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Printing – Whiteboard Survey Results

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Thirty-three students completed the survey, set up on a whiteboard in the library. Medical students were well aware of the opportunity to print black and white copies for free in the medical student lounge. Nevertheless, four students reported printing in black and white at a Dana printer, and five students had printed to the color printer in Dana. All nine of these print jobs were sent from a Dana computer. Only two students reported printing from their laptops to the library color printer. No students reported sending black and white print jobs to the Dana printer.

We’ve concluded that while College of Medicine students do use Dana computers to print to Dana printers, they do not usually send print jobs from their laptops to Dana printers. Consequently, adding the Dana printers to the HSID network is not a high priority.

New NLM subject headings on Zika Virus

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The National Library of Medicine (NLM) added Zika Virus Infection and Zika Virus as new medical subject headings (MeSH) in late January 2016. These additions are in direct response to increased reports in the literature and media about the Zika virus outbreak and its tentative association with microcephaly in newborns as well as possible paralysis and Guillain-Barre Syndrome in adults.
Indexing of National Library of Medicine materials (i.e. journal articles; books) for the new headings began January 28, 2016.
A suggested interim PubMed search strategy to retrieve citations on Zika until review of previously indexed citations is completed might include: Zika [tiab].
In addition, a Zika Virus Health Information Resources page is available from the Disaster Information Management Research Center at NLM. It outlines resources on the emerging health issues arising from the Zika Virus.
Please contact the Dana Medical Library at 656-2201 with any questions about the Zika Virus literature or its indexing.

Systematic Reviews Workshop Series

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Starting February 10th, the Dana Medical Library will be holding a three-part series on Systematic Reviews.

Introduction to Systematic Reviews
This workshop will contrast the rigorous methodology used to produce systematic reviews with other approaches to reviewing the literature. Attendees will have the opportunity to begin constructing their own systematic review protocol, enabling them to both evaluate systematic reviews, and participate in authoring a systematic review.
Instructors: Donna O’Malley & Gary Atwood
When: Wednesday, February 10, Noon – 1:00 pm
Where: Dana Classroom, Room 108

Searching for Systematic Reviews
Systematic reviews summarize, appraise, and interpret evidence from healthcare research, primarily from journal articles. They can be the most efficient way to bring the results of clinical research into clinical decision making. This workshop will explore databases and methodologies for locating high-quality systematic reviews.
Instructor: Donna O’Malley
When: Wednesday, February 17, Noon – 1:00 pm
Where: Dana Classroom, Room 108

Going Gray: How to Find Gray Literature
Have you ever considered the importance of information found in non-traditional resources such as conference proceedings and government documents? The Gray Literature can provide valuable information not provided in published journal literature. This presentation will cover the what, why, when, and how to search the grey literature.
Instructors: Nancy Bianchi & Gary Atwood
When: Wednesday, February 24, Noon – 1:00 pm
Where: Dana Classroom, Room 108

Workshops are open to all UVM and University of Vermont Medical Center students, staff, and faculty. Unless otherwise noted, preregistration is not required for library workshops.
Questions about any of our workshops? Not affiliated with UVM or University of Vermont Medical Center? Please contact Gary Atwood at (802) 656-4488.

Thinking Locally, Acting Globally: Global Health at the University of Vermont

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Clinic in Rangrik, India

The Dana Medical Library has a new exhibit for the new semester. Continuing its exploration of the theme of global health at UVM, the exhibit takes a closer look at the programs that have developed in affiliation with UVM departments and colleges. With input from enthusiastic physicians, nurses, professors and students, the library has created a display that highlights the mission of global health initiatives on a broad scale as well as looks at the focus of each program. From public health nursing study abroad programs, medical student exchanges, and missions to prevent the spread of disease, this exhibit shows the breadth of what participants experience, the work that they strive to accomplish and the principles behind each mission.
Each of the four panels of the new exhibit highlight a different aspect of global health at UVM, beginning with its definition.

What is Global Health?
In the simplest terms, Global Health refers to the health and well-being of people and communities on a global level. It is the idea that the health of individuals and communities has a direct effect on the health of the world as a whole.

The Ebola Mission: Liberia
In late 2014, the Global Health Program at Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) and the University of Vermont College of Medicine (UVM COM), working with AmeriCares, sent Director Majid Sadigh, MD and Margaret Tandoh, MD, UVM Assistant Professor of Surgery, to Liberia to set up an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) to fight the rapid spread of ebola. Working with a team from around the world, they underwent extensive training that would keep them safe as well as prevent the spread of the disease and save lives. This display reveals poignant journal and article excerpts and a selection of photographs from their experiences in Liberia.

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Ebola Treatment Unit Team

Public Health Nursing Around the World: Uganda, Bangladesh and the Netherlands
In the nursing program at UVM’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences, public health is an essential part of the curriculum. Students can choose to fill this requirement by enrolling in a study abroad program that has taken them, most recently, to Uganda, Bangladesh and the Netherlands.

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Well Baby Clinic in Uganda

Global Health Diaries: Excerpts
The Global Health Program at WCHN/UVM COM reaches across the world to many different countries. Students who participate are encouraged to blog about their experiences. This display of blog excerpts is a glimpse into the personal experiences of becoming immersed in another place and culture and the hurdles these students have faced with their immersion into new health care settings.

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Students in Kazan, Russia

Collaboration is at the root of these programs in global health. It is one that encourages the exchange of information. Physicians, nurses, students and professors, when they travel to other countries, collaborate with local hospitals, organizations, and health care professionals to determine what is needed to improve the health of their community. The exhibit is up until Friday, April 22nd. Enjoy!
Questions? Please contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.