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Med Ref Serv Q. 2004 Winter;23(4):87-94.

Getting on the fast track, or how to get an MLIS through distance education, with a specialization in medical librarianship.

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  • 1Department of Library & Information Science, School of Information Sciences, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA.


The article describes an innovation in MLIS education for medical librarianship, with an introduction to the FastTrack, the distance education program at the University of Pittsburgh's library and information science school, together with an overview of a model program linking the biomedical library at Vanderbilt University with the School of Information Sciences in Pittsburgh. Admissions requirements and specific curriculum for the distance education master's degree are detailed in an FAQ format.

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