We recently had the opportunity to work with the Epidemiology and Biostatistics department to create a set of customized Synapse groups. Here we speak with Yesenia M. Werner, Project Coordinator for the group, on how she and her colleagues use Synapse to streamline their workflows:
“Synapse has proven to be an incredible tool to help streamline workflows in our team. In a department with many investigators broken into multiple services, it was important to find a way to capture their published works in order to feature them appropriately on their CVs.
In our experience, being able to identify who published what could be quite cumbersome using tools like PubMed. In the event that an investigator had a common name such as “John Smith,” a database that can pull every John Smith/J Smith, etc. in the scientific community was particularly un-helpful. With Synapse, we are able to identify only the appropriate works by MSK investigators, which means any information we share within or outside of the MSK community is as accurate as it can be.
Being able to sort Synapse by date is also helpful for our team in producing a departmental newsletter. We can pull publications from a particular time frame and thereby highlight the most recent works in our publication. Ultimately, Synapse allows for us to promote our institutional publications in a visually pleasing and streamlined way accessible by both internal and external entities.”
For more information on creating customized groups, or questions regarding Synapse, contact Jeanine McSweeney.