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FYI: Are you negotiating a physician salary?

This time of year residents and fellows are often leaving campus for new professional opportunities and departments here are hiring new physicians.

Take some of the guesswork out of  negotiation with some salary surveys.

Visit the Library’s first floor Reference area to view the AAMC’s Report on medical school faculty salaries   W 18 A849r 2014  The 315 page 2014 publication reports on salaries during the 2012-2013 fiscal year submitted from 140 accredited U.S. medical schools. 

medscape salary surveyAn online source is the Medscape Physician Compensation Report.  The report is free, but registration with the site is required to view the report. A general overview and specialty
 are available.  Each year Medscape surveys 24,000 plus U.S. physicians in general and specialty practice in a variety of settings in all parts of the country.  Survey participation varies by specialty, so data for some specialties may only represent 200-400 participants. A chart

Medscape also offers several other interesting annual reports on ethics, work satisfaction, and insurers.  See how you compare with peers on these professional issues.  (Scroll down to the Reports in the Business of Medicine section.)

Educate yourself to ask for and offer the most competitive compensation!

[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]


Journal Access Problem? Let Us Know!

Are you seeing something like this, but you think we are supposed to have access?

pay to access

Then please let us know!

Report a Problem  or   Ask us button
Do you find problems accessing articles in journals to which the library subscribes? As regular and frequent users of the library’s journal collection, you can help us find and troubleshoot journals that we have paid for but are not being allowed to access!

When you find a journal that we subscribe to is actually blocking your access use the Report A Problem or Ask Us forms to let us know so we can get the problem corrected promptly! Be sure to include the article citation when you contact Ask Us so we know where to look to verify the problem.

The Human Touch Literary and Arts Anthology Available Now at AMC Bookstore

The Human Touch 2014Please pick up your FREE copy of THE HUMAN TOUCH  at the Anschutz Medical Campus Bookstore, Building 500, 1st Floor. THE HUMAN TOUCH is the literary and arts anthology of the Anschutz Medical Campus of UC Denver.  The Human Touch strives to develop and nurture skills of observation, analysis, empathy, and self-reflection to promote humane medical care, by offering an outlet for the creative expression of the connection between patients, family, and health care professionals.

Writings and artworks foster an understanding of cultural and social contexts of the individual experience of illness and the way medicine is practiced. Editors are students in the School of Medicine, staff and faculty of the Anschutz Medical Campus. Authors and artists are students, staff, health professionals, and patients from the University of Colorado community.

An exhibit of artwork and photography from The Human Touch is on display on the 2nd floor of the Fulginiti Pavilion during April 2014.

This publication is being offered FREE to members of the community through the generous support the School of Medicine. The Human Touch is produced by the Art and Humanities in Health Care Program (Therese Jones, PhD, Director and H. N. Claman, M.D., Associate Director) of the Anschutz Medical Campus Center for Bioethics and Humanities.

A copy of the anthology is also available for checkout at the Health Sciences Library, in the Drs. Henry and Janet Claman Medical Humanities Collection.  The collection is located in the 3rd Floor Special Collections Room, call number WZ 350 U58h.   An electronic copy is available in the Digital Collections of Colorado.

[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

Health Sciences Library Ranks #7 Worldwide

We think we’re #1 (and we hope you do too), but we’ll settle for #7 on this list of 25 Most Impressive University Medical School Libraries !



[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

FYI: LaTeX NIH Template Available

Do you use the formatting tool LaTeX to create manuscripts for grants or publication?

The site is offering a template for NIH documents.


[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

New Amesse Collection Books

The following titles have recently been added to the Amesse Collection- enjoy!


-Atkinson, Kate/ Life After Life

-Haruf, Kent/ Benediction

-Kidd, Sue Monk/ The Invention of Wings

-Oyeyemi, Helen/ Boy, Snow, Bird

-Pavone, Chris/ The Accident

-Weir, Andy/ The Martian



-Balfour, Amy/ Lonely Planet Southwest USA

-Cretti, John/ Rocky Mtn. Gardener’s Handbook

-Heath, Chip/ Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work

-Kolbert, Elizabeth/ The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

-Wooldridge, Mike/ Teach Yourself Visually Photoshop Elements 12


[Lynn Schwalm]

Retirement of Roy Robinson

Roy's Retirement

Roy’s Retirement

After 37 years with the Health Sciences Library, Roy Robinson retired at the end of March.

A Colorado native, Roy graduated from Metro State College with a degree in Biology and a minor in Philosophy. He served on active duty with the U.S. Navy. After graduating from college he sought civilian employment and ended up working as a lab assistant for the Colorado State Health Department, located quite close to the old Dennison building – he was able to watch the building additions going up during his lunch-breaks. However, the hard work – coupled with low pay and close encounters with a few too many dangerous viral and bacterial cultures – caused him to seek employment elsewhere. He started taking business classes, then came across a posting for a State job here at the library in March of 1977. It was better paying than the Health Department – as well as less biohazard-ly dangerous! – So he accepted the Circulation position. His background in Biology served him well in the medical field.

Over his 37 years here, Roy has worked in every department of the library under five different directors, and has seen some pretty dramatic changes along the way. At one time, there was only one computer in the library, and patrons relied exclusively on card catalogs and the knowledge of the librarians. Internal reorganizations transferred him department to department, but his skills and adaptability helped to ensure his value wherever he ended up. At one point, he worked in three different departments at the same time.

In 1972, he transferred from the Navy Reserve to the Colorado Army National Guard. During the Gulf War, he was activated to duty with the 147th Combat Support Hospital, but he was not stationed overseas. While on duty he earned his LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) license, continuing to pursue his interest in medical assistance during emergency situations. In 1991, at the end of the war, he returned to the Circulation Department of the library. He was placed in charge of all of the building’s photocopiers – which, in the days before email and electronic journal access, were just as essential as the books themselves! (Incidentally, they also brought in a considerable amount of revenue: enough to pay his full wages and then some.) As the internet rose in prevalence, Roy was at last phased into Administration, where he handled supplies.

Roy’s passion for emergency medical assistance will continue into his retirement: he is becoming more active as a volunteer in Cultural & Historic Resources Emergency Management. With them, he will ensure that historical communities are protected in cases of emergencies, such as the unprecedented flooding of last autumn. He will also become more involved in the local DMAT (Disaster Medical Assistance Team). When not volunteering for emergency management organizations, he will be assisting his brother in the care of his elderly aunt.

Thank you, Roy, for 37 years of dedication and service, and a friendly smile in the library!

Roy's Retirement party

Roy’s Retirement party

AskUs! Reference Service

AskUs! Overview

  • AskUs service available to all library patrons
  • Common questions include:
    • Troubleshooting access problems
    • Requests for consultations
    • Assistance with navigating databases and the library website
    • Specific research queries
      • Does Agent Orange cause acid reflux?
      • How can I find quantitative based research?
      • Does the library have access to [     ] database?
      • What kind of classes does the library offer?
      • Does the library have access to this article?
      • Some shifts yield more phone calls than emails or chats and vice versa
      • Email, chat, and phone calls seem to be more prevalent than walk-ins (in my experience so far)
      • Some queries are easily answered within five minutes, others can take much longer
        • Several phone calls that required in-depth searching (over an hour’s worth), in addition to follow up
        • When you’re out of your depth – defer to staff in EdRef
        • Participate in follow-up sessions with John to go over answers
        • Ensure stats are recorded for each transaction (phone calls and walk-ins included)
        • Answer queries in “reference librarian” mode
          • Deciphering the question: what does the user really want to know?
          • Important to know when to forward a question on to someone else
          • Try to teach user how to find the answer for themselves, but also ensure that they get the information they need
          • Important to know when to recommend scheduling a consultation
            • User asked for assistance with their research topic after spending 7-8 hours on their own with no results
            • Most responses to questions are “original,” but there are canned responses, indexed by subject matter

[Shaun Baber]

Book Review: The Woman Upstairs

Woman-UpstairsNora Eldridge is the “woman upstairs” in Claire Messud’s book of the same name. As she recounts the tale of a unique love that has helped redefine her, we learn that she’s got a good sense of humor, is a reliable friend, good daughter, and a devoted teacher. But there’s a woman angry at her invisibility and missed opportunity lurking just below the surface.  She’s had enough of being the “woman upstairs” and dreams of fulfilling success that she feels has passed her by.  Her story evolves into part mid-life identity crisis, part psychological thriller when her sedate life crosses paths with a dazzling and exotic international family of academic, artist and cherished child.

Their exciting personal history throws Nora’s life is into relief, highlighting all the danger, creativity, success, and elegance lacking in her own. As her fascination and deeply felt belief in her love of each family member grows, she becomes more convinced of her importance in their lives. Nora’s good humor and routine disintegrate into bitterness and upheaval as she begins to doubt her value.  As the tale unfolds to an O’Henry-esque conclusion, the reader is left to wonder if Nora has the edginess and drive or the disregard for other’s opinions that will allow her to commit to her hoped-for life?  Or maybe she just needs the right sort of betrayal?

You can find this book in the Health Science Library’s Amesse leisure reading collection in an alcove on the east wall of the first floor. Call number:  Amesse F MESSUD WOM


[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

The UpToDate App Has Arrived!

We are pleased to announce that the app for UpToDate is finally available!

Get It

-Free UpToDate Mobile App for your iOS, Android™ or Windows 8 device
-Direct access to UpToDate from any internet browser
-Earn CME/CE/CPD credits when you research clinical questions



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