Upcoming DML Workshops: RefWorks and RSS Feeds Flash & Dash

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RefWorks 101: Manage Citations & Create Bibliographies
Learn how to capture, manage, and work with citations using RefWorks, an online bibliographic management tool. This workshop covers the basic features of using RefWorks, including exporting and importing records electronically from journal databases, organizing records, searching and sorting records, and preparing bibliographies instantaneously. Hands-on practice included. All workshops are located in the BACC (lower level of Dahlgren Memorial Library).

Wednesday August 31st @ 12:00 p.m. in the BACC (lower level of Dahlgren Memorial Library)
Tuesday September 13th @ 12:00 p.m. in the BACC (lower level of Dahlgren Memorial Library)

Register for the RefWorks workshop

Fall Workshop Schedule

RSS Feeds: Keep Up with the Research & News (Flash & Dash Session)
Keeping up with current biomedical research can be overwhelming. Imagine having one single list of articles from your favorite journals, newspapers, web sites, and blogs which you could peruse at your leisure. Just 30 minutes of your time and you’ll learn all you need to know to get started!

When: Next Friday, September 2nd from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: BACC (lower level classroom in Dahlgren Memorial Library)
Snacks: light refreshments and snacks served
No sign-up needed!

About the First Fridays Flash & Dash Info Sessions
A FLASH of inspiration/information allows you to DASH back to the office or study cubicle in no time. Get up to speed on all the new gadgets, widgets, gizmos, fads, tech trends, apps, resources, and upgrades.

Refreshing beverages and ideas await you!
Under thirty minutes.
All levels of experience welcome.
Meet in DML Conference Room @ Noon.

Fall Flash & Dash Schedule:
Friday 9/2: RSS Feeds: Keep Up with the Research & News
Friday 10/7: Mobile Apps of the Moment
Friday 11/4: What’s Twitter & Why Use It
Friday 12/2: Managing Your Citations

Questions? Please contact Sarah Cantrell, Education Services Librarian, sec62@georgetown.edu

Important PACE Tips for Clinical Students

Posted on in Clinical, Education, Informatics, M3, M4

 1. Can’t log in to the PACE website?

Whether you are accessing PACE from a computer or on your iPhone / iPod Touch, make sure you enter the correct URL: https://pace.georgetown.edu (NOT http://pace.georgeotwn.edu) and that you are logging in with your NetID and NetID password.
2. Don’t know or can’t remember your NetID password?
See the instructions for resetting your NetID password: http://uis.georgetown.edu/netid/reset.html
3. Dates for your clerkship are incorrect and/or a clerkship is not listed?

If you do not have access to your current clerkship encounter form in PACE or the dates for your clerkship are wrong, please email the Medical Eduction Office at medicaleducationoffice@georgetown.edu.

4. Tried to log in to the site via a bookmark but it didn’t work? 
You CANNOT access the PACE site by bookmarking the PACE login site (e.g., going to https://pace.georgetown.edu and immediately clicking “add bookmark”).  This is the case for both accessing PACE on a computer or your iPhone / iPod Touch.  
Instead, you should create a bookmark AFTER you log in and see the main PACE site.   Alternatively, you can forgo using a bookmark and  type in the PACE website (https://pace.georgetown.edu) in your address bar each time to access the site.
5. Want to set up a PACE application icon on your iPhone / iPod Touch? 
• Open up a new browser window in Safari. 
• Enter https://pace.georgetown.edu in the browser bar and click “Go.” 
• Log in to the PACE site. 
• Once you are logged in and the Create Encounter page has stopped loading, click 
on the “+” icon at the bottom of the screen. 
• Choose “Add to Home Screen.” 
• Click “Add.” 
6. You can log in and see the tabs but can’t see any other content on the PACE site?  
If you are using Internet Explorer version 6, it will not display the content of the PACE site.  Please use Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer version 8 instead.

7. You are on a selective clerkship, but don’t see it listed in PACE on the left menu? 

All clerkships EXCEPT your selective clerkship use PACE. You do not enter any encounters for your selective.

8. Looking for the Clinical Skills Day training handouts?

Important Changes to the Handheld Computing Requirement

Posted on in Clinical, Dean's Office, Education, Informatics, M2, M3, M4

There will be a few changes concerning next year’s handheld computing (aka iPhone/iPod) requirement.

First, in an effort to support choice, the School of Medicine will now require platforms as opposed to particular devices. Devices on platforms that can run the required applications are acceptable.  Two platforms are allowed under the revised requirement for 2011-2012 (class of 2014).  The preferred platform will remain Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch). We will continue to provide support with our existing structure in the Library for iOS devices and apps.  The Android platform and devices will also be permitted, as at the current time, this platform can run the same required medical applications.

The curriculum requires that you be competent in using a handheld computer at the point of care to answer clinical questions or use for clinical discussion support.  At the current time, this skill is tested with an Apple iOS device at an end of 3rd year OSCE.  Apple iOS devices are still recommended as it is this platform that will be used for testing. If you select the alternate Android platform you should be familiar and comfortable with using the iOS basic interface and navigation.

Second, the School of Medicine will no longer make institutional purchases of devices. Many students already have compatible devices, and the refund system in place was laborious for all involved parties. Additionally, Apple does not grant a significant institutional discount when buying in bulk. With this change, the second year technology fee will be reduced to reflect the absence of the device cost.  A $500 budget amount will be added to your financial aid package to go towards the purchase of a compatible device. You (students) will also have a software budget item to cover the costs of required applications; you(students) may also use your book budget for application costs.  The utilities budget item may go toward payment of cellular and data costs.

With this revised requirement, you can choose to buy a smartphone or non-mobile phone device, such as the iPod touch, iPad or Android-based tablets.  Please note that if you do choose to buy a cellular device, the University has existing wireless service agreement discounts available:

More information to follow.
Dr. S

New Flash & Dash Workshops at Dahlgren Memorial Library

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Last fall, Dahlgren Memorial Library introduced their First Friday’s Flash & Dash workshops, a new series of brief learning sessions on current topics. The purpose of the workshops is to provide the participant with a flash of inspiration/information that allows one to dash back to the office or study cubicle in no time. The workshops provide a venue for participants to get up to speed on all the new gadgets, widgets, gizmos, fads, tech trends, apps, resources, and upgrades. Better yet, each session is under thirty minutes, informal, includes light refreshments, and requires no sign up—simply drop in to the Dahlgren Memorial Library conference room at noon on the date of the Flash & Dash session!

The Spring 2011 line-up includes sessions on Twitter, mobile applications (with specific emphasis on iPhone/iPod Touch applications), new alternatives to the PubMed search interface, and using Firefox add-ons to increase browser productivity. A complete list of dates and descriptions follows below!

If you have a suggestion for a Flash & Dash workshop, please contact Sarah Cantrell, Education Services Librarian.

Spring 2011 Schedule

Friday 2/4: What’s Twitter & Why Use It
Twitter is being used to disseminate information rapidly. Find out about what you can do to share short bits of information quickly and instantly with others. Learn about how the medical community is utilizing this service. You’ll be ready to tweet in less than 30 minutes.

Friday 3/4: Mobile Apps of the Moment
Are you overwhelmed with the sheer volume of apps out there? Want our expert opinion on what we think are the must-have medical, productivity, and fun apps of the moment? Give us 30 minutes, and we’ll tell you all about it.

Friday 4/1: New Alternatives to PubMed
Love the articles in PubMed but don’t love the search interface? Or, perhaps you are looking for new options to discover fabulous research articles? In 30 short minutes, we’ll go over four new, free alternatives to the PubMed search interface and demonstrate how you can continue to access those same great articles via one of the new user-friendly search interfaces!

Friday 5/6: Browser Productivity: Using Firefox Add-ons, Extensions, & Plug-ins
Is Firefox your default Internet browser and you want to get more out of it? Or, are you an Internet Explorer user and need some good reasons to convert to Firefox? For this thirty minute session, we’ll explore the top add-ons, extensions, and plug-ins to make Firefox more personalized and productive.

Students Learning to Prescribe Electronically

Posted on in Clinical, Dean's Office, Education, Faculty, Informatics

Second-year medical students are learning a new skill to reinforce their pharmacology knowledge, and to enhance their ability to manage chronic illness. starting with their cardiovascular module, students complete a hands-on electronic prescribing activity using a training environment provided by DrFirst – Rcopia. Until this year students learned, in their fundamentals module, how to write a handwritten prescription. This year however, in conjunction with the prescription writing lecture students received a new lesson on electronic prescribing. Electronic prescribing, a component of electronic health records, is growing rapidly. Over the last three years the number of eligible prescriptions sent electronically, has doubled each year due to mature technology, well accepted standards, financial incentives as part of the HITECH act of the ARRA stimulus,  and its proven ability to save time money and reduce medical error.

The lesson contains several components: A self-directed (FLASH) lecture and demonstration,  followed by a live discussion section on either striving basics,  a second FLASH lecture  on clinical decision support (CDS) that teaches about  how CDS can improve care and best practices,  and the hands-on he prescribing activities. In each  second-year module, students will be provided clinical scenarios predominantly on patients with chronic illness, and students are tasked to identify and create technically accurate electronic prescriptions for these patients and “send” these to the pharmacy. Students get to apply what they’ve learned in the module and practice an actual modern clinical skill not previously taught in medical schools. As for the rest of the year students will be provided additional challenges as they will be faced with drug drug interaction alerts, drug allergy alerts, and drug formulary alerts forcing them to think about alternative choices and to improve their prescription writing in a way that will improve care.

Students have completed the hands-on activity for the cardiovascular and pulmonary/respiratory module.   I am anxiously and excitedly looking forward to feedback on the activity.

This electronic prescribing activity is part of our greater informatics curriculum integrating the use of electronic health records into the curricular work, and as part of the Mitchell’s CAMELOTT initiative, “Clinically Achored Medical Education Layered on Technology and Therapeutics.”   The CAMELOTT  initiative is a series of self-directed activities using the latest technology to improve students understanding of  therapeutics utilizing best practices in the management of chronic illness.