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Martin Hewitt
Information Specialist, King’s College London

Martin worked in a variety of library and information jobs at King's College London since 1992. In 1998, he moved to the former King's College School of Medicine and Dentistry in south London and have worked in the field of medical and health information ever since. In 1999, KCSMD , King's and the United Medical and Dental Schools merged to form the GKT School of Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical Sciences.

Martin introduced a comprehensive information skills training programme for undergraduate students including the use of databases, evidence-based practice and biomedical resources on the Internet. Martin also provided information skills teaching for taught postgraduate medical students, as well as a variety of programmes for health practitioners of all kinds.

"Why is your chapter on " How to find information in medicine" relevant to today's medical students and Junior Doctors?"

"Everyone today is bombarded by information from all quarters. The Internet has made it very easy to publish and access information. At the same time, there are increasing demands within all healthcare professions for evidence-based practice, continuing professional development, as well as the need to keep up with the new developments in your particular area. How do we know what treatments are effective? There are billions of web pages: which ones should we trust? This chapter will give you some ideas on how to make life easier."

What experience / qualifications do you have in dealing with this particular area of career development?

"I am a professionally qualified information specialist. I have worked at King's College London for many years, providing training and support for students, staff and healthcare practitioners as they look for the information they need."


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