2010 News Archive

Holiday Food for Fine$

You can clear your overdue item fees by donating one non-perishable food item per dollar owed from now until December 17, 2010. Note: does not include lost item, photocopy, or Inter-Library Loan fees. Please bring your canned food items to the Health Sciences Library. All donations will go to the local food banks. Thank you for your generosity, good luck with finals, and Happy Holidays!

Posted November 22, 2010

UpToDate Has Been Enhanced

UpToDate users will notice a wonderful addition to their search results. VisualDx has been integrated into UpToDate and when you perform a search within UpToDate, your results list will include VisualDx links which will be identified by an orange icon: VisualDx links will appear for a range of diagnoses and associated findings that relate to dermatologic conditions, drug reactions, and infections. This integration streamlines the search process for clinicians, giving one click access to clinical and diagnostic support – including the unique capability to see the differential with the VisualDx Differential Builder.

Posted November 19, 2010

Thanksgiving is a great time to build your family's health portrait

A family’s medical history provides individuals with important information for making health decisions and developing effective wellness plans.  “My Family Health Portrait,” https://familyhistory.hhs.gov/fhh-web/home.action, is free internet software provided by the U.S. Office of the Surgeon General to help you build a family medical history.  On Tuesday, Nov. 23rd at 4 p.m. in the Creighton University Health Sciences Library’s Thune Seminar Rooms A & B, there will be a session to learn how to use this unique tool.  For more information, contact Jeanne M. Burke, Education Coordinator, CU Health Sciences Library at (402)280-5138 or refdesk@creighton.edu.  Those attending may bring a thumb drive to save their information.   

Posted November 18, 2010

New eBooks Available

Posted November 5, 2010

ScienceDirect to be Unavailable

ScienceDirect will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance on Sunday, November 7 from 1:00 A.M. to 5:00 A.M. and again on Saturday, November 13 from 7:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. ScienceDirect is the web platform for Elsevier. The maintenance affects access to several hundred journals and ebooks. Some of the titles include: Lancet, Surgery, Cell, BBA Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, Brain Research, European Journal of Cancer, and Meyer's Side Effects of Drugs.

Posted October 29, 2010

Need Help Organizing Your Documents and Research Citations? Try RefWorks!

RefWorks is a versatile internet based tool that allows individuals to:

  • save citations in electronic folders;
  • access CU Libraries’ holdings and full-text options;
  • attach documents and notes to citation records;
  • create style specific bibliographies/reference lists in text documents;
  • share files with colleagues
  • offers host of other information access and organizing options

Most users find they can successfully master the basics of RefWorks With just a minimum of instruction. Sign up for your instructional session scheduled for Thursday, November 4th, 4 -5 p.m. in the Health Sciences Library’s Thune Seminar Rooms A & B. If you want to know about RefWorks or want to schedule a training session, please contact Jeanne M. Burke, Education Coordinator for the Health Sciences Library/Learning Resources Center at (402)280-5143 or jburke@creighton.edu

Posted October 29, 2010

It's Hug Your Medical Librarian Month!

October is National Medical Librarians Month and we thought that we would tell you a little about ourselves. As medical librarians our mission is to support the teaching, clinical practice, research, learning activities, patient education, and health care decision making processes of those that our library is designed to serve. Which means we:

  • locate, evaluate, and organize databases, resources, technologies, and information for health care related areas;
  • teach a multitude of databases, technologies, searching techniques, evidence based practices and a whole range of library/research related skills;
  • develop tools, resources, methodologies, and skills to help faculty, students, health practitioners, researchers, and other support staff to be as effective as possible;
  • do a wide range of searches to assist those performing research, treating patients, writing grant proposals, developing guidelines, and administrating health care systems;
  • gather, synthesize, organize, and share relevant information to all interested groups;
  • work with other librarians locally, nationally, and internationally to provide access to relevant information that improve the lives and health of people around the world;
  • constantly reinvent ourselves and our services to fit a changing landscape of health care

If you need us, remember we are here for you, (just across from the hospital)!

Posted October 20, 2010

What Do Former Russian Nuclear Weapons Experts Have in Common With Dental Implants?

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today highlighted the latest launch of a commercial product successfully developed as a result of the Global Initiatives for Proliferation Prevention (GIPP) program. NNSA’s GIPP program applies the expertise of former weapons of mass destruction personnel to the development of civil-use technologies. EDA Labs in Albuquerque, NM, will officially start production of a new dental implant that uses stronger alloys that allow it to bond more quickly to human bone. The new implant is made with nanotitanium, a metal that is stronger than conventional alloys and integrates much more quickly with human bone. The new implant material was created under a three-year partnership between Los Alamos National Laboratory, several Russian institutes, and New Mexico-based Manhattan Scientifics. The new implant material is more reliable and longer lasting and should result in faster post-surgery healing. It is the first dental implant made with nanotitanium that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Read full press release here.

Posted October 19, 2010

My Family Health Portrait Session

A family’s medical history provides individuals with important information for making health decisions and developing effective wellness plans. “My Family Health Portrait” is free internet software provided by the U.S. Office of the Surgeon General to help you build a family medical history. Join us on Tuesday, October 19th at 4 p.m. in the Creighton University Health Sciences Library’s Thune Seminar Rooms A & B, for a session to learn how to use this unique tool. For more information, contact Jeanne M. Burke, Education Coordinator, CU Health Sciences Library at (402)280-5138 or refdesk@creighton.edu. Those attending are encouraged to bring a thumb drive to save their information.

Posted October 18, 2010

Open Access Directory To Serve as Comprehensive Source of Information About Open Access Week

Open Access Week is October 18-24, 2010 and the Open Access Directory wiki is the place to go to find events and for event organizers to enter their details directly. The Open Access Directory (OAD) is a compendium of simple factual lists about open access to science and scholarship, maintained by the Open Access community at large. By bringing many Open Access-related lists together in one place, OAD makes it easier for everyone to discover them, use them for reference, and update them. The easier they are to maintain and discover, the more effectively they can spread useful, accurate information about Open Access. The OAD is hosted by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College and supervised by an independent editorial board.

Posted October 14, 2010

EBSCOhost combines Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print

EBSCO has combined Mental Measurments Yearbook with Tests in Print. Mental Measurements Yearbook, produced by the Buros Institute at the University of Nebraska, is a guide to over 2,000 contemporary testing instruments. Tests in Print (TIP) is a comprehensive bibliography to commercially available tests that are currently in print in the English language. The library only has access for one user at at time to use Mental Measurements YearBook and Tests in Print. Contact the reference staff at 280-5138 if you have questions about using this resource.

Posted September 30th, 2010

New Micromedex Drug Information App

Micromedex has just released a free drug information app for iphone/ipad/ipod touch users. You can also configure many mobile web browsers to access the full Micromedex 2.0 Mobile (instructions).

Posted September 22, 2010

Online access to DiPiro's Pharmacotherapy

The library has online access to DiPiro's Pharmacotherapy: a pathophysiologic approach.

Posted September 16, 20110

Want to Checkout an iPad or Netbook?

image of iPad The HSL/LRC now has four Lenovo ThinkPad X100e 11.5” NetBooks available for two hour checkout from the main desk.  These are in addition to our four Lenovo ThinkPad T500 15.5” Laptops, also for two hour checkout (library use only).  Also available are two 16GB Apple iPads.  Unlike our NetBooks and Laptops, these can be checked out for three days at a time, giving you the opportunity to decide for yourself if it’s the next big trend in mobile computing.

 Posted September 1, 2010

ScienceDirect offline for maintenance

The ScienceDirect service will be offline for maintenance Saturday, August 28th from 6:30 am to 3:30 pm CDT. ScienceDirect is the web platform for Elsevier. The maintenance effects access to several hundred journals and ebooks. Some of the titles include: Lancet, Surgery, Cell, BBA Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, Brain Research, European Journal of Cancer, and Meyer's Side Effects of Drugs.

College Health Topic on MedlinePlus

Welcome to campus for the new school year. Do well academically by using this College Health information from MedlinePlus to stay well physically.

Posted August 18, 2010

Streaming Oral Surgery Videos

oralsurgerypictureLexi-Comp Online for Dentistry now has videos of oral surgeries. Titles include:

  • Vertical Impaction
  • Mesioangular Impaction
  • Distoangular Impaction
  • Horizontal Impaction
  • Surgical Removal of Impacted Maxillary 3rd Molars
  • Surgical Removal of Erupted Mandibular 3rd Molars
  • Surgical Removal of Erupted Maxillary 3rd Molars
  • Surgical Removal of Erupted Mandibular Molar
  • Surgical Removal Upper Left Cuspid Root
  • Surgical Removal of Soft Tissue Tumors
  • Dry Sockets
  • Treatment of Dislocated T-M Joints
  • The ART Mandibular Block - A New, Successful Approach to Regional Anesthesia
  • Simple Extraction
Posted August 17, 2010

Access to AgeLine on Ebscohost

logo ebscohostAgeLine focuses exclusively on the population aged 50+ and issues of aging. AgeLine is the premier source for the literature of social gerontology and includes aging-related content from the health sciences, psychology, sociology, social work, economics, and public policy. AgeLine indexes over 200 journals, books, book chapters, and reports. Publication coverage is from 1978 to the present, with selected coverage from 1966-1977.

Posted August 4, 2010 

New editions of Case Files ebooks






The Health Sciences Library has purchased new editions of the Lange Case Files for Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry. All of these ebooks present more than 50 cases designed to illustrate essential concepts. Each case includes a complete discussion, clinical pearls, references, definitions of key terms, and USMLE-style review questions. The library also has access to Case Files for Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Anatomy, Pathology, Microbiology, and Physiology.

Posted August 1, 2010

Free CME resources

Several of the library's point of care subscriptions offer category 1 CME credit with registration.

MDConsult (requires registration)

  • Point of Care CME sponsored by Cleveland Clinic (click on CME tab)
  • Free CME from bi-monthly CME journal Clinical Cornerstone Category  1
  • 5 free CME’s for conferences from Cyberounds accredited by the Albert Einstein School of Medicine Category  1 (click on the CME tab)

Emedicine (requires registration for a Medscape account)

  • Free CME  accredited by the University of Nebraska Medical Center Category  1

Epocrates (requires mobile device and registration)

  • Free CME (likely is Category 1) partners with University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia Health System, Massachusetts Medical Society, and other esteemed providers

MerckMedicus (requires registration likely Category  1)

There are several more individual purchase required sources listeed on the Medicine resource page.

Posted August 1, 2010

Wiley Online Library Launch

wiley online library logoWiley Online Library will go live at 11 am on Sunday, August 8, 2010. Wiley Online Library will replace the Wiley Interscience website. Wiley Interscience will go offline at 3 am on Saturday, August 7, 2010. All Wiley journals, ebooks and databases will be unavailable during the cutover. This includes Cochrane Library, Encyclopedia of the Life Sciences, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, more than 500 medical journals, and thousands of journals in other disciplines.

Posted July 22, 2010

NIH's MedlinePlus consumer health site updated

MedlinePlus logoAs of this morning, MedlinePlus has a new look! The entire site has been redesigned with a new layout and color scheme.  Some highlights of the new design are: 

  • A Videos & Cool Tools page that makes multimedia content easier to find and searchable.

  • A Share button on all health topic pages and interactive tutorials that allows you to share links to MedlinePlus through your favorite social networks. See the Diabetic Diet topic page as an example.

  • A medical dictionary search box on the English homepage for quick look-up of medical terms.

  • A search cloud widget on the homepage, and a widgets page where you can find options for embedding MedlinePlus content in your own blogs, personalized homepages, and other sites.

Posted July 14, 2010


New JAMAevidence resources

JAMAevidence has a new chapter, Migraine, in the The Rational Clinical Examination. JAMAevidence provides monthly podcasts on core issues in evidence-based medicine and Education Guides which are provided as both online slideshows (tailored for individual use) and as downloadable PowerPoint files (for group presentations, full-screen viewing, and printing).

Posted June 28, 2010

Critical Outage -- Network Upgrade

WHAT: There will be a major outage involving all servers hosted in the Creighton Data Center.

WHEN: On Friday, June 25th beginning at 10:00 p.m. through Saturday, June 26th at approx. 4:00 a.m.

WHY:  This outage is necessary to upgrade network equipment.

This website and all library eresources will be unavailable during the outage. DoIT intends to have the key services back on line by midnight, however complete restoration of all services is not scheduled to occur until approximately 4:00 a.m. 6/26/2010.

Posted June 24, 2010

New edition of Washington Manual available online

The 33rd edition of the Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics is now available onlilne. The "manual" provides an easily accessible source of current information that covers a practical clinical approach to the diagnosis, investigation, and treatment of common medical conditions that internists encounter on a regular basis.

Posted June 24, 2010

Wiley eJournals and Cochrane Library offline for Maintenance

The Wiley Interscience platform will be unavailable due to system maintenance beginning Saturday, June 19th at 7:00 a.m. CDT. The outage should be for less than five hours. Wiley provides hundreds of journals, the Cochrane Library, and the Encyclopedia of Life Sciences.

Posted June 16, 2010

Critical Outage -- Network Upgrade

WHAT: There will be a major outage involving all servers hosted in the Creighton Data Center.

WHEN: On Friday, June 11th beginning at 10:00 p.m. through Saturday, June 12th at approx. 4:00 a.m.

WHY:  This outage is necessary to upgrade network equipment.

This website and all library eresources will be unavailable during the outage. DoIT intends to have the key services back on line by midnight, however complete restoration of all services is not scheduled to occur until approximately 4:00 a.m. 6/12/2010.

Posted June 7, 2010

Mental Measurements Yearbook and Tests in Print available online

Reinert Alumni Library has purchased campus wide access for one user at a time to search Mental Measurements Yearbook and Tests in Print from the Buros Institute.

  • Mental Measurements Yearbook provides evaluative reviews of test instruments. This subscription provides access from the 1985 Ninth Mental Measurements Yearbook to the current edition. The online version is updated every six months.
  • Tests in Print provides publisher, pricing, and contact information for many of the instruments currently available.
Posted June 7, 2010

New path to Journal Citation Reports®

The Journal Citation Reports® are now available under the additional resources tab in Web of Science®. The Journal Citation Reports provide statistical data on citations from more than 7,500 journals. The citation data is used to calculate impact factors for different journals. You can read the JCR manual or watch recorded online training. Contact the reference staff if you have further questions.

Poste June 7, 2010

Body’s Own Stem Cells Can Lead to Tooth Regeneration

A technique pioneered in the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory of Dr. Jeremy Mao, the Edward V. Zegarelli Professor of Dental Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, can orchestrate stem cells to migrate to a three-dimensional scaffold infused with growth factor, holding the translational potential to yield an anatomically correct tooth in as soon as nine weeks once implanted.

Read the press release or the full article.


Posted June 3, 2010

Facts and Comparisons news

Facts and Comparisons has two new tools you might not be aware of. They've recently released Mobile Facts and Comparisons optimized for display in the iPhone/iPod Touch web browser. The other new tool is a directory of manufacturer patient assistance programs.

To view patient assistance information from a drug monograph:

  • look under the Related Documents tab at the top right. A menu will appear underneath with the link for Patient Assistance Programs 
  • hover over Patient Assistance Programs and the manufacturer will appear
  • click on the manufacturer to go to their entry in the directory. 
Posted June 1, 2010

Oil Spill Disaster Information from NLM

The Disaster Information Management Research Center at the National Library of Medicine has created a website with links to information resources about the gulf oil spill. Many of the links are to federal and state agency websites that address public health concerns related to oil spills and chemical dispersants.

Posted May 27, 2010


According to the website, EthicShare is a research and collaboration website designed to help individuals interested in ethics do research, share, collaborate, and participate in the field of ethics. In this website is a comprehensive collection of ethics materials including research materials, group discussions, current news articles, and upcoming events. EthicShare automatically adds new research materials regularly, but it is designed for users to help improve the website by sharing citations, conference announcements and calls for papers as well as suggestions that might improve EthicShare.

Posted May 27, 2010

Case studies from the University of Pittsburgh

From the Department of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, Department of Pathology Online Case Studies presents case studies for online viewing. The case database is growing constantly, with members of the department contributing cases on a regular basis. Visitors to the site can access the cases by patient history, diagnosis, and keyword search. Provided information includes clinical histories, pathologic findings, and final diagnoses. “Cases of the Month” and online continuing medical education case studies are also offered.

Posted May 27, 2010

Bluebrary is an open source solution to:

  • capture
  • manage
  • promote
  • share, and
  • preserve

digital collections in any format. Bluebrary is based on DSpace, an open-source platform developed by MIT and Hewlett-Packard Company.

As a groundbreaking digital repository system, DSpace captures, stores, indexes, preserves and redistributes an organization's research, teaching, and administrative material in digital formats. Research institutions worldwide use DSpace for a variety of digital archiving needs: as institutional or learning object repositories, for electronic records management, faculty portfolios, and more.

Collections in Bluebrary are safe. The server platform which runs Bluebrary is managed by DoIT and supported by their robust back-up procedures.

Collections in Bluebrary are transferable. Adopting Bluebrary does not limit your future control of your collections. The system supports exporting digital content, along with its metadata, in a simple XML-encoded file format. DSpace developers at a number of institutions are developing additional export functionality using emerging standards and solutions.

For more information about Bluebrary, contact Richard Jizba at 280-5142.

Posted April 21, 2010

Trial access to ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source

Database: ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health SourceTM
Trial ends: Friday, April 30, 2010
Sponsor: Creighton University Health Sciences Library
Contact: Reference Services at refdesk@creighton.edu or Bryan Stack at cuhsl-serials@creighton.edu

The Health Sciences Library is offering trial access to ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health SourceTM, a database of healthcare information covering nursing, allied health, and alternative and complementary medicine. It is designed to be used at healthcare facilities as well as nursing and allied health programs at academic institutions. In addition to abstracting and indexing for more than 850 titles (715 in full-text) and more than 12,000 full text dissertations in nursing and related fields, it includes:

  • Evidence-based nursing content from The Joanna Briggs Institute including Systematic Reviews, Evidence Summaries, and Best Practice Information Sheets.
  • Exclusive Video Training from Medcom, Inc., on such topics as health care safety, emergency planning, checking vital signs and more. Videos are available in flash format, and are broken down into chaptered clips for easy study.
  • Multicultural reports from CultureVision covering over 30 ethnicities and 11 religions provide resources for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with respect to their beliefs and practices.
  • Study Paths use an intuitive curriculum-based topic tree to guide users to articles on specific topics selected by a board of nurse educators.

There is more detail about the database here: www.proquest.com/en-US/catalogs/databases/detail/pq_nursingahs.shtml.


Access the trial via this link: ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source.

Posted March 30, 2010

Trial access to AgeLine®

The Health Sciences Library is offering trial access to the AgeLine® database through 30 April 2010. Designed for researchers, professionals, students, and general consumers, AgeLine® focuses on the population aged 50+ and issues of aging from individual, national, and global perspectives. AgeLine indexes the literature of social gerontology and includes aging-related content from the health sciences, psychology, sociology, social work, economics, and public policy, covering over 600 journals, books, book chapters, reports, dissertations, consumer guides, and educational videos. Original abstracts are generated for every citation, with index terms drawn from AgeLine's Thesaurus of Aging Terminology. Publication coverage is from 1978 to the present, with selected coverage from 1966-1977.

Creighton faculty, staff and students can access the trial through EBSCOhost, scroll down to the bottom of the menu of databases and choose Ageline.  Please send feedback to refdesk@creighton.edu

Posted March 22, 2010

Trial access to Dentistry and Oral Sciences Source

Dentistry and Oral Sciences Source is a powerful tool enabling dentistry faculty and students to conduct extensive literatures searches online.  It indexes all major oral sciences and dentistry journals and provides online full-text availability for 130 journals, many of which are top-ranked in the discipline.  Furthermore, dozens of monographs are indexed and accessible online.  A special feature is the Image Quick View Collection, which gives students and faculty direct access to the images and visual illustrations contained in articles.  Please send feedback to refdesk@creighton.edu.

Posted March 16, 2010

Free Haitian Medical Dictionary / Phrasebook

For anyone going to Haiti, or who knows someone going to Haiti; free pocket size English-Creole medical dictionaries are available.
This dictionary has very basic Creole medical terms and phrases, body parts, basic grammar/vocabulary, and numbers. This portable reference is geared toward medical work in Haiti.
Request one or more from:
Donna Staton MD MPH
Google has rushed to digitize, and it's now just been made available online:
The online copy is great for studying pre-trip, but because of uncertain access to electricity or internet, a hard copy for use in Haiti is recommended.

Posted March 10, 2010

ScienceDirect offline for maintenance

ScienceDirect searching and full text will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance for approximately 8.5 hours during the period from 9:30PM CST on Saturday, March13 to 7:00AM CDT Sunday, March 14.

Posted March 10, 2010

New ebrary books

New books available on ebrary:

Posted March 8, 2010

New Simulator: Thoracentesis & Paracentesis Simulator

MD 156 thoracentisis paracentisis simulatorThe library has purchased a new simulator for thoracentesis & paracentesis. Soft tissue thoracentesis model with insert allows for diagnosis of pleural effusion and therapeutic removal of pleural air or liquid. Paracentesis diagnostic and lavage model with insert allows for diagnosis of intraperitoneal bleeding, hollow viscus perforation by changing fluid color and treatment of some forms of peritonitis. Don’t forget that we deliver and will come pick up when you’re done: 402-280-5109 for more information.

Posted March 7, 2010

New MDConsult ebooks



Posted March 4, 2010

VisualDX Mobile for Iphone/Ipod Touch

We are pleased to announce the availability of VisualDx Mobile for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Because the Health Sciences Library currently subscribes to VisualDx, free access to VisualDx Mobile is available to Creighton users with an iPhone or iPod Touch.

The only medical app to represent variation of disease presentation through age, stage, and skin type, VisualDx Mobile addresses the key complexities faced by many clinicians when diagnosing dermatologic and other visual conditions.

In just seconds, VisualDx Mobile lets you visually validate a diagnosis, look up steps for management and patient care, or build a differential diagnosis for puzzling presentations - all from the palm of your hand.

To install:

  • Go to the VisualDX website
  • Click the get VisualDX free for your Iphone link
  • Complete the username and password request form
  • Follow the instructions in the activation email to install from app store and register to start using VisualDX
Posted March 4, 2010

Free resources for those responding to Haiti Earthquake

Here are some cool resources for health care professionals planning to volunteer in Haiti.

  • If you have an iphone/ipod touch you can install this free app for learning Haitian Creole. You can download additional content based on the British Red Cross Emergency Multilingual Phrasebook which contains 62 common medical questions and statements. The phrases are searchable and the app can play someone speaking the phrases in Kreyòl.
  • EBSCO is giving free access to E-book: The Infectious Diseases of Haiti by GIDEON
  • Unbound Medicine is giving free access to Relief Central, to provide helpful information for disaster relief on the web or mobile device.
  • The National Library of Medicine has activated its Emergency Access Initiative until February 19th. Free access to over 30 medical ebooks and 200 ejournals has been coordinated by the National Library of Medicine.
  • The Dana Medical Library has created a directory of Facebook and Twitter sources for substantive health information along with situational awareness news.
  • The Association of American Medical Colleges has created a website to provide information to its members about preparing to respond to the Haitian Earthquake and recording members activities in Haiti.
Posted February 1, 2010 Revised February 4, 2010

Haiti Resources at Creighton

Everyone at Creighton is very proud of the teams that have gone to help the Haitians. Here are some links to learn more about their work and about the people of Haiti.

Posted January 28, 2010

NLM Haiti linksThe Disaster Information Management Resource Center at the National Library of Medicine has compiled links of use to health professionals providing relief in Haiti. They have links to most of the U.S. government web sites for the disaster and consumer health guides that have been translated into Kreyòl, Spanish and French.

Posted January 26, 2010

USMLE Step 2 Practice Exam Now Available Via Exam Master

Exam Master has added the USMLE Step 2 Practice Exam to its online offerings. You can sit for a full exam or take each block individually as your schedule permits. All blocks include post-exam review and detailed explanations. The USMLE Step 2 Practice Exam features: 8 exam blocks of 44 questions each, for a total of 352 questions - Both Test or Study mode - Correct answers and explanation available in study mode - Detailed score reports. Exam blocks cover the following topics: General Principles, Immunologic Disorders, Diseases of the Blood & Blood-forming Organs, Mental Disorders, Diseases of the Nervous System & Special Senses, Cardiovascular Disorders, Diseases of the Respiratory System, Nutritional & Digestive Disorders, Gynecologic Disorders, Renal, Urinary, & Male Reproductive Systems, Disorders of Pregnancy, Childbirth, & the Puerperium, Disorders of the Skin & Subcutaneous Tissues, Diseases of the Musculoskeletal System & Connective Tissue, and Endocrine & Metabolic Disorders.

To access this practice exam, login to Exam Master, go to NEW EXAMS > Click "Courses" > Click "Select" next to the USMLE Step 2 Practice Exam

Posted January 21, 2010

ScienceDirect unavailable Saturday, January 23rd

ScienceDirect will be offline for scheduled maintenance on Saturday, January 23rd from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CDT.


Posted January 19, 2010

Call to action – let the White House know you support public access to public funded research!

Last week, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a Request for Information (RFI) inviting input on “enhancing public access to archived publications resulting from research funded by federal science and technology agencies.”

All are urged to respond to this pivotal opportunity, as individuals and on behalf of institutions and organizations, NO LATER than January 7, 2010. Your input will be critical in helping the administration to form a deep and balanced view of stakeholders’ interest in ensuring public access to publicly funded research.

This RFI will be active for only 30 days, from December 10, 2009 to January 7, 2010. Respondents are invited to comment online through the Public Access Policy blog at http://blog.ostp.gov/category/public-access-policy, where the discussion will center on a single theme for each of three ten-day periods.

December 10 – 20: Implementation
December 21 – 31: Features and technology
January 1 – 7: Management

Email comments will also be accepted, but will still be posted to the blog by the moderator. General comments may also be submitted. See the full Federal Register notice at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-29322.htm for details.

Posted December 16, 2009; Updated January 5, 2010