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USMLE Easy Trial Update

USMLE Easy

From November 25- January 25th, the Dana Medical Library held a trial of the online database called USMLE Easy. This question and answer bank is intended to help students prepare for the USMLE licensing examinations. It contains over 11,000 questions from Step 1, CK Step 2, and Step 3 and allows students to create a study plan, track their progress, and seek remediation from their own personal “dashboard.”
Over the period being studied, 46 people created accounts and looked at this resource. An equal number of people “sampled” Step 1 tests and Step 3 tests. No one tried Step 2.
Individuals who created accounts will be given the opportunity to answer a short survey to share their evaluation and recommendation on whether this resource was valuable for USMLE test preparation.

Questions about the trial? Contact Jeanene Light at 656-0521.

Introduction to Ovid Medline

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The Dana Medical Library will have an Introduction to Ovid Medline workshop this Wednesday. If you are looking for a Medline database platform that offers precision control over your search strategy and ready access to advanced search features, then come check out Medline searching using the OVID interface.
Instructor: Frances Delwiche
When: Wednesday, February 3, 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.

Dana Medical Library’s February Workshops

Join us in the Dana Classroom for our February Workshops: Introduction to Ovid Medline and a three-part series on Systematic Reviews. 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

Introduction to Ovid Medline

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If you’re looking for a Medline database platform that offers precision control over your search strategy and ready access to advanced search features, then come check out Medline searching using the OVID interface.
Instructor: Frances Delwiche
When: Wednesday, February 3, Noon – 1:00 pm
Where: Dana Classroom, Room 108

Workshop Series:

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 gray literature.
Instructors: Nancy Bianchi & Gary Atwood
When: Wednesday, February 24, Noon – 1:00 pm
Where: Dana Classroom, Room 108

CINAHL Workshop at the Dana Medical Library

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Please join us in the Dana Classroom for our final January workshop: Searching CINAHL.

This workshop is open to all UVM and University of Vermont Medical Center students, staff, and faculty. Unless otherwise noted, preregistration is not required.

Questions about any of our Workshops? Not affiliated with UVM or University of Vermont Medical Center? Please contact Gary Atwood at (802) 656-4488.

Searching CINAHL

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This workshop will cover how to find high quality nursing and allied health information in CINAHL. In it, we’ll cover topics like advanced searching, how to use subject headings in your search, and how to fine-tune your results.
Instructor: Fred Pond
When: Wednesday, January 27th, Noon to 1 pm
Where: Dana Medical Library Classroom, Room 108

 

Winter Break

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The Dana Medical Library is closed from December 24-January 2nd.

Regular hours resume Sunday, January 3, 2016. See Library Hours page for details.

Our electronic resources are still available! If you have a clinical information need, consider starting here: http://researchguides.uvm.edu/clinicalcare.

If you have a consumer health question, the Frymoyer Community Health Resource Center may be able to help. See https://www.uvmhealth.org/medcenter/Pages/Wellness-Resources/Community-Health-Resource-Center.aspx for more details.

Everyone at the Dana Medical Library wishes you and yours a very Happy New Year!

Coping with End of Semester Stress

As we approach the end of the semester, Dana recognizes that the library is especially full.

Here’s what we do to try to minimize frustrations:

*Group study space – available in the Main Conference Room  and in the smaller rooms toward the back of the library. The Main Conference Room can be booked in advance, or the day you wish to use it. See library staff for assistance. The smaller group study rooms can be booked on the day you need them. Again, see library staff for assistance.

*Individual study space – If you cannot find a seat or a computer, please approach a library staff person at either service desk. We will do our best to find a seat for you.

*Computer classroom – available as quiet computer space when it is not being used for classes. We try especially hard to protect that space for individual student use during the 2 weeks of the exam period.

*Ear plugs and ear phones – available at both the circulation and reference desks.

*Assistance – do not hesitate to contact a library staff member with any concerns or complaints you may have.

Here’s what YOU can do:

*Minimize Noise – You’re sharing this space with your colleagues. Please be aware that everyone is stressed and needs quiet to study for exams and write final papers. If you need a break to chat with friends or take a phone call, please step out into the corridor in front of the library.

*Conserve Space – Dana is a desirable place to study, and we need every chair we have. Please don’t take up more space than you need, or leave your belongings to “reserve” a table for the day.

*Eat Responsibly – We welcome food in the library. Be aware, though, that noisy snacks and smelly food may not be welcomed by your neighbor.

*Listen Responsibly – Studying to music or listening to lectures on podcasts are great study techniques, especially for audio learners. However, ear phones and ear buds sometimes leak sound. Be aware that if you have your sound turned up especially high, you could be disturbing your neighbors.

Thank you for consideration during these stressful times.

And good luck with your work!

USMLE Free Trial

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The Dana Medical Library has arranged for a 30-day trial of USMLE Easy, a board prep software from McGraw-Hill. It contains study materials for Step 1, Step 2 CK and Step 3 exams, including practice questions, study planning, adaptive quizzes, flashcards, and one full-length test. The trial will run from November 25-December 25. (Trial extended through January 25, 2016!)

The Library would welcome any feedback on the quality of the materials. Send comments to Jeanene Light.

Here are a few details about the trial:
• To create an account, visit this site from a browser on the UVM network.
• Once your account is created, sign-in to the software.
• Access the student user guide.
Thanks!

SAVE THE DATE: Global Health Reception and Talk

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On Monday December 7th, the Dana Medical Library and the College of Medicine will be hosting a Global Health event! Come join us!

3:30 pm ~ Open House Reception: Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health and Global Health at UVM

Dana Medical Library, Medical Education Center Concourse

This reception will be held in honor of the National Library of Medicine Global Health traveling exhibition that is now on display in the Dana Medical Library and the special slide show presentation on display in the library’s front foyer, showcasing Global Health at UVM. Come join us for refreshments and take a closer look at the exhibition and slide show!

5:30 pm ~ Presentation: The Cost of Sickness and Health in Uganda

Sullivan Classroom, Medical Education Center 200

This presentation will be a first-hand account of human suffering and survival from reporter Mackenzie Rigg and photo-journalist Tyler Sizemore of Hearst Connecticut Media Group.

Questions? Contact Kate Bright at 656-0695 for more information.

Exhibition is brought to you by the National Library of Medicine

 

Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health

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The Dana Medical Library has the honor of hosting a very special National Library of Medicine exhibition. Taking an in-depth look at health on a global level, this exhibition explores what people of all professions are doing to improve health care around the world. “Communities, in collaboration with scientists, advocates, governments, and international organizations, are taking up the challenge to prevent disease and improve quality of life” (Against the Odds brochure).
This fascinating exhibition will be on display at the Dana Medical Library through December 16th . Stop by and check it out.

This exhibition is brought to you by the National Library of Medicine.


In conjunction with this traveling exhibition, the Dana Medical Library has compiled a series of images for our main foyer screen that give a glimpse of global health programs here at UVM.

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Catherine Akin and Leah Houde with children in a village in Bangladesh

The University of Vermont has welcomed the opportunity to go abroad, learn from other medical situations, bring resources and access to information, help improve essential health care, fight deadly outbreaks of disease, and make an impact by teaming up with doctors and nurses in other countries. The programs that have been developed see these immersions as an opportunity for reciprocity in knowledge, culture, and understanding. Some of the places that UVM doctors, students, and professors have been are Uganda, China, Russia, Vietnam, Liberia, India, Tanzania, the Netherlands and many others.
Look for this slide show to be up and running the week of Monday November 16th.
Questions? Contact Kate Bright at 656-0695. Thank you!

Photo courtesy of Professor Hendrika Maltby in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

What IS a Systematic Review?

It is a formal research study design that aims to identify, analyze, and synthesize all studies relevant to a particular research question. In health care, systematic reviews frequently focus on the effects of interventions for the treatment, prevention, or rehabilitation of diseases. They may also be conducted to investigate the performance of diagnostic tests, to assess the prognosis of health conditions, or for a variety of other purposes.

Systematic Reviews seek to identify all relevant studies through a comprehensive literature search conducted across multiple databases, combined with searches of unpublished literature and even hand searches of key journals. Target outcomes are identified, and a strict set of inclusion and exclusion criteria are established for determining which studies shall be included in the review. Meta-analyses are often conducted in conjunction with systematic reviews, resulting in both qualitative and quantitative analyses of the research question.

In recent years, the number of systematic reviews published in the scholarly journal literature has increased exponentially. Although any author or group can do this type of research, the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews remains the gold standard for systematic reviews in healthcare.

For more information about systematic reviews, contact a reference librarian or your department library liaison.

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Image credit: Centre for Health Communication and Participation La Trobe University, Australasian Cochrane Centre