Calder Communications Blog

 

 

The Calder Medical Library welcomes medical students to a new school year!  

Below is a small sample of the Library’s resources and services that we hope will make your experience more valuable and productive.

 

Library Normal Operating Hours 

Mondays-Thursdays: 7:30 a.m. – Midnight

Fridays: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Saturdays: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Sundays: 12 p.m. - Midnight 

 

Library Services

Personal Librarian Program (PLP)

The program matches a librarian to each student, providing a personal contact for research and library-related questions during the four years of medical school. Each Academic Society has been assigned a Personal Librarian.  

 

Mobile and Remote Access 

You can access multiple databases from your personal laptop, tablet, or smart phone with your CaneID and Password.  Users who are on campus have automatic access to resources.  Remote access is provided with Single Sign-On Authentication (CaneID and password) for UM students.  In order to download mobile apps, create an account while you are on campus or using the Proxy Server.  

 

uSearch

uSearch is a one-stop search engine for finding physical and digital resources available in all University of Miami libraries.  With a single search, resources from across seven UM Libraries can be displayed.  You can access uSearch from the Calder Library website. 

 

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Obtain free PDF copies of articles and book chapters, and print books which UM does not own through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

 

Library Resources

 Resource Guide for Medical Students 

The guide contains relevant links including a list of books and e-books for your courses, multiple online databases, and other valuable information resources. 

 

Bates Visual Guide to Physical Examination

Bates is a collection of short videos covering different types of physical examination of patients, including head to toe assessments, general survey and vital signs, and assessment by specific body areas and body systems.  Included are the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) videos which allow viewers to develop an assessment, or differential diagnosis, and provide an appropriate diagnostic workup.  These exercises provide an opportunity to observe a patient encounter and practice clinical reasoning skills.  

 

BoardVitals

BoardVitals is a high-quality, effective board exam review tool covering over 30 medical specialties and the USMLE Step 3.   Access Board Vitals from the Calder Library website e-Databases drop-down list. 

 

HS Talks

HSTalks contains audio-visual lectures specially commissioned from leading world experts on topics in biomedical and life sciences.  The Collection contains over 2,000 lectures, indexed by Subject Area. 

 

BMJ Case Reports 

BMJ Case Reports is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing case reports.  University of Miami faculty, students, staff, and UM/JMH residents can submit cases to BMJ Case Reports free of charge.  To obtain the BMJ Case Reports Institutional Fellowship Code for free publication, please contact a Reference Librarian at Calder at 305-243-6648 or send an email request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

We would like to hear your suggestions and comments.  

Please use the form on Calder’s website to ask questions about resources and services,  let us know how you feel about our existing resources and services, and make recommendations for others.

 

If you have any questions or need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact a librarian at 305-243-6648 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Welcome to those of you who are new to UM and welcome back to those returning. We hope to see you soon!

 

 

 

Did you know you can access BrowZine in multiple ways? BrowZine is available from your web browser and as a mobile app for your iOS and Android devices. Visit the Calder Library website to open BrowZine and create an individual account, free of charge! Then, download BrowZine on all your devices.

Most of us go back and forth between our desktop computer, laptop and mobile devices throughout the day. Your BrowZine Account makes accessing your favorite journals on My Bookshelf and saved articles in My Articles easy, no matter what device you are using. Because BrowZine automatically synchronizes your account, any change you make from one device is reflected when you open BrowZine on another device.

No matter how you prefer finding, reading and following your favorite journals, BrowZine has you covered. Check out BrowZine on the web and be sure to download BrowZine to your mobile device today! 

Contact a Calder Librarian at 305-243-6648 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information or assistance.

 

 

DynaMed Plus (DMP) is the next-generation clinical reference tool physicians can rely on for fast, easy access to point-of-care decision support.  With daily updates, DMP is the most current point-of-care, evidence-based resource available, and is designed to decrease time finding answers to clinical questions. It also provides a wealth of evidence-based information for researchers and medical trainees.

 

DynaMed Plus’ evidence-based contents are selected following strict protocols for:

(1) identifying evidence

(2) critically appraising the evidence

(3) selecting the best available evidence

(4) objectively reporting the evidence

(5) synthesizing multiple evidence reports

(6) drawing conclusions from the evidence. 

 Every article considered for inclusion in DynaMed Plus is evaluated and processed using this system, ensuring the integrity of the conclusions.  Additionally, CME/CE/CPD credit can be earned simply by using DMP.

Various independent studies have ranked DynaMed Plus higher than other point-of-care reference resources in various independent studies published by the British Medical Journal 1, the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 2, and the Journal of Medical Ethics 3

 

The DynaMed Plus systematic literature surveillance process includes: 

• Cover-to-cover surveillance of high-yield journals, such as BMJ, JAMA, Lancet, NEJM, and many others

• Targeted MEDLINE searches for systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials for high-yield journals

• Targeted MEDLINE searches for selected subject areas (e.g., complementary therapies)

• Comprehensive MEDLINE searches for guidelines 

Other useful tools within DynaMed Plus are “Calculators” for Medical Equations, Clinical Criteria, Decision Trees, Statistics, Units and Dose Conversion, and others listed by specialty.     

 

To Access DynaMed Plus, visit the Calder Library website and click on the dropdown under e-Databases.  Sign up for a Personal Account to download the mobile app for convenient access from the office, hospital, or home.

Contact a Calder medical librarian for assistance:  305-243-6648 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

References

1. Banzi R, Cinquini M, Liberati A, Moschetti I, et al.  Speed of updating online evidence based point of care summaries:  prospective cohort analysis.  BMJ.  2011:343:d5856.  doi: 10.1136/bmj.d5856.

2. Prorok JC, Iserman EC, Wilczynski NL, Haynes RB.  The quality, breadth, and timeliness of content updating vary substantially for 10 online medical texts:  an analytic survey.  J Clin Epidemiol.  2012 Dec;65(12):1289-95.  doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2012.05.003.  Epub 2012 Sep 10.

3. Amber KT, Dhiman G, Goodman KW.  Conflict of interest in online point-of-care clinical support websites.  J Med Ethics.  2014 Aug;40(8):578-80.  doi:10.1136/medethics-2013-101625. Epub 2014 Feb 3.

 

 

Resource Guides developed by Calder Medical Librarians provide links to relevant resources on different subjects and lists librarian subject experts with their contact information.   

  • Clinicians will find the guides for Clinicians, Drug Information, and Medical Mobile Apps useful.  
  • Researchers will be interested in the resource guides for Researchers, Collaboration and Mentoring, Grants, Scholarly Communication, Genomics, and Public Health.    
  • Medical students will save time by finding useful links on the guides for Medical Students, Evidence-Based Medicine, Online Tutorials, and Personal Librarian Program.  
  • For Residents, the most relevant guides are Residents, Clinicians, Drug Information, and Medical Mobile Apps.  
  • Psychiatrists and Psychologists will find important links in the guides that cover Clinical Psychiatry and Psychology, as well as the Clinicians, Drug Information, and Medical Mobile Apps guides.  
  • Useful links for Nurses appear in the resource guides for Nursing, Drug Information, Researchers, Consumer Health, and Free Authoritative Websites.  

Additional information about specific Resource Guides will appear in forthcoming blogs and the Librarians welcome recommendations for other Guide topics.  

Links to all of Calder’s Resource Guides can be found on the Library’s Website.

 


 

 

Calder Library personnel will locate books, book chapters and journal articles for you for FREE!

 

• Ever hit a paywall when trying to download an article?

• Ever arrive at a dead-end when searching for a book in the library?

 

Visit the library homepage and submit a completed Inter-library Loan / Journal Photocopy Request Form for library materials not held by the University of Miami:

http://calder.med.miami.edu/forms/journal_photocopy_request_patron.html

 

Although the average delivery time is 1-3 days for articles/book chapters and 1-2 weeks for books, articles and chapters are often received much sooner. 

For further assistance, please contact the Inter-library Loan (ILL) department at (305)243-6749 to request books, book chapters and articles from a non-UM library FREE-of-charge for all UM students, faculty, and staff and Jackson employees!

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