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2010 Association of Health Care Journalists/National Library of Medicine Fellows Announced

The 2010 class of Fellows in the Association of Health Care Journalists-National Library of Medicine (AHCJ-NLM) Fellowships has been named by the AHCJ.  This new group of journalists, the second, follows on the success of last year's inaugural program.

The Fellows, health journalists selected by AHCJ from dozens of qualified applicants, will receive training about NLM services and meet with physicians and researchers at NLM and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) during a weeklong visit to the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland, September 12-16, 2010.

The journalists chosen to take part this year are:

  • Karla Gale, health reporter, Reuters Health
  • Jamie Hirsh, associate health editor, Consumer Reports
  • Sally James, freelance health journalist
  • Sandra Jordan, health reporter, St. Louis American
  • Hiran Ratnayake, health reporter, The Delaware News-Journal
  • Miriam E. Tucker, senior writer, Elsevier

The Fellows will receive hands-on training on how to use and get the most from NLM databases, such as PubMed, MedlinePlus,,TOXNET and the Household Products Database. They will also meet with senior NLM and NIH researchers and officials for exclusive informational sessions on such topics as diabetes, electronic health records, health disparities and personalized medicine.

"The Fellowship is designed to help health journalists obtain new stories, improve their reporting and be more resourceful," said Robert A. Logan, PhD, NLM senior staff, who helped coordinate the program with AHCJ. "The bonus for the Fellows is better stories," added AHCJ Executive Director Len Bruzzese.

For more information about the AHCJ-NLM fellows program, please contact Dr. Robert A. Logan at and 301.496.1936.