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Resources for Hospital Faculty

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What resources does the library have to support clinicians at the point-of-care?
  2. What resources does the library have to support evidence based medicine?
  3. How do I get an article the library to which the library does not have access?
  4. Where can I find reliable patient education materials?
  5. How do I access the UMC Health Information Reource Center after hours?

1) What resources does the library have to support clinicians at the point-of-care?

While Up-to-Date is not available outside of the hospitals, the library provides several similar tools that can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection.

  • Dynamed is a frequently-updated clinical reference tool with a simple, quick interface that includes evidence from over 500 journals and systematic review databases.
  • Clinical Pharmacology contains real-time drug information written by medical professionals and efficient clinical tools.
  • Clinical Evidence integrates systematic reviews with a range of additional evidence based medicine (EBM) resources and is owned by the BMJ Publishing Group.
  • MD Consult integrates many resources and organizes them to answer clinical questions quickly.
2) What resources does the library have to support evidence based medicine?

The library offers courses on evidence based medicine and evidence based practice and subscribes to many resources designed to support EBM including ACP's PIER, Cochrane Library, Dynamed, and Joanna Briggs Institue (EBP). To learn more about EBM or our EBM resources visit our Evidence Based Healthcare pages.

3) How do I get an article to which the library does not have access?

The Biomedical Library is connected electronically with other libraries and able to borrow resources that we may not have in our collection. To request a copy of those articles, choose "Order An Article" from the Biomedical Library’s web page, or go directly to our Interlibrary Loan page. Click on “Log into your Illiad account”. (ILLiad is the electronic system used to manage all Biomedical Library Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery requests.) If you have not yet set up an account, then click on “First Time User.” If you have an account, fill in your Username and Password. At the next screen, fill in the appropriate information for the article or book needed.

4) Where can I find reliable patient education materials?

Library databases with printable patient education sheets include (not accessible by public):

  • Access Medicine - Patient Ed tab
  • Clinical Evidence - click on "Sections" or "Full Review List," then click on specific topic. Only some have patient info.
  • Clinical Pharmacology - Patient Education tab, Med Counselor Sheets
  • Dynamed - Perform search or browse for topic, handouts are located in "Patient Information" section
  • The Janna Briggs Institute - EBP Resurces & Services tab, Consumer Information section (only a few topics)
  • MD Consult - Patient Education tab
  • STAT!Ref - "Titles" tab, "AAFP Conditions A to Z," browse to desired section

One of the best places to direct patients for further information or to research online is MedlinePlus.gov which is provided free to the public by the National Library of Medicine and contains easy-to-read articles and tutorials from trusted resources along with materials in many languages and areas designed with heightened accessibility for the impaired. The "General Public" portal of this website contains links to other trusted consumer health resources.

5) How do I access the UMC Health Information Reource Center after hours?

While library resources from all three libraries are always available online, UMC Health Information Resource Center is available 24 hours a day for hospital staff and residents, as well as faculty and students in the colleges of medicine. Nursing and allied health students in the clinical components of their programs are also allowed 24-hour access. After hours entry can be gained by presenting an ID and signing out a key card at the desk in the hospital lobby.

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Featured Resources

Dynamed - evidence based point-of-care tool

Clinical Evidence - EBM resources from BMJ

ACP PIER - evidence summaries from ACP

Clinical Pharmacology - drug info

MD Consult - integrated clinical resource

PubMed - NLM's Medline interface

OVID Databases - including OVID Medline

USA CME - USA's Continuing Medical Education Website

Full Database List