This time each year, students, residents, fellows, and faculty prepare to leave the Anschutz Medical Campus to pursue careers elsewhere. We’ve compiled the following suggestions to help those who are leaving have a smoother transition.
- Find out if you will have access to a library with your new affiliation.
If you will be affiliated with a hospital, health system, or academic institution, you should have access to a library or information center. Check the institution’s website or contact administrators to find out about library services. Don’t hesitate to contact the health sciences librarian at your new institution. He or she will be a valuable source of information about your new organization as well as clinical and research information.
- Email your Ovid search strategies.
If you will have access to Ovid databases at your new institution, you may want to email your saved searches to yourself before your Ovid account with the Health Sciences Library expires. You can then recreate your searches in your new Ovid account.
- Get help setting up PubMed search queries.
Many of you will use the freely available PubMed to search MEDLINE. PubMed allows you to save searches and receive regular updates to current articles in your field. To learn how to set up a My NCBI account to save searches in PubMed, visit the My NCBI web page. Ask Us! if you’d like to meet with a librarian for assistance.
- Use Loansome Doc to obtain copies of journal articles.
If you are entering private practice or joining an organization without a library, consider opening a Loansome Doc account to obtain copies of journal articles (usually for a fee) from a hospital or academic medical library in your area. To find out about your options for document delivery and other support services, contact the National Network of Libraries of Medicine at 1-800-338-7657.
- Evaluate clinical point-of-care resources.
If you will be located at an institution that does not provide access to clinical point-of-care resources, you may opt to purchase a personal subscription to one of these resources. Evaluate clinical resources offered by the Health Sciences Library before you leave. Current individual subscription prices for some of these products are provided below.
|ACP PIER – Now called ACP Smarth Medicine; available with ACP membership or $265 for a one year membership||HSL no longer offers this POC tool.|
|The Cochrane Library –Individual subscription for one year: $387.00||HSL Link to The Cochrane Library|
|First Consult – Clinical Key is the new product from this vendor. Click the Register button to sign up.||HSL doesn’t subscribe to Clinical Key at this time|
|Essential Evidence Plus – Individual subscription for one year: $85||HSL no longer offers this POC tool Sign up for 30 days free trial access|
|UpToDate – Pricing varies according to subscription type||HSL Link to Up to Date|
- Check out local libraries in your new location.
Visit the public library in your new location and ask about resources. Even libraries in small towns may offer access to major medical and science journals. Libraries at public colleges and universities sometimes offer services to local communities so if you will be located near a public college or university, explore the options they offer
- Find and load smartphone apps that will help you locate information quickly. While many apps are linked to the Library’s subscriptions, some great apps are free. Archimedes medical calculator, Epocrates drug information, and many National Library of Medicine apps are free and useful.
- Take advantage of resources that are free or available with professional memberships.
The benefits of membership in professional societies usually include access to the society’s publications. For example, membership in the American College of Physicians includes ACP Smart Medicine.
- BioMed Central: 150+ peer-reviewed open access health sciences journals
- Directory of Open Access Journals: 4,100+ open access journals in all subjects including dentistry, medicine, nursing, and public health
- Disease Management Project: Online medical textbook from the Cleveland Clinic
- Medscape Reference: Directory of information on more than 7,000 diseases and disorders, including images and multimedia content
- FreeBooks4Doctors: 360 medical textbooks arranged by specialty
- Free Medical Journals: 1000+ medical/health journals
- Guideline Index: 2,5400+ summaries for various diseases and conditions from the National Guideline Clearinghouse
- HighWire Press Free Online Full-Text Articles: journals that provide open access journal articles (most, but not all, embargo current content)
- Medscape: Healthcare information from various medical publishers (registration is required)
- MerckMedicus: Medical news, online learning resources, and diagnostic tools (registration is required)
- NCBI Bookshelf: A collection of online biomedical books from the National Library of Medicine
- PLoS Journals: Open access, peer-reviewed journals published by the Public Library of Science (PLoS)
- PMC, formerly PubMed Central: A free digital archive of life sciences journals from the National Library of Medicine
- RxList: The Internet Drug Index: is an easy-to-search database of information about prescription medications. It includes a drug identification image database.
The faculty and staff of the Health Sciences Library wish you luck as you move on to exciting new endeavors. If we can be of assistance as you plan your departure, please contact us:
[Lynne Fox, Education Librarian and John Jones, Librarian]