Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Intellectural Property rights changing at Univ of Minnesota and Penn State

Pennsylvania State University and the University of Minnesota recently announced major changes in their approach to intellectual property rights related to their research mission. PSU announced that "Effective Friday (Dec. 16), intellectual property that results from industry-sponsored research no longer is mandated to be owned by the University." Hank Foley, vice president for Research, said "In short we are doing it because we consider the net present value of the interactions and relationships that our faculty and students have with industrial professionals to be very important and therefore greater than the apparent future value of the proceeds from such intellectual property." http://live.psu.edu/story/56887

Medical student wellness at Vanderbilt: "A Medical School More Like Hogwarts"

Dr. Pauline Chen authored a New York Times web posting on Thursday titled, "A Medical School More Like Hogwarts." The article discussed medical student wellness programs, highlighting initiatives taken by Vanderbilt. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/22/a-medical-school-more-like-hogwarts/?ref=health

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Extended Deadline for Public Access and Digital Data RFIs

The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 calls upon the Office of Science and Technology Policy to coordinate with agencies to develop policies that assure widespread public access to and long-term stewardship of the results of federally funded unclassified research.The OSTP has put out two formal Requests for Information; one on the subject of “Public Access to Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Publications” and the other on “Public Access to Digital Data.” The deadline for comments has been extended to January 12, 2012.

The A. R. Dykes Library will be submitting comments to both requests. The library staff is available to provide assistance to any faculty, staff or students who choose to respond.

1. We recommend you tailor your responses to be as personalized and direct as possible. Include examples and supporting documentation where appropriate.

2. This is your opportunity to influence public policy, so please consider taking time to craft a response.

Please contact those listed below for more information:

Crystal Cameron-Vedros - cvedros@kumc.edu
Rachel Gyore -
Jason Stirnaman -
Karen Cole, Director -

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Hours for the New Year's Holiday

Please note the library's modified hours for the New Year's holiday below:
  • Friday, Dec. 30th: 8am -3pm
  • Sat., Dec. 31st - Mon., Jan. 2nd: Closed
Normal hours will resume Tuesday, Jan. 3rd.
Have a safe, happy New Year's holiday!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

CINAHL and Health Business Fulltext Elite

On November 29, 2011, EBSCO Publishing released the new EBSCOhost Android app.  This app enables Android users to access CINAHL Plus with Full Text and Health Business Full Text Elite content through their library's database subscriptions.  KUMC faculty, staff, and students can now connect to A.R. Dykes Library's EBSCO databases through this new mobile tool. The new app includes enhanced web-based search and storage features which bring several of the web-based characteristics to your pocket. For more information visit http://www.librarytechnology.org/ltg-displaytext.pl?RC=16346

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving Break Hours

Please be aware that starting Wednesday the library will have shortened/reduced hours this week and weekend due to the Thanksgiving holiday:
  • Wed., Nov. 23rd: 7:30am-5pm
  • Thurs., Nov. 24th: CLOSED
  • Fri., Nov. 25th: CLOSED
  • Sat., Nov. 26th: CLOSED
Normal hours will resume Sun., Nov 27th. Have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

White House call for information on Public Access to publications and data

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has put out two formal Requests for Information; one on the subject of “Public Access to Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Publications” and the other on “Public Access to Digital Data.” Read more at http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2011/11/14/the-white-house-calls-for-information-on-public-access-to-publications-and-data/

Open Access: Berlin Declaration

High-level researchers, fund providers, and open-access advocates who attended the Berlin 9 Open Access Conference held in Bethesda, MD on November 9 focused on the benefits of putting research quickly and freely into the hands of scholars, students, innovators and the general public. Read more http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/at-open-access-meeting-advocates-emphasize-the-impact-of-sharing-knowledge/34226

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Henry Stewart Talks - November update

Neurotrauma, a new Henry Stewart Talks series, has been added in November. The series editor is Prof Norman Saunders, University of Melbourne, Australia.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Connecting E-science and Team Science: The Changing Nature of Research

Join us on November 18 from 1:00-2:30 PM in Dykes Library Room 1028 for the webinar "Connecting E-science and Team Science: The Changing Nature of Research" presented by the Medical Library Association. Topics include an intro to eScience, understanding research, collaborative science, and librarians' roles in eScience. Please register here
Please go here to see the agenda and list of presenters.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Cost of medical education

The College Board last week released its 2011 Trends in College Pricing. In the section on institutional finances, the report found, "State appropriations per full-time equivalent (FTE) student declined by 9% in inflation-adjusted dollars between 2007-08 and 2008-09, by 6% in 2009-10, and by 4% in 2010-11. Average tuition and fees at public four-year colleges rose by 9% beyond inflation in 2009-10 and by 7% in 2010-11." The College Board also reported, "The 18% real decline in state appropriations per FTE student from 2007-08 to 2010-11 was the largest three-year decline in the 30 years" of data reporting.http://trends.collegeboard.org/college_pricing/

Medical Imaging and sports medicine

As part of its on-going series of articles on medical imaging, Saturday's New York Times featured a page one article on the use of MRIs in sports medicine. The article reports, "M.R.I.’s are not the only scans that are overused in medicine but, in sports medicine, where many injuries involve soft tissues like muscles and tendons, they rise to the fore."http://tinyurl.com/3zmxb72

Center for Innovative Science

UPMC announced on Thursday that it will invest nearly $300 million to create a Center for Innovative Science "that aims to revolutionize the way treatments are designed for individual patients." Funded by UPMC and scheduled to be completed in 2014, the center will focus on personalized medicine and the biology of cancer and aging, with the goal "of developing new understandings of disease to improve patient outcomes while reducing over-diagnosis and unnecessary treatments."http://tinyurl.com/6fh37mp

AAMC 2011 question: "What improvements in medical education will lead to better health for individuals and populations?"

The November issue of Academic Medicine is now available. This issue is being made available on-line to both subscribers and non-subscribers alike. The issue contains essays responding to the editor's 2011 question of the year, "What improvements in medical education will lead to better health for individuals and populations?" The issue also includes articles relating to translating research to personalized medicine, leveraging the health care workforce, and improving the recruitment of participants in clinical trials.http://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/pages/default.aspx

Monday, October 24, 2011

Speed of updating online evidence based point of care summaries: prospective cohort analysis

A September 2011 article in BMJ addressing a study conducted on point-of-care resources. Failure to incorporate results of new research into practice can affect individual and population outcomes. This is the main reason for updating any medical information sources such as systematic reviews, guidelines, and clinical summaries. Comprehensive presentation of new findings from research against the background of what is already available is essential to meet doctors’ needs for evidence during clinical consultations: which interventions work, which don’t work, which are additional or alternative, which need more investigation, and which might be harmful. For internet based information in particular, doctors and health professionals expect to rapidly find the latest knowledge to answer their information needs. http://www.bmj.com/content/343/bmj.d5856.full

Report: The Complexities of National Health Care Workforce Planning

The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Health Professional Workforce Initiative has a report, "The Complexities of National Health Care Workforce Planning." The study examined the future of health professional workforce issues, and included 12 health care service delivery professions in their study. The project co-leaders were former Senators Tom Daschle and Bill Frist, MD.http://lists.aamc.org/t/146352/795361/14242/0/

Open Access Week

Join us October 24-30 in celebrating International Open Access Week!

What's open access? So glad you asked! Here's A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access, courtesy of openaccessweek.org:

"Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder.

"OA is entirely compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiatives for
scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance. Just as authors of journal articles donate their labor, so do most journal editors and referees participating in peer review.

"OA literature is not free to produce, even if it is less expensive to produce than
conventionally published literature. The question is not whether scholarly literature can be made costless, but whether there are better ways to pay the bills than by charging readers and creating access barriers. Business models for paying the bills depend on how OA is delivered."

Have further questions? Contact us and we'll be sure to get you the information you need!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Scheduled ILLiad Maintenance Sept. 22

Due to a system update, ILLiad Document Delivery will be inaccessible beginning Thursday, Sept. 22 at 5 a.m.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Henry Stewart Talks - additions for August 2011

There is a new series this month: Antivirals: Latest Developments and Future Progress as well as a 7 new talks added to other series.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

USMLE Practice Tests now available

Simulate the experience of taking the actual Step 1 and Step 2 portion of the USMLE through AccessMedicine's USMLE Easy feature. While other sections of USMLE Easy test an individual's knowledge in a range of medical disciplines, the Practice Test adds two critical elements: test takers will have one attempt and time constraints to complete the test. These are key challenges when it's time for test takers to take the official USMLE. The Step 2 Practice Test mimics the experience of taking the actual USMLE, including the nine-hour time commitment.

Go to the Databases page, click on Access Medicine, and look for the USMLE Easy icon in the center of the page. You will need to set up a personal account (not linked to your KUMC one) to access the material and practice exams.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Access Medicine & printing chapters

Last week, only a few days after it had posted to AccessMedicine, the newest version of Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine was discovered circulating on a number of digital lockers, torrent sites, and other means of illicit file sharing. A quick examination of the file revealed that the party (or parties) who had created it simply printed every chapter of Harrison's, then "bound" it as an ebook and started distributing it. Presently, the "Print Chapter" view makes it far too easy to accomplish a task like this.

To address this issue with digital piracy, Mc-Graw Hill will remove the "Print
Chapter" option on all Access products. This is scheduled to be
effective Thursday, September 1, on AccessMedicine. However, the "Print
Section" option will remain.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Grand Rounds in Pediatrics

Beginning September, Grand Rounds at Children's Mercy Hospitals & Clinics will be freely accessible over the web, with CME. Read all about it at https://www.childrensmercy.org/GrandRounds/

Grand Rounds will be available online within two business days of their live presentation at Children's Mercy Hospital, and will remain available for sixty days. Upcoming programs are:

Sept 1: "Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Investigation and Sleep Environment", Mary Dudley MD, Jackson County MO Medical Examiner

Sept 8: "Current Management of Appendicitis", Whit Holcomb MD, MBA, Surgeon-in-Chief, Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics. Dr. Holcomb is the current editor of the well-known textbook, Ashcraft's Pediatric Surgery.

Sept 15: "Thoughts on Humanistic Pediatric Leadership", Lewis First MD, Editor in Chief, Pediatrics, Professor and Chair, Dept of Pediatrics, University of Vermont College of Medicine. Kantor Memorial Grand Round

Sept 22: "Chronic Pain in Children and Adolescents: A Multidisplinary Approach to Neuropathic Pain", Steve Weisman MD, Professor of Anesthesia and Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

Sep 29: "Women, Changing the Face of Pediatrics", Renee Jenkins MD, FAAP, Professor and Chair Emeritus, Dept of Pediatrics and Child health, Director, Office of Faculty Development, Howard University College of Medicine

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Johns Hopkins University: a radical new approach to post-graduate training

Leaders in biomedical education at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine "are calling for a radical new approach to post-graduate training in the life sciences to address significant challenges, including an avalanche of new discoveries in the last decade and the need to transcend traditional departmental boundaries to understand biological processes at multiple levels." In a Leading Edge commentary published in the August 19, 2011 edition of Cell, the authors "present a new model for biomedical education that would break down current silos of particular disciplines, such as biochemistry, cell biology and physiology, and instead teach students to work across those disciplines to study organisms at all levels, from molecules and cells to an entire organism."

NY Times editorial: Medicare

An op-ed column in Tuesday's NY Times from Ezekiel J. Emanuel and Jeffrey B. Liebman began, "Medicare is going to be cut. That is inevitable. There is no way to solve the nation's long-term debt problem without reducing the growth rate of federal health care spending. The only question is whether the cuts will be smart ones." According to the two former White House advisers, "Smart cuts eliminate spending on medical tests, treatments and procedures that don't work -- or that cost significantly more than other treatments while delivering no better health outcomes. And they can be made without shortchanging patients. There are plenty of examples..." They use the rest of their column discussing such examples. http://tinyurl.com/3uepbc4

NIH: recommendations on mixed method health research

The National Institutes of Health on Tuesday released recommendations or best practices for scientists conducting mixed methods health research. Mixed methods research combines the strengths of quantitative research and qualitative research. The NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) identified the need for this guidance and commissioned the report.

Monday, August 22, 2011

New library catalog

"Change is inevitable - except from a vending machine." ~Robert C. Gallagher

We have upgraded the library catalog and will be launching the new version very soon.

It is easier to navigate and find what you need. Some highlights include:

* a single search box on our home page
* filters to quickly narrow your search
* links to online full text directly from your search results page
* e-mail, text, cite, and export results

Don't be shy — if you have questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us:
E-mail: dykesref@kumc.edu
Phone: (913) 588-7166
Facebook: A.R. Dykes Library
Twitter: @dykeslibrary

Friday, August 19, 2011

FY2012 University Budget

The FY2012 University Budget is now available for your use. It can be found in our digital repository, Archie, at http://archie.kumc.edu/handle/2271/959

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Hey students, next Monday, lunch is on us.

Students, mark your calendars for Monday, August 22! Stop by the library at 11:30 a.m. for FREE lunch.

Fritz's will provide hot dogs, brats and veggie sandwiches and we'll have sides to complete the meal! Just bring your student ID.

Be sure to pop in the library and check out our new set up. You'll love it!

This event is part of KUMC Hawk Week and is brought to you by Dykes Library and the Office of Student Engagement.

Welcome back!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

New titles added to Henry Stewart Talks

There are a number of new talks which have been added to the Henry Stewart Talks Collection.
Check them out here http://www.hstalks.com/r/tblsc/recent.

Friday, August 5, 2011

New McGraw-Hill E-books available

The Dykes Library now subscribes to two new resources in the form of McGraw-Hill E-books made possible through an Office of Cultural Enhancement and Diversity (OCED), Center of Excellence grant. The McGraw-Hill Exam Review Guides offer peer-to-peer medical review guides to help you earn top marks on USMLE, clerkships, and specialty board exams. Additionally, the McGraw-Hill Medical Handbooks contain essential references connecting you to the latest advances in clinical and therapeutic medicine. Both of these resources can be accessed on or off campus. While off campus, these tools can be accessed remotely by logging in with your Novell or GroupWise ID and password when prompted.

Access KUMC's subscription to McGraw-Hill E-books under the Databases List or click here.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Ares Course Reserves Very Short Training Videos

Are you a student assigned to log into your Angel course page to locate your reserve readings? Are you an instructor who assigns course reserves readings?   Would you like to navigate easily through your course reserves? Please take a minute or four to view any of seven short training videos (48 seconds to 4 minutes in length)  featuring the Ares course reserve system.
For a tour, watch the Ares Overview. Did you know Ares has several sorting features such as tags? The Ares Overview and The Power of Tags shows you how to sort and arrange your readings.  Instructors: there are short and sweet videos for creating a course reserve, managing student rosters, assigning  proxy access to  instructor assistants, re-using  that reserve list another time.  Please see Adding a Reserve Item, Creating and Cloning Classes, and Instructor Tools Menu.
Want to add an item from one course to another? View Adding Items from a Previous Course. Would you like to know how many times a reserve item is opened and viewed - or, not opened? The "how to" is in Reserve Item Usage. (Yes, students, your instructor can check to see if you've read the assigned readings.) 
The Ares course reserve system helps students and instructors create, manage, and access course reserves readings. These short videos will get you started. The video links can be found here.

Point-of-care content from MD Consult available for iPhone & iPad

Do you need evidence-based answers to clinical questions at the point of care? Have you been unable to get answers because you did not have online computer access or a Wi-Fi/3G data connection? The First Consult iPhone App is your solution - available as part of the library's existing MD Consult subscription.   Find it through Apple's iTunes store or linked through MD Consult.  You must set up a free personal account through MD Consult first before logging in via the app.  Access KUMC’s MD Consult subscription now or find it under Databases on the Dykes Library home page.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

AAMC announced Foundations of AAMC History online exhibit

The Mary H. Littlemeyer Archives, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), has announced that its digital collection Foundations of AAMC History, is now available at http://www.aamc.org/about/history/foundations.  This digital collection includes AAMC proceedings, position statements, member institutions's course catalogs, association bylaws and constitutions, and other historical documents that describe the early history of the association.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

In Medicine, new isn't always improved

An article in Sunday's New York Times reports "In Medicine, New Isn’t Always Improved." The article reports, "It is an American impulse to covet the new and improved — whether it’s a faster computer, a smarter cellphone or a more fuel-efficient car. And in medicine, too, new drugs, devices and procedures have advanced patient care. But the promise of innovation can also prove a trap, a situation now playing out with dire consequences for possibly tens of thousands of people who received artificial hips intended to let them remain active." The article further reports, "A review of the medical world’s embrace of the metal-on-metal hips over the past decade — including interviews with doctors, industry consultants, regulators, medical experts and patients — shows how innovation’s lure led almost everyone to seize on a product promoted as a breakthrough without convincing evidence that it was better or even as good as existing options." http://tinyurl.com/6gwfmgm

Can science fix its own mistakes?

Carl Zimmer authored an essay in Sunday's New York Times on whether science "can fix its own mistakes." He quotes the late Carl Sagan, "Science is a self-correcting process.” Mr. Zimmer cites several examples of research findings that were questioned, but where no efforts were made to replicate the research itself. He concludes, "If the scientific community put more value on replication — by setting aside time, money and journal space — science would do a better job of living up to Carl Sagan’s words."

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

USMLE Study Tool available online

New Online USMLE Study Tool Available
USMLEasy is a new online tool made possible by the Center of Excellence - Office of Cultural Enhancement and Diversity. It provides a practice test-taking environment with over 8,450 USMLE questions from the renown McGraw-Hill test preparation books "PreTest(tm) and Lange(tm) Q&A. Optimize your study time for USMLE Step 1, 2CK, or 3 by targeting various organ systems, disciplines, or subspecialities; or take a simulated USMLE exam. A robust performance profile tracks your progress over time. The system even suggests targeted remediation based on test results and links to selected readings from within AccessMedicine.  Many other features are available to help you customize your study path for the USMLE, or to simply supplement your course studies.
USMLEasy is available inside AccessMedicine, a database available through Dykes Library. First time users will be prompted to set up a free account. Please contact the library if you have any questions getting started.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A new medical app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

The National Library of Medicine has released “Embryo,” a new app for the iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad.  Features include human fertilization videos, photo micrographs of early-stage embryo development, 2D and 3D digital images using visual stack dissections, and a pregnancy calculator.

Embryo is a collaboration of NLM, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD), the Virtual Human Embryo Project (Louisiana State University) and the National Museum of Health & Medicine’s Human Developmental Anatomy Center.

Read more here.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Change in library's public access hours

Effective Saturday, March 12th, the library will only be open to students, faculty and staff of KU Medical Center on Saturdays and Sundays via badge access.  Members of the public who need to conduct medical research may use the blue call box at the 39th St. entrance or call 913-588-7166 to request admittance into the building.  Thank you for your cooperation and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.