Friday, November 18, 2016

Discussion on the Current State of Global Humanitarian Action



Join us for a discussion with Dr Unni Karunakara on Wednesday, November 23 at 4:15 pm in the Warren Ross Auditorium, St. Kitts UMHS Campus, as we explore the current state of humanitarian action and the role and responsibilities of governments.

Dr Unni Karunakara has been a humanitarian worker and a public health professional for two decades, with extensive experience in the delivery of health care to neglected populations affected by conflict, disasters and epidemics in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. He was Medical Director of the medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)/Doctors Without Borders’ Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines (2005-2007) and later its International President (2010-2013). Unni serves on the Board of Directors of Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) India and MSF/Artsen Zonder Grenzen Holland. In 2001, he helped found vivo, an organization that works toward overcoming and preventing traumatic stress and its consequences. Dr Karunakara is currently a Senior Fellow of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University, and a Visiting Professor at Manipal University.

We are living in times of humanitarian crises with escalating unmet needs. As needs rise, there has been a corresponding erosion of humanitarian protections. Humanitarian workers are being killed in unprecedented numbers and hospitals are no longer safe spaces for care in times of war. 

The delivery of humanitarian assistance is a delicate balancing act between humanitarian principles and the practical ground realities. What are some of the challenges faced by humanitarian agencies in providing life-saving assistance to those affected by conflict?  What needs to be done, and fast?  Whose responsibility is it to stop the atrocities in Aleppo?  As the world watches horrific wars in the Middle East and Africa forcing 60 million people to leave their homes due to a well-founded fear of persecution, what roles can global citizens play in the face of the biggest crisis of forced displacement since WW2?

Mark the date on your calendar. See you there!

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

The 2nd Annual UMHS Research Symposium

In the UMHS Lab with Austin Gardenhire, Dr Jane Harrington, and Beani Forst

Join us in the Warren Ross Auditorium 
on the UMHS St. Kitts Campus 
6:00-8:00 pm, November 17, 2016

Oral Research Presentations
6:20  Opening Remarks:  Dr Edwin Purcell

6:30  Steven Cook & Austin Gardenhire,  The Anatomical Architecture of the Junction between the Great Cerebral Vein and the Straight Sinus in Correlation to the Physiological and Biochemical Impact on Multiple Sclerosis Subtypes and Disease Progression.

6:40  Beani Forst, Jandrely Lopez, Nick Mills, Andrea Ferrer, Luis Acevedo, Idalis Sanchez,  Prevalence and Antimicrobial Susceptibility of Bacterial Contaminates Isolated from Imported and Domestic Retail Chicken and Pork in St. Kitts.

7:10  Dr Michael Doherty,  Is Ataxic Neurodegenerative Satiety Deficiency Syndrome a Potential Threat to the Kittitian Community?

7:20  Dr Deborah Williams,  The Outcome Impact of a Six Week Pipeline Program leading to Pharmacy Education.

7:30  Keynote:  Dr Hazel Laws, Chief Medical Officer St. Kitts & Nevis, Frailty in Older Adults.

7:55  Closing Statements:  Dr Jane Harrington
 

UMHS Medical Research Elective Students with Dr Jane Harrington


Poster Research Presentations

Alex Schultz, Testing L-Type Calcium Channel Effects on Brain Stimulation Reward in the Sublenticular Central Extended Amygdala.

Everlyn Santana Aponte, Photovoice for the Prevention of Alcohol Consumption Among Adolescents: Documented and Divulged Experiences.

James Thomas, Efficacy of Cleaning Agent Consume Eco-LyzerTM in Biomedical Surgery Suites.

Lyanne Santana, Correlations between the anatomical variations in the Posterior Communicating Artery and the risk of neurodegenerative diseases.

Adrianna Thibault, Stability of Midface Fracture Repair Using Absorbable Plate and Screw System Pilot Holes Drilled and Pin Placement at Angles Other Than 90 Degrees to Pharmacy Education.

This event is sponsored by the UMHS Research Committee.
Committee Chair: Dr Jane Harrington
Committee Members:
 Drs Abayomi Afolabi, Desia Pereira, Agnes Beachman; & Ann Celestine
Photo Credits: Ian Holyoak

 

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

The 2nd Annual UMHS Research Symposium

The 2nd Annual UMHS Research Symposium will be held in the Warren Ross Auditorium, UMHS Campus, St. Kitts on Thurs Nov 17, 2016 , 6:00-8:00 pm, reception to follow.
 

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Friday, September 30, 2016

UMHS Provides DynaMed Plus for Clinical Decision Support


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We are pleased to announce that the Anne Ross Library at UMHS now provides the DynaMed Plus clinical-decision support tool to all our students and faculty!

The DynaMed Plus clinical point-of-care database has been redesigned! The focus of DynaMed Plus is to provide comprehensive clinical decision support with the fastest time-to-answer possible. The content is all about the evidence and is updated on a daily basis! The search feature has been redesigned for quicker access and images and a calculator filter have been added. Included are evidence-based treatment recommendations, medical graphics, algorithms, radiological imaging, expert reviews, etc. Specialty content along with Micromedex® drug information is integrated into the database and all is optimized for off-line mobile viewing with the downloadable app.
 
View this short video tutorial highlighting the features of DynaMed Plus, how to perform a search, and how to download to your mobile device. For more detailed instructions on setting up the mobile app click here.

UMHS faculty and students login from the link for DynaMed on the Library Home Page using our EBSCO login. 

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

AccessMedicine Adds Clerkship Study Tool

McGraw Hill, publishers of quality medical information resources, have added a new feature to their AccessMedicine product. Specifically designed for students on their clerkship rotations, the database has now opened up for all subscribers an internal medicine model curriculum along the lines of what was formerly made available to Instructors as part of the Custom Curriculum platform.


This new 'Clerkship Topics' section is found under the 'Study Tools' tab. Each main subject area contains numerous modules with activities organized under key topics of importance to that field.


This study tool helps focus the student's attention on the key aspects of each topic and provides targeted readings, cases and other activities to aid the learning process and mastery of the information.


The link for AccessMedicine is provided in the left-side bar of the Library Home Page as well as the right-side bar of this Library Blog. Logins for UMHS students were emailed to each of you during your first semester. If you need further assistance with your login and/or navigating this valuable resource, please contact us at the UMHS Anne Ross Library. I also encourage you, while you are in the site, to take some time and check out further some of the other cool resources available to you in the AccessMedicine database.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Dr Alfred Roy Awarded For Teaching Excellence by Figure 1

The Chair and Professor of Pathology at UMHS, Alfred Roy, MD, MBBS, has been awarded the Figure One 2016 Healthcare Educators Award. This award is given in recognition of outstanding teaching excellence and commitment to going above and beyond for their students.  
Congratulations Dr Roy!
Since completing basic medicine and residency in Pathology in 1993, Dr Roy has held numerous key positions in medical education and Pathology with such institutions as the University of the West Indies, Melaka University, Manipal University, St. Matthew's University, and the American University of Antigua, before joining the University of Medicine and Health Sciences in May of 2013.
Figure 1 is a growing internet phenomenon which connects the global medical community in the ongoing quest for the patient diagnosis!
"Where do doctors turn when even they don’t know what’s wrong with you? Colleagues? Books? The internet?"
Launched in 2013, the Figure 1 app was born from the idea that sharing images of what confounds doctors with other doctors across the world can help point them in the direction of the right answer.
Figure 1 is like an Instagram for doctors connecting one million healthcare professionals to view, discuss, and share medical cases. This crowd-sourcing for a diagnosis is effectively a win-win situation with everyone learning and benefiting; including professors, medical students, and patients!

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

NIH Produces Online Atlas of Human Malformation Syndromes

Atlas of Human Malformation Syndromes in Diverse Populations

An international group of clinical geneticists have created an online atlas of human malformation syndromes in diverse populations to assist clinicians with diagnosing syndromic disorders. The website will include photographs and the molecular diagnoses of individuals from geographically diverse locations around the globe. Previously, the only available diagnostic atlas featured photos of patients with northern European ancestry, which often does not represent the characteristics of these diseases in patients from other parts of the world.
"Birth defects remain a leading cause of infant mortality and childhood morbidity throughout the world. An accurate and early syndromic diagnosis is paramount, as late diagnosis can result in a delay in intervention and treatment of accompanying anomalies such as congenital heart defects or endocrine disorders."
Most major malformations are non-specific to a particular syndrome, thus this web site will attempt to show the pattern of malformations that are consistent with a syndrome. The authors foresee this new online tool being used extensively by physicians, genetic counselors, and trainees throughout the world.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

UMHS Offering New History of Medicine Elective

UMHS will now be offering an elective course called the History of Medicine [MICM 0991] with Dr Michael Doherty. There will be 5 total lectures, one hour each, held in the campus auditorium beginning at 11:30 on each of the following Tuesdays: May 24, June 14 & 21, July 12 & 19, 2016.

Applying for residency is very competitive; it is important to have extracurricular/volunteer activities on your resume. Those can be club activities, health fairs, elective courses, and so forth. It’s something you all should consider. The History of Medicine elective is a good choice; it’s relevant, goes on your transcript, and you’re on campus anyway.

Why is this kid from 1958 going to see the butcher for a black eye?...

There is no fee for the course, and the only requirement for receiving credit is by attending all 5 sessions. If interested, please email Dr Doherty.

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Thursday, May 05, 2016

Resources Tour of the UMHS Anne Ross Library

Anne Ross Library

Join me on a tour of the Anne Ross Library where I will be showcasing the information resources provided by the university for the benefit of the UMHS student body and faculty. I hope you will find time to further explore and utilize these valuable databases, as you probably realize you can’t memorize it all! Once you are practicing medicine, the key to success will be your ability to search out the best and most current medical information when and where you need it.
The foundation of evidence-based practice is being able to find, access and evaluate the medical evidence!
The Anne Ross Library Home page is your jumping off point to all of the library's resources so we will start the tour there http://lib.umhs-sk.net. The online Anne Ross Library Catalogue is the first link in the left-hand side bar. Browse the library’s collection of books, videos, ebooks, etc. and place holds on the items you need that are checked out, or click the link provided in the record to go to the ebook itself. The LibraryWorld catalogue provides a mobile interface link or downloadable App for easy access to searching the library’s holdings. The mobile login for the catalogue is USER: AnneRoss Library (notice NO space between ‘Anne’ and ‘Ross’), and the PSW: (blank) – no password is required. Search for ‘ebook’ or ‘electronic resource’ along with your search term, to easily locate in the catalogue records available downloadable ebooks.

Anne Ross Library Home

The next link is to MyUMHS which is the UMHS Egnyte file server drive or online ‘M’ drive for remote access to all your course materials. If you can’t recall the login sent to you via email, contact the Library.

Clicking on the links in the second grouping of the left sidebar and you can access the various EBSCO databases. Do you remember this login? In particular on this list of databases, take time to explore EBSCO’s DynaMed database,a topical, point-of-care clinical database. It will be invaluable to you in ICM and beyond. When you don’t have time to search the journal literature for the latest treatment options, DynaMed gathers this information for you and updates the database daily. To access DynaMed on your mobile device go into DynaMed and click on the ‘Mobile’ tab along the top of the screen for the latest step-by-step instructions.

NOTE: Currently we are trialing the new DynaMed Plus database as well. This updated DynaMed platform has expanded and been enhanced in many ways. In fact, this produce has been adopted by the ACP (American College of Physicians) as their official clinical decision support tool. Make sure you explore it too!

NOTE 2: UMHS is also currently trialing the GIDEON (Global Infectious Disease and Epidemiology Network) database from EBSCO which is a must for your Microbiology and Epidemiology classes with its extensive microbiology and data on global infectious diseases, and current disease outbreaks.

Next check out the EBSCO journal databases such as Academic Search Premier and Medline Complete. These databases provide you with access to around 6000 journals, approximately 2000 of which are medical journals with full text! This resource will be very useful to you for researching a medical topic and discovering the latest articles published on that topic. The advantage to these EBSCO journal databases over PubMed (or Google & Google Scholar for that matter) is the instant and comprehensive access to the full text for many of the articles. In fact full text is provided for 34% of the citations found in PubMed!

You also have the option of performing your literature search in PubMed itself (using the special link you see on the Library Home page) and being provided the LinkOut notification (the UMHS logo will display in the top right corner whenever we have available the full text of an article retrieved by your PubMed search). In order for the LinkOut icon to appear you must also be signed into your personal MyNCBI account, which you can set up for yourself for free.

The EBSCO Academic and Clinical ebook collections (containing over 150,000 ebooks, 2000 of which are clinical ebooks) are also accessible using your UMHS EBSCO login. However, you will also need to set up for yourself your own personal MyEBSCO account. This personal second login will allow you to save your database searches, collect articles in folders, as well as download the ebooks. In addition an EBSCO ebook App is available for your mobile devices allowing you to search, check out, and download ebooks to your mobile reading device, tablet or phone.

AccessMedicine at UMHS

Returning to the Library Home page next please locate the link for Access Medicine. This valuable resource provides you with full text access to over 85 medical reference textbooks (including Harrison’s’!), procedural and instructional videos, clinical cases, practice questions, a drug database, the Diagnosaurus diagnostic tool, etc. Course materials and small group project assignments from your professors may also be available to you via this platform. Your personal logins are set up and emailed to you soon after your coming to UMHS. If you have trouble accessing your personal space in this database, please contact the library. Med4 and EBS5 students MUST verify their personal logins before the end of their last St. Kitts semester in order to be able to access their course materials in Maine and during the Clinical Core Rotations!

AccessMedicine also provides an App for your mobile. Set up instructions for your device is on the Anne Ross Library Blog. The App is designed as a diagnostic tool and contains four key diagnostic resources from McGraw Hill, but not the whole AccessMedicine database, or the Custom Curriculum.

VERY IMPORTANT: In Maine all the course materials for your ICM 2 course will be assigned through learning modules in AccessMedicine. Also, when you go out on your Clinical Core Rotationsa whole curriculum of more than 150 learning modules will be assigned to you for your completion during that time. So it is very important that you are completely up to speed with using AccessMedicine, understanding how to access your modules, and how to submit them on completion. Look under the ‘Custom Curriculum’ tab for your assigned learning modules.

The practice questions in USMLE-Easy will help you test your knowledge with USMLE-style questions while preparing for the USMLE Step 1, 2, and 3. In order to take full advantage of the test bank you must login via the UMHS institutional interface with your personal login that was created for you (an email was previously sent regarding your logins). If you have trouble accessing please contact the Library.

Next I would like to draw your attention to the various internet resource 'Kits', in particular the Medical Kit , and each of the semester specific 'kits', such as the Med5 Kit . I hope you will find some of these recommended websites useful. Please send me feedback and site suggestions so I can continue to improve the 'Kits'.

Finally, the four column section along the bottom is a gathering of links to in-house resources that you will probably need to access frequently, such as our social media sites, ExamSoft exam portal, etc.

Remember to regularly check this blog, the Anne Ross Library Blog, and The UMHS Endeavour Blog for interesting news posts and access to a wealth of information pertaining to medical resources and educational programs.

In this bottom section you will also find links to your Webmail and to the CAMS Student Portal, etc. CAMS is where you will find your courses, your attendance record, and some of your grades. Most of your grades are found in your ExamSoft account, but at least your final course grade, will be posted for your confidential viewing in CAMS. Your CAMS login is provided for you by the IT department.

Keep up to date on UMHS Research happenings on the UMHS Research Wiki and be aware of upcoming medical conferences, calls for papers, etc. on the Research Committee’s Pinterest Board.

Notice the link to the UMHS Exam Portal right there are well. This is the link to our computer based testing program ExamSoft. This program is what all of you are using for exam taking and where most of your professors release your scores on quizzes and exams.

Now you can follow the Library on Twitter and Pinterest! As you go forward in your career, stay up-to-date on new resource developments by checking the Library Blog, the Library Twitter feed, and the Library Pinterest boards. Further descriptions of the library's resources, links to them, and instructions on how to navigate them, are available via the Library Blog and the Library website, particularly in the section 'Navigation Guides' on the 'Medical Kit'.

I hope you all found this library resource tour valuable. Let me know if you need further help accessing and searching any of these resources. Each resource also has HELP links – so have fun and play around with trying different searches and different resources!

Remember to stay informed by reading the blogs and subscribing to our Twitter feed and Pinterest boards.

Please don’t hesitate to drop by the library or phone, email or Skype us, Linda, Doya, Jezelle, Raeeza, or Ann , for further assistance with accessing any information resources.

Your suggestions are always welcome. Have a great semester!

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