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Kerry O'Rourke

Kerry O'Rourke
Campus Library Director
Director, Robert Wood Johnson Library of the Health Sciences
Robert Wood Johnson Library of the Health Sciences
1 RWJ Place, PO Box 19
New Brunswick, NJ 08903
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Kerry O’Rourke is Campus Library Director at Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Library of the Health Sciences and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.  Kerry completed her undergraduate education at the University of Scranton and completed a Master in Library Science at Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey. Ms. O'Rourke administers the Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Library of the Health Sciences, providing academic support to the education, clinical and research programs on the New Brunswick/ Piscataway campus.



Kim S, Noveck H,  Galt J,  Hogshire L, Willett L, O’Rourke K (2014) Searching for Answers to Clinical Questions Using Google Versus Evidence-Based Summary Resources: A Randomized Controlled Crossover Study. Academic Medicine, 89(6):940-943

Nadeau,  Marissa; O’Rourke, Kerry A., Saks, Norma. Teaching Patients to Effectively Utilize the Internet for Healthcare Information. MedEdPORTAL  iCollaborative: https://www.mededportal.org/icollaborative/resource/2193

Kim S, Noveck H, Willett L, O’Rourke K (2013) Using Apps and Mobile Optimized Websites to Teach Information Literacy to Medical Students.  MedEdWorld  (accessed  May 2014)

Maggio L, Davies K., Allee N, Beattie J., Berryman D., Littleton D., Tannery N., O’Rourke K.,(2012) Literature Searching in Medical Education: Online Tutorial Development from Idea to Creation.  Medical Reference Services Quarterly 31 (4): 372-82

Kim S., Willett L.R., Murphy D.J., O’Rourke K., Sharma R., Shea J.A. (2008) Impact of an evidence-based medicine curriculum on resident use of electronic resources: A randomized controlled study.  Journal of General Internal Medicine, 23(11):1804-8. 

Cohn, J.S., O’Rourke, K.A., Volesko, M.M.  (2004) Transferring group licensing skills from an academic consortial  model to a statewide association of hospital libraries. Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries, 1(2): 9-19. 


Nadeau, Marissa; O’Rourke, Kerry A; Saks, Norma Training Medical Students to Teach Patients How to Use the Internet for Reliable Healthcare Information.NEGEA Annual Meeting, New Haven, CT April 2014

O’Rourke, Kerry A; Kim, Sarang; Willett, Laura; Galt, James.  Disseminating Medical Education Research Literature to Medical School Faculty.  NEGEA Annual Meeting, New York City, April 2013

Kim, Sarang, O’Rourke, Kerry A. Comparison of Google vs. Evidence-Based Summary Resources in Answering Clinical Questions: A Randomized Controlled Study.NEGEA Annual Meeting, New York City, April 2013

O’Rourke Kerry A; Kim, Sarang.  Teaching Information Literacy with Evidence Based  Resource Apps and Optimized Mobile Websites.  NEGEA Annual Meeting, Boston MA, March 2012.

Kim, Sarang, O’Rourke, Kerry A. Efficient Use of Evidence-Based Medicine in Clinical Practice.American College of Physicians – NJ Chapter, Annual Meeting, Woodbridge NJ, February 2009.

Brewer, Michelle Volesko, O’Rourke, Kerry A. Information Revolution—Improving the Face of Vendor Relationships/Revolutionizing our Bonds, Presented at the Hospital Library Section invited paper session at the 2007 Annual Medical Library Association (MLA) Meeting, May 2007, Philadelphia, PA.

O’Rourke, Kerry A.; Cupryk, Robert. UMDNJ Libraries’ Clinical Portal: Providing Scholarly Healthcare Information at the Point of Care, presented at Technopolooza: Getting in Sync with Expert Googling, Clinical Portals, Open URLs, Blogging and More!, sponsored by the Health Science Library Association of New Jersey, December 7, 2005

O’Rourke, Kerry A. Navigating New Jersey Libraries for Public Health Information: Online and In-person, sponsored by the New York-New Jersey Public Health Training Center, UMDNJ School of Public Health, July 13, 2005.

Cohn, Judith S.; O'Rourke Kerry A. The Virtual Academic Library Environment (VALE): Benefits and Outcomes of Participation in a Statewide Consortium for Licensing Electronic Resource, Presented at the 2003 Annual Medical Library Association (MLA) Meeting, May 2003, San Diego, CA.

O'Rourke, Kerry A. 21st Century U.S. Medical Libraries: Bridging the Gap between traditional and electronic resources and services,  sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG),  UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Annually 2001 -2008.

O'Rourke, Kerry A.; Bronson Fitzpatrick, Roberta. Electronic Resources at Your Fingertips: Seamless Linking to Scholarly Information, Presentation at the UMDNJ Master Educators' Guild /IAIMS Symposium: Technology May Be The Answer, Bur What Is the Question? Purposes of Technology in Higher Education, UMDNJ Piscataway Campus, May 3, 2002


O’Rourke, Kerry; Kim, Sarang; Willett, Laura; Cupryk, Robert; Galt, James.  DR MERL: Dependable Reviews of Medical Education Research Literature, Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association (MLA) May 2013, Boston MA.

Fan F, Zhang Y, Cupryk R, O'Rourke K. "Implementing Quick Search in the Newly Designed Website to Meet Users' Needs." Poster presented at VALE/NJ ACRL/NJLA CUS Eleventh Annual Users' Conference; January 8, 2010; Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ.

O’Rourke, Kerry, Cavanaugh, Susan, Bronson, Fitzpatrick: Teaching Evidence Based Retrieval, April 2009, UMDNJ Technology Day Symposium, Newark, NJ

Levin, Len, Breshnahan, Meaghan, Maggio, Lauren , O’Rourke, Kerry, O’Malley, Donna. Teaching Evidence-Based Literature Retrieval to Medical Students and Residents, NEGEA 2008 Annual Meeting, Burlington, VT

O’Rourke, Kerry, Cupryk, Robert, Cohn, Judith: Providing Point-of-Care Information to the Busy Clinician. Annual Medical Library Association (MLA) Meeting, May 2006, Phoenix, AZ

Cohn, Judith, Cupryk, Robert, O’Rourke, Kerry: A Clinical Portal for Point of Care Information. Poster session presented at the Joint Annual Meeting of the NY-NJ and UNYOC chapters of the Medical Library Association, September 28, 2005, Lake Placid, NY

O’Rourke, Kerry; Cupryk, Robert, Cohn, Judith;  Point of Care Scholarly Resources for the Busy Clinician. Poster Session presented at the symposium Clinical Informatics: Improving Health Care Quality through Information Technology, May 2005, Piscataway, NJ

Volesko, Michelle, O’Rourke, Kerry, Cohn, Judith: Cheaper by the Dozen: New Jersey’s Statewide Group Licensing Initiative Blends Consortia Need, Cooperative Tradition and Purchasing Value, The Quintessential Conference, a joint meeting of The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of MLA, The New York-New Jersey chapter of MLA, The Philadelphia Regional Chapter of MLA, The Philadelphia Chapter of SLA and the Pittsburgh Regional Chapter of MLA, October 27, 2003, Philadelphia, PA.



I have more than thirty years experience in health science librarianship including teaching, presenting and publishing on the topic of evidence based practice search and appraisal skills.   I co-chaired  a task force that developed an online tutorial for the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Educational Affaits (GEA) Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) Program.  The online turotial complements the MERC course 'Searching and Evaluating the Medical Education Literature'. I also contribute to the DiME (Distinction in Medical Education) program at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School as a lecturer, mentor and a member of the review and selection committee.  

Along with faculty at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School,  I developed a medical education research review service, DR MERL (http://drmerl.wordpress.com/).  Dependable Reviews of Medical Education Research Literature (DR MERL) was developed to provide Robert Wood Johnson Medical School teaching faculty with succinct reviews of medical education research in order to keep up to date on the medical education literature.  We expanded our reach to medical educators throughout the country after receiving endorsement from the Northeast Group on Education Affairs (NEGEA).   In 2013 I was awarded  Excellence in Medical Education, Best Short Communication, CME, for a prentation on DR MERL at the NEGEA Educational Retreat.

I'm currently working with colleagues at RWJMS and Penn State Hersehy Medical School to develop an validate a new EBM tool to assess student and practitioner competence in evidnece-based medicine.

I'm a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and a member of the RBHS Stuart D. Cook, M.D. Master Educators' Guild.