Friday, May 25, 2018

UMHS Provides Kaplan Integrated Plan to Basic Science Students

UMHS President Warren Ross is pleased to announce that beginning soon UMHS will be offering all our Basic Science students access to the new Kaplan Integrated Plan.  We are one of the first off shore medical schools to provide this resource to students in the Basic Sciences, giving our students a great jump start on preparing for the USMLE Step 1. UMHS students will no longer have to wait until the 5th semester at our campus in Portland, Maine to access these valuable tools. The information will also be useful as an additional resource with content and video’s which correspond to each of the basic science courses taught in St. Kitts. The Question Bank is incredible and once again a great tool to test your overall knowledge. The Integrated plan contains the following:

  • Over 2,100 newly updated USMLE type questions
  • Full explanations and reKap summaries for all questions
  • Streamlined user experience with progress reports
  • Simple test creation and test-like interface
  • Customized study plan structured around your performance
  • 26 Mastery Assessments
  • 40 - 70 hours of online interactive videos
  • 1 diagnostic exam
  • 2 full-length simulated exams
  • Mobile-friendly and available in the Kaplan App

The attached video provides further details about the program and how to utilize it. Additional information from Kaplan will be provided soon along with a webinar to further explain the benefits of this plan. Click here to view a short video introduction to the Kaplan Integrated Plan.

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Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Test Anxiety Workshop

Do you experience test anxiety prior to or during exams that is difficulty to cope with?
Could you benefit from improving your study skills or adjusting painful thoughts?

If so, then consider attending this workshop:
“Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Test Anxiety” with Amanda Massicott.

Thursday May 10, 2018 11:30 am - 12:20 pm
in the Eastern Lab on the UMHS campus in St. Kitts

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Saturday, May 05, 2018

Examplify Orientation for ALL NEW Students


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Thursday, May 03, 2018

Acid-Base Disturbance Cases on AccessMedicine

Are you struggling with a complicated acid-base disturbance case?

AccessMedicine now includes 58 new Acid-Base Disturbance Cases to help both students and practicing providers hone their skills and master these difficult concepts. These cases are progressive, complex cases appropriate for the advanced medical student and resident level physician covering double and triple acid-base disturbances. The questions are multiple choice and build on each other so they must be answered before moving on to the next page. Each question provides the user with a rationale for the correct answer to maximize learning. Navigate to the Hospital Corner or Cases tab in the main navigation bar to access  the cases.


Also the AccessMedicine core textbooks provide in-depth information on acid-base disturbances to help students and practicing providers take a deeper dive into the physiology of each type of disturbance. Here are a few examples of applicable chapters within a few AccessMedicine core textbooks:
Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment 2018, Chapter 21: Electrolyte & Acid-Base Disorders
Critical Care, Chapter 28: Acid-Base Disorders
Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19e, Chapter 66: Acidosis and Alkalosis
Principles and Practice of Hospital Medicine, 2e, Chapter 238: Acid-Base Disorders

As with all the other AM cases, users must be logged into their MyAccess personal account to answer the questions. Contact the library if you need help with your personal MyAccess logins for AccessMedicine.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

UMHS offers CME through AccessMedicine

AccessMedicine provides built-in American Medical Association Continuing Medical Education (CME) opportunities!

With our UMHS institutional site license UMHS faculty and students can obtain CME credits simply by browsing and reading content on AccessMedicine. Users can obtain up to 20 category 1 AMA credits through AccessMedicine. Credits are obtained when users read a CME eligible chapter from one of the many full text medical reference books included on AM, such as Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine. The user can choose to tag that material for CME, answer some basic follow-up questions, and then they will earn their CME certificate.

Users can also find CME eligible content within the new Clinical Prep feature on AccessMedicine.


Users also have the ability to set-up alerts to notify them when any eligible CME is about to expire so that they can claim that credit. An overview of what AccessMedicine resources are available for CME along with more details about this feature can be found at: About CME. To learn more watch this brief tutorial:



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Thursday, April 12, 2018

AccessMedicine adds Clinical Prep

AccessMedicine has launched a new feature with the addition of Clinical Prep. What Clinical Prep does is help to bridge the gap between course work and actual patient care experiences by providing access to common clinical questions.
"Clinical Prep offers more than 650 core topics essential for medical students. Within these 650+ core topics, students will find over 50,000 questions."
The questions and answer choices are written; as well as reviewed, and updated; several times a month by specialists who work in clinical settings
Clinical Prep supports learning in four key ways:

  • It provides a warm up for your brain before setting out on clinical rotations.
  • It helps students become familiar with clinical workflow and issues surrounding each disease.
  • Its topics and questions serve as a point-of-care tool in the wards.
  • Clinical Prep’s specialty/topic lists align with the USMLE Step 2 content outline and are the same topics as those found in "First Aid for the USMLE Step 2 CK". Which means that diseases included in this feature are likely to appear on the Step 2!

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Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Anne Ross Library Catalogue Records Searchable in EBSCO Discovery Service

Now when you search for information resources using our 'one search' interface, the EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS), you will also be retrieving the holdings records of the Anne Ross Library.

Our  Library World OPAC (online public access catalogue) is now integrated into the EBSCO Discovery Service database to facilitate easier searching of the library's resources.


 The Discover Search interface (EDS) is shown here highlighting the location of library holdings information. Links back to the LibraryWorld database are included. In the left side bar notice the location of the search 'limiter' to narrow your search to retrieve only items that are held in the library.


View of these same materials as found in the Anne Ross Library Catalogue.

 

EDS also includes records for the resources held at UMHS Maine Campus.
Links to our various eBook Collections and extensive downloadable ebook holdings are also retrievable through this same 'one search' interface.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

3rd UMHS Research Symposium: Oral Research Presentations

The 3rd UMHS Research Symposium  will be held tonight in the Warren Ross Auditorium, UMHS Campus, St. Kitts, Tuesday March 20, 2018 6:00—8:00 PM. Program below:

Oral Research Presentations:
6:00-6:20  - Poster Session
6:20-6:30  - Opening Remarks: Dr. Edwin Purcell, Dean Basic Sciences
6:30-6:40  - Eboni Peoples & Justine Vella: 
     Chronic Hepatitis C Virus in St. Kitts: an Analysis of Prevalence, Risk Factors and Testing         Guidelines

6:40-6:50 - Fernando Vélez: 
     Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Isolated from Surfaces after Clinical Simulation at a Caribbean Medical School
6:50-7:00 - Paola A. Rodriguez Martinez:
     Development of a Digital Public Health Database to Assess Prevalence of Risk Factors for Non-Communicable Chronic Diseases

7:00-7:05 - Questions for Student Presentations
7:05-7:15  - Dr. Prakash Mungli:
     Hybrid Classroom
7:15-7:30 - Dr. Abrar Khan:  

     Coronary Dominance
7:30-7:50  - Keynote Address:  

     Dr. Karen Near, Chief Medical Officer, Bureau of Global Heatlh, USAID:
     Careers in Medical Research and What's Going on Out There
7:50-8:00 - Closing Remarks: Dr. Jane Harrington

Reception with refreshments to follow.  



Photo Credit: Ian Holyoak

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3rd UMHS Research Symposium Student Poster Sessions

Student Research Poster Presentations:
 
Juan Cruz-Echevarría: 

Antimicrobial and AntiBiofilm Properties of Indigenous Plants Extracts against Staph aureus
Fabiola A. Rodriguez Gonzalez:  
Antimicrobial Resistance against Extended-Spectrum BetaLactamase of Bacteria Isolated from Chicken and Pork in St. Kitts
Adithi Srinivasiah: 

A Comparative Analysis of Remission Rates and Length of Stay of Patients with DeNovo AML and Patients with AML with Underlying MDS in a Community Hospital Setting
Jeannie Autry: 

A Brief Intervention Reduces Perceived Stress among College Students
Venita Uzowulu: 
Examining the Threshold of Gastrointestinal Microbiota under Chronic Disease to Determine How Dysbiosis Affects the Enteric Nervous System
Fatima Issa:  

The Role of Microbiota and Its Influence of the Gut-Brain Axis
Johanna Enelus: 

Addressing the Childhood Obesity Epidemic through Early Preventive Measures


The UMHS student's research posters will be on display at the symposium tonight (March 20, 2018) from 6:00-6:20 pm for consultation with the researchers.  The event will be held in the Warren Ross Auditorium, UMHS St. Kitts Campus.
Photo Credits: Ian Holyoak

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Thursday, March 08, 2018

3rd UMHS Research Symposium



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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Healthcare Business Titles Added to AccessMedicine


McGraw Hill has announced the addition of 14 new Healthcare Business Titles to the AccessMedicine platform.  These titles will appeal to practicing clinicians, healthcare administrators, residents, fellows, and medical students.
"The focus of these books ranges from softer skills, such as communication and conflict resolution, to leadership and management training, to quality improvement and patient safety projects with Lean Six Sigma, to healthcare technology and privacy issues." 
Please remember that AccessMedicine also includes a series of ten  Healthcare Systems Titles on the site, covering topics such as quality, safety, policy, and ethics.


UMHS Students:
You where all sent your personal logins to AccessMedicine at the beginning of your first semester at UMHS. If you have any problem signing into this resource, please contact the Library.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Orientation for New Students for ExamSoft - Examplify


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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 available for download by logging in to the UMHS Exam Portal, 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 the Sept 2017 semester and still use it to take you final exams. Having Examplify on the same laptop will not interfere with your SofTest application. Beginning in January 2018 however, please remove the SofTest application from your laptops.

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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