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.

CINAHL Workshop at the Dana Medical Library


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


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


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:

If you have a consumer health question, the Frymoyer Community Health Resource Center may be able to help. See 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


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.

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

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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


Upcoming Dana Medical Library Classes

Introduction to EndNote


This beginning EndNote class will get you started with using this powerful reference management software. You’ll learn how easy it is to export citations from popular online databases and automatically insert them into your paper or manuscript. Classes will be held November 11th, December 9th, and December 16th.

Instructor: Gary Atwood

Where: Dana Medical Library Classroom, Room 108
When: Wednesdays, Noon to 1 pm

PubMed: Basics & Beyond


Are your PubMed skills a little rusty? Come to this workshop and brush up on the basics such as using limits and MeSH headings to zero in on the results you need. We’ll move beyond the basics by answering whatever questions you have so come prepared to share! Classes will be held October 28th and November 18th.

Instructor: Alice Stokes

Where: The Dana Medical Library Classroom, Room 108
When: Wednesdays, Noon to 1 pm

Managing Information with OneNote


Managing all the digital information flowing your way can be overwhelming. Learn how Personal Information Management applications, such as OneNote, can help. Collect, organize and share all types of digital content such as text notes, PDFs, web sites, photos, videos and more. OneNote will also be compared to Evernote and Workflowy. Classes will be held November 4th and December 2nd.

Instructor: Laura Haines

Where: The Dana Medical Library Classroom, Room 108
When: Wednesdays, Noon to 1 pm

Questions? Contact Gary Atwood at 656-4488.