Step Exam Resource Trial Results

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The Dana Medical Library and Collections Head Jeanene Light held a trial of the medical step exam USMLE EASY. This question and answer bank is intended to help students prepare for the USMLE licensing examinations.  It contains over 11,000 questions from Step 1, CK Step 2, and Step 3 and allows students to create a study plan, track their progress, and seek remediation from their own personal “dashboard.”

From November 25th to January 25th, 46 people created accounts and looked at this resource.  An equal number of people “sampled” Step 1 tests and Step 3 tests.  No one tried Step 2.

Individuals who created accounts were invited to answer a short survey to evaluate whether this resource was beneficial for USMLE test preparation. We learned, in general, that a high-quality resource would be widely used if made available electronically. Thank you to all the students who evaluated USMLE Easy online, during the two-month trial period and then completed the evaluative survey. For more information on the Trial and Survey, contact Jeanene Light at 656- 0521.

USMLE study guides now circulate longer

In response to survey feedback, the print USMLE study guides can now be checked out for three days, up from two hours. Following the three days, they may be renewed.  For any help with renewals or recalls, contact the Main Desk at 656-2200.

Collections News

Journal Citation Reports (JCR) Identifies Top Journals: JCR 2012 Now Available

jcrhdrAre you thinking of submitting a manuscript to Plant Cell but don’t know how high that journal is ranked in your field? Do you want to know more about the top journals in your field?

Journal Citation Reports can help! This resource allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from over 7,500 scholarly and technical journals from 3,300 publishers in over 60 countries. It covers the areas of science, technology and the social sciences. Journal Citation Reports displays the:

  • Most frequently cited journals in a field
  • Highest impact journals in a field
  • Largest journals in a field

Citation and article counts may indicate how frequently current researchers are using individual journals. By tabulating and aggregating citation and article counts, JCR offers one perspective for journal evaluation and comparison.

To use JCR, simply click on Articles & Databases on the home page and then go to Web of Science. Once there, click on the yellow tab at the top that reads Additional Resources. A link to Journal Citation Reports is in the upper left-hand corner.

Be aware that JCR is not the only way to evaluate a journal’s value or impact on a field. ISI, the makers of JCR, offer valuable advice on using this resource wisely, so consider reading this before you proceed.

Changes at Web of Science

WOSWeb of Science, the popular database of scientific and medical information, has made a few changes to its appearance and navigation. For more information about these changes, see Web of Science’s site. This video will help you navigate these changes effectively.

UpToDate Calculators

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UpToDate includes more than 135 interactive medical calculators that allow you to enter the values in commonly used formulas to obtain numerical data. Calculators in UpToDate are organized according to subject areas, such as Oncology or Allergy and Immunology. Each subject area offers many different calculators. Endocrinology and Diabetes, for example, offers the following calculators:

Clinical Criteria

Medical Equations

When in UpToDate, click on the “calculators” tab (shown below) and navigate by topic area.

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New Resource: ClinicalKey!

Dana Medical Library now provides access to ClinicalKey. Replacing MDConsult and Procedures Consult, this new Clinical Insight Engine is designed to provide clinicians with fast, clinically-relevant answers from Elsevier’s library of proprietary medical and surgical content. ClinicalKey offers access to:

  • over 1,000 Elsevier medical and surgical reference books*Clinical_Key
  • over 500 Elsevier medical and surgical journals
  • all medical and surgical clinics of North America
  • Procedures Consult procedural videos
  • First Consult point-of-care clinical monographs
  • patient education handouts
  • additional videos and images, practice guidelines, patient handouts, and drug information.

It also supports researchers and instructors with the included presentation builder for use with ClinicalKey’s multimedia collection-export to PowerPoint. User guides are available at http://www.elsevier-data.de/ClinicalKey/ClinicalKey_user_guide.pdf.

*HTML version of chapters provided. To view PDF files you must create a FREE “User Profile” and login.

Laura Haines, MLS
laura.haines@uvm.edu

Library Catalog Feature Lets UVMers Buy the Books

Requesting that a book be ordered for the Dana Medical Library has never been easier. Now, with just the click of a button, you can participate in collection development and order a book using the Library’s new Order on Demand service.

The UVM Libraries online catalog now includes all in-print publications records from three popular book publishers – John Wiley, Oxford University Press, and Palgrave-MacMillan. When a patron searches the Libraries online catalog, these order records appear along with the books the Library already owns. The new Order on Demand service provides a icon for these records. Simply click on the icon, indicate how soon you need the book, and provide your contact information. You will be notified when the book arrives, in as few as 3 business days. Take advantage of this new and timely service.

Libraries are exploring a “just in time” model of collection development in which the patrons drive the acquisitions process. We are testing whether users’ directly expressed needs should guide the expenditures of collection funds. There has been a “Recommend a Purchase” option on the Dana Library web page for many years. You can use this feature for any publication or any request.

Find Out More About Top Ranking Journals

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Are you thinking of submitting a manuscript to Plant Cell but don’t know how high that journal is ranked in your field? Do you want to know more about the top journals in your field?

Journal Citation Reports can help! This resource allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data drawn from over 7,500 scholarly and technical journals from 3,300 publishers in over 60 countries. It covers the areas of science, technology and the social sciences. Journal Citation Reports displays the:

  • Most frequently cited journals in a field
  • Highest impact journals in a field
  • Largest journals in a field

Citation and article counts may indicate how frequently current researchers are using individual journals. By tabulating and aggregating citation and article counts, JCR offers one perspective for journal evaluation and comparison.

To use JCR, simply click on Articles & Databases on the home page and then go to Web of Science. Once there, click on the yellow tab at the top that reads Additional Resources. A link to Journal Citation Reports is in the upper left-hand corner.

Be aware that JCR is not the only way to evaluate a journal’s value or impact on a field. ISI, the makers of JCR, offer valuable advice on using this resource wisely, so consider reading this before you proceed.

Featured Resource: Nursing Reference Center

nrcbannerNursing Reference Center (NRC) is a comprehensive reference tool designed for nurses and other health care professionals for use at the point-of-care. It provides evidence-based information about diseases and conditions, plus drugs, laboratory & diagnostic tests, practice guidelines, patient education handouts, continuing education modules, and more. It is published by EBSCO and made available by license through Dana Medical Library at the University of Vermont.

Key Components of Nursing Reference Center

  • Quick Lessons:  Clinically-organized nursing overviews on diseases and conditions, designed to map the nursing work flow.
  • Evidence-based Care Sheets: evidence-based summaries on key topics, incorporating the best available evidence through rigorous, systematic surveillance.
  • Drug Information:  searchable information covering trade and generic drugs, drug classes, IV therapy tips, and teaching and home care tips.
  • Patient education information, available in English and Spanish
  • Reference books:

Davis’s Comprehensive Handbook of Laboratory & Diagnostic Tests with Nursing Implications
Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary

Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses
Diseases and Disorders: A Nursing Therapeutics Manual
AHFS Drug Information Essentials

  • Clinical Practice Guidelines:  structured abstracts or summaries from the National Guideline Clearinghouse through the United States Department of Health & Human Services
  • Research instruments such as clinical assessment tools and psychological tests
  • Continuing education modules
  • Nursing news
  • Links to DynaMed, another clinical point-of-care resource from EBSCO
  • Links to nursing organizations, including the American Nurses Association and the Vermont Nurses Association.

For more information about Nursing Reference Center, see: Featured Resource on NRC.

New Genetics Study Aid Available

dna_lego12Scitable is a new “free, collaborative learning space,” with a current focus in genetics, from the Nature Publishing Group. The Genetics Study Center allows you to post genetics questions to experts and access over 40 study packs on topics such as the discovery of DNA, mitosis and cell division, genetic mutation, gene mapping and disease, chromosomal abnormalities, and the ethics of genetic testing.

Faculty can host a free and easy-to-maintain online research site for their genetics students, including shared articles from Scitable’s library and group discussion capabilities. Faculty can visit www.nature.com/scitable/classGroup and follow the four-step wizard to set up a classroom space in less than five minutes.

mknowlesLego DNA model used in accordance with the Creative Commons license.

Book Display for Bruce A. Gibbard Memorial Lecture

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Bruce A. Gibbard, MD

The Dana Medical Library is happy to display a set of books donated in support of the Bruce A. Gibbard Memorial Lectureship Program, to be held Friday, April 10 at the Davis Auditorium, Fletcher Allen/UVM.

The featured speaker this year is Eve Caligor, MD, who will present An Evidence-Based Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder.

Eve Caligor, M.D. is an experienced clinician and researcher, an award-winning teacher, and a widely recognized lecturer about psychoanalytic technique who lives and works in New York City. Dr. Caligor is Training and Supervising analyst and Senior Associate Director for Psychotherapy Training and Research at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. She is also the Associate Director of Residency Training at New York University School of Medicine. She has participated in and designed research trials with Otto Kernberg’s group at Cornell’s Personality Disorders Institute. She directs the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy program at Columbia and has been involved with designing curricula in psychoanalytic ideas nationally. Dr. Caligor is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

The following titles have been generously donated to the Library:

Jeremy Holmes, Attachment, Intimacy, Autonomy: Using Attachment Theory in Adult Psychotherapy. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, 1996.

Arnold Modell, Other Times, Other Realities: Toward a Theory of Psychoanalytic Treatment. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1990.

Wilma Bucci, Psychoanalysis & Cognitive Science: A Multiple Code Theory. NY: Guilford Press, 1997.

Eve Caligor, Otto Kernberg, and John Clarkin, Handbook of Dynamic Psychotherapy for Higher Level Personality Pathology. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Publishing, 2007.

For more information about the lecture, contact Brooke Barss, UVM Gibbard Committee Chair, at 951-9101 or mbbarss@me.com.

Journal Changes for 2009

medphoto_dsc1135_uncroppedEvery year Library faculty and staff work hard to assess the journal collection to make sure it meets the needs of patrons. Indicators such as journal usage statistics, impact factors, and ranking of a journal title within its subject area assist the Library in deciding which journal titles to add, change to online subscription, or, in some cases, cancel. The attached document lists all changes in the journal collection for 2009.

We welcome feedback! Please comment below, or contact the reference desk at danaref@uvm.edu or 656-4143.

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