The Galter Health Sciences Library and the Health Learning Center at NMH are helping Dr. Mazen Albaghdadi, Cardiology fellow at Northwestern with a book drive for Baghdad University Medical School.
A message from Dr. Albaghdadi:
Iraq, once a leader in healthcare education in the Middle East, is now in a crisis to maintain its medical education standards. The lack of resources, fueled by decades of successive wars, blockade, administrative corruption, and poor governance, has led to deteriorated standards throughout medical education. Institutional subscriptions to online medical resources are not yet a reality in Iraq. As a result, the state of medical knowledge is largely dependent upon medical textbooks in their university libraries.
Your efforts will be part of a collaboration with Dr. Gerald Evans of the International Medical Corps and Dr. Hilal Al-Saffar of the Baghdad University Medical School to re-invigorate the medical resources available to Iraqi medical students, residents, and fellows. As we develop the infrastructure of the Baghdad University Medical School Library and improve the information literacy of their librarians and trainees, we need to bridge this educational gap by providing high-quality medical reference texts.
Please consider donating your books by dropping them off at the Galter Health Sciences Library or the Health Learning Center on the 3rd floor of Galter Pavilion, NMH. I can assure you that a generation of Iraqi physicians and their patients greatly appreciate your generosity.