Calder Communications Blog

Welcome to the Graduate Medical Education training programs of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and its affiliated hospitals.

The Calder Medical Library is here to serve your information needs. We invite you to visit us often in person and on the web at the Calder Medical Library website or our Resource Guide for Residents.

The Calder Medical Library provides access to full-text electronic journals and books. We also subscribe to EndNote, RefWorks, and Mendeley, the citation managers that make it easy to import references to articles, books, web pages, and other types of sources from online databases.

Our subscriptions to point-of-care electronic resources, including UpToDate, DynaMed, ClinicalKey, and AccessMedicine, will assist you in providing excellent clinical care to patients. Isabel will help you generate a differential diagnosis list.

We also have medical librarians and a number of evidence-based medicine resources, citation databases, and systematic review resources to assist you with research needs, systematic reviews and evidence-based practice questions.

Start today by:

Contact the Learning, Research, and Clinical Information Librarians via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call us at 305-243-6648, or use our chat service to find out more about research consultations and training.

Reach out to Access Services via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 305-243-6403 with resource and access questions.

Welcome to Calder Library and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine!

Embase is highly versatile, multipurpose, easy-to-use biomedical database.  The Calder Library has just renewed its subscription to this essential resource. 

Embase has: 

  • Extensive coverage with more than 8,200 international journals and 2.4 million conference abstracts not found in other databases
  • Specialized quick searching tools for drugs, medical devices, diseases, adverse events, and pharmacovigilance
  • A PICO (population, intervention, comparison and outcome) guided search tool – enter the elements of your research question using the PICO search form to quickly run complex, targeted literature searches

Embase is an essential tool for systematic reviews and meta-analyses, as well as for quick searching for evidence-based care. You can quickly retrieve relevant information from trusted sources.  

Watch this 3-minute video for an overview of Embase


Check out the Quick User Guide and Fact Sheet.

The Embase Support Center has video tutorials and other training materials.

You’ll find Embase in the E-Databases section of the Calder Memorial Library home page, under our full database list, or directly at

Contact a Reference Librarian for assistance or more information or help getting started: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 305-243-6648



Whether you are new to using citation managers or a frequent user, a Calder Librarian can assist you with citation management software to easily manage your references and create bibliographies. 

 Calder Library provides support and access to:

  • EndNote: Available for download from UMIT (Desktop or Online) 

  • Mendeley: Mendeley Institution Edition (Desktop or Online) 

  • RefWorks: Legacy or New versions (Both Online only) 

Learn how to access these programs and import references from PubMed and other databases. Find full text articles in the software for your references and insert them directly into your manuscript to build bibliographies automatically in various citation styles.

For more information, click the Citation Management tab, found in the Online Tutorials Guide under the Tutorials drop-down menu on our website. 

You can schedule a consultation with a Calder Librarian for additional assistance. 

To schedule an EndNote appointment, contact Kelsa Bartley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 305-243-5530.

To schedule a Mendeley or RefWorks appointment, contact Zsuzsa Nemeth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 305-243-9505.





October is National Medical Librarians Month!


Every week this month, we will feature Calder Medical Library staff in the various departments, to celebrate the people who make the Library an important campus asset for studying, services, resources, and just to relax and unwind.

Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram @CalderMedLib to see who is featured and to show them your love for what they do!

#CalderMedLib #NationalMedicalLibrarianMonth





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


Below is a list of resources and services that we hope will make the student experience more valuable and productive.

Library Hours

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

Fridays: 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Sundays: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. 

The library closes on certain holidays; check the Calder Library website.


Find Our Resources


uSearch is a one-stop search engine for finding physical and digital resources available in all seven University of Miami libraries across three campuses.

Create an account in uSearch to: 

  • Access full-text e-resources
  • Locate print or other physical Library resources
  • Save items to your e-shelf lists and export citations

You can access uSearch from the home page on the Calder Library website


Remote Access 

Multiple databases are accessible from laptops, tablets, and smart phones using your CaneID and Password.  Medical Campus users will have automatic access to resources while on campus and remote access with Single Sign-On Authentication (Cane ID and Password).  


Mobile Apps

To download Mobile Apps, first create accounts with the relevant databases while on campus or by using the remote access.  Download and open the App with the login and password for the account created.  


Interlibrary Loan

Request articles, book chapters, and entire books from non-UM libraries using the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) online form.


Resource Guide for Medical Students 

The Guide for Medical Students contains relevant information for medical students, including a list of books and e-books for your courses, multiple online databases, and other valuable information resources. 


Study, Collaborate, Relax

The library has several small group areas and study rooms on each library floor, which are available on a first-come-first served basis. There are over 110 PC and Mac computers available throughout the library. The Patron Lounge with comfortable furniture and a flat screen television is available on the first floor, in Room 1021A.  The Library's Relaxation Room, with recliners, is located in Room 2023 on the second floor.


Get Help with Research

Professional Librarians

The Reference and Education Librarians are available from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., to assist students.

Contact them by: 

Phone:  305-243-6648

Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Chat:  Use the Reference & Education chat window located from the Ask A Librarian tab on the library's home page


Personal Librarian Program (PLP) for Medical Students

Each Academic Society has an assigned Personal Librarian to assist with research and library-related questions during your four years of medical school. Check out the Personal Librarian Program Guide for more information.


Leave Us Suggestions & Comments

Use the Patrons Suggestions & Comments tab to leave anonymous comments and suggestions or to ask questions about library services and resources. 

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..

See you soon! 


Learn basic conversations in Medical Spanish using the Mango Languages platform. It has lessons covering 70+ languages, including Latin American Spanish, Haitian Creole, French, Chinese, and many others. Create a personal profile which will keep track of progress, organize courses, and provide access to the Mango mobile apps.  The interactive tool offers voice comparison, translations, and more.


Mango’s lessons are structured with fun and easy techniques based on repeating spoken conversations.  The lessons are short, easy to follow, and self-paced. The Specialty Courses include conversations in French about wine and cheese; Text Talk for texting in English and Spanish, and even conversations in Pirate, among other interesting topics.


Try Mango Languages by accessing it from Calder Library’s eDatabases list. Use your Cane ID and password to create your personal profile, then use the Specialty Courses tab to find the Medical Spanish course. You may need to download some system requirements such as Java Script and Adobe Flash Player. You will also need speakers and a microphone to record and listen to the conversations.  Mango Languages is also available as Apple iOS, Android and Amazon apps, to keep lessons going on your mobile devices.


Buena suerte!



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 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 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..



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:


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!


Updates and helpful tips for researchers.

Staff updates including new staff members, staff publications, and professional updates.

Information on the latest resources brought to you by the Calder library.

Information about what's available to you on campus at the Louis Calder Memorial Library building.