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.

Therapy Dog Fridays

TuckerTucker the therapy dog from the UVM Living Well program will be visiting Dana on Fridays in January from 11:30-12:30. Stop by for some stress relief and tail wags. Hosted by the Dana Library in conjunction with the College of Medicine.

Therapy dogs are trained to provide comfort and kindness to all individuals. Studies have shown that spending even a short amount of time with an animal may significantly decrease one’s overall anxiety level.

Photo of Tucker courtesy of Living Well.

USMLE Study Guide

Studying for Step 1? See our guide to USMLE study resources available at Dana Medical Library.

Here are a few of the other things Dana Library is doing to help you prepare for the boards:

  • USMLE print study materials are gathered in one location near the current newspapers to the right when you walk into the library.
  • Electronic resources will all be listed on the guide.
  • A card-swipe access, quiet study room is available to all medical students. See library staff for assistance.
  • Ear plugs and headphones are available upon request. See either service desk.
  • If there are other resources you would like to see the library purchase, let us know.

Good luck!

Winter Break

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

Regular hours resume Saturday, January 3, 2015. 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. If you need to use a computer in a quiet atmosphere, check out the computer lab.

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

*Quiet zones – the back of the library and the study carrels. If you need an especially quiet place to study, try to seek out these areas.

*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 has become 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 is not 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!

Tips for Studying at Dana During Exams

 

  • Use the 4 study rooms when you wish to study in a small group. You can book a room with assistance from either service desk.
  • The quietest areas of the library are in the back of the library.
  • Please chat with friends or use your phone in the hallway outside of the library.
  • If you can’t find a seat, ask at either service desk for assistance.
  • A list of alternative places to study around campus can be found at each service desk.

Good luck with your 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