Free Online Resources for Alumni & Non-UVM Clinicians


With the recent launch of the new Dana Medical Library website,, many of the helpful subject-based web resource guides have also been updated.

The featured guide this month is the Free Resources to Support Clinical Care guide, a collection of websites that do not require a UVM affiliation. Alumni, healthcare providers in the general community, and anyone at all can make use of this guide and its collection of clinical resources.

The major category headings are:

  • E-Journals that are freely available online
  • E-Books collections
  • Drugs & Toxicology resources,
  • Clinical Evidence & Medical Literature resources, as well as
  • Patient Education & Public Health, and a section for physician social networking.

The guide is a work in progress and will be updated regularly. Feedback to keep the site fresh and relevant is appreciated. Email directly.

Celebrating 10 years of Service to Middlebury Area Hospital

porter“It’s a great service to pick up the phone and get what you need,” says Elaine Coon, coordinator of education services at Porter Medical Center, a small hospital that serves the health care needs of Middlebury, VT and surrounding communities.

Ten years ago, the Dana Medical Library started sending a librarian to Porter Medical Center  for assistance with a variety of information needs. In the beginning, the librarian answered research questions and helped develop and catalog the hospital’s small book collection. As the information environment changed however, Dana librarians have taken on management of electronic journals, the creation, maintenance and hosting of Porter’s own library web site, and more of an educational role to elevate the health literacy of Porter’s employees.

Angie Chapple-Sokol, Assistant Library Professor and Librarian for Porter Medical Center.

Dana’s contract with Porter Hospital agrees to provide literature searches, inter library loans, and articles to nurses, physicians, and administrators at Porter. In addition, the contract librarian agrees to develop and teach classes, provide educational materials to Porter staff, and facilitate the physical processing of new materials. Administrative oversight, such as collection development and management of electronic content contracts, web site production and hosting, and promotion of products and services for the library, is provided for in the contract as well.
Recent activities and accomplishments at Porter include a completely redesigned web site, two successfully negotiated contracts for clinical point-of-care databases, educational sessions on topics ranging from “What is Evidence-Based Practice?” to “Finding Good Patient Information on the Web,” and a journal research project that will help determine the future of many of Porter’s subscriptions.

Elaine Coon is Dana’s regular contact at Porter, and she has only good things to say.  She appreciates having input on collection development, and the exposure to current technologies and databases. “It’s just great to be able to talk to a librarian,” she says, “It’s important to have a liaison and face to the Dana Library.”

Community Medical School Is Back for Its 10th Year

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. 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.

Past lectures on DVD can be found in the Dana Medical Library’s consumer health collection. Dana-created supplemental reading lists for past lectures are also available.

For more information about Community Medical School, call (802) 847-2886.

Discussion Program: Conversations in Literature and Medicine

The Dana Medical Library is supporting a local discussion program by providing access to the readings in print and on reserve. This program entitled Doctors, Patients and the Public Trust: Conversations in Literature and Medicine is presented by the Vermont Humanities Council and the Vermont Board of Medical Practice.

A six-part discussion program, it focuses on the following topics and issues:

  • Doctors: are they devils or deities? Or are they just human?
  • What problems do physicians face in today’s world?
  • How do physicians cope with those problems?
  • What effects do such problems have on our medical and social systems?
  • How can the problems best be dealt with?

The first program is on Wednesday, September 17, 2008, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the Fletcher Free Library Community Room, 235 College St. (at So. Winooski Ave.) in Burlington. The public is encouraged to attend.

If you would like to participate in this program, readings can be found at the Dana Medical Library. Inquire at the Circulation Desk. For further information about the program itself, call 802-657-4220.