of Nursing Practioners
United States Army Medical Department
University of Buffalo Health Sciences Library (added OML to its Outreach Directory)


May 11, 2009

OML Adds Landstuhl, Germany to POC List

Landstuhl Regional Medical Center is creating a Facial Trauma Library in the ENT clinic. OML is assisting in the creation of this library, which will be a resource for the surgeons operating on American and Coalition soldiers, who are transported from Iraq and Afghanistan to receive life-saving procedures. Please send trauma, reconstructive surgery, and orthopedics textbooks that have been publish within the last five years to the Medical Library at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center at the APO address below.

CMR 402
ATTN: Medical Library
APO AE 09180


April 4, 2009

OML Celebrates Second Anniversary with Photos from Bagram, AF

Under the Taliban rule, Afghan medical students were unable to learn the human body through anatomy books because all of the medical textbooks with illustrations were confiscated and destroyed. OML libraries throughout Afghanistan contain books that were once banned. These photos are of MAJ Nolen's current class (MDs, DDS & NRs) with the books they have selected from the OML "Library."

The photos are courtesy of Maureen A. Nolen, MAJ, USA, AN
Two Week Medical Mentorship Program Coordinator
Bagram, Afghanistan

February 27, 2009

OML Receives Daily Points of Light Honor

President George H.W. Bush’s inaugural address invoked the vision of a "thousand points of light," and invited the nation to take action through service to their fellow citizens . I welcome you to watch the video of this portion of his address. It's inspiring.

Since the inception of the Daily Points of Light Award (DPOL) by President George H. W. Bush in 1990, individuals, organizations, and corporations have been honored for being a "light."

Today, Operation Medical Libraries was honored as the 3,932 Daily Points of Light for demonstrating how "a neighbor can help a neighbor."


February 23, 2009

OML Library Branches Out to Mazar-e-Sharif School of Nursing

The Association of Nursing Students at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte collected nursing books throughout the fall 2008 semester. The eight boxes of textbooks were transported to Mazar-e-Sharif in January 2009 on a pallet when an Army unit from Ft. Bragg in Fayetteville, NC was deployed to Afghanistan. As a result, the association did not have to pay for shipping. Instead, the funds raised to cover shipping expenses were used to purchase new books, which are now part of the OML library in the Mazar-e-Sharif School of Nursing.

Above are a few photos taken at the Mazar-e-Sharif School of Nursing where the donated books have been placed. Books are a shared resource. Students take notes on what is presented to them. Most nurses are men.

CDR Resa Warner
Team Lead, Embedded Training
Afghanistan National Army Regional Hospital