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Geographic Information Systems Open House

15 April 2016 - 2:48pm by Mark Gentry

Miriam Olivares, GIS Librarian, now consults with Medical Library patrons on Wednesday afternoons.  We are kicking off this service with Open Houses on April 27 and May 4.  Drop in between 3pm and 5pm with your questions about geospatial applications in medicine and public health – or just come to hear more about this service.  Join us in our Gordon Conference Room (L101) at the front of the library, or get more information here.

GIDEON: Global Infectious Diseases & Epidemiology Network

18 November 2015 - 4:56pm by Mark Gentry

GIDEON (Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network) is a global infectious disease knowledge management tool. It is designed to assist in diagnosing infectious diseases and staying current on the latest trends in epidemiology and treatment.  It also provides information on the history of outbreaks.  Gideon is used for diagnosis and reference in the field of tropical and infectious diseases, epidemiology, microbiology and antimicrobial chemotherapy. There is detailed information on vaccines and vaccination throughout the world and an extensive section on worldwide travel.  Access GIDEON at

New edition of Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine

22 April 2015 - 5:44pm by Mark Gentry

harrisons coverThe 19th edition of the world's best-selling medical text, Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, is now available from the Medical Library in both print and online.  The complete ebook may be accessed through the AccessMedicine platform.  The ebook includes a number of chapters not found in the print edition.  Expanded content also includes videos and enhanced illustrations.  Here's the direct link to Harrison's Online.

The two volume print edition is shelved in the Information Room's 3 Day Reserve section with the call number designation of Med RC46 .H27 2015.




We Loan Technology

10 January 2015 - 3:27pm by Mark Gentry


The Medical Library lends a variety of computer and audiovisual technology.  Everything from chargers to camcorders to computers.  We've recently added to our offerings in several areas :

  • Camcorder ... Canon Vixia HFG220
  • Audio equipment ... Zoom digital recorder, shotgun microphone and boom mic stand
  • Computer peripherals ... External Superdrive for Macs, USB Webcam and a USB conferencing microphone

Only medical center students may borrow computers but all other equipment is available to any Yale student, faculty or staff member.

Visit the Equipment for Loan page for details


Renovated CRL reopens as the 24/7 Computer & Study Space

25 June 2014 - 7:28pm by Mark Gentry




The Medical Library Computer Resource Laboratory (CRL) has reopened with a very different look. We decided it deserved a new name - the 24/7 Computer & Study Space. The new name emphasizes the multiple purposes of the room and reminds our users that is accessible to anyone with a Yale University ID badge anytime, day or night.  Some of the changes you will see in the renovated space are:

  • All new furniture with more work space
  • Upgraded monitors on Windows computers
  • New software such as qualitative analysis software packages Atlas.ti and nVivo
  • Height-adjustable tables (great for laptop users)
  • A large wall-mounted monitor for collaborative work
  • COMING SOON! Soft seating for the area around the monitor

Entrance to the 24/7 Space is through the door just past the newspaper reading area whenever the library is open.  After hours entry is from the stairwell just outside the entrance to the Medical Library.  We hope you will enjoy the enhancements to this space.

Important Changes to the Printing/Copying System

25 June 2014 - 6:54pm by Mark Gentry


On June 24 we changed our printing/copying/scanning system from UniPrint to Papercut.  The interface for users on both the computer and the multifunction devices have changed.  The YPPS BluePrint service now uses Papercut exclusively throughout all campus locations.  

  •  Yale University users had the balance of their UniPrint accounts automatically transferred to a PaperCut account.  Anyone with a Yale NetID now has a Papercut (aka BluePrint) account.
  • YNHH staff or other non-Yale users with a Guest Account (an account that starts with ! ) will need to manually transfer the funds from their old UniPrint account to a PaperCut account.   If you don’t already have a Papercut account, you’ll need to set one up first.  Go to  the YPPS main page and navigate to the Papercut “Account Mangement” page to create a PaperCut account or transfer your UniPrint balance.
  •  There are two PaperCut print queues: BluePrint_BW … (aka \\\BluePrint_BW) and BluePrint_Color… (aka \\\BluePrint_Color)  If the default printer on your computer says YalePrint or UniPrint, you MUST change it to one of the PaperCut queues or it will go into the ether.
  • To print from your personal laptop you will need to install the PaperCut client from the Yale software library:
  •  Add value to your PaperCut account through the YPPS Website:

If there are problems with your PaperCut Account (e.g. funds did not automatically transfer from UniPrint or the balance seems incorrect, etc.) contact YPPS at or (203) 432-6560

Clinicians' Study Center Opens on the Saint Raphael Campus

19 June 2014 - 3:14pm by Mark Gentry


The “Clinicians’ Study Center” on the Saint Raphael Campus (SRC) of Yale-New Haven Hospital is officially open.  This space offers a quiet refuge for clinicians and trainees to read, write, study or access online medical literature.  The Study Center is located on the first floor of the Orchard Medical Building (Room E113) near the Orchard Street entrance.  The space includes ten new computers, a printer and additional table seating for more than a dozen.  There is a work area where librarians from the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library can meet with users for  research assistance or training in the use of library resources and tools.  The Clinicians’ Study Center is open weekdays from 7am to 7pm with and is accessible with  your YNHH ID badge.  The space is open to medical staff, nurses, house staff and students in Yale programs (MD, PA, Nursing, Nurse Anesthetist).

Anyone from one of the designated groups unable to access the space should contact Patricia Verni  in the Saint Raphael Campus  Office of Dr. Peter Herbert: / 203-789-6297.

A Cure for What Ails You: Songs from the Medical Library’s Sheet Music Collection

26 January 2014 - 3:51pm by Mark Gentry

Exhibit curated by Toby Appel

January 23rd-May 2nd, 2014

Harvey Cushing/ John Hay Whitney Medical Library foyer

Join us for an exhibit tour on Thursday, February 13 at 11:30.  Meet at the entrance to the Medical Library.  The tour scheduled for the 13th is cancelled due to inclement weather and will be re-scheduled for a later date. 

Celebrating a new collection of recently donated medically themed sheet music, this exhibit highlights music on medical providers, purveyors of remedies, ailments both real and imagined, cures for all purposes (especially for lovesickness), health songs for children, and music advertising patent medicines. Most of the music was written for public entertainment, whether in London music halls, Parisian theaters, or American vaudeville and early musicals. Later songs in the collection were aired on the radio, featured in movies, recorded on record labels, or served as themes for TV shows on doctors and hospitals. Songs range from “The Cork Leg,” a traditional Irish song about a self-propelling prosthetic cork leg, to Loretta Lynn singing about the advantages of “The Pill.” The engraved and lithographed covers of the music provide striking images of medicine and popular culture.

The collection with over 1,000 items was donated to the Medical Historical Library by William H. Helfand. Discover the entire collection through the finding aid: sheet music collection.

Finn the Therapy Dog

15 January 2014 - 2:26pm by Mark Gentry

Update:  Click here for Finn's schedule

Finn the Therapy Dog - the newest member of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library's staff - will be officially introduced to the Yale community at a coffee hour on Friday, January 24th at 10am.  Finn, a certified therapy dog, will attend the event with his friend, Krista Knudson.  Finn will be in the Medical Library most Fridays for anyone in need of a furry friend.  Come join us on most Fridays!

ACP PIER is now ACP Smart Medicine

7 January 2014 - 5:10pm by Mark Gentry

This point-of-care decision support tool is available through the Medical Library subscription to Stat!Ref.  ACP Smart Medicine provides access to hundreds of evidence-based recommendations on diagnosis, therapy, prevention, screening and more.  You will find links to ACP Smart Medicine on the Clinical Resources or Evidence-based Practice portal pages. It is also available for mobile devices through the Stat!Ref Mobile application.

Access ACP Smart Medicine now. 

If you are a member of the American College of Physicians, you are eligible for personal access to Smart Medicine through

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