EBM and Clinical Support Librarians@UCHC

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News, A Look Back: Happy New Year and Picks for Best Posts

First:  Best wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year 2011 to everyone! 

Since I have been writing this blog (which began in July 2007), I have yet to assemble a list of  “favorite posts” from the backlist.  The first week of a brand New Year seems like a good time to offer up this collection.

Here’s a list of top picks from the EBM & Clinical Support Librarians@UCHC blog (in no particular order):

  • Digital Natives (Jun 12 2008) compares the learning environment of today’s graduate students with those from my generation (i.e., circa 1970’s).
  • A continuing series called Show Me The EvidencePart 1 is linked here. Part 2 – go here.  And Part 3 (which has received the most hits over time) link is here.

That’s a compilation to start out the New Year, folks – and thanks for reading this blog.

 


 

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The Friday Post #53: Bicycles, Anatomy Illustrations and Barney Rubble

This is The Friday Post for Oct 1 2010.  The fall season is upon us… say goodbye to summer!

Image: Courtesy of YouTube.com – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010

First up: New Yorkers are walkers by nature… it’s just that kind of place. Here’s a video which illustrates a wildly different perspective on traveling the streets of New York. It makes one wonder what the average life-expectancy of a NYC bike messenger is?  Do they have good health insurance (in case they get squished between two buses)?  How many pedestrians did they narrowly avoid mowing down in a crosswalk?  Watch it here.

As an aside: the 8th annual Open House New York takes place on the 2nd weekend in October this year.  The brochure explains all the 350 attractions on this years’ list (mostly free admission).

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AnybodyTechnology has created a video library available on YouTube.com with short illustrations showing human kinesiology (the science of physical activity and movement).  Below is one example: a 15-second Bike Pedaling clip; it’s a neat way of illustrating real-time human anatomy and physiology:

Image: Courtesy of YouTube.com – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010

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Yabba Dabba Do! Anyone of a certain age in the United States will recall watching the Flintstones cartoons on most Saturday mornings.  This week marks the 50th anniversary of the creation of this cartoon sitcom created Hanna-Barbera Productions.  Here is their enduring theme song, played on this video by pianist Paul Wells:

Image: Courtesy of YouTube.com – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010

Image: Courtesy of CMR – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010

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That’s the Friday Post for Oct 1 2010, folks.  Have a nice weekend!

The Friday Post #52: Medical Students, Video: Tips on How to Survive Medical School

Welcome back, everyone!  This is the Friday Post #52 for Aug 27, 2010.

The area in the pink box (below) has been the focus of instructional activities this week:

Image source: http://library.uchc.edu – All rights reserved – copyright 2010

August is a challenging month for academic reference librarians.  This week at UCHC, an interactive instructional session for first year medical and dental students (140 of them) was our main event. In 2009, the reference librarians presented a mock PBL case, written with a fourth year student who narrated the case while the librarians linked to the databases on the overhead screen in one of the large teaching auditoriums.  As each clinical scenario was described in the case, librarians linked into an assortment of resources.

This year, the 90-minute instructional session was more interactive. Everyone was handed an electronic clicker (aka audience response system) to use to respond to our librarian-questions which were interspersed between live demonstrations of PubMed, Lexi-Comp, 3-D Tooth Atlas, ADAM (Interactive Anatomy) and others.

Their new laptops also came in handy as the students quickly tried a “test run” on each of the resources. The live interactive feedback from this group was something new to try in 2010, and it was both fun and instructive. Although perhaps next year we will skip the video procedure showing the skin punch biopsy… when it is projected onto a 24 ft. square overhead, it’s just way too graphic for the first week of medical school (LOL).

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The Girl with the Blue Stethoscope (a fourth-year medical student and blogger from Australia) began a series in July 2010 titled “How to Survive Medical School.  For the members of the Class of 2014 this should be pretty much essential reading.

Her first installment was “How To Survive Medical School Part 1: Friends“.  The second installment:  How To Survive Medical School Part 2: Ask For Help. Thank you, Girl with the Blue Stethoscope… I’m looking forward to the next installment!

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Then this: Tufts University medical students raise the bar with this video for – and about – first year medical students called 99 Problems til First Years Done!

Video source: http://youtube.com – All rights reserved – copyright 2010

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That’s the Friday Post #52 for Aug 27, 2010, folks.  Enjoy a summer weekend!

The Friday Post #51: Oranges, Octopuses and a Librarian Action Figure

This is the Friday Post #51 for Jul 9 2010.

In the Northeast, it’s been a scorcher of a week with record-breaking high temperatures. The sports world this week stood transfixed by the media spectacle of LeBron James and a FIFA World Cup final scheduled between Spain and the Netherlands for Sunday.  Neither of these countries have ever reached the finals before.

Anyone who reads this blogs knows that I admire wily cephalopods.  Enter Paul the Psychic Octopus, a  handsome German mollusk with mightily predictive powers when it comes to calling winners.  He correctly predicted the outcome of all six World Cup matches for the German team.

Paul, hatched from an egg at Oberhausen Sea Life Aquarium, is shown in the video below pondering his choice earlier in the week as to the winner of the 2010 World Cup semi-final. His selection? Spain to win over Germany (correct!) for which he received a tasty mussel as a reward.   Watch him in action:

Video Credit: YouTube.com – All rights reserved – copyright 2010

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German fans were irate over that loss… and quite upset with Paul. There were even death threats against the cephalopod. Recipes for calamari were suggested. This all shows very poor taste and that the German fans are quite thin-skinned, I think.

Leave the poor guy alone – he has nine brains (one in his head, one in each of eight tentacles) for heavens’ sake and probably doesn’t even watch television. At any rate, he hasn’t been wrong in two years. He even has his own Facebook page.

Link here to a New York Times article (published at 8:05 am today) as Paul picks Spain as the winner on Sunday.

Dutch fans, meanwhile, can take heart from watching Mani the parakeet predicting that their team will prevail on Sunday afternoon.  Stay tuned to watch the final outcome! 

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Do you like sushi?

The Annoying Orange discovers Wasabi

Video Credit: YouTube.com – All rights reserved – copyright 2010

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Finally:  Every library needs their own Librarian Action Doll!

Homely in appearance, it shushes… and wears sensible shoes

Image Credit:  McPhee.com – http://www.mcphee.com/laf/ – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010

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And that’s the Friday Post #51 for Jul 9 2010.  Enjoy your weekend, folks!

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The Friday Post #50: Nerd, Geek or Dork? Fish or Search? and a Vintage Cartoon

Here’s the 50th Friday Post!

OK, I have taken the “Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test“. You can too.

Here are my results:

Image/Source credit: http://www.okcupid.com/tests/the-nerd-geek-or-dork-test – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010

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“Fishing”  as “searching” parable

(Apologies to John Steinbeck)

There are good things so in the tide pools and interesting thoughts to be generated from the seeing.   Every new eye applied to the peephole which looks out at the world may fish in some new beauty and some new pattern, and the world of the human mind must be enriched by such fishing. “

Source: From a foreword written by John Steinbeck for the 3rd edition of Between Pacific Tides, written by Ed Ricketts and Jack Calvin’s book (originally published in 1939).

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Here is a nerdy-librarian transposition of such an elegant statement about marine life and cephalopods:

” There are good things so in the tide pools databases, and interesting thoughts to be generated from the seeing searching.   Every new eye applied to the peephole Google, which looks out at the world, may fish in some new beauty and or discover some new pattern [of relational knowledge], and the world of the human mind must be enriched by such fishing knowledge retrieval. “

Source:  Creaky being silly (or stupid or both)

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Anyone who reads this blog might recall that I’m fond of cephalopods. However, even I am very doubtful about this unusual video (dialog in Japanese) called Baby Octopus (claymation), circa 1960’s:

Source:  http://www.YouTube.com – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010

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My goodness, what happened to the baby octopus? Is that anyway to treat a cephalopod?  No.

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That’s the Friday Post #50 for May 21 2010, folks.

Enjoy this beautiful weather.

News: Today is Earth Day – Happy 40th Anniversary!

April 22 2010 is Earth Day

Image Credit: Courtesy of NASA – The Blue Marble – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010

Today marks the 40th Anniversary Celebration of Earth Day

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Matt Harding has visited many different places on this beautiful globe

(and admits to dancing badly while visiting all of them)

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Thank you, Planet Earth ~ Sit in the sun ~  Plant a tree ~ Enjoy!

The (Good) Friday Post #49: Easter Greetings, Volcanoes, Helen Mirren and A Nerd Test

Here’s the (Good) Friday Post #49 for Apr 2 2010

First:  Anyone want to take a stab at pronouncing the name of this city in Iceland, where a volcano erupted this week…  ??

Image credit/source:  http://www.youtube.com/user/AssociatedPress – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010

Hello! to those folks from Connecticut who are currently vacationing in Iceland.   Sure hope you got to witness this volcanic event which took place on Mar 31, 2010:

Image credit/source:  http://www.youtube.com/user/AssociatedPress – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010.

I enjoy watching Helen Mirren as an actress…  from Prime Suspect to The Queen.  She is so convincing.

In the 1980 film, The Long Good Friday, she plays the role of girlfriend to sullen gangster Bob Hoskins; it is a tough movie full of bad guys set in downscale London.  It would be a fine movie to watch on a Good Friday.

Image credit/source:  http://tinyurl.com/yfx9cv3 – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010

Would it surprise anyone to learn that a librarian got a test score of “Nerd” on the Geek? Nerd? or Dork? Test? (No!)

There’s also a Personality Defects Test on this website but, my friends, those results won’t be discussed on this blog.

That’s the Friday Post for Apr 2 2010, folks!

Let the Good Times roll

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All Easter borders – Image credit/source: http://tinyurl.com/yhkp28u – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010

The Friday Post #48: A Collection of No’s

That makes no sense and so do I.

–Attributed to Daffy Duck

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No is a universal word, and a universal concept, however you say it: Nein! Không! नहीं! Non! Kdežeby! Nee! Nyet! ניין! or 不是!

So this Friday Post #48 for Mar 19 2010 offers up an eclectic collection of Things Not To Do.

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NOT the way to Locate Credible Clinical Information

(Sound Effect: Medical Librarians collectively Groaning)

All professional groups used Google [for searching] more than any other electronic resource overall, many respondents did not regularly access any information resource; 37% rarely or never consulted Google, and 58% rarely or never consulted Ovid MEDLINE or PubMed

Excerpt from “The Information-Seeking Behavior of Clinical Staff in a Large Health Care Organization” by Philip Hider, et al published in Journal of the Medical Library Association – Volume 97, Issue 1 (January 2009)

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NOT the way to Teach Millenials (or any other age group)

(Sound effect: 20-somethings critique, a la Office)

Video Credit:  http://www.youtube.com – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010

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NOT the way to get Ready for Work

(Sound effect: Germ-o-phobes cringing and gasping)

Video Credit:  http://www.youtube.com – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010

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NOT the way to stay out of the Emergency Department

Dude… Got medical — and dental — insurance?

(Sound effect: Cries of pain from the injured as friends cackle)

Video Credit:  http://www.youtube.com – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010

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Not Funny: A Collection of Jokes written by Librarians

http://lisnews.org/joketracker

(Sound Effect: Anyone who isn’t a Librarian groaning)

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That’s Not the Friday Post #48 for Mar 19 2010, folks.  Have a great weekend and enjoy some sunshine!

The Friday Post #46: That old Cardiac Rythmn, Medical Fiction and Jude Law

This is the Friday Post #46 for Feb 5 2010.  Let’s consider matters of the human heart because St. Valentine’s Day will be here soon, and because this is National Wear Red Day, a public service campaign aimed toward women which promotes awareness of cardiovascular health and fitness, sponsored by the American Heart Association.

Systole/Diastole Song

…. Ha ha ~  It’s a bit repetitious

Video Source/Credit: YouTube.com – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010

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The Mad Professor does the ECG Dance

What a way to learn Normal Sinus Rhythm!

Video Source/Credit: YouTube.com – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010

My goodness, don’t his arms get tired?

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Finally:  It’s no secret that this blogger needs some good strong coffee in the morning in order to get moving, wake up and be productive.  It snowed on Wednesday morning here in the Northeast, making for an ugly, accident-ridden commute.  Getting to work a bit late, and getting a cup of French Roast, I sat down to my computer to check my email and the latest medical news online.

Then I checked my blog statistics, which linked to an item on the Health Blog from Wall Street Journal, which led me to a news item on Digg advertising something called “The Union“.

(Disclaimer:  This is about medical fiction, Hollywood style, folks!)

Image Source: http://Digg.com – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010

It gets weirder: The link opens a website named UnionCares.com, a glossy page with sincere video testimonials, lush graphics and a catalog of high-tech mechanical human organs for sale, at high-cost and extreme profit to the ruthless company that created them.  And payment plans.

The fictional items “for sale” look like they were manufactured by the same industrial designers who created the Terminator.

Image Credit: http://www.theunioncares.com/ – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010

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This site gave me a nasty shock… did I miss hearing about something really big having to do with trends in transplantation?!  Was this a French Roast-coffee-deprivation thing clouding my reasoning abilities at 930am?

Thank God they’re not real.  The whole site is a promotion for a film (whew) due to be released in March 2010, called Repo Men.

This is not the same movie as the classic 1984 film, Repo Man, or the 2008 musical.  And Jude Law is in this film… !

However, seeing that artificial liver left me feeling a bit sick… so I finished the coffee, skipped the donut.

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That’s the Friday Post #46 for Feb 5 2010, folks.  Have a great weekend and good luck on exams next week!

The Friday Post #45: Hapless Medical Student, StoryBird and Moonbows

This is the Friday Post #45 for Jan 22 2010.

First, thanks to Educational Origami (a favorite blog/wikis for educational and instructional ideas) for the link to StoryBird where you can sign up to create your own story, or collaborate with others to create a shared story.  The artwork is fabulous!

http://storybird.com/create/

Very cool

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Next: A Day in the Life of a 3rd Year Medical Student who essentially can’t do much of anything right.

Source Credit:  Youtube.com – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009

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Finally:  Take a moment and watch this amazing Time-Elapsed Moonbow

Source Credit:  Youtube.com – All rights reserved – Copyright 2009
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That’s the Friday Post #45, folks.  Enjoy your weekend!