Dana Offers MedEdPORTAL as a Way of Finding Health Sciences Curriculum Resources

mededportal imageMedEdPORTAL is your gateway to health sciences education resources. Many people turn to PubMed first, but this may not be the best choice in many situations. There are two primary reasons for this. One, there may not be anything in PubMed on the topic. Two, PubMed mostly indexes articles about education topics, but not the actual curriculum materials themselves. In many cases, educators would be better off searching another database that focuses exclusively on health sciences education materials – MedEdPORTAL.

“MedEdPORTAL is an open access journal of teaching and learning resources in the health professions published by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).” Each article is actually a teaching or learning module that consists of a detailed description and the curriculum materials (e.g. PowerPoints, videos, quiz questions, etc.). These materials can be downloaded and used for free. Each module has also been implemented and evaluated so that educators can get a sense of how successful the module was and what potential changes they should consider when adopting it for their own classes.

Educators can also submit their own teaching and learning modules to MedEdPORTAL. All of the information needed in the submission process can be found on the author’s page. Please contact a librarian at Dana Medical Library if you need assistance with either submitting to or searching MedEdPORTAL.

Learn More about Dana’s Virtual Dissection Table

anatomage-image_resizedDid you know that the Dana Medical Library has a virtual dissection table called an Anatomage Table? This Table is an advanced visualization system for anatomy education that uses touch screen capabilities. Just recently updated with the latest software, the Table’s screen is designed to fit a life-sized image of the human body. Images can be manipulated to show different anatomical sections with the ability to rotate and view the body or part from all angles. Layers of the body can be removed, certain sections isolated, and cross-sections made, all with pinning, labeling, and color-coding capabilities, among many other functions.

Professors and students have the ability to save a manipulated image for teaching purposes, examinations, or presentations. The Table provides curriculum-based tools, import/export capabilities, and an extensive archive of virtual images: full body and regional, CT scans, Histology, and case studies. The Table also has projection capabilities when hooked up to a separate computer and screen system.

If you are interested in learning more and exploring the uses of the Anatomage Table, please contact Kate Bright to set up a training session. Trainings show you the basics for use of the Table. Once you receive training, your name will be put on the permission list at Dana’s Main Desk. Once you are on the list, you can drop in and use the Table anytime the library is open and the classroom available. Or you can reserve the room ahead of time by contacting Kate.

Dana Medical Library Hosts Exhibit on Health Disparities

book_between the world and meBetween the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book chosen as UVM’s 2022 First-Year Read, is the foundation for this exhibit, which explores ‘health and well-being’ and equities and disparities of America’s black population. The exhibit peels back the layers to look at the social determinants of health in a society: economic factors, health behaviors, health care, education, and environment, and offers data that points to the socioeconomic disparities that black Americans face and the subsequent health disparities that arise.

A higher percentage of black Americans live below the poverty line, face higher unemployment rates, and lower life expectancies than whites. The exhibit points to the racial inequalities associated with specific diseases and conditions such as rising U.S. maternal mortality rates (black women are dying at a rate 4x higher than white women).

What causes these disparities? What are federal, state, and local health organizations doing to address these issues? Stop by the library and learn more! Exhibit will be on display until February 2019.

Questions? Contact Dana Librarian Angie Chapple-Sokol.

After-Hours Study Opens in Dana Medical Library/ Larner Learning Commons

NewSignJune1_01The After-hours Study area for Larner College of Medicine (LCOM) and College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS) students opened the night of November 13th. This new study area includes the LCOM and CNHS quiet study space and the back south end of the library. It is accessible through the library’s back entrance when the library is closed, between the hours of 11 pm and 7:30 am, Sunday thru Thursday, and 8 pm and 7:30 am, Friday and Saturday. Students use their UVM IDs to tap into and out of the space during these times.

This latest opening is the most recent of many changes to Dana Medical Library in its transition to the new Larner Learning Commons (LLC) design. In addition, the office space adjacent to the library was repurposed and renovated to incorporate LCOM Teaching Academy and Technology Services. Other new features at Dana include a re-opened Medical History Room, a flexible furniture classroom, and a student-only study area.

Other recent improvements include:

  • An expanded quiet study area with ID access to LCOM medical and graduate students, and CNHS graduate and undergraduate students. A new large-group study room with wall-mounted monitor and whiteboard.
  • An interior hallway converted to unique study area with private pod seating.
  • An all-new Medical History Room houses the historical materials collection from Vesalius’ anatomy to Dr. William Beaumont’s surgical kit. The room is open one afternoon per week for browsing and study of materials.
  • The Dana Classroom is now furnished with flexible/active learning furniture. Formerly a fixed computer workstation space, it is now a “bring your own device” environment. Laptop computers are available for check-out at the Main Desk.
  • A flexible round seating area, for meeting and waiting, provides a drop-in space for those on the go.
  • And also new: Dana’s website has a whole new look, where you can still find all the materials and services of the Dana Library.

What’s the same? Our helpful Main Desk staff, over 5,000 medical and health science journals online, new electronic textbooks, and the latest print materials in all medical and health subject areas.

For an overview of the Learning Commons concept, check out the new Larner College of Medicine video that describes features of the new LLC space.

Come see, ask, learn, and discover at Dana Medical Library in person and on the web. Questions? Contact Marianne Burke, Director, Dana Medical Library

Dana’s Circulation and Reference Services Adjust to Recent Changes

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In early 2016, Dana Medical Library underwent a major shift by closing its traditional reference desk. Rather than having two places in which patrons could ask questions, the library created a common service desk for the majority of patron needs, and instituted a librarian on-call service for in-depth questions. Main Desk staff received additional training to answer basic research-based questions, along with the basic library service questions, and would refer patrons to librarians when needed.

Overall, this transition has had positive effects on the nature of librarians’ work, while not negatively impacting the patron experience or increasing Main Desk staff workload prohibitively. Here are some observations from this recent change:

  • Overall questions answered at the Main Desk have increased
  • Number of complex reference questions answered by librarians has increased, while the number of basic questions answered by librarians has decreased
  • Librarians are now answering proportionally more reference questions, and fewer tech support or policy questions
  • 80% increase in librarian liaison interactions
  • 18% increase in reference questions librarians received directly from a liaison group patron
  • Research consultations rose 34.2%

Dana Medical Library Develops a Mobile-Friendly Evidence-Based Medicine Website

EBMTree ImageThe device- and platform-agnostic website directs Larner College of Medicine students to appropriate evidence-based resources to answer clinical questions prompted by problem-based learning cases and clinical clerkship experiences. Users answer a series of prompts about their clinical question and receive a set of links to relevant EBM resources. The website facilitates access to many databases that are available only through subscriptions.

The website, known as EBM Tree, was developed in consultation with UVM Larner College of Medicine faculty and students. Librarians collaborated with faculty to create the mobile-friendly website to use in a problem-based learning course for pre-clinical medical students. Librarians then conducted usability testing with 3rd and 4th year medical students and used feedback to create the “release” version in December 2016.

Preliminary results from students using the site suggest that they found it useful when searching for appropriate library resources. An additional benefit of the project is that it fostered deeper conversations about evidence-based medicine in the medical curriculum and library support of evidence-based medicine instruction. Students like its simplicity and centralization of source. They indicated that they would recommend the website to their colleagues.

Professor Pat King in the Department of Internal Medicine wrote in the Quality Assurance Report on the Convergence course that “The LCOM Library web based resource tool is excellent, was a success, and should be introduced earlier in the curriculum for future classes”.

The development team plans to revise EBM Tree this fall, based on usage, student comments, and faculty suggestions. Feedback is always welcome. Contact Donna O’Malley at 656-4415 with questions or comments.

New Books at Dana


Dana Medical Library now has a revitalized print book collection to complement its growing digital collection. Earlier this year, Dana’s collection of books was moved to off-site storage for several months while the library underwent renovations. The books returned in May 2017 and now have a new location in the back north end of the library.

From the clinical book collection, look for the recent (2018) edition of The 5 Minute Clinical Consult, or browse popular reading materials such as: Memory’s Last Breath: Field Notes on My Dementia by Gerda Saunders and UVM’s “2017 first year read” entitled: A Deadly Wandering: A Mystery, a Landmark Investigation, and the Astonishing Science of Attention in the Digital Age. These books, along with many more, can be found in our collection by searching CatQuest on the Dana Medical Library website.

For those who prefer the convenience of electronic books, Dana has added new e-book collections that include titles such as the USMLE First Aid Series for test preparation and the newest LWW Health Library collection, featuring such titles as Grant’s Dissector (16th ed) and Bates Guide to Physical Examination (12th ed).

In contrast, the print journal collection has moved off-site permanently to provide additional space for study and the new Larner Learning Commons. However, readers can always request a scan of a print journal article using the appropriate form found on our website. Email delivery takes place every afternoon, Monday through Friday.  Researchers can also request older books that are housed in the Library Research Annex.

All books, regardless of their format or location, can be found by searching CatQuest.