Monthly Archives: January 2011

Informatics Grand Rounds


Benjamin Littenberg, MD
Henry and Carleen Tufo Professor of Medicine and Professor of Nursing University of Vermont

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Medical Education Center Room 300 (Reardon Classroom)
(Information about remote participation will be provided closer to the date)

The aggregation of patient-level clinical data into registries has great potential to improve the quality and reduce the costs of health care. The Vermedx Diabetes Information System is a laboratory-based patient registry with clinical and public health applications developed with support from the National Institutes of Health. I will present the design, implementation and evaluation of the system and discuss its impact and current applications as well as prospects for the future of such registries.

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Littenberg is the Henry and Carleen Tufo Professor of Medicine as well as Professor of Nursing, Director of General Internal Medicine, and Associate Director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Vermont. He received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University and trained in internal medicine at Hartford (Connecticut) Hospital. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Stanford University before becoming Assistant Professor of Medicine at Dartmouth. Following an appointment as Associate Professor of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, he assumed his present position in 1999.
He also founded and serves as Chief Medical Officer of Vermedx, Inc., a privately-held company whose NIH clinical trial-validated chronic disease decision support tools for providers and patients is being utilized in primary care environments in New England, New York, California, and Texas.
Dr. Littenberg’s research centers on technology assessment and quality improvement. Recent projects include new ways to measure quality of care in chronic disease, novel strategies for reporting test results to patients, the effect of the built environment on health outcomes, safety improvements in outpatient prescriptions, and strategies to address health literacy. In Vermont, Dr. Littenberg has developed statewide registry-based approaches to quality and safety improvement with the Vermont Breast Cancer Surveillance System and as Principal Investigator of the Vermont Diabetes Information System. He serves on the Association of University Radiologists GE-AUR Radiology Research Academic Fellowship (GERRAF) Advisory Board, the Brookings Institution High Value Health Care Project Expert Panel for Lab Data Integration for Diabetes Care Improvement, the National Quality Forum’s Cancer Care Performance Measures Cancer Technical Panel, and the New York City Department of Health A1C Registry Advisory Board.
Informatics Grand Rounds is a joint initiative between the University of Vermont (Center for Clinical and Translational Science Biomedical Informatics Unit, Continuing Education, and Dana Medical Library), Fletcher Allen Health Care, and the State of Vermont.

EndNote and Zotero Workshops at Bailey-Howe

All workshops are free and open to all UVM students, faculty, and staff. No registration is required.

EndNote Workshops
Learn how to use EndNote (desktop software) to keep track of research information and insert citations into your papers.

  • Thurs., March 17 4-5 pm (Library Classroom)
  • Wed., April 6 4:30 – 5:50 pm (Library Classroom)

Zotero Workshops
Learn how to use Zotero (a browser plug-in) to keep track of research information and insert citations into your papers.

  • Tues. March 15 4-5 pm (Library Classroom)

Learn more about citation software on our page: Introduction to Managing Information

Changing the Face of Medicine

Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating Women Physicians is an online exhibit presented by the National Library of Medicine. The exhibit features individual women doctors from both the past and present who “provide an intriguing glimpse of the broader community of women doctors who are making a difference.” The NLM’s goal of the exhibit is in “honoring the lives and accomplishments of these women in the hope of inspiring a new generation of medical pioneers.”

The physician pictured above is Dr. Halle Tanner Dillon Johnson, the first African American woman to become a board-certified physician, and the first woman to officially practice medicine in the state of Alabama. Visit the exhibit to learn more about her.

AccessMedicine Keeps Online Textbooks Updated

Many important medical textbooks (Harrison’s and Hurst’s the Heart, for example) are available online through the library’s subscription to AccessMedicine. One of AccessMedicine’s best features is it’s Updates page, which provides up to the minute information on changes or additions to all resources within AccessMedicine. You can see updates for all resources from the past 2 weeks, or just for one particular title or specified time period. To access a list of updates, simply click on the Updates tab at the top of the page in AccessMedicine.

An example of recent updates:

4 Updates
1/12/2011 | Updates: Harrison’s Online
Colon Cancer Prevention: More Data on the Effect of Aspirin
by Isselbacher, Kurt

1/11/2011 | Updates: Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide
Emergency Medicine: Synergistic Use of Nebulized Epinephrine and Oral Dexamethasone May Reduce Admissions and Improve Symptoms1
by Disch, Jno

12/30/2010 | Updates: Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery
Revised Staging System for Esophageal Cancer
by Harrison, Vincent; Hunter, John

12/30/2010 | Updates: Goodman & Gilman’s The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics
ella: a Newly-Approved Selective Progesterone Receptor Modulator
by Hammes, Stephen; Brunton, Laurence

Natural Standard Offers CE/CME Credits

Natural Standard is now offering continuing education credits for all health care professionals, including medical doctors, naturopathic doctors, pharmacists, nurses and doctors of osteopathy.

The continuing education programs are derived from Natural Standard’s evidence-based systematic reviews on popular herbs and supplements.

In each training module, the available scientific evidence of effectiveness is evaluated using the Natural Standard Evidence-based Validated Grading Rationale™. The reviews also discuss expert opinion, folkloric precedent, history, mechanism of action, interactions, side effects, dosing and toxicology information. Review questions highlight the safety and effectiveness of each therapy.

Natural Standard is impartial; not supported by any interest group, professional organization or product manufacturer.

To view the available continuing education modules, please visit

From HeLa Cells to Hospice Care

A new exhibit featuring popular works on health topics from Dana’s collections is now on display at the Dana Medical Library. These works serve both the consumer health and current awareness needs of the University of Vermont and Fletcher Allen Health Care communities.

The exhibit “From HeLa Cells to Hospice Care” features books such as the memoirs of Michael J. Fox and his struggles with Parkinson’s disease, and the story of Henrietta Lacks, the African American woman from whom HeLa cells originated. Other topics include DNA and the Human Genome Project, the nation’s first Navajo woman surgeon and her struggles to combine western medicine with Native American medicine, and end-of-life advice and guidance including the benefits of hospice care.

These and other works written for the public and health care communities are available for check-out from the Dana Medical Library. Contact the Reference Desk at 656-2201 or for more information.