Step Exam Resource Trial Results


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.

Communication Disorders Database (ComDisDome)Trial Underway

The Dana Medical Library now offers access to ComDisDome, a communication disorders database on the CSA Illumnia platform for a one-year trial period beginning July 2010. After a year trial the Library will assess whether to continue the subscription. Focusing on the literature of speech-language pathology and audiology, ComDisDome helps faculty, students, and clinicians in the communication sciences keep up with the latest research findings, improve patient communication and education, write research reports and grants, and identify and communicate with prominent researchers in the field.

Designed specifically for speech-language pathology and audiology, ComDisDome retrieves more results and with better precision than larger, more general databases. It features a powerful thesaurus (located under the Search Tools tab) with over 5600 topics to help you find the best terms to expand or narrow your search. ComDisDome provides citations and abstracts, plus links for obtaining full-text articles through UVM’s electronic journal subscriptions.

Look for the link to ComDisDome on our homepage under Articles & Databases. Click on ComDisDome and switch to the Advanced Search tab. We invite feedback and comments from clinicians, faculty and students about this exciting new resource. Just click on the Comments link at the bottom of the Search the Literature column.