It’s that time of year! Students, residents, fellows, and faculty prepare to leave the Anschutz Medical Campus to advance their careers – an exciting, and occasionally overwhelming, prospect! After you have left the Anschutz Medical Campus, you will no longer have access to the Health Science Library’s resources, so here are some suggested steps and resources to help you transition.
Before You Go
PubMed: Set Up Search Queries
Many of you will continue to search MEDLINE via the freely-available PubMed interface. 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. If you’d like a hand doing this, call us at (303) 724-2152 or fill out the AskUs contact form.
Ovid: Email Yourself Your Search Strategies
If you will have access to Ovid databases at your new institution, we suggest that you email yourself any saved searches before your Ovid account with the Health Sciences Library expires. You can then recreate your searches in your new Ovid account. We can help with this, too–call us at (303) 724-2152 or fill out the AskUs contact form.
At Your New Gig
Do you have an institutional library?
If you will be affiliated with a hospital, health system, or academic institution, you may have access to a library or information center. Check the institution’s website or contact colleagues to find out about library services. Reach out to the health sciences library staff at your new institution; they will be a valuable source of information about your new organization in addition to clinical and research information.
Are you near any local libraries, public and/or academic?
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. Also, libraries at 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–usually, you must visit the physical library to use online resources. If you are still in the Denver area, you are welcome to use the Health Sciences Library by visiting the building.
Personal Subscriptions/Membership Benefits
Subscribe to Point-of-care Tools
If your new institution does not provide access to clinical point-of-care resources, consider a personal subscription. Test drive the resources offered by the Health Sciences Library before you leave. Note that memberships in professional organizations may provide you with access to resources; for example, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), American College of Physicians (ACP), and American Medical Association (AMA) offer discounted or complimentary access to DynaMed. Current individual subscription prices for some of these products are provided below.
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 or discounts on other resources. For example, There are also many resources that are available for free – a selection of these is below.
- BioMed Central: 300+ peer-reviewed open access health sciences journals.
- bioRxiv: a free online archive and distribution service for unpublished preprints in the life sciences.
- Directory of Open Access Journals: 10,000+ 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.
- 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; includes images and multimedia content.
- Univadis: 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 4.8 million articles in the 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.
Resources for All
Download Free/Inexpensive Apps
While many apps are linked to subscription-based products, there are some great inexpensive and free apps. The following are free unless noted:
- Epocrates: Drug, disease, and diagnostic information; Android or iOS
- National Library of Medicine apps; multiple for Android or iOS
- Skyscape: Drug information and calculators; Android or iOS
- UMEM Pearls: Evidence based educational pearls by UMD faculty members. Android or iOS
- Point of Care apps: CME on a variety of topics, most free; multiple for iOS and web platform
- 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; Android, iOS, and web platform
- Calculate by QxMD: Clinical calculators and decision support tools for healthcare providers; Android, iOS, Windows, and web platform
- Medscape: Medical news and calculators, drug information & tools, disease information; multiple Android and iOS apps
The faculty and staff of the Health Sciences Library wish you the very best of luck as you move on to exciting new endeavors! If we can be of any assistance as you plan your departure, please call us at (303) 724-2152 or fill out the AskUs contact form.
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