New Resource: Cochrane Clinical Answers

The library now has a subscription to Cochrane Clinical Answers (CCAs). CCAs are derived from Cochrane systematic reviews and provide clinicians with short answers to clinical questions at the point of care.The website allows browsing by disease categories and keyword searching. Each CCA contains a clinical question, a short answer, and links to relevant Cochrane systematic reviews. See the screenshot below for an example.  Note that CCAs are still in development, and there is not a CCA for every Cochrane systematic review.

Similar resources to be used by clinician at the point of care include DynaMed and UpToDate, both of which can be found at the Health Sciences Resources A-Z page.

Questions? Comments? Email us at lib-hardin@uiowa.edu or call (319) 335-9151.

CCA screenshot

New Resource: Board Vitals

Board Vitals Logo

Board Vitals is an exam preparation database. At this time, Hardin Library has subscribed to question banks for: Child Psychiatry MOC, Dermatology, Dermatology MOC, Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine ConCert Exam MOC, Family Medicine MOC (MC-FP Examination), Family Medicine Shelf Exam, Internal Medicine Shelf Exam, Neurology, Neurology MOC, Neurology Shelf Exam, OB-GYN MOC, OB-GYN Shelf Exam, OB-GYN, Otolaryngology MOC, Otolaryngology, Pathology, Pathology MOC, Psychiatry, Psychiatry Shelf Exam, Psychiatry Vignettes, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Radiology CORE, Radiology Certifying Exam, Radiology MOC, Surgery MOC, and Surgery Shelf Exam.

According to Board Vitals: “we provide up-to-date explanations from the literature with our answers and give you detailed feedback and assessment of your progress broken down by subject areas. With each question you can see how you compare to your peers, and gauge the difficulty of the question by what percentage of your peers answered it correctly or chose the same option you did.”

To use Board Vitals, you will need to:

  1. Access Board Vitals via the health science resources page: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/eresources/
  2. Click the link that says “If Signing Up for the First Time, Click Here.”
  3. Fill out the form and you are ready to go.

You will have the option to select an area and then build a custom exam. The number of questions available is listed, and you can choose between a review or a timed exam. The reviewed exam provides explanations whether you answer the question or not. It will also show you how many exam takers correctly answered the question.

You can choose to answer between 1-50 questions, and, once you’ve used the resource, you’ll notice that you can choose to answer new questions, all questions, or incorrect questions.

If you are looking for other content, remember that Board Vitals is only one of the resources that Hardin Library provides for exam preparation. To find out about other resources, check out our Board Review Materials LibGuide http://guides.lib.uiowa.edu/boardreview

As always, please feel free to contact us http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/contact if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

New AccessMedicine App

AccessMedicine Screenshot

AccessMedicine is a collection of clinical tools and electronic textbooks. The app is powered by Unbound Medicine and provides access to a small portion of AccessMedicine.

The included resources are:

Quick Medical Dx and RX – Contains evidence-based outlines of conditions and disorders most often encountered in medical practice.

Fitzpatrick’s Color Atlas of Clinical Dermatology – This landmark digital reference facilitates visual diagnosis by providing color images of skin lesions, plus a summary outline of skin disorders and diseases.

Diagnosaurus – A differential diagnosis tool with more than 1,000 diagnoses. Browse by symptom, disease, or organ system.

Pocket Guide to Diagnostic Tests – This handy guide is a quick reference to the selection and interpretation of commonly used diagnostic tests include laboratory procedures in the clinical setting.

This app is available for Android and iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) devices. In order to download and continue to access to the app, you must have an active AccessMedicine account and sign in every 90 days through Hardin Library.

 1.       Go to AccessMedicine via Hardin Library http://purl.lib.uiowa.edu/accessmed

2.       Create an account by clicking on the box at the top right of the screen that says “Univ of Iowa Hardin Library.”

3.       Select “Login or Create a Free Personal Account.”

4.       Once you have your username and login, download the app from Google Play or the iTunes App store.

5.       Login with your AccessMedicine Account.

As always, if you have questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Exam Master added a new mode – Learning

Exam Master now includes a new learning mode.  You can view the correct answer choice and question explanation immediately without generating a score report.

4 modes are available in Exam Master

1. Test Mode: Submit an answer choice for each question and click score to complete the session.  If score report access is allowed, go to My Stats to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses by topical area.

2. Review Mode: Available after an exam is scored in test mode.  Compares answer choice previously selected in test mode in correct answer choice and allows access to question explanations.

3. Study Mode: Review question feedback and access to an explanation upon submitting an answer choice for each question.  A score report is generated using the first answer choice submitted.  Click score to complete the study session.

4. New Learning Mode: View correct answer choice and question explanation immediately and learn the question content without generating a score report.

Exam Master includes material on:

Anatomy
Biochemistry
Cytology and Histology
Internal and Clinical Medicine
Medical Microbiology
Pathology
Physiology
Psychiatry
Clinical Modules for Physician Assistants
Medical Subject Review for Physician Assistants
PANCE/PANRE Certification Review – Updated July 2013
Dental Subject Review for NBDE Part I
Family Medicine Certification Review
General Pediatrics Certification Review
General Surgery Certification Review
Internal Medicine Certification Review
SPEX (Special Purpose EXamination)
Pharmacy Review (NAPLEX)
Supplemental Medical Sciences for Pharmacy
USMLE Step 1 Board Preparation
USMLE Step 1 Medical Subject Review
USMLE Step 2 CK Board Preparation
USMLE Step 2 CK Medical Subject Review
USMLE Step 3 Board Preparation
USMLE Step 3 Medical Subject Review

Anatomy.tv now available online from Hardin Library

AnatomyTV Launch PageHardin Library for the Health Sciences is excited to announce that Anatomy.tv is now available for our patrons!

Anatomy.tv is an internet-based anatomy tool provided by Stat!Ref which includes a complete set of 3D human models.

Anatomy.tv allows for manipulation and 360-degree rotation of virtual models, as well as filtering different layers of anatomical structure. Additionally, Anatomy.tv links to relevant text, clinical images, diagrams, scans, and videos. Supplementary information such as quizzes, MCQs, and patient information are all available for download.

To begin using Anatomy.tv, simply go to the Hardin Library website and select the tool from the Health Sciences Resources A-Z list.  Direct access is also available at http://purl.lib.uiowa.edu/AnatomyTV.

Please note that access to Anatomy.tv is limited to a set number of users, so if you encounter problems using this resource please feel free to contact Hardin Reference staff at 319-335-9151 or lib-hardin@uiowa.edu and we will provide assistance.

Keep up with your favorite journals using BrowZine!

The UI Libraries now subscribes to BrowZine, an app that makes it easier to read your favorite journals on your iPad or Android tablet.  Because BrowZine knows which journals the UI Libraries subscribe to, it’s easy to find your favorite journals by title or subject and even to create a personal bookshelf of your favorite journals.  Individual articles can also be saved for reading later. Articles found in BrowZine can also be synced with Zotero, Dropbox, or other services.

Download BrowZine onto your device from the Apple App Store, Google Play, or the Amazon store.  Launch BrowZine, and select University of Iowa from the dropdown list.  You will then be asked to log in with your HawkID and password.  (You should only have to do this once.)  From there, BrowZine will know what journals the library has.  Almost all of the library’s online journals are available; if you find one that is not, please contact us.

You can watch a 2-minute video about BrowZine at http://vimeo.com/52663192.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact Hardin Reference staff at 319-335-9151 or lib-hardin@uiowa.edu.

UpToDate Mobile App now available!

UpToDateMobileUpToDate is one of the leading evidence-based clinical practice tools available, and has long been provided for University of Iowa students, faculty, and clinicians. Written by a recognized faculty of experts who each address a specific clinical issue, the contents synthesize the latest evidence and best practices.

Now, access to this resource has become even more convenient for mobile device users with the introduction of the UpToDate mobile app.

In order to access this resource, members of the University of Iowa Community can simply register for an account at http://www.uptodate.com using a valid @uiowa.edu email address. Users will receive a confirmation email, after which the app can be downloaded and initiated with full entrée into thousands of topic areas. Note that full-text of linked content isn’t directly available from within the app interface.

The app is available for iOS, Android, and Windows 8.

Please contact Hardin Library with any questions of comments!

Print DSM-5 Available at Hardin Library

A print copy of the DSM-5 is now available in the Hardin Permanent Reserve collection, under call number RC 455.2 .C4 D54 2013.  It may be checked out for two hours at a time.

We have had several questions about whether we will be adding the electronic version of the DSM-5.  The quick answer is yes, we will!  The longer answer is that we have to wait for it to actually be available.  We get the electronic version of the DSM through the American Psychiatric Association’s Psychiatry Online platform.  They have informed us that the DSM-5 will be added sometime this summer.

If you have questions about how we acquire new resources, please contact Janna Lawrence at janna-lawrence@uiowa.edu or 319-335-9870.