Monthly Archives: April 2011

PubMed Health

From the National Library of Medicine, PubMed Health “offers up-to-date information on diseases, conditions, drugs, treatment options, and healthy living, with a special focus on comparative effectiveness research from institutions around the world. PubMed Health is produced by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, a division of the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health.”

While it is similar to MedlinePlus, the comprehensive database of consumer health information from the NLM, PubMed Health offers more information regarding comparative effectiveness research of treatments. For a more detailed analysis of the differences between the two products, see this newsletter article from the Vanderbilt University’s Eskind Biomedical Library.

EndNote How-To


An Online Resource Guide [] has been created to assist patrons in the use of EndNote, a bibliographic management software that helps organize references and produce bibliographies for the preparation of papers and grants. This guide covers EndNote basics, choosing EndNote or EndNote Web, creating a library, managing the library and using the citations in your writing.

Editing a paper photograph by Nic’s events used in accordance with the Creative Commons license.

Extended Hours at Bailey/Howe

Bailey/Howe is now open for extended hours to accommodate student demand. Get those assignments done and study for those finals, until 2AM most nights.

Extended Exam Period Schedule April 25-May 13

Monday-Thursday, April 25-28 (7 am – 2 am)
Friday, April 29 (7 am – Midnight)
Saturday, April 30 (10 am – Midnight)
Sunday, May 1 (10 am – 2 am)
Monday-Thursday, May 2-5 (7 am – 2 am)
Friday, May 6 (7 am – Midnight)
Saturday, May 7 (10 am – Midnight)
Sunday, May 8 (10 am – 2 am)
Monday-Thursday, May 9-12 (7 am – 2 am)
Friday, May 13, Last Day of Exams (8 am – 7 pm)
Saturday, May 14 (10 am – 5 pm)
Sunday, May 15 (CLOSED)

Studying Dink, 1957 is in the collection of the Duke University Archives. Durham, North Carolina, USA.

African American Surgeons Exhibit

College of Medicine Hosts African American Surgeons Exhibit April 11 – June 5

By Jennifer Nachbur

African Americans have always practiced medicine, whether as physicians, healers, midwives, or “root doctors.” The journey of the African American physician from pre-Civil War to modern day America has been a challenging one. Early black pioneer physicians not only became skilled practitioners, they became trailblazers and educators paving the way for future physicians, surgeons, and nurses, and opening doors to better health care for the African American community. Collaboratively developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture in Baltimore, the Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons exhibition celebrates the contributions of African American academic surgeons and educators to medicine and medical education. The University of Vermont College of Medicine will host a special exhibit, from April 11 through June 5, 2011, in the Robert H. & Cynthia K. Hoehl Gallery in the Health Science Research Facility on the UVM campus. The exhibition tour, launched in July 2007, has traveled throughout the U.S. over the past nearly four years.

Rather than provide an encyclopedic look at African American surgeons, Opening Doors employs contemporary and historical images to take the visitor on a journey through the lives and achievements of four pioneering academic surgeons, and provides a glimpse into the stories of those that came before them and those that continue the tradition today. The exhibition highlights Alexa I. Canady, M.D., the first African American woman pediatric neurosurgeon; LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., M.D., cancer surgeon, and the first African American President of the American College of Surgeons and the American Cancer Society; Claude H. Organ, Jr., M.D., general surgeon, and the first African American to chair a department of surgery at a predominantly white medical school; and Rosalyn P. Scott, M.D., the first African American woman cardiothoracic surgeon. Opening Doors also includes other academic surgeons from around the country that follow in the tradition of sharing their knowledge and passing the torch to younger surgeons.

“The UVM College of Medicine Dean’s office is excited to host the Opening Doors exhibit,” said Karen Richardson-Nassif, Ph.D., associate dean for faculty and staff development and diversity. “It is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the stories of many pioneering African American surgeon educators and their many achievements.”

Opening Doors is curated by Margaret A. Hutto, director of exhibitions at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and former exhibitions manager at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, and Jill L. Newmark, exhibition registrar at the National Library of Medicine. The National Library of Medicine is the largest medical library in the world and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum is the largest African American museum on the east coast. To view an online version of the exhibition, visit

(Adapted from the National Library of Medicine’s “Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Surgeons” exhibition press release.)

Fall Community Medical School


By Jennifer Nachbur

Community Medical School attendees

Community Medical School attendees listen to a presentation in the UVM College of Medicine’s Carpenter Auditorium.

What makes yoga – an ancient practice that dates back thousands of years – good for you? University of Vermont Professor of Neurology Helene Langevin, M.D., has a clue. She thinks that connective tissue, which is located throughout the body, may play a role in yoga’s therapeutic effects. Langevin will be the first presenter for the fall 2011 series of Community Medical School. Launched 13 years ago, this free public lecture series provides the community with a glimpse of the work of top faculty experts at UVM and Fletcher Allen – the state’s only academic medical center.  Presentations will take place Tuesdays, September 20 through October 18, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Carpenter Auditorium in the Given Building at the UVM College of Medicine.

Fall 2011 lecture dates, topics and speakers include:
• September 20, “It’s a Stretch: Is Connective Tissue the Link to Yoga’s Benefits?” by Helene Langevin, M.D., Professor of Neurology and Director, Program in Integrative Health
• September 27, SPECIAL PANEL PRESENTATION: “Bringing Cutting-Edge Medicine to the Community: Clinical Trials at UVM/Fletcher Allen,” moderated by Ira Bernstein, M.D., Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and Senior Associate Dean for Research
• October 4, “A Guide to Breast Imaging: The Latest Technology for Screening and Detecting Cancer” by Sally Herschorn, M.D., Associate Professor of Radiology and Medical Director, Breast Imaging
• October 11, “Biomarkers and Beyond: The Science of Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease,” by William Pendlebury, M.D., Professor of Pathology and Neurology, Medical Director, Memory Center, and Director, UVM Center on Aging
• October 18, “Practice Makes Perfect: Aviation Training Techniques in Clinical Simulation” by Michael Ricci, M.D., Professor of Surgery and Director of Clinical Simulation, Clinical Simulation Laboratory

Free parking is available onsite. Registration and additional information are available at 802-847-2886 or .

10th Annual Cultural Awareness Workshop

Join the Dana Medical Library at the Tenth Annual Cultural Awareness Workshop, Wednesday, May 4th, 7:30 am-1:15 pm in the Silver Maple Ballroom, Davis Center at UVM. The Library will be in attendance displaying library information for community physicians and resources that support cultural competence in the medical curriculum at UVM and FAHC. Stop by, ask questions and see what we have to offer.

“International Health Care: Lessons from the Field.” Presented by the Department of Family Medicine and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, College of Medicine University of Vermont. For more information, download the brochure or contact Penilee Saulnier at (802) 656-4278 or

Cases for Clerkships

MedU Case Studies are online educational tools that provide virtual patients for students in medical clerkships. Dana has obtained:

WISE-MD (Web Initiative for Surgical Education), a set of eleven surgery modules. It consists of video presentations concerning medical fundamentals of the condition followed by patient-doctor interactions involving patient history, physical exam, laboratory studies, imaging studies, decision making, surgery, and post operative care.

CLIPP (Computer Assisted Learning in Pediatrics Program), a set of 31 patient cases. CLIPP pediatric case studies present patient scenarios and ask questions to test student’s knowledge, related to diagnosis and treatment of conditions, in a step by step manner. After users submit answers to the questions results and comments are provided with references.

fmCASES (The Family Medicine Computer-Assisted Simulations for Educating Students), 29 interactive virtual patient cases encompass the learning objectives of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Family Medicine Clerkship Curriculum. Case content also draws heavily from other projects in which STFM played a central role: FMCR (Family Medicine Curriculum Resources) and the Future of Family Medicine.

SIMPLE (Simulated Internal Medicine Patient Learning Experience), 36 interactive virtual patient cases are designed to encompass the learning objectives of the Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine (CDIM)-Society for General Internal Medicine Core Medicine Clerkship Curriculum Guide Version 3.0 comprehensively. Although designed for use by third-year medical students, SIMPLE is an excellent learning tool for many other health care professionals.

In order to access MedU Case Studies,  you will first have to register. Make sure to register with a UVM email address NOT a vtmednet or personal email address such as gmail or hotmail. A confirmation link will be sent to your email address. You will only have to do this once. In the future log in with your UVM email address and the password you chose.

iUVM App Now Available

By Thomas James Weaver
If you’re looking for a little hand-held guidance around the UVM campus there is now, indeed, “an app for that.”  iPhone users have computer science major Christopher Tucci ’12 to thank for his central role in putting the university at their fingertips.

Fittingly, Tucci was the first person to test it out in the sort of scenario it will be useful. He had “iUVM” in its beta form on his iPhone when his parents visited at Thanksgiving. Walking on Redstone Campus, his parents were intrigued by the modern music building and recital hall adjoining 1930s-era Southwick. Unfamiliar with the structure, Tucci reached for his iPhone and opened up the app for answers. Given to understatement, he says, “It was nice to know that it works.”

President of the computer science student association, Tucci was a likely candidate to answer CS faculty member Robert Erickson’s call for a student to do the programming work for the app. Tucci signed on and was soon at work with Megan Hack, a member of the university’s Web team, and others involved with the project.

While the university gained another avenue of communication, and visitors gained a way to easily track down a parking lot, a dining hall, a phone number, or the history behind some of those red bricks, Tucci also benefitted from his summer months spent immersed in “iPhone land.”

“It wasn’t heavy computer science, trying to figure out how many triangles are going to fit in a circle, that kind of thing, but in terms of a learning experience, it was fantastic,” Tucci says. “It was a great way to experience the development process, working with other people, one of the best things that I’ve done in school so far.”

Download iUVM from the iTunes App Store.

Informatics Grand Rounds

VHCURES Claims Data Program: Fueling Data Synergy, Dian Kahn, M.P.A., Analysis and Data Management, Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration (BISHCA), and Indra Neil Sarkar, Ph.D., M.LIS, Biomedical Informatics Unit, UVM Center for Clinical and Translational Science.

Tuesday, April 12
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Med Ed 300

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