Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Migration to Examplify Testing Application


At UMHS we are nearing the SofTest sunset planned for the end of this term (December 2017) and we want to ensure you are prepared for the change that’s coming! 

Beginning on January 4, 2018, ExamSoft's new testing application Examplify will be the only software available for test taking by UMHS students. We will no longer be using SofTest!


In order to familiarize yourself with the new interface, please take the time to view the Examplify Orientation PowerPoint Presentation. The presentation is also available on the LMS - see below for it's location in the drop down bar. Early next semester we will also hold a couple of Orientation sessions that you may wish to attend, so watch your emails for further details. 


Examplify is already available for download from ExamSoft if you want to get a head start and try it out for yourself. Once you have downloaded the software to your laptop, take the Library Practice Quiz (password = libtestEX4) in order to familiarize yourself with the interface and its features. You can leave SofTest on your laptop for the remainder of this semester and still use it to take you final exams. Having Examplify on the same laptop will not interfere with your SofTest application.

If you have any questions about the transition to Examplify coming in January 2018, please contact me - Ann Celestine at the library or via email. 

I am confident you are all going to prefer this new interface!


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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

UMHS LMS Mobile App

The University of Medicine and Health Sciences now has an android App available for the LMS (Learning Management System). This new App provides you mobile access to many of the features, course content, and activities you find on the UMHS LMS.
(currently only available for android devices)



To set up the UMHS LMS App on your mobile device please follow these steps:
  1. Have the online App provider 'Aptoide' store on your device.
  2. Search for 'UMHS' in the Aptoide store (it is a free application)
  3. Download the App to your mobile.
  4. Login to the App with your personal LMS credentials.  



Thanks to Dr Peter Lee for creating this App for us! Enjoy! 

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Google Scholar Searches Link to UMHS Library Collections

The Anne Ross Library EBSCO journal holdings are now linked with Google Scholar. This means that if your search results return a journal article that is included in one of our subscription databases, you will be alerted with the link for 'myUMHS' appearing to the right of the article description. See the section below on 'How do I set up Google Scholar?' for instructions on setting this up.

Search Google Scholar for peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities, and websites. While there is overlap between Google Scholar, Discovery Search, and individual library databases, it’s always helpful to have a variety of research tools at your disposal.


Google Scholar links to many online journal articles, but it does not link to all of the articles available in the Anne Ross Library's online databases. By the same token, you may find sources in Google Scholar that aren’t available through the library.

Google Scholar yields broad and comprehensive search results for your topic, especially when looking for sources from different disciplines. It is also useful for identifying related research or for locating sources that have cited published articles you may have authored. The Search Alert tool is an additional benefit for staying up-to-date with information being published on your topic.

How do I set up Google Scholar?

You will need to do a one-time set-up for your account to access full-text articles available through the Anne Ross Library.
  1. Go to scholar.google.com 
  2. Be logged into your personal Google account
  3. Click Settings in Google Scholar
  4. Click Library Links
  5. Search for UMHS-SK or University of Medicine and Health Sciences
  6. Click myUMHS
  7. Click Save 

If you access Google Scholar directly at scholar.google.com without logging in and creating library links, full-text linking will not be available. Follow the myUMHS link for instant access to any available article. 
If you require further assistance to set this up please contact the library.

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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

UMHS LMS Provides Open Online Meeting Rooms



Enhance your small group study, meet virtually as a class, or just communicate with each other, using the open online meeting tool provided in the UMHS LMS (Learning Management System).

These virtual meeting places are open and available anytime, in each course for the use of those in that course, as well as at the institutional level. Three different meeting 'rooms' are available on the front page of the LMS for anyone at UMHS to meet together.



Drop in anytime or arrange a time for a group to join in together for academic discussion, study, and information sharing.
Enjoy!
from the LMS Development Team

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Videos Tutorials on Using AccessMedicine

Three new video tutorials have been created to assist UMHS Faculty and Students with using the valuable AccessMedicine database.
  • 'How to Login to AccessMedicine' (4 minutes)
  • 'Searching AccessMedicine' (7 minutes)
  • 'Setting Up the AccessMedicine App' (2 minutes)
These are available for viewing by going to the Training Kit page on the Library website, and clicking the links provided under the 'Resource Guides' column.

Screen Shot of Advanced Search in AccessMedicine for updates on 'dementia'

Please contact me if you need to be reminded of your login credentials for AccessMedicine. 

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The UMHS LMS Roll Out Extends to Clinical Students

A big WELCOME goes out to all UMHS Clinical Students as they all now join the rest of our UMHS students in utilizing the new UMHS Learning Management System (LMS).

The standardized UMHS Clinical Sciences Curriculum, developed by the UMHS Clinical Chiefs for the Six Core Clinical Clerkships, is now available to the clinical science students via the UMHS LMS platform. While these students rotate through their core clerkships in any of the many UMHS affiliated American hospitals, they will always have ready access to the key information they need to guide them in their learning.

The UMHS Clinical Chiefs have prepared the learning modules to cover all the key topics the students will need to know. The topical modules contain a variety of learning activities; from Lecture PowerPoint Presentations (some with voice-over), to videos, to practice quizzes, to interactive case studies. Most of the modules also contain targeted readings, embedded right in the LMS. These are selected from the valuable AccessMedicine database or one of the EBSCO databases of medical journals and ebooks, all of which our faculty and students enjoy full subscription access too.

Thanks goes out to the UMHS Clinical Sciences Faculty:
  • George Shade MD – Dean of Clinical Sciences; Clinical Chief Obstetrics/ Gynecology
  • Robert Levine MD – Clinical Chief for Family Medicine
  • Steven Caplan MD PA – Clinical Chief for Pediatrics
  • Charles Herrick MD – Clinical Chief for Psychiatry
  • Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS – Clinical Chief for Surgery
  • Jo An Mitchell MD – Clinical Chief for Internal Medicine
  • Screen Shot of the OBGY Clerkship in the LMS

    Let us know what you think of the LMS, the clinical program of instruction, etc.
    Your feedback is always welcome!

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    Monday, June 19, 2017

    EBSCO Discovery Search


    The Anne Ross Library is pleased to announce a trial of the new discovery tool available from EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS).

    Discovery Search provides fast, simple access to all of the library’s electronic resources through a single search. Simultaneously search across content in the subscription journal databases, ebook collections, DynaMed Plus clinical point-of-care database, as well as further links to AccessMedicine, YouTube content, etc.
    In the UMHS LMS professors can embed an EDS search box on course pages simply by adding that activity, making it easier to assign readings and conduct research.

    To access Discovery Search  just login from the Library Home page using the generic EBSCO login for UMHS OR your personal MyEBSCO login and select it from the list of options. 

    View of Discover Search interface results for keyword 'Dementia'

    Please feel free to contact the library with any questions regarding the EBSCO Discovery Service™.

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    The Anne Ross Library has a New Web Address

    Please note that the Anne Ross Library has migrated its website to a new server and web address (URL) . You will now find us at umhs-library.com

    Please redirect your saved bookmarks, desktop icons, etc. to the new location.
    Thanks all & sorry for any inconvenience!

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    Tuesday, March 28, 2017

    EBSCO Databases Now With Direct Access in UMHS LMS


    Now UMHS Faculty and students can enjoy direct access to the EBSCO databases once they are authenticated to the UMHS LMS! For ease of access to these valuable databases, the credentials have been embedded into the LMS. Of course this seamless generic login doesn't allow individual students and faculty to do everything that using your personal login does, but its convenient for quick lookup!

    Your personal MyEBSCO login is still required if you wish to:
    • save your search history and preferences
    • organize you reearch with folders
    • share your folders with others and view other's folders
    • download ebooks for offline reading
    • download the DynaMed Plus database to your mobile device for offline reference
    • create email alerts and/or RSS feeds 
    • gain access to your saved research remotely

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    Friday, February 17, 2017

    LMS Attendance Letter to UMHS Students


    Attention All UMHS Students,

    You have all now had time to get used to the idea of registering your class attendance in the LMS instead of Survey Monkey. Therefore, please note, that from Monday February 20, 2017, we will be expecting full compliance from every one of you! The responsibility rests entirely with YOU to ensure that your class attendance is accurately recorded for every class! Form the habit as you arrive in class each day - first- login to the LMS and record your attendance for that specific class. Please note you must record your attendance within the 15 minute window starting 5 minutes before the beginning of class until 10 minutes into class time.

    Also beginning Monday February 20, 2017, the LMS Attendance software will treat any non-registration within the 15 minute window as "Absent".  Please remember, as stated in the UMHS Student Handbook (p.14) and your course syllabi, in most courses failing to attend a minimum of 80% of classes may require you to retake the course. The reason for this requirement is that the UMHS Faculty & Administration, as well as Medical Licensing Boards and Medical School Accreditation Councils, all believe that your mental and physical presence in class is vital to your learning process!

    You are further required to wear your UMHS Student ID cards at all times while on campus. You also are required to have a Library Barcode sticker on the back of your ID’s. Anyone still needing a replacement ID or Library Barcode please see IT and the Library Desk respectively. The Attendance Spot-checker can only confirm your attendance in class if you have a Library Barcode attached to your Student ID cards!

    As physician’s-in-training your reputation and integrity are vital to your ongoing and future success – as is your attention to accurate record keeping and documentation. So this is only the beginning for you! Forming good habits now will only serve you well as you continue to move forward in your careers as medical professionals.
    Thank you for your attention and co-operation,
    Attendance Administration

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    Friday, January 13, 2017

    UMHS Graduate Speaks on Residency & Medical School Life


    UMHS graduate Dr. Rena Sukhdeo, will give a talk to the UMHS student population on residency and medical school life. Faculty are welcome too.
    Dr Sukhdeo entered the UMHS ARP (pre-med) program in January 2012 and matched in Neurology in March 2016.  Congratulations!
    Come hear her talk and say hello on Saturday January 14, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the St. Kitts campus Auditorium.

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    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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