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First Class of Association of Health Care Journalists/NLM Fellows Announced

The inaugural class of Fellows in the Association of Health Care Journalists-National Library of Medicine (AHCJ-NLM) Fellowships was recently announced by AHCJ.

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 13-17, 2009.

The journalists chosen to take part this year are:

  • John Fauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Lynya Floyd, Essence Magazine
  • Jeff Hansel, Rochester, Minn. Post-Bulletin
  • Douglas Podolsky, Consumer Reports
  • Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star
  • Heidi Splete, Global Medical News Network

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, infectious disease, 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 Len Bruzzese, Executive Director of AHCJ.

"NLM welcomes the inaugural class and is pleased that the Fellows represent a wide spectrum of news organizations," said Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD, Director of NLM.

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