Welcome New Residents!

Dana Medical Library staff welcomed some 55 new residents to the Library on June 17, 2009. New Fletcher Allen House Staff were greeted by librarians who introduced Library services and resources and answered residents’ questions.

While most residents did not have their FAHC badges at the time, many have since returned to the Library with new badges that have been barcoded. Holding a barcoded badge enables residents to borrow Library materials.

Another 40 residents are expected to come to a Library orientation on July 1st.

Here are a just a few of the things Dana does for residents.

A sampling of clinical resources for residents:

  • Access Medicine and MDConsult Include e-books such as Harrison’s and “rapid access” to over 800 disorders. Updates, drug information, guidelines all available. PDA and podcast downloads available.
  • UpToDate Describes the clinical manifestations of a wide variety of disorders and provides current options for diagnosis, management and therapy, including the efficacy, doses, and interactions of individual drugs. PDA downloads available.
  • DynaMed Provides clinically-organized summaries for nearly 2000 topics, is updated daily and monitors the content of over 500 medical journals. Systematic and evidence-based. PDA downloads available.
  • Cochrane Database The “gold standard” for Evidence-Based Reviews. A full-text database with links to the literature.
  • Journals The Dana Medical Library has over 5000 health sciences journal subscriptions, over 4700 of which are available online.
  • Plus, PubMed customized for FAHC/UVM, and many more databases.

Associate Library Professor and Radiology Liaison, Nancy Bianchi, with Radiology residents at orientation
Associate Library Professor and Radiology Liaison, Nancy Bianchi, with Radiology residents at orientation

Liaison Program

The Dana Medical Library has an active Liaison Program whereby a professional Health Sciences Librarian is assigned to each residency specialty. Your Library Liaison can assist you with any of your information needs. A few examples of Liaison activities include:

  • Assisting with Journal Clubs;
  • Setting up alerting services;
  • Providing instruction and assistance with knowledge management tools like EndNote;
  • Consulting on PowerPoint, literature searching and questions for Grand Rounds presentations;
  • Creating residency program-specific research guides that serve as a portal to only the most relevant of the Library’s resources.

Other Services

  • InterLibrary Loan (656-4382): Borrow books or journal articles from other libraries for free via online form at http://library.uvm.edu/dana/services/ill/.
  • Document Delivery (656-2653): Request articles from Dana’s journal collection (payable with a cost center number) to be sent directly to your email account http://library.uvm.edu/dana/services/ill/.
  • Reference (656-2201): Request literature searches; verify citations; receive searching assistance.
  • Off-Site Access FAHC Residents and Fellows can obtain off-site access to networked resources, including most of Dana’s online databases, journals, and books, through FAHC’s network. Complete the Remote Access request form on the FAHC Intranet. Check Other and type in Dana Library under Reason for Remote Access. Or call the FAHC IS help desk at 847-1414.
  • In-Dana Access The Dana Library computer workstations are available to you with the use of a password; ask at Circulation or Reference for assistance. Dana also has an electronic classroom and conference room that can be scheduled up to two weeks in advance. Call 656-0695 to schedule.
  • Research Guides Librarians have created specialized individual web pages (called Research Guides) that can be used as portals to just the information residents need for their particular program.

New Borrowing Privileges for Vermont Faculty


As members of the Vermont Consortium of Academic Libraries (VCAL), the University of Vermont Libraries now offer borrowing privileges to faculty members at any participating institution.

University of Vermont faculty can obtain VCAL Reciprocal Borrowing cards at the Dana Medical Library circulation desk, which will allow them to borrow materials from libraries at Middlebury College, Bennington College, Vermont Law School, Sterling College, Vermont state colleges, and other institutions.

All borrowers will present to the lending library a completed Vermont Consortium of Academic Libraries Faculty Reciprocal Borrowing card issued by their home library. This card will carry with it an authorization and expiration date issued by the home library.

Faculty Member Acknowledges Dana with Book Donation

Dr. Gale Golden (far right) with Interlibrary Loan Associate, Marie McGarry (middle) and Library Director, Marianne Burke (far left)
Gale Golden (far right) presenting her book to Dana Library

Gale Golden LICSW BCD, and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry in UVM’s College of Medicine, recognized Dana Medical Library with a donation of her latest publication, In the Grip of Desire: A Therapist at Work with Sexual Secrets.

Professor Golden used the Dana Medical Library’s space and services to complete this book and kindly donated a copy to the collection in June. She writes in the Acknowledgement Section:

Finally, Dana Medical Library is the best place in which to write a book. Medical students are very focused and serious about their work. I love their quiet congeniality, smiles, and small interactions, which made me happy and helped me focus. The library staff was unfailingly helpful throughout this project. Marie McGarry supervised the interlibrary loans, and the rest of the staff also helped out in numerous ways. Not the least of many kindnesses was indulging a personal call or two from Gabe, which is usually forbidden! How many ways can I say thank you?

The staff of the Dana Medical Library are in turn grateful for her acknowledgement and donation– congratulations, Ms. Golden!

For more information about Ms. Golden’s latest accomplishment, see “Golden Book Details Sexual Obsession Therapy” on the UVM Communications site.

New Book Highlights

dissection1Dissection and forensic medicine top the list of new books this month at Dana.

Dissection : photographs of a rite of passage in American medicine, 1880-1930 by Warner, John Harley, 1953- (New York : Blast Books, 2009) WZ 17 W282d 2009

From Publisher’s Weekly:

“This is a startling window into the education of American doctors in the late 19th and early 20th centuries-on both a visceral level and for its revealing cultural record. Cringe-worthy shots of medical students-bare-handed gentlemen and a few ladies in street clothes show off their scalpels, saws and textbooks-while their cadavers, mostly poor and black, are awkwardly posed, and exposed. In one stunning shot, a black woman looks out from behind the young students. ‘What are we to make of an African-American woman, standing, broom handle in hand, behind the dissection table, her gaze fixed on the camera?’ the authors ask. More importantly, they conclude, the photo is now drawn ‘out of the shadows of history’ where ‘we can at least bear witness.’ A blood-soaked dissection table makes you want to look away and the dark humor of students playing pranks with skeletons are both hilarious and horrible. Postcards sent to family and friends must have caused shock and awe for postmen and recipient alike. Here, a difficult glance into medicine’s ‘uncomfortable past’ offers a grand opportunity to understand the legacy doctors and patients live with, and benefit from, today.”

Dr. Abigail Zuger writing for The New York Times remarks that many of these photographs “show medicine at its cocky, callous worst.” Others, however, have the opposite effect.  Of one particular image she writes: “Forget the truckloads of grandiose prose that has been spun about the art and science of medicine over the centuries: one look at this picture and you understand what it is all supposed to be about.”

autopsyHandbook of Autopsy Practice by Walters, Brenda L., Ed., 4th ed., (Totowa, N.J. : Humana ; London : Springer [distributor], 2008)

Written by Dr. Brenda Walters, department of Pathology at Fletcher Allen, this is the latest update on current autopsy practice. Publisher information states:

Handbook of Autopsy Practice, Fourth Edition is divided into three parts. Part I contains six new chapters in which the reader will find an assortment of tools that will increase the value of the autopsy. Included in the section are valuable resources and tools such as a sample next-of-kin letter, a quality assurance worksheet, new discourse on the dissection procedure which is accompanied by a worksheet and template for the gross description. There is also a new, detailed discussion of the safe handling of sharps, complete with photographs and the reader will also find the updated requirements of the Eye Bank of America and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for ocular tissue transplantation.

Part II has been updated with new diseases and recent references added. Practicing autopsy pathologists, residents and students are invited to review this alphabetical listing of disorders before each autopsy in order to re-acquaint themselves with what they might encounter. Part III provides a series of tables providing organ weights and body measurements for fetuses, children and adults.

Handbook of Autopsy Practice Fourth Edition is an essential resource for clinicians, pathologists, residents and students who strive to hone their trade and increase the value of the autopsies they perform.”

Handbook of forensic pathology by Di Maio, Vincent J. M., 1941- (Boca Raton : CRC/Taylor & Francis, 2007)  W 639 D582h 2007

Publisher’s Description

“Handbook of Forensic Pathology, Second Edition, provides an up-to-date, concise manual illustrating all core aspects of modern forensic pathology. This new edition retains the outline format of the original, which allows for quick access and rapid assimilation. Written in no nonsense, easily understandable language, this precise and thorough, yet compact resource contains extensively detailed entries from two of the nation’s foremost authorities on gunshot wounds and forensic pathology. With numerous instructional charts and diagrams and new full-color photographs, it organizes a wealth of instructional and immediately applicable information.

Introducing medicolegal casework and documentation, this resource explains protocols for the collection and recovery of evidence and DNA analysis, and lists factors used to determine time of death and identify remains. It covers the natural causes of death in children and adults as well as a myriad of non-natural causes including homicide, suicide, accidental, and undetermined.

With meticulous detail and instant access to extensive information, Handbook of Forensic Pathology, Second Edition, is an indispensable tool for forensic pathologists, law enforcement, legal personnel, as well as pathologists in training.”

Practical forensic microscopy : a laboratory manual by Wheeler, Barbara. (Chichester, England ; Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley, 2008) W 625 W562p 2008

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College of Medicine Alumni Preview New Exhibit

medalumUVM’s College of Medicine Reunion 2009 was held June 12-14, 2009. Attendees toured the 4 year-old Medical Education Center and Dana Medical Library. Included in the Library portion of the tour was a new exhibit now on view in the exhibit case in the main hallway.

amputeeMilitary Medicine: Connections to Vermont features items from Dana’s Medical History Collection, the circulating book collection and Bailey-Howe’s Special Collections. Highlights include: an amputation kit carried by a Vermont country doctor during the Civil War; memorials to graduates of UVM’s College of Medicine who served in World War I and II; and the textbook War Surgery in Afghanistan and Iraq: A Series of Cases, 2003-2007 authored by College of Medicine ‘79 alumnus, David Edmond Lounsbury.

Image of Civil War amputee taken from Henry Janes’ registry, “Notes of some of the gunshot injuries treated under the care of Henry Janes, Surgeon” ca.1865. Registry and photographs can be found in Bailey Howe’s Special Collections.

Spotlight on Resources: WorldCat

worldcatWith over 1.4 million print volumes of books and journals and 27,000 online journals, the University of Vermont Libraries is the largest research library in Vermont. While that does sound like a lot of information, sometimes we still don’t have what you’re looking for. But that doesn’t mean we can’t get it for you. When your attempts at trying to find books or journals at UVM fail, take a look at WorldCat. WorldCat has around 135 million unique items in more than 470 languages and dialects making it the world’s largest bibliographic database.

Requesting material is easy. Just go to WorldCat and search the catalog like you would search using the UVM catalog. Once you click on a book you want, you will see a screen similar to the following picture.


If UVM does not have the book, you will see a link that says “Get this for me from another library” in the availability section. Click on the link, enter your name and email address, submit the request, and you will receive an email message when it’s available. Make sure to start your research early as it takes 7-21 business days to receive your request.

Technology Updates

EndNote Connection File Available

EN-tagTo connect to the UVM Libraries Catalog with EndNote, download the appropriate connection file and save it in the EndNote connections folder. This will enable you to search the catalog through the EndNote interface, and when available, download pdf’s of articles UVM has access to right to your EndNote library. Follow the instructions on the Dana Site.

Questions? Contact Dana Reference at danaref@uvm.edu or 656-2201.

For more information about EndNote, try the Tutorials & Tips page on the Dana Site.

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Need help finding a book in the stacks or locating a journal article in PubMed when you have the citation? Dana has recently added quick, easy tutorials to help patrons with the tasks they perform most often. To check out the offerings, go to the Tutorials section on the Tips & Tutorials page of the Dana site.

UVM Libraries on Facebook

logo_facebookBecome a fan of the UVM Libraries on Facebook to see sample collections, learn about events, and get updates on new resources and services. As always, we want to hear your feedback about the Libraries—what do you like and what do you wish we would do differently? This is a great place to sound off and share information.

Library Attends Cultural Awareness Workshop

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Lesley Boucher, Dana Circulation Supervisor, talks to a workshop participant

Library faculty and staff hosted an informational table at the 8th Annual Cultural Awareness Workshop on June 3, 2009.

“Perspectives on Health Care Reform” was the focus this year with a total of 122 attendees participating in the half-day session.  Topics included “Health Care Reform in Vermont: A Historical Perspective” presented by James Hester of Health Care Reform VT; “Dear Mr. President…The Impact of Prevention and Primary Care on Health Outcomes” presented by resident Dr. Angela Gatzke-Plamaan; “The Medical Home: Overview of a Collaborative Health Care Model” presented by Pam Farnham, Outreach Educator with FAHC, and Dr. Jennifer Gilwee, Medical Home Pilot; “What Do We Want Insurance to Be?” a panel discussion with Dr. Jessica Rouse, moderator, Dr. Brian Flynn, Pam Farnham, Dr. Jennifer Gilwee, Dr. John King, and Dr. Deb Richter; and the keynote speaker T. R. Reid, national correspondent and author, who presented “A Global Search for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care.” Community agencies and UVM offices provided information and opportunities for discussion with conference attendees.  Also included were representatives from the Champlain Valley AHEC, UVM AHEC, UVM Extension offices of Vermont Farm Health Task Force and Rural & Agricultural Vocational Rehab, the Vermont Department of Health, and the State of Vermont Assistive Technology Reuse Project. This was the sixth year Dana Medical Library participated.

This workshop was presented by the Residency Training in Primary Care Grant in the Department of Family Medicine and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. The course director was Monica Romanko, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine, and Director of Program on Cultural Awareness.

The next Cultural Awareness Workshop will be held in May 2010.