Leaving Anschutz Medical Campus? Suggestions for a smooth transition

This time each year, students, residents, fellows, and faculty prepare to leave the Anschutz Medical Campus to pursue careers elsewhere – an exciting (and occasionally overwhelming) prospect! After you have left the Anschutz campus you will no longer have access to our library’s resources, so we have compiled the following suggestions to help you transition your research and resources to your new institution.

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.

Evaluate clinical point-of-care resources.

If you will be affiliated with 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.

A doctor looks at books in a library.

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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. If you are joining an institution with a library, you should be able to obtain articles using their Interlibrary Loan program.

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. If you’d like help from a librarian at the Anschutz Health Sciences Library, AskUs! for assistance.

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 on current research in your field. To learn how to set up a My NCBI account to save searches in PubMed, visit the My NCBI web page. Again, if you’d like a hand doing this, AskUs! for help.

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 provide.

Find and download smartphone apps that will help you locate information quickly.

While many apps are linked to subscription-based products, some great apps are free or very inexpensive.

  • Epocrates: Drug, disease, and diagnostic information. Free. Android or iOS
  • National Library of Medicine apps: Free.
  • Skyscape: Drug information and calculators. Free.
  • UMEM Pearls: Evidence based educational pearls by UMD faculty members. Free. Android or iOS
  • Point of Care apps: CME on a variety of topics. Most are free. iOS only; web platform available as well.
  • Read by QxMD: A platform to help you keep on top of new medical and scientific research. Searches PubMed and provides topic reviews as well. Free.
  • Calculate by QxMD: Clinical calculators and decision support tools for healthcare providers. Free.
  • Micromedex series: Drug calculators, interactions, and more. Most are free.
  • Medscape: Medical news and calculators, drug information & tools, disease information, etc. Free.

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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 access to ACP Smart Medicine.) There are also many resources that are available for free – a selection of these is below.

  • 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.
  • FreeBooks4Doctors:  360+ medical textbooks arranged by specialty.
  • Free Medical Journals: 4000+ medical/health journals.
  • Guideline Index: 2,500+ summaries for various diseases and conditions from the National Guideline Clearinghouse.
  • HighWire Press Free Online Full-Text Articles: a massive archive of full-text articles on a variety of topics including medicine. Some are free, some require payment.
  • Medscape: Healthcare information from various medical publishers (registration is required).
  • Medscape Reference: Directory of information on more than 7,000 diseases and disorders, including images and multimedia content.
  • 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 on a variety of topics published by the Public Library of Science (PLoS).
  • PMC (PubMed Central): A free full-text archive of nearly 4 million biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the National Library of Medicine.
  • RxList, The Internet Drug Index: 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 the very best of luck as you move on to exciting new endeavors. We are here to help you make a smooth transition!

If we can be of any assistance as you plan your departure, please contact us — AskUs! or call us at (303) 724-2152.