Scholarly Communications Corner: New NIH Public Access Compliance


By Jeanene Light, MLS

As most National Institute of Health (NIH) Principal Investigators (PI’s) and authors have heard, beginning in Spring 2013, NIH may delay funds from grant-holders not in compliance with the public access policies. The public policy requires all peer-reviewed articles published with direct NIH support to report PMCID numbers within 12 months of publication.

MyNCBI has been adapted to serve PI’s as a tool for determining compliance and for reporting PubMed Central (PMC) articles. Author-researchers can “associate” their publications with their NIH grants, track their compliance in PMC, and create bibliographies for reporting to the NIH. It is as simple as signing into MyNCBI with an eRA Commons username and password.

The University of Vermont’s Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) , and Jeanene Light, MLS, Dana Medical Library, have teamed up  to provide tools to assist PI’s and authors reach compliance. The Dana Medical Library’s research guide at: provides assistance in identifying journals that submit automatically to PMC, specifies procedures for submitting articles “manually”, and offers copyright transfer agreement advice.  The research guide also includes links to NIH FAQ’s and videos, as well as contact information for Ms. Light and SPA administrators.

Additionally, the Sponsored Project Administration office now has access to the Public Access Compliance Monitor which provides the current compliance status of all journal articles that NIH believes a particular grantee institution is responsible for under the terms of the Public Access Policy. In addition to classifying articles according to compliance status, the compliance monitor provides detailed information about each article: a full citation; associated grants and program directors/principal investigators (PDs/PIs); the PubMed ID and related IDs where available; and a link to the PubMed record. Institutions can also track the status of papers deposited into the NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) system.

For a quick, eight minute video highlighting the changes and the procedures, watch the video produced by NYU’s Health Sciences Libraries: If you have further questions, please contact Jeanene Light or your SPA administrator.

Scholarly Communications Corner is a new column in the Dana Medical Library Newsletter featuring relevant information on a variety of scholarly communications topics from open access to digital repositories.

Upcoming Exhibit: Super Foods of Summer in Vermont

SummerFoodsAn exhibit illustrating the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables will be on display at the Dana Medical Library this summer from June – August. The exhibit “Super Foods of Summer in Vermont” will focus on the health benefits of fruits are vegetables cultivated in Vermont. Results of research studies on the topic will also be included.

Visit the Library to see the exhibit and the print resources available for you to check out.

Continuing Medical Education Through Dana Resources


By Fred Pond, MLS

Are you looking for low-cost, convenient ways to earn continuing medical education credit (CME)? Try Dana’s resource-rich list of databases and websites. This list offers access to a variety of clinical and medical education resources, and in some instances, CME credit may be obtained without costly out-of-town travel and fees.


Check out the popular UpToDate point-of-care database featuring quick access to current medical practices and recommendations. In fact, as you search for answers to patient care questions, UpToDate saves the topics for a later review, and offers continuing education credit by submitting the results to the appropriate accrediting organization.

Those organizations include American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and American Academy of Physician Assistants, among others.

Activating UpToDate for Continuing Education Credit

  • Visit Dana Medical Library Home page, clicking on Articles & Databases under the FIND column.
  • Click on “UpToDate with CME” selection under the Clinical Databases section.
  • At the prompt, enter your UVM netID and password.  At that point register with UpToDate, indicating the type of continuing education you desire (MD/DO, Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistants, etc).

UpToDate will keep track of the appropriate continuing education process for your professional role. Periodically, you will need to submit the accumulated credit to your professional organization.

Natural Standard

The Natural Standard database offers trustworthy information on complementary and alternative therapies, diets, exercise and nutrition. Natural Standard aggregates from PubMed, CancerLit, the Cochrane database and other trusted databases of the health sciences professional literature to create monographs and systematic reviews of supplements, vitamins and minerals, foods, and diets. At the heart of Natural Standard lies evidence-based systematic reviews, that both inform patient care and provide the content for a growing number of CE/CME topics. Providers can earn credit by reading this topics and then completing a brief quiz.

Natural Standard may not be as popular or as well known as UpToDate, but it offers an Evidence-Based Grading system that applies scientific evidence to alternative therapies. The World Health Organization has named Natural Standard “the best and most authoritative web site available on herbal medicines.”

Mobile App for Natural Standard

Natural Standard is also available as a Mobile app via Skyscape, a smartphone application offering a broad array of health-oriented applications, including DynaMed, RX Drugs, and several other health sciences applications. See below for instructions to receive Natural Standard on your smartphone, making it even easier to receive CME credit while you use your mobile device to answer patient care questions.

Natural Standard MobileActivating Natural Standard on your Smartphone

  • Click on Mobile Apps on the Dana Medical Library Home page, scroll down to Drugs section, to reach instructions for Natural Standard.
  • You will need to install Skyscape prior to Natural Standard, copying an authorization code that the company has sent you via your email request.

CME from the Journal Literature

Simply keeping current by reading professional journal articles can result in CME credit, and Dana Medical Library subscribes to thousands of journals online.  Journals including JAMA, BMJ, and Pediatrics require a quick registration for access to their CME resources.

According to the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), a journal-based CME activity must include reading the article, completing a learner-directed activity offered by the provider, and answering a pre-determined set of questions or completing tasks relating to the content of the article.

In this brief article, we’ve focused on just a few trustworthy, Dana Medical Library licensed resources that offer continuing education via the web. Call or email the Reference Desk at 656-2201 for more information on other reliable sources.

Featured Resource: PsycTESTS

surveyBy George Krikorian, Dana Medical Library

Need the latest on psychological tests, measures, scales, surveys and other assessments? The new PsycTESTS database, powered by EBSCO, provides all of this information and more, from test development to administration in one repository from the American Psychological Association (APA).

This database is comprehensive and organized, allowing users to access thousands of test instruments and records worldwide through a number of different search features. While the main focus of the database is on unpublished, research-only tests, the information available through PsycTESTS also spans over a century of detailed records, and provides links to many commercial tests that are available for purchase.

Detailed information is updated monthly, and provides information concerning:

  • Test summaries and histories
  • Reliability and validity data
  • Test formats
  • Peer-review citations from sources such as the APA and Hogrefe Publishing Group

PsycTESTS is a useful resource for studies in psychiatry, education, medicine, business, social work, and beyond. It offers a range of subject areas such as:

  • Developmental measures
  • Racial and ethnic identity scales
  • Physical health assessments
  • Intelligence tests
  • Military tests

All information and test instruments are available over a number of multilingual formats. Textual information is printable in PDF formats, and occasionally includes elements of multi-media.

Be aware that most of the coverage (74%) is from 1990 or later, and that some tests may require permission from the author and/or publisher before they may be accessed for use.

If you need any assistance with this resource or others, do not hesitate to contact the reference desk at 802-656-2201.

Mobile Apps in the Health Sciences

ipadMobile devices have become ubiquitous in academic health science education, and medical apps and mobile optimized websites are numerous. This year UVM’s medical clerkship students were each given an Android tablet, and Dana Medical Library provided technical support in downloading apps and mobilized web sites. This support was offered through a face-to-face class as well as an online research guide on the top health sciences mobile apps.

Starting this issue, the Dana Medical Library Newsletter will begin a column featuring mobile apps for a given specialty in the health sciences. This issue we will cover popular general medical apps that can be used in a clinical setting by physicians and nurses.

ePocrates Rx: This is a free drug reference application with brand, generic, and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, drug interaction checker and pill identifier. Other premium versions that cover evidence-based disease information, treatment guidelines, and ICD-9 codes are offered for a fee. ePocrates is available for Apple products (including the iPad), Androids, and Blackberries.

Calculate by QxMD: This is a free app for a variety of platforms including all Apple products, Androids and Blackberries. It offers over 150 clinical calculators and decision support tools, such as a water deficit calculator and the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist.

Skyscape: Again, free to all users on all platforms, this is a medical reference platform that offers access to a wide variety of medical apps, including ones licensed by the Dana Medical Library, such as DynaMed below and Natural Standard.

DynaMed: A popular evidence-based point of care tool licensed by the Dana Medical Library and available only to all UVM and FAHC affiliates. Users will need to download Skyscape (above) first, and retrieve an access code available from DynaMed itself or from the Dana Medical Library Reference Desk.

AHRQ ePSS: This free app allows users to identify clinical preventive services appropriate for patients. Users can also search and browse U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations.

If you have any questions regarding mobile apps, do not hesitate to use the Mobile Resources Guide or contact the reference desk.