Library Exhibit Highlights UVM Journal Editors

Currently on display at the Dana Medical Library is the exhibit Scientific Journals and the UVM Connection. This exhibit features the contributions of the following current and former College of Medicine faculty who serve/served as Editor-in-Chief/Associate Editor of a prominent biomedical journal publication:  Jason Bates, Ph.D., Assoc. Editor – Journal of Applied Physiology; Mary Cushman, M.D., Assoc. Editor – Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis; Lewis First, M.D., Editor-in-Chief – Pediatrics; Christopher Francklyn, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief – The Journal of Biological Chemistry; Naomi Fukagawa, M.D., Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief – Nutrition Reviews; James Hudziak, M.D., Associate Editor – Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Jeffrey Klein, M.D., Editor-in-Chief – RadioGraphics; Jerold F. Lucey, M.D., Editor-in-Chief – Pediatrics; R. James McKay, M.D., Assoc. Editor – Pediatrics; David Schneider, M.D., Associate Editor – Coronary Artery Disease; and Burton Sobel, M.D., Editor-in-Chief – Coronary Artery Disease.

The exhibit also includes information about the history and publication of the first scientific journals, dating back to 1665.

Scientific Journals and the UVM Connection will be on display at the Dana Library through March 2012. Come check out the exhibit and read about the accomplishments of our faculty.

Susan Bishop

Changes in Service for Print Journals and New Reserve Policy

Free Delivery of Print Journal Articles to UVM-FAHC Community

As a pilot project during the 2011/2012 academic year, Dana Library staff in Document Delivery will locate, scan and send materials from Dana’s print collections free of charge. In past years, the charge was $5 per article for staff to pull, scan and send journal articles from the shelf.

Please note: this free service is not offered if the item is also available as a UVM subscribed electronic journal. If you are having difficulty locating an article that is available online, we are more than happy to help. Contact Reference at 656-2201 or

Reserve Items May Leave the Library

Dana Library now allows reserve items to leave the library. Patrons may borrow a reserve book for 2 hours, as always, but now may take the book out of the library during the day. Patrons may also borrow one reserve book overnight. Patrons may take the book within 2 hours of closing, no sooner, with the item due back within 30 minutes of opening.

Please contact Access Services if you have any questions: 656-2200.

New USMLE and Test Reviews Available

The Dana Medical Library recently added titles to the USMLE (and other examination test guides) collection, aided by recommendations from current medical students. Students provided valuable input to the library on which series and titles they found most useful. Special thanks to Kati Anderson (class of 2014) for representing the students, and for taking time from her busy schedule to meet with the Dana Collections Librarian.

Whenever possible, print titles are supplemented by licensing electronic study guides. The electronic books don’t need to be checked out (or returned!) on any specific date. Electronic titles include:

  • First Aid for the USMLE step 1
  • First Aid for the USMLE step 2
  • Costanzo’s Physiology in the Board Review Series
  • Goljan’s Pathology- Rapid Review Series
  • MD Consult E-book Collection of titles:
    • Brown:  Rapid Review Physiology
    • Pazdernik: Rapid Review Pharmacology
    • Pelley: Rapid Review Biochemistry
    • Rosenthal: Rapid Review Microbiology and Immunology

Sample updated print titles include the latest editions of:

  • Katzung & Trevor’s pharmacology: examination & board review (multiple copies)
  • Rapid review pathology
  • Comprehensive psychiatry review
  • Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple
  • High Yield Embryology

The USMLE Library Research Guide ( provides links to many new titles, both in print and electronic versions. The list is automatically updated whenever new titles are added to the Dana collection. This guide is available on the Dana website ( under the heading “Research Guides by Subject” and via BlackBoard.

Also, at the recommendation of students, a new policy change allows the print USMLE books to circulate from the Library.  They can be checked out for a 2-hour loan, and the item can be renewed once, as long as no one else has asked for that specific item. The item can be taken overnight when borrowed within 2 hours of closing. If taken overnight, the book is due back within 30 minutes of the library opening the next day.

Whether you browse the collection in the Library, check out titles for two hour loans, or access the electronic versions, there should be something for everyone, whether studying for Step 1 of the medical licensure exam, or reviewing for other board licensure tests.

Note: Titles can be tricky to find in the online catalog.  Please feel free to ask at the reference desk for assistance!

Jeanene Light, MLS

New Computers and Printing System

The library has new computers for the public to use. Thank you to the College of Medicine IS group (Pat Niggel) for creating the baseline and installing them! These computers are running Windows 7 and have Office 10 installed. They also have 2 new icons on the desktop. “FAHC Remote Access” allows FAHC employees to log in to the Remote Access Gateway using their m#,  just as they would if they were working off-site. The second icon “COM Terminal Server” allows College of Medicine employees to log on using their COM credentials to access their H: and L: drives.

Along with the new computers we also have new print stations. The print stations have moved to the back of the library, in the space where the copier is located. In addition to printing and photocopying, patrons can also scan documents and email the resulting PDF to an email account FOR FREE.

Lesley Boucher

Collection News: Mobile MDConsult, Anatomy TV, and E-Textbooks

While some were making New Year’s resolutions, the Dana Medical Library was going through its annual exercise of adding, deleting, and improving items in our collections.  Once a year, journal subscriptions and databases are scrutinized for their usage and adjusted accordingly.  Trends in collections are considered as well, since the DML wants to remain a focused but dynamic collection that responds to changing user needs.  Library users regularly submit requests for journals and books, and every effort is made to accommodate these requests.

MD Consult  This popular, point-of-care database that includes e-books, full text journal articles and clinics was upgraded to an institutional site license.  Previously, MD Consult suffered from limitations to the number of concurrent users that could access the books and articles. Now, users should never be “turned away” because of exceeded usage.  The site license also allowed the Library to offer a mobile version of MD Consult and First Consult.

Anatomy TV  The Dana Medical Library received several requests from different departments to license an interactive anatomy product that could be used for a variety of educational purposes.  Following multiple trials and product evaluations, the Library settled on Anatomy-TV.

Anatomy TV can be used independently by medical students, nursing students, or anyone studying anatomy and physiology, but it can also be used by instructors to devise quizzes and create individual, customized lessons.  It has multiple modules, so there is something in it for everyone.

Training for faculty wishing to use Anatomy-TV to its fullest can be arranged.  Phone the Collection Development Department at Dana (656-0521) if you’d like additional training.


Essential medical texts are now available as e-books:

  • AccessMedicine provides a Library of major clinical titles including Harrison’s Online, Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery, Hurst’s The Heart, and the CURRENT series. It also contains Lange’s Educational Library, including basic medical science and clinical books.
  • MDConsult provides clinical core titles in this collection that are available, including The Harriet Lane Handbook and Sabiston Textbook of Surgery.
  • EBRARY platform – Many important medical texts are available via this platform, and we are adding more titles monthly.  For example, we were able to purchase popular USMLE study guides in the First Aid Series on the ebrary platform.

New e-journal titles for 2012

By request, the following titles were added for 2012: Heart Rhythm, Neuroimage, Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, Journal of Substance Abuse and Treatment, Methods in Enzymology, and Psychoneuroendocrinology.

Jeanene Light, MLS

Point-of-Care Information Sources Scrutinized

Attention UpToDate and DynaMed users!

The use of online information resources for answering patient-related questions is playing an increasingly important role in the daily practice of clinicians. In fact, the names of these e-resources have become part of most health care providers’ vernacular. Who hasn’t heard of UpToDate, FirstConsult, DynaMed, eMedicine or Clin eguide to name a few?

The overall aim of these resources is to synthesize all available evidence for major clinical topics. Some basic features shared by these clinical point-of-care tools include:

  • Synthesis of current evidence for diagnosis, interventions, and therapy;
  • Designed for rapid consultation at point of patient care;
  • Evidence-based and frequently updated with links to relevant literature;
  • Drug information, ICD coding, patient information, PDA application, and provision for links to electronic health records.

A recent article from BMJ (1) published the results of its findings on the evaluation of five point-of-care information summaries. The study group looked specifically at the speed of updating evidence relevant to medical practice. The article’s conclusion cited DynaMed as the clear leader in updating speed among the field of five information summary tools.

This journal article raised questions among publishers, guideline developers, researchers, and especially clinicians about the quality and timeliness of point-of-care tools: What is the “need for speed”? How quick is too quick? What are the best approaches (priority, time, other?) for inclusion of topics? Is there now a need for an expert panel to set standards for the development of these clinical decision support tools?

This growing list of questions addressing the quality of decision support tools will be the focus at the Evidence 2012 conference, co-hosted by the BMJ Evidence Centre and the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine (CEBM) at the University of Oxford.

Time has certainly come to address and assess the relevance and validity of these point-of-care information resources, particularly in terms of quality of content and comprehensiveness. Along with patron input, Dana Medical Library pays close attention to these studies when assessing point of care resources. We will continue to feature such studies in our newsletters and on our home page.


1. Banzi, R., Cinquini, M., Liberati, A., Moschetti, I., Pecoraro, V., Tagliabue, L., & Moja, L. (2011). Speed of updating online evidence based point of care summaries: prospective cohort analysis. BMJ, 343, d5856.

Nancy Bianchi, MLS