The majority (99.9%) of residents surveyed felt that the medical library had an excellent selection of journals and books. Independent sources indicated that the library has direct ties to the highly regarded Library of Science and Medicine on the medical school campus in Piscataway. This library contains over 2,000,000 bound volumes and over 1,000,000 government documents, pamphlets, maps, and other materials. Periodical holdings are strong in older as well as current issues. An excellent reference collection includes most of the indexing and abstracting titles important to the sciences. National network computer searches (including Ovid, Medline, etc.) and material exchanges are readily available. The reference librarians are especially helpful. The library is also equipped with the most up-to-date computer technology and resources available, which are freely accessible to the housestaff.
Pediatric social workers are readily available to help with family support, evaluation, discharge planning, etc. Professional Child Life staff help attend to the child's need for fun, play and understanding of medical procedures and illnesses. Children and adolescents eagerly attend the Child Life rooms or await the child life worker coming to their bedside.
The Department of Pediatrics has inpatient and outpatient pediatric nutritionists who consult on patients and provide teaching to patients, family, and staff regarding special nutritional needs. The pediatric nutritionist always smiles, even at 11:59 AM with two interns asking advice for the noon peripheral alimentation orders.
The pediatric pharmacist as well as the Doctoral students are a valued members of the various in-patient and intensive care teams. They regularly attend ward rounds and teaching conferences, and are always available for consultation on the ever expanding world of pharmaceutical therapy.