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New point of care tool: DynaMed Plus

9 July 2015 - 10:38am by Andy Hickner

Yale University and Yale-New Haven Hospital now have access to DynaMed Plus, which allows you to get answers to your clinical questions fast.  This clinical information resource is written by physicians, and features a rigorous evidence-based editorial process which provides synthesized information and objective analysis to answer your clinical questions quickly and easily.

DynaMed Plus features: 

  • Overviews and recommendations
  • Thousands of graphics and images
  • Precise search results
  • Expert reviewers
  • Specialty content
  • Mobile access
  • Micromedex Clinical Knowledge Suite drug content 

For questions about this new product, please contact your librarian or visit our documentation about DynaMed Plus on mobile devices

Ovid Personal and proxy server accounts briefly unavailable tomorrow, June 22

16 June 2015 - 9:18am by Andy Hickner

The Ovid Personal Edition System and the Proxy server account pages will be down tomorrow morning (Tuesday, June 22)  at 7:15 and will be unavailable until 7:45.  During this time, users will be temporarily unable to request a proxy account or password reminder.  Access to Ovid Personal login will also be unavailable.  

Medical Historical Librarian profiled in Yale Medicine

5 June 2015 - 1:26pm by Andy Hickner

Medical Historical Librarian Melissa Grafe is featured in the latest issue of Yale Medicine

Now, Grafe pursues her interests in medical education and the history of medicine at work every day. As director of the Medical Historical Library, she helps students and scholars navigate its collections, housed within the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. She curates exhibits that showcase materials from the library’s more than 140,000 volumes, as well as thousands of manuscripts, drawings, prints, incunabula, and other items spanning every era of medical history. Recent exhibits range from the 16th-century anatomical drawings of Vesalius, some of which incorporate an ingenious lift-the-flap design not unlike what we see in children’s books today, to 1970s-era Technicolor posters highlighting the dangers of excessive drinking.

Read more here

Cushing Center featured in Atlas Obscura

18 May 2015 - 5:20pm by Andy Hickner

On May 30, the Cushing Center will be one of the destinations for Obscura Day.  Obscura Day will include "more than 150 events in 39 states and 25 countries, all on a single day, and all designed to celebrate the world's most curious and awe-inspiring places."  Other Obscura Day destinations will include the ghost towns of Chernobyl, Mayan ruins in Mexico, and Pasadena's Bunny Museum, to name just a few.

A recent article published by Atlas Obscura features some newly digitized images from the Cushing Tumor Registry:

2013-2014 Annual Report now online

7 May 2015 - 1:23pm by Andy Hickner

(by John Gallagher, Interim Director)

On behalf of the staff of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, I’m honored to present this year’s Annual Report. Whether supporting the clinical, research, or educational goals of users, the Library seeks to be an essential and valued research partner.

This report highlights a wide range of activities and accomplishments, including:

  • The diverse roles librarians have played in the clinical setting
  • A 10% increase in the University’s overall compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy, thanks in part to Library support
  • The acquisition or licensing of new resources and collections
  • Librarian assistance with videos for the new Yale School of Medicine (YSM) flipped curriculum
  • A systematic review service supporting the publication of many articles, several of which listed librarians as coauthors
  • The Library’s formal designation as a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre
  • Delivery of Library services, resources, and expertise to Yale School of Nursing (YSN)’s new home on West Campus
  • Facility upgrades in study spaces provided by the Library
  • Record use of the Library’s world-class historical collections in classes, exhibits, and research
  • The addition of Finn, a therapy dog, who visited the Library most Fridays

And more!

All of us at the Medical Library share a deep sense of pride in this year’s accomplishments, and it is with optimism and enthusiasm that we look forward to supporting and serving our users in the coming year.

In memory of Lynn Sette

4 May 2015 - 9:31am by Andy Hickner

Lynn Sette

Sadly, after a long illness, Lynn Sette passed away peacefully last week. Lynn was beloved by so many here at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, as a truly kind and considerate friend and colleague. 

Lynn first joined the Medical Library as an Acquisitions Assistant in 1979. She earned her Masters in Library Science from Southern Connecticut State University in 1983, and truly loved being a reference librarian since then.  She was very passionate about her work, and served as a library liaison to the Departments of Pediatrics and Dermatology, as well as a personal librarian for medical students. Among her proudest accomplishments was her collaboration with staff at the New Haven Free Public Library to create a consumer health information resource and collection there to serve the health information needs of New Haven residents. For many years Lynn also volunteered weekly at Yale New Haven Hospital’s Newborn Special Care Unit, work that was extremely close to her heart. 

Please join the Library in extending our most heartfelt condolences to Lynn’s family. 

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