Category Archives: News & Announcements

MEDSINC App Co-Developed by UVM Medical Faculty

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University of Vermont Professor (Pediatrics, Microbiology, and Molecular Genetics) and Pediatrician Barry Finette has co-developed a mobile phone app MEDSINC (Medical Evaluation and Diagnostic System for Infants, Newborns and Children) set to be deployed in the field later this year. This app, which is downloadable onto any mobile device, has the ability to medically assess children in developing countries even if healthcare workers aren’t available.

Finette, having treated sick children with limited access to medical care in some of the world’s poorest countries, saw a great need for this app; which provides users (even those with little or no medical training) a series of questions to ask when assessing a sick child. The app then determines the severity of the child’s conditions and gives recommended treatment based on the user’s skill set. This app allows for life saving treatment even if the patient’s underlying condition can not be determined.

For more information, head over to Seven Days: Burlington Vermont’s weekly newspaper recently featured an article that highlights the MEDSINC app.

New Public Access Policy for the AHRQ

CaptureThe Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has announced a policy for public access to research papers and data. This will require accepted article manuscripts from funded authors to be deposited to PubMed Central (PMC) within a year of publication.

According to the AHRQ website, “This policy will be effective for research funded in February 2015. AHRQ will solicit contract proposals and fund a commercial repository by October 2015. Beginning October 2015, AHRQ will require all researchers to submit data in digital format to the commercial repository.”

For more information, head over to The Scholarly Kitchen or The Agency for Research and Quality website

Dana Medical Library Spring Semester Hours

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The hours for the Spring 2015 semester will be as follows:
Monday – Thursday 7:30 am – 12 midnight
Friday – 7:30 am – 9 pm
Saturday 9 am – 9 pm
Sunday 9 am – 12 midnight

Exceptions:
Presidents Day: Monday, February 16, 2015
Memorial Day: Monday, May 25, 2015

See the Hours page for an interactive calendar with complete information on the Library’s hours of operation. Contact us at 656-2200 with any questions.

The Natural Standard Changes Name to Natural Medicines

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The Natural Standard database which offers trustworthy information on complementary and alternative therapies, diets, exercise and nutrition has recently changed their name to Natural Medicines and upgraded their database features.

Natural Medicines was founded by healthcare providers and researchers to provide evidence-based information about complementary and alternative therapies. Grades are used to reflect the level of available scientific data for or against the use of each therapy for a specific medical condition. Users can search by treatment, condition, or herb/supplement. Natural Medicines provides a Foods, Herbs and Supplements database that includes interactions. It also offers interactions and depletion checkers.

Head over to Natural Medicines to find out more.

 

UpToDate Medical Calculators Provide Easy Access to Numerical Data

UpToDate continues to provide easy access to numerical data through the use of 140 interactive medical calculators allowing users to obtain numerical data through commonly used formulas as well as estimate the severity of a condition.

When in UpToDate, you can explore by clicking on the “calculators” tab and then browse the subjects offered.

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Collective Discussion through Journal Clubs

121-activelearningPubMed Commons, the pilot commenting system for authors in PubMed announces a new feature: Journal Clubs. By allowing participants (researchers, physicians, and trainees) to share views on methods, interpret results, and discuss how publications fit into their own research, PubMed Commons Journal Clubs encourage global engagement on scholarly literature through face to face meetings and on social media platforms.

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University of Vermont Professor Gary Ward (Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics) is a member of an external group providing feedback for PubMed Commons. He believes these journal clubs have the ability to offer more to the scientific community.

Journal club accounts are open to those discussing research literature in graduate, post graduate, and continuing professional education, and applicants need to be supported by members who participate in group discussions. The journal club, according to the PubMed Commons Team, “can represent a major intellectual investment – and a long-standing form of post-publication evaluation.” For more information on PubMed Journals, please head over to the PubMed Commons Blog.

Dana Librarian Wins Prestigious Medical Library Association Award

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Dana Medical Library at the University of Vermont is pleased to announce that Frances Delwiche, MLS , is the winner of this year’s Daniel T. Richards Prize for her publication entitled “Mapping the Literature of Radiation Therapy” in the Journal of the Medical Library Association, April 2013. The award is given annually by Medical Library Association’s Collection Development Section to a distinguished publication in health sciences collection development.

Delwiche’s article “Mapping the Literature of Radiation Therapy” characterizes the literature in the field of radiation therapy through citation analysis. The article provides knowledge that informs collection development activities in support of radiation therapy. Fran joined the faculty at Dana Medical Library in 1999, and currently serves as reference and instruction librarian, with special focus on the bio-medical sciences and allied health professions. She also contributes to collection development efforts at Dana. Fran will be accepting her award at the Medical Library Association’s Annual Meeting in Austin, TX in May of this year.

In honor of Daniel T. Richards, a founder of the collection development section in the Medical Library Association, this award is presented annually to an individual who has authored a work related to collection development in the health sciences. Dan Richards, as he was known, worked at the National Library of Medicine in the late eighties helping to develop their collection. He also rewrote the NLM’s Collection Development Manual, and is considered “instrumental in establishing health sciences collection development as a rigorous discipline with a distinct methodology.” (Medical Library Association) Dan became Director of the Biomedical Libraries at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH in 1991, and was well liked and respected by colleagues there. He passed away unexpectedly in 1995.

New Dynamed App Now Available

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DynaMed has released a new mobile app that is available to UVM and UVM Medical Center users.  DynaMed provides clinicians quick and easy access to evidence-based information at the point-of-care.

The new app features:

  • * Improved user experience
  • * Seamless authentication
  • * Easy access with or without an internet connection
  • * Note taking and bookmarking functions

To get started, visit DynaMed from a browser on the UVM or University of Vermont Medical Center network and click on the “Mobile” link in the top toolbar. See the Dana Mobile Apps guide for complete information.

Photo by NEC Corporation of America with Creative Commons license.

 

Changes to NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) System

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The old NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) System got a facelift in January 2015. NIHMS is used to deposit and approve research manuscripts  funded by NIH and accepted for publication on or after April 7, 2008.

In addition to a new, fresh Web page design, NIH is streamlining the manuscript submission process, as well as the login procedures. The homepage now has a graphic overview of the process. Just hover over the steps for more information or links to more details.

When you enter the system, you will find a list of your manuscripts with the status for each. A PI or author must still provide the initial and final approvals steps, but there are updated instructions for each part of the process.

Major changes to the process:

  • NIHMS ID will be assigned only AFTER files are uploaded
  • Deposit process has been streamlined with clear explanations
  • PDF receipt MUST BE opened before going to the next step reports!
  • Funding must be added by the reviewer BEFORE the initial approval

You can still access the NIHMS System through “My Bibliography” when you add a new citation and want to start the submission or compliance work.

Clinical Pharmacology App Now Available

image of a mortar and pestleA new Clinical Pharmacology app for Apple and Android mobile devices is now available to UVM users. It offers fast searching of high-quality drug information in a mobile friendly format. The content is stored on your device, so you can access it even when offline.

Clinical Pharmacology Mobile contains selected core content from Clinical Pharmacology online:

  • Drug monographs both adult and pediatric
  • Indications, including on and off label
  • Contraindications and Precautions
  • Drug Images
  • IV compatibility
  • Drug-drug interactions report

The app is available for free for Apple or Android devices; UVM users must register for full content access. See the Dana mobile apps guide (http://researchguides.uvm.edu/mobile) for instructions on how to download and authenticate the app.

For more information contact Alice Stokes at alice.stokes@uvm.edu