COVID-19 Topics in DynaMed

DynaMed has developed topics related to COVID-19 and specific practice areas. These include:

If one of these topics aligns with your practice area, sign up to get automatic email notifications whenever new information has been added:

  • Create a personal account by going to DynaMed and clicking on the “Sign In” icon in the upper right corner, then clicking on “Register now” and registering using your @cuanschutz.edu email.
  • When you’re on the page of interest, click the plus sign in the upper right corner.

Strauss Library also has a COVID-19 online resource guide with even more information and resources for clinicians, researchers, and consumers. You can find the guide at the following link: http://hslibraryguides.ucdenver.edu/covid. Be sure to check out the “For Practitioners” tab for links to patient care information.

You can get help from Strauss Health Sciences Library Monday through Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm via AskUs using chat, text, phone, or email.

Temporary Access to AccessMedicine and Case Files Collection

McGraw-Hill

AccessMedicineStrauss Health Sciences Library was granted complimentary access to these resources by McGraw-Hill through May 31, 2020, due to COVID-19.

AccessMedicine

AccessMedicine provides medical students with a variety of resources needed to excel in basic science studies and clerkships; helps residents, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants with instant access to videos, self-assessment, and leading medical textbooks that facilitate decision-making at the point-of-care; and allows practicing physicians to brush up on their medical knowledge to ensure the best patient outcome.

AccessMedicine Case Files Collection

AccessMedicine’s Case Files Collection offers Case Files content in an interactive format. Updated regularly, this comprehensive case collection helps students learn and apply basic science and clinical medicine concepts in the context of realistic patient cases. The Case Files Collection includes basic science, clinical medicine, and postgraduate-level cases, enabling students and residents to learn in the context of real patients at this challenging time.

Once you’re on the Case Files Collection site, a pop-up window will appear asking you to sign in. You do not need to sign in to access this resource. You can click the X in the upper right corner and it will temporarily go away, but it will reappear when you navigate to a new page. To keep it from reappearing, or if you would like to save answers to cases, create a Favorites folder, or access comprehension quizzes, you can click on “Create a Free MyAccess Profile” in the pop-up window, then sign in. If you’re accessing either of the sites off campus, you will be prompted to sign in to the library website using your Passport ID account.

  • Distance Learning features in Access platforms : Orientation tools for important features in the platform for distant learning.
  • Content Maps : These are vital resources for faculty in Medicine, PA and Advanced Nursing. You will find content maps for different programs that will help faculty find and map out content in Access Medicine to different classes and course quickly and stress-free!
  • COVID 19 Central – Access Medicine: Daily updated Information about guidelines, studies and research…on COVID 19

The Strauss Health Sciences Library is closed, but you can still get help from library staff and ask questions M-F 8am-5pm via AskUs using chat, text, phone, or email.

This was written by Kristen, you can contact AskUs with questions.

Micromedex Now Using AI

Micromedex is now using Watson artificial intelligence (AI) to help you quickly find answers to drug information questions. Ask Watson questions in natural language about drug dosage, administration, safety, pharmacokinetics, and interactions.

What types of question can I ask?

  • What is the mechanism of action of lisinopril?
  • What is the adult dosage of metformin for type 2 diabetes?
  • What are the adverse effects of bupropion?

Access Micromedex through the Health Sciences Library homepage.

Visit this page for more information about Micromedex with Watson.

Sign up for a 30-minute webinar (through September) to learn how to use Micromedex with Watson.

Clinical Corner: Medical Images are Just a Click Away

Clinical Corner

Looking for high-quality medical images from reputable sources? The Health Sciences Library subscribes to two resources that I find particularly helpful for finding images: VisualDx and Clinical Key.

 

visualdx

VisualDx started as a dermatology resource and is now a medical image library containing over 32,000 images. For a given medical condition, VisualDx provides multiple images that vary according to age, location on the body, skin pigmentation, and other clinical features. In addition to images, you can also:

  • read a synopsis of the conditions
  • learn diagnostic pearls as well as pitfalls
  • see a list of associated medications if the condition can be drug-related
  • find out the latest evidence for therapeutic treatments
  • download the mobile app

Type in the name of a condition, or use the “Quick Start Differential Builder” on the home page.

 

clinicalkey

Clinical Key can be used to access both electronic textbooks and journals, but it is also a good source of high-quality medical images. Type in the name of a condition and press enter, then look for the “Filter by” section on the left-hand side of the page. Click the check-box next to “Images.” From the results page, you can click on an image to view it in a larger size, or go to the source book or journal from where the picture came. All images have originated from either a book or journal.

 

Try out these resources today! If you have questions or would like to schedule a one-on-one consultation to learn more about these or other resources, contact me at the email address or phone number below. There are many other sources of high-quality medical images, and a list has been compiled by Health Sciences Library staff on a LibGuide titled Images and Media.

 

Kristen DeSanto, MSLS, MS, RD, AHIP      

Clinical Librarian

kristen.desanto@ucdenver.edu • 303-724-2121

Clinical Corner: FREE Exam Prep Questions

Clinical Corner

Are you studying for the USMLE, shelf exams, board certification exams, or the NCLEX? Sign up for a Board Vitals account and get free access to extensive question banks that will help you prepare. You can find a link to Board Vitals on the library homepage, in the Top Resources column on the left side of the page, scrolling down until you get to the Students heading. Or use this direct link: http://marketing.statref.com/lp/uc_denver_boardvitals.html. Be sure to use your @ucdenver.edu, @childrenscolorado.org or @uchealth.org email address when you register for an account.

BoardVitals offers:

  • The highest quality questions with detailed explanations
  • High-yield, vetted questions listed up front in an effort to maximize study time
  • Constantly evolving cloud-based system that updates based on feedback
  • Ability for users to create customized practice tests and review advanced statistics to know strengths and weaknesses
  • Detailed, up-to-date explanations, with references and links to sources
  • Administrators can monitor performance to serve as a proactive remediation tool
  • Faculty can send customized exams to students or utilize questions in discussions

 

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Clinical Corner: Mobile Apps for Healthcare Professionals and Students

Clinical Corner

Whether you’re new to the Anschutz Medical Campus or a seasoned veteran, you may not be aware of the number of healthcare-related mobile apps made available to you by the Health Sciences Library. Before you start purchasing apps with your own money, check out the list of those that are already provided for you. Start taking advantage of this free benefit today!

Take a look at some of the following popular apps:

 

DynaMed icon

DynaMed – quickly gain access to evidence-based summaries on medical conditions, drug reference, clinical practice guidelines, and medical equations and calculators.

Micromedex icon

Micromedex – high-quality drug information, including dosing and administration, contraindications and precautions, adverse effects, drug interactions, and a drug identification tool for identifying a drug based on description.

Natural Medicines icon

Natural Medicines Database – reputable, evidence-based information on herbal and natural products, including data on safety, effectiveness, and interactions with drugs, food, or other herbs.

UpToDate icon

UpToDate – summaries of medical conditions in an electronic textbook-style format, with CME/CE credit available.

VisualDx icon

VisualDx – database of images of dermatological conditions and radiographics, along with disease information summaries; look up images by disease name or create a differential based on your patient’s clinical features.

 

  

Kristen DeSanto, MSLS, MS, RD, AHIP      

Clinical Librarian

kristen.desanto@ucdenver.edu • 303-724-2121

Clinical Corner: IOM’s “Improving Diagnosis in Health Care”

Clinical Corner

On September 22, 2015, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a new report titled “Improving Diagnosis in Health Care.” This continues the series of reports that began in 1999, the first being “To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System.”

The National Academies Press is currently offering a prepublication print copy for sale, or you can pre-order a paperback. But there are also several free options: you can read it online in HTML format, or download a copy in PDF format. To download a PDF you can either create a free MyNAP account or download it as a guest.

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  • A new page will open. From there, select either Download Free PDF or Read Online (on the right-hand side of the page).

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Kristen DeSanto, MSLS, MS, RD, AHIP

Clinical Librarian

kristen.desanto@ucdenver.edu • 303-724-2121