Fletcher Allen’s Frymoyer Community Health Resource Center: An Interview with the Coordinator

Fletcher Allen Health Care Ambulatory Care Center

For years now, the Dana Medical Library has worked collaboratively with the Frymoyer Community Health Resource Center, Fletcher Allen Hospital’s patient medical library, but we’re often asked:

What is the Frymoyer and what do they do?

The Dana Medical Library Newsletter sat down with Alan Lampson, Coordinator of Fletcher Allen’s Frymoyer Community Health Resource Center, to find out more about this library, its services and staff recommended resources for patients.

What is the Frymoyer Community Health Resource Center and what is its mission?

The Frymoyer Center is a patient education center. We help patients, their family members and members of the general community who are looking for health information and local resources. People can come into the Center and use our computers to do health research, borrow materials or ask for assistance. In addition people can call or e-mail for help. We help everyone, whether they are a Fletcher Allen patient or not and there is no charge for any of our services.

What is your relationship to the Dana Medical Library?

First off, I think of our relationship as a triage: if we have questions that are very complex or very technical, we can refer the patron to Dana.

But we also work collaboratively with Dana. We have worked on two large projects together: Vermont Go Local and a project called Connecting Patients, Providers and the Community to Quality Health Information. Vermont Go Local is a statewide directory of health care services that is linked to MedlinePlus.  The Connecting Patients, Providers and the Community to Quality Health Information project was an outreach and education project that involved the staff and patients at Milton Family Practice as well as the staff at the Milton Public Library. Both of these projects were NLM/ NER (National Library of Medicine/New England Region) funded projects. In the past we have also tabled together at the Breast Cancer Conference, as well as other outreach events.

How many staff members do you have and what is their background?

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Alan Lampson and Kristine Zaker of the Frymoyer Community Health Resource Center

We have 2 staff members. I am the coordinator of the Center and have a Master of Library Science from the State University of New York, University Center at Albany. I have been here 7 years and previous to this I worked for 14 years as a medical librarian for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. Kristine Zaker is the Center’s Health Educator. Kristine has a Bachelor of Science in Community Health from the State University of New York, College at Potsdam. Kristine can be found in the Center helping our many patrons or out in the community spreading the news about our services and informing people about healthy living and wellness.

Does the Center offer instruction of any kind?

Several times a year I do classes and presentations for the public and health care providers on how to use the Internet to search for health information.  When someone comes in to the Center we offer to help them either by doing the search for them or showing them how to search for themselves.

You see a lot of patients and families, and you answer a lot of questions. What are some of your favorite resources? Do you have any favorite lesser-known health internet sites?

Kristine and I both use MedlinePlus several times a day.  I like a web site from the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (http://decisionaid.ohri.ca/AZlist.html) that provides a list of Patient decision guides that are available on the internet. Decision guides help patients make decisions about testing and treatment options.  Kristine is a big fan of Natural Standard (a database of evidence based information about complementary and alternative medicine) and the wealth of information it provides.

For more information about the Frymoyer, including a video tour, see their web site.

Brown Bag Lunch and Learn at Dana Medical Library

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Wednesdays, Noon-1 PM

Bring your lunch and your questions to the Dana Library Conference Room for our Brown Bag Lunch and Learn sessions.

Weldome to the Dana Medical Library! Tour the Library and web site.
September 9, 2009
Learn the basics of Endnote. This demonstration could include creating a list of references in Endnote, downloading records from online databases such as PubMed, creating a bibliography, or adding citations to a paper using Endnote and Microsoft Word. The last 15 minutes is reserved for in-depth questions.
September 16, 2009
Search the Biomedical Literature with PubMed or OvidMEDLINE
Bring questions about search techniques for using this leading database of the medical literature.
September 23, 2009
Find Answers Quickly At The Point Of Care
Bring your clinical questions to explore databases designed to directly answer those questions. Databases may include UpToDate, Dynamed, Micromedex, Medline and CINAHL.
October 7, 2009
Learn the basics of Endnote. This demonstration could include creating a list of references in Endnote, downloading records from online databases such as PubMed, creating a bibliography, or adding citations to a paper using Endnote and Microsoft Word. The last 15 minutes is reserved for in-depth questions.
October 14, 2009
Keep Current With News & Research: RSS, blogs, and tagging.
Come with specific journals, subjects, or authors that you’d like to create alerts for, and we’ll help you set them up!
October 21, 2009
CINAHL® (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) has switched to a new interface. Find out how to search using CINAHL subject headings, and enjoy the many searching improvements included in this new version.
October 28, 2009
Search the Biomedical Literature with PubMed or OvidMEDLINE
Bring questions about search techniques for using this leading database of the medical literature.
November 4, 2009
Learn the basics of Endnote. This demonstration could include creating a list of references in Endnote, downloading records from online databases such as PubMed, creating a bibliography, or adding citations to a paper using Endnote and Microsoft Word. The last 15 minutes is reserved for in-depth questions.
November 11, 2009
Create a Scholarly Poster
Review the details of creating a poster using PowerPoint, including size, color, text, illustrations, and printing options. Share tricks for adding pizazz to your poster.
November 18, 2009
Google Scholar
Share favorite sites and handy tips.
December 2, 2009

Our workshops are open to UVM and FAHC faculty, staff and students.

We can custom design a workshop for you, for your class, or for your work group. Workshops can be held in the Library or in another more convenient location for you. Call 656-4415 or email donna.omalley@uvm.edu for more information or to schedule a session. Workshops on these topics are readily available, or request a customized combination of topics.

Ovid Medline
Advanced MEDLINE
MD Consult
Clinical Pharmacology
Evidence-Based Practice Tools
Google and Google Scholar
Citation and E-Journal Troubleshooting
Navigating the Virtual Library
Nursing Reference Center
Consumer Health on the Web
Web of Science
Poster Presentations
Keeping Up With The Literature
Medical Images

Questions? Call 656-2201, or send an email to danaref@uvm.edu.

Blue Bottle brown bag lunch photo by Mazarine, used in accordance with the Creative Commons license.

Community Medical School Returns

CMS_BROCHURE_FINAL_SP09 133x205The Community Medical School lecture series began in 1998 and was designed to provide people in the community with an opportunity to share in the medical learning experience. The program advisory committee includes: basic science and clinical faculty members from the University of Vermont College of Medicine; a medical student; and members of the College of Medicine and Fletcher Allen Health Care public relations departments. The committee’s goal is to choose timely topics and faculty recognized for their ability to present scientific information in an engaging, easy-to-understand manner.

Offered each semester, Community Medical School consists of seven weekly lectures on such diverse subjects as heart failure, DNA, food allergies, asthma, melanoma, stem cell transplants, coronary artery bypass surgery and incontinence. Each lecture is videotaped for distribution to libraries and to public access cable television stations around the state.

Attendance is free, but registration is strongly encouraged. Call (802) 847-2886 for more information or to register.

Online Registration

Fall 2009 Topics

Fall 2009 brochure (PDF)

Past lectures on DVD

September 22
Going Deep: Brain Surgery for Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders
Paul Penar, M.D., Professor of Surgery and Neurosurgeon, and James Boyd, M.D., Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurologist

Dana Medical Library owns many titles on Parkinson’s. Those in the Consumer Health Collection can be borrowed by Vermont residents for free. Simply obtain a Consumer Health Borrower’s Card.

Nursing Reunion Event at Dana

Mary Fletcher School of Nursing alumni enjoy display of yearbooks.

On August 1st nurses celebrating their 50th class reunion from the Mary Fletcher School of Nursing gathered at Dana to take in a little piece of history. In collaboration with the Fleming Museum, Nursing Library Liaison Angie Chapple-Sokol organized an exhibit of artifacts from the Mary Fletcher School of Nursing. Items of interest included nursing uniforms, capes and caps. Yearbooks were contributed by the UVM Archives of the UVM Libraries Special Collections. About 9 nurses from the class of 1959 were in attendance and particularly enjoyed seeing the Mary Fletcher School of Nursing yearbooks and a cap once worn by one of their classmates. Reunion goers were also treated to a full tour of Fletcher Allen Hospital and a luncheon in their honor.

New Resources


funchemUniversity of Vermont Libraries are pleased to announce the addition of Reaxys, a web-based search and retrieval system for chemical compounds, bibliographic data and chemical reactions.

Reaxys provides access to the content from Beilstein, Gmelin and the Patent Chemistry database and replaces the existing CrossFire service.

Features include:

  • Synthesis planner to design the optimum synthesis route
  • Multi-step reactions to identify precursor reactions underlying synthesis of target compounds
  • Additional search capabilities such as the ability to generate structure query from names or phrases
  • Search result filters by key properties, synthesis yield, or other ranking criteria
  • Results visualization
  • Similarity search
  • Transformation analysis

For more information about this resource, see http://www.info.reaxys.com/.

Fun with Chemistry, 1944 photograph by Chemical Heritage Foundation used in accordance with the Creative Commons license.

station-3USP-NF Online

The United States Pharmocopeia-National Formulary (USP-NF), once only available in print, is now accessible online. The USP-NF contains the pharmacopeial standards for medicines, dosage forms, drug substances, excipients, medical devices, and dietary supplements.

Station 3 photograph by Casey J. used in accordance with the Creative Commons license.

Science Archives


UVM Libraries is pleased to announce that patrons now have access to Science, one of the most influential scientific publications, back to 1890. The Science Classic back file includes the very first issue of Science published under founder Thomas A. Edison and complements Science Online, which covers issues from 1997 until today.

Publishers say this about Science Classic:

Science readers may now access a wealth of scientific literature. This archival content includes groundbreaking Research Articles and Reports, News of the Week and News Focus, Letters, Books et al., Policy Forum, Reviews, Perspectives, Association Affairs, Technical Comment Abstracts, Brevia, even advertisements found in the print issues published before 1997.

Readers will have at their fingertips key articles in the history of science from the late 19th, the 20th, and the early 21st centuries such as the human genome, the genes for breast and colon cancer, and the Bose-Einstein condensate in physics.

Access this archive as you would any Science article through the publisher’s website or UVM Libraries Online Catalog and Electronic Journals List.

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The Dana Medical Library is pleased to announce the acquisition of a new clinical resource. Procedures Consult Emergency Medicine Procedures is an online procedure reference tool that offers access to complete details on how to prepare for, perform and follow up on the most common emergency medicine procedures performed in today’s hospital setting. Procedures Consult covers the procedures required by the ABIM (American Board of Internal Medicine) and conforms to ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) standards to help physicians and residents achieve the best patient outcomes.

Dana patrons have access to other procedure videos as well. In April The New England Journal of Medicine introduced a new article type called Videos in Clinical Medicine. NEJM describes the new article type as “peer-reviewed educational videos that capitalize on the ability of moving images to teach procedures requiring skilled techniques and specialized physical examination. This first series of teaching videos is intended to help students, trainees, and younger physicians to learn procedural techniques from experienced colleagues. Our ultimate goal is to provide effective clinical instruction and improved patient care.”

For some time now, MedlinePlus, the premier consumer health information database put out by the National Library of Medicine, has offered streaming online videos of common surgical prodedures. While they are intended for patients, they are also frequently viewed by medical students.  Simply follow the link and browse by procedure.



The University Libraries now have a one-year subscription to RefWorks, a tool to help you cite resources and create bibliographies for your research.

RefWorks is a citation management software program, similar to EndNote or Zotero, that allows you to collect and store references from online databases or websites, and organize the citations from books, articles and other sources in folders according to topic area or assignment. It automatically converts citations into properly formatted bibliographies in a variety of formats (e.g. MLA and APA).

RefWorks is free to the UVM community – all you need to get started is a UVM email address and internet access.

For assistance with RefWorks, or to share any feedback you have on the resource, please email elizabeth.berman@uvm.edu.

Spotlight on DynaMed

Doc&computerDynaMed is an evidence-based clinical reference tool designed for health care professionals for use at the point-of-care. DynaMed consists of nearly 2000 clinically-relevant topic summaries created through review of over 500 medical journals and systematic evidence review databases. DynaMed also includes over 800 topic summaries from AHFS Drug Information®. Licensed through UVM’s Dana Medical Library and updated daily, DynaMed is available through the Internet (on-site and remotely) and via PDAs.

For more information, see the Featured Resource on DynaMed.

Doctor Reading Articles photo by rosefirerising, used in accordance with the Creative Commons license.