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, 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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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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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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Friday, November 21, 2014

Diagnosaurus (DDx) Comes to UMHS

"Diagnosaurus provides differential diagnoses (DDx) of symptoms, signs, and diseases. By using the various indexes, you can choose to view entries by organ system, or select to view the list of symptoms only, the list of diseases only, or all of the entries. For example, if you wish to review the causes of a patient's chief complaint, simply select the symptom or sign from the alphabetical listing. If you have made a diagnosis and wonder what other disorders to consider, select your diagnosis from the list to see its DDx."

Access from the Anne Ross Library Home page by clicking on 'AccessMedicine' and logging in using the UMHS generic login, and/or then your personal UMHS MyAccess login.

"In medicine, the terms "differential diagnosis" and "etiology" often overlap. They are sometimes distinct and sometimes synonymous. In Diagnosaurus, "DDx" is generally used when either term can apply. However, many entries have both an etiology list and a DDx. In these cases, the etiologies are the possible causes of the condition, while the DDx is the list of alternative diagnoses. For consistency, etiology is always listed before DDx. A few entries also have a list of "associated conditions" or "types."
Note that every entry is linked to related entries by way of the "See Related DDx" feature. For example, while viewing the DDx of psoriasis, you may wish to see the related DDx of scaly lesions. This feature also helps label a patient's presenting syndrome and thus leads you to the best differential diagnosis. In the example above, if the rash reminds you of psoriasis, you might start with the psoriasis entry and then link to the differential diagnosis of scaly lesions."


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