A Call for Medical Images – Help Us Reach Our 2021 Goal!

As year-end 2021 approaches, Global Library of Scientific Images (GLSI) would like to ask you to help us reach our goal of 500 images before the New Year. Only a little while ago, our site began as a repository for smaller yet still valuable medical and scientific images. With almost 400 images today, GLSI continues to grow and provide a venue for these significant images as well as publication credit to practitioners, academicians, and students.

Now is a great time as the holidays approach and schools go on break to take a moment to submit images. No video or image is too simple. Even a basic image can be useful to others in a classroom or during daily practice.

The GLSI site includes complex and basic, normal and abnormal images and videos that come from classroom work, day-to-day clinical work and research. Undergraduate students can submit work from their class room projects such as biology, chemistry, physics and engineering courses. Popular image categories include EKGs, histology, coronary angiography, pathology specimens, echocardiograms and MRI. Our site also includes many other categories and types of images. Recent submissions have contained photographs of medical conditions, radiographic studies, veterinary specimens and other scientific images.

As you consider images for publication, remember each submission and its accompanying description are reviewed by our editorial board. The board, which is comprised of experts in their fields, will review the submission for validity and image quality. If an image or video is incorrect or of lesser value, our editors will return the submission with feedback to the submitter. Even a basic concept, will serve as a useful teaching tool that can serve someone at a lower level of training.

GLSI is now also featuring an Image of the Month. These images are highlighted on our site and have their own webpage. In addition to receiving publication credit on a peer-reviewed site, you also have the opportunity to receive our Image of the Month distinction.

Submit your image now and help us meet our goal. To submit, you must first register as a GLSI member. Registration is free and available to anyone 16 years or older. If you have questions about the publication process, editorial review, or image appropriateness, contact us today.


There’s Still Time! Strengthen an Already Submitted Residency Application with GLSI Publication Credit

The residency application season is underway. Submissions began September 1 and programs started reviewing applications at the end of last month. Still, it’s not too late to strengthen an already submitted application with publication credit from the Global Library of Scientific Images (GLSI). Publication on the GLSI site is a relatively simple yet effective way for a candidate to improve their competitiveness compared to other applicants. 

Following publication on the GLSI site, a residency candidate who has already applied can contact a program’s selection committee and have the publication information added to their portfolio. Applications can be updated for missing information or data that has become irrelevant, as well as for new and important events or experiences. A publication credit from GLSI qualifies as the latter, and not only improves one’s application but can also make the candidate more competitive compared to other applicants.  

GLSI is an online repository of common and uncommon, normal and abnormal images and videos that come from classroom work, day-to-day clinicals, and research. These images include ECGs, telemetry strips, radiographic studies, pulmonary function studies, pathology specimens, and other photos and short videos, each accompanied by a short yet descriptive caption. 

Even the simplest of images can be valuable to others for teaching purposes or in daily practice. Short submissions from more focused and less labor-intensive studies, rather than from a long research project that might result in a journal article, are ideal.  

To submit an image to GLSI, you must first register as a member. Registration is free and available to anyone 16 years of age or older. Each submission is reviewed by an editorial board of experts for accuracy, scientific value, and image quality. 

If you have questions about the GLSI publication process, appropriate images, or the review procedure, contact us. 

A Call for Images as Recruitment Picks Up

With September being the month for medical school and residency program applications, now is the time for candidates to submit an image or video for publication on the Global Library of Scientific Images (GLSI) website. Publication credit continues to be an excellent way for premedical and medical students to stand out from their peers in the competitive residency application process. GLSI offers an excellent opportunity for students to publish quality images gleaned from classwork or those from short research studies, and then include these publication credits in CVs and applications.

Even fellowship candidates who have already submitted applications can supplement these with publication credit. Once an image has been approved for publication by the GLSI editorial board, fellowship candidates can contact the institutions to which they have applied and request that their applications be updated with the recent publication credit.

Submit a credible image or video to the GLSI site now for peer review. The GLSI editorial board will review the submission for scientific value, accuracy, and quality. Once approved, the image or video along with a caption will be published on the GLSI site and can be cited in resumes, applications, and other materials. 

Our editorial board of experts scrutinizes each submission, but the time period for approval is shorter than with traditional journals because the images and videos appropriate for GLSI are of modest size with brief captions or descriptions. Submission approval by the September 28 residency application deadline is completely achievable.

Submit Now in Case of Possible Covid Shutdowns

As classes at some universities move online due to the Delta variant spreading across campuses, there is concern that lab work could once again be halted or at least somewhat affected. Now is the time to consider capturing images from still in-person classwork or research studies, and preparing these for submission to the GLSI site. Should labs once again close and classes become virtual for more than the short term, the opportunities for in-person research or classwork worthy of publication will be scarce.  Even those who are not currently in the application process should consider submitting credible work to GLSI for publication now. Once an image or video is on the GLSI website, it will remain there and can be included in future residency and fellowship applications and CVs.

To submit an image or video for publication consideration, first register on the GLSI website. Once registered, you can submit the image or video for peer review. (Remember, each submission should be accompanied by a short caption or description.) The editorial board will notify you of your submission’s acceptance, or return it. You must be 16 years of age or older to register. Once a registered member of the GLSI site, you are also licensed to appropriately use the content.

Meet Our New Board Member – Sierra Fleming

Sierra Fleming is a fourth-year medical student at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) at Augusta University. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from Georgia State University in 2018. At MCG, she is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society and the Student National Medical Association. She is an alumni of and now works as a summer program assistant for an Educational Enrichment Pipeline Program for minority students who are interested in medical careers.

As a student and 2022 candidate for her Doctorate of Medicine, Sierra brings a unique perspective to the board. She has published a variety of work on the Global Library of Scientific Images (GLSI) website and has worked with Dr. Joe Calkins as her mentor and career advisor. Sierra has declared Internal Medicine as her specialty and noted an interest in cardiology.

Sierra sees GLSI as the ideal platform for lifelong students of medicine, whether they have been practicing for decades, are in medical school, or have just begun medical practice. Working with Dr. Calkins and being involved with the GLSI website have jumpstarted what Sierra envisions as a career that will always be inclusive of medical education and peer-reviewed publishing. 

It’s Application Time! Submit Images Now for Publication Credit

Application season has begun for medical school, as well as fellowship and residency programs. Now is the time to be working on your CV and adding experiences that will make you stand out from other candidates. Publication on a peer-reviewed and respected site, such as Global Library of Scientific Images (GLSI), is one way candidates can distinguish themselves from other applicants in the increasingly crowded applicant pool.

 While the 2020-21 academic year posed challenges for in-person, extensive research, there were still opportunities for smaller, more-focused research that can be published and then cited on a CV. Classwork might make a good submission, for example, such as a histology slide or set of slides from a lab. Students who have been involved in smaller-scale research with professors or graduate students might be able to submit those projects or portions of them, in collaboration with their professor or with the professor’s permission.

All images and videos submitted to GLSI are peer-reviewed by an editorial board comprised of experts in their fields. Each image or video must be accompanied by a caption that discusses the image or video’s value. 

Note, not every submission is published. To be accepted, an image or video must be of scientific value and be accurate, as well as of the highest quality. While submissions tend to be smaller than and lack the additional information of a full case study or research project published in a traditional journal, they must still be valid and present information that is useful to practitioners, researchers, and other users of the GLSI site.

Thus, a publication credit on the GLSI website can be a boost to a student’s resume and overall application. There is still plenty of time to do so before the summer and fall application and interview dates.

To submit your images or videos, first register on the GLSI website. Registration is free. You must be 16 years of age or older. Once you are registered, you can submit your images or videos for peer review. The editorial board will notify you of your submission’s acceptance, or return it to you. When you become a registered member, you are also licensed to appropriately use the content.

GLSI Editorial Board Ensures Integrity and Scientific Value

A medical image might be worth 10,000 words, but only if it’s accompanied by an explanatory short description or caption and both have been vetted by an editorial review board for validity and accuracy. All images and accompanying descriptions on the Global Library of Scientific Images (GLSI) website have been through a thorough review process that examines the value and precision of the whole submission – not just the image by itself.

Be leery of sites that are willing to take images alone or post without review. The risk of a wrong interpretation or error exists.

At GLSI, one of our founding principles was to create a site where individual images and videos or a small series of the highest quality and scientific value could be shared and used — but only after peer review by an editorial board comprised of experts in their fields. While most images on the site lack the additional information necessary to generate a full case report or other type of scientific paper, they are still reviewed for their scientific value and accuracy, and not simply posted upon receipt.

Do not confuse the fact that our average submission is much smaller than anything that would appear in a traditional journal with a lack of quality control or scientific validity. Every image, series of images, or video must be accompanied by a caption that discusses the value of the image and how it relates to others if part of a series.

Upon receiving a submission, our editorial board will review the images or video for quality, then ensure the caption is accurate and provides appropriate context. The review board will also ensure that if included any teaching points are valid. If the whole package provides value and is accurate, it will be posted. If not, the board notifies the submitting GLSI member and material is returned.

Once posted on the site, each image will be noted as individual or part of a series. If part of a series, individual images will be numbered and cross-referenced to others in the series. Every posted image, video, or series is also cross-referenced to similar images and videos on the website.

 GLSI maintains the copyright for any material posted on our website. However, with appropriate citation and credit, all posted material can be used by the submitter. GLSI images and videos can also be used by other GLSI members in presentations and teaching materials.

To submit an image or video, you must be a GLSI registered user. Registration is free, quick, and easy. Simply complete the registration section on the GLSI website. Once registered, you can submit material and will have access to all GLSI content. You are also licensed to appropriately use the content.

Learning Through Snippets

The internet and smartphones have changed the way we read, learn, and live our lives. The average American’s attention span has declined from 12 seconds in 2000 to 8 seconds in 2013. But this isn’t always a bad thing. When it comes to medical knowledge, a lot can be learned from a quick video snippet or single image. Global Library of Scientific Images (GLSI) is a repository of real-life medical and scientific images and short videos that can tell a story, enhance a lecture, and assist in daily practice.

GLSI was established to meet the need for a place where professionals could quickly share medical and scientific images, as well as access those posted by others for use during their workday or in an educational setting. GLSI images and videos are accompanied by brief descriptions. Once submitted and approved for publication on the GLSI site, the images and videos are categorized for easy search and cross-referenced to similar submissions.

Video snippets have been part of medical education for a while as a way to enhance material and provide additional information in virtual learning and traditional classroom settings. These snippets provide a quick look at something that if presented without an image or video would take much longer to present and involve lengthy medical reasoning. The images and videos from the GLSI website can enhance presentations and lectures.

Snippets and images from the GLSI site can be easily accessed during a medical professional’s daily practice. Once registered, members can access the entire database and easily search for entries on a smartphone or laptop from an exam room, consultation room, or any setting.

As practitioners encounter electrocardiograms, X-rays, histology images, photographs, scans and other images that they think would provide valuable insight to more medical professionals, they can submit these for presentation on the GLSI site. The images and videos do not have to be complex, but should be accompanied by a brief description that can range from one sentence to a paragraph.

All submissions to GLSI are reviewed by an editorial board of experts in their field. Once vetted and approved, the Images are posted to the GLSI site and credited to the submitting professional, who can then include the posting on a CV or biography as published medical research.

To submit an image or video, you must be registered. Registration is free, quick, and easy. Simply complete the registration section on the GLSI website. Once registered, you can submit videos and images and will have access to all GLSI content. You are also then licensed to use the content.

Video: How to Thrive in a Publish or Perish Environment

Tune in as Global Library of Scientific Images Founder and Editor in Chief Joe Calkins, MD, FACC, FACP, FASE, discusses how to thrive in a publish or perish environment.

Meet the Editor – Parth Jamindar, M.D.

Dr. Jamindar earned his B.S. in Biochemistry from East Carolina University and earned his MD at Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in North Carolina. He spent his residency at Augusta University in Internal Medicine before accepting a Junior Faculty Position as Chief Resident. He went on to accept a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care and then became an assistant professor at Augusta University. He now lives in Baltimore, Maryland where he teaches residents and works as an Intensive Care physician at Sinai Hospital. 

He met Dr. Calkins, founder and editor in chief of Global Library of Scientific Images, as a trainee under Dr. Calkins while in residency. Parth enjoys the collaborative nature of medicine, and credits GLSI with providing crucial data to specialists and sub-specialists across all fields. In addition to his GLSI membership, he is associated with the American Thoracic Society and the American College of Chest Physicians.

While Dr. Jamindar is not busy fighting the COVID-19 virus, he enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with his wife, who is also a Pulmonary and Critical Care physician.


Lifelong Students of Medicine

Learning does not end in medical school, nor does a lifelong medical education only compromise continuing medical education courses. To be a lifelong student of medicine also means to be learning from your daily practice, researching, and collaborating with other medical professionals. The Global Library of Scientific Images (GLSI) can help physicians and other medical practitioners in these endeavors to continue as an enduring student, no matter what stage they are in their practice.

Often the best way to learn is from patient encounters and real-life scenarios. For example, the image of an incidental finding of a mediastinal mass during a workup for caustic ingestion can turn into a learning opportunity for the attending physician, through further research, communication with other physicians, and feedback.

But, if that same image is also published on the GLSI website along with a brief description, it becomes a broader opportunity for sharing information with healthcare professionals around the world. In a sense, it turns the physician into a published researcher and teacher all at once. 

In turn, when shared, this image is linked to similar images and videos on the GLSI website. In the mass example above, such an image would contain links to other types of masses, mediastinum images, and teratoma. This again provides a learning opportunity for the physician submitting the image, to learn from others on the GLSI website who have also encountered masses or tumors during relatively routine scans. The images are not perfect, textbook examples but real-life scans that exemplify how these masses might be encountered in routine practice.

Through collaboration on the GLSI website, physicians, medical students, interns, fellows, and other scientists can always be learning from the publications of other professionals, and at the same time be teachers by sharing their own encounters. The images and descriptions on the GLSI site are either one-off or part of a short series. They provide valuable, pertinent information to practitioners without being large, drawn-out research projects or journal articles.

While these images and descriptions are brief, that does not mean they were published without the appropriate vetting. Each submission to GLSI is reviewed by an editorial board of experts in their field. 

In order to submit an image or have access to the full library and continue your lifelong learning and teaching, simply complete the free registration section on the GLSI website. Once registered, you can submit images or video, and our editorial board will alert you as to their appropriateness for publication. You will automatically have access to all GLSI images and become licensed to use the content.