New Databases: Medical Letter & Natural Standard

The EVMS Library added two new databases to their collection this week. The Medical Letter and Natural Standard.

The Medical Letter, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that publishes critical appraisals of new prescription drugs and comparative reviews of previously approved drugs. The editorial process relies on a consensus of experts to evaluate the drug facts in order to help prescribers choose the most effective drug treatment.

Included in the Medical Letter subscription is the following:

  • The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics – Searchable database with data from 1988 through the present.  Updated biweekly.
  • Treatment Guidelines from The Medical Letter – Searchable database with data from the first issue September, 2002 though the present. Updated monthly.
  • Adverse Drug Interactions Program – An evidence-based, proprietary database of adverse drug interactions. Searches for interactions between 2 and up to 12 drugs; also includes management recommendations and references are hyperlinked to the original literature. Updated regularly.
  • Handbook of Antimicrobial Therapy – This electronic handbook contain articles that list the drugs of choice, as well as possible alternatives, for treatment of frequently encountered illnesses, such as arthritis, asthma and hypertension, and infectious diseases. Much of the information is presented in easy-to-read charts and tables.
  • CME/CE (online) up to 50 credits per year, per user included with this license. Frequently asked questions for The Medical Letter’s Online CME/CE:
  • Mobile access: The Medical Letter app is available to download from Apple’s App Store, Google Play, and Amazon’s App Store for Android.  Registration required.

Please click here to receive the advance electronic release on a regular basis:

Natural Standard provides high quality, evidence-based information on dietary supplements (including herbs, vitamins, and minerals), functional foods, diets, complementary practices (modalities), exercises, and medical conditions. The evidence for each therapy is graded as follows:

The following databases are included in Natural Standard:

Checkers & Tools include…

An abridged version of the database is available as a mobile app.

CME credit is also available for Natural Standard.

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Printing @ EVMS

Starting Monday, August 11th, all EVMS students will receive a 2000 credit printing allotment for the 2014-15 academic year.  This allotment can be used for printers in the Library’s Computer Lab, Classroom and the Student Lounge; and it will purchase 2000 black/white  pages or about 667 color pages.

Please see an overview of the printing service below.

Gutenberg Printing Press

Student Printing at EVMS

There are several locations where users can send a print job:
Library Computer Lab: Color and black and white printers
Library Computer Classroom: Black and white printer
Student Center: Black and white printer

Printing deductions are:
1 credit per page for black and white
3 credits per page for color.
There is no discount for duplex.

After your allotment is used, additional pages will be charged to your library account at  10 cents per b/w and 30 cents per color pages.

How Do I Track My Printer Balance?
The Library’s new print auditing software, PaperCut, features a web interface that allows users to easily see their balance, how much they have printed, how much it costs to print, and more. You can access your PaperCut account by copying and pasting the following URL to the address bar of your preferred browser:

Please note that PaperCut uses your Novell credentials to authenticate you as a valid user and log you into the system. In other words, just use the same username and password you use to log into Blackboard or the Library’s Lab and Classroom computers.

An informative brochure with answers to frequently asked questions about PaperCut and printing at EVMS is available in the Computer Lab, Student Center, and Circulation Desk.

Please feel free to email the Library at with any questions you may have regarding PaperCut or printing.

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New Printer Drivers

Network Center Notice: The student printers have been moved to a new server that is only available while attached to the EVMS student wireless.  All students, new and returning, will need to install the printers from the location below.  The previous printers will be removed from service on Monday, August 4, and should be deleted by that date.  The new printers can be found here:

Which of these printers (shown below) should you add to your laptop? The essential printers are the black & white printers in the Library’s Computer Lab (Lab_Lj9050), the Library’s Computer Classroom (Classroom_Lj9050), the Lewis Hall Student Lounge (StudentCenter_Lj9050) and the color printer in the Library’s Computer Lab (Lab_Color Lj5550). You’ll only need the “Grad” printers shortly before your graduation date.

Please let us know if you need help installing these printers – and Welcome back!

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Installation Instructions for the New Color Printer

A heavier duty color printer will be available in the EVMS Library Computer lab for students beginning on Tuesday, April 1st.  The existing color printer in the Student Lounge will be decommissioned at approximately 4p.m. Friday, April 4th.

All EVMS students who wish to continue printing in color should install the printer driver for the Computer Lab color printer by 3 p.m. on April 4th. Instructions for downloading the drivers are below.

Those who require assistance in downloading the printer driver can find it at the following locations starting on March 31st:

Library Computer Lab
Tuesday to Friday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Library Circulation Desk
Monday to Thursday: 8 a.m. to 12 midnight
Friday:8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday:9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday:10 a.m. to 12 midnight

Student Center
March 31st to April 4th: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Network Information Center
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Those who would prefer to install the printer driver themselves can do so via the following instructions:

Printer Driver Installation Instructions

1. Open Firefox or Safari (other browsers may cause issues with iPrint).

2. Type in into the address bar and then hit enter.

3. Click on ColorLabPrinter (this printer driver works for both Macs and PCs).

4. Hit “Yes” to install.

5. If it asks for authentication, enter your EVMS Novell username and password. Make sure to check the box to “Remember my password.”

6. After it is finished installing close the browser and make sure that the printer is  installed by going to Print in any document and checking the printer choices to verify that ColorLabPrinter is listed.

Please direct any queries regarding the new color printer to

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App developed by EVMS resident makes iMedicalApps top 10 list

An app developed by an EVMS psychiatry resident was selected as one of the top 10 medical apps released in January 2014. Psych on Demand (#3 of 10) contains “over 20 assessment tools for ADHD, AMS, Dementia, Delirium, and more.” The iMedicalApp review also praises the app’s “beautifully made” user interface and “robust” search interface.

Psych On Demand is available through iTunes for iPhone, iPad or iPod devices.

Remember, EVMS subscription and top free apps are included on the EVMS Library’s Mobile resources page under Quick Links for EVMS Associates.

Top 10 iPhone medical apps released in January. Feb 11, 2014

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New Databases: ClinicalKey & VisualDx

The EVMS Library has recently added two new databases to their collection. ClinicalKey is by Elsevier, the producers of the MDConsult database. MDConsult is being phased out this coming year and will be replaced by ClinicalKey. The EVMS Library’s subscription to ClinicalKey is on a one year trial basis.

VisualDx is a clinical point-of-care visual diagnostic decision support system. Thanks to those of you that tested and completed our survey on VisualDx. The responses were unanimously positive.

Keep reading for more information about ClinicalKey and VisualDx.


ClinicalKey is a clinical resource designed to provide physicians with fast, clinically-relevant answers from Elsevier’s library of proprietary medical and surgical content.

ClinicalKey serves the information needs of medical and surgical specialties by bringing together content from Elsevier and trusted third parties including over 1,000 books, 500 journals, thousands of videos, and millions of images. ClinicalKey also gives physicians access to point-of-care content from First Consult. ClinicalKey is updated on a continuous basis.

ClinicalKey includes:

  • ALL Elsevier medical and surgical journals (over 500)
  • Selected third-party journals and content sources
    • 3rd party content includes PubMed/ Medline and
  • ALL Elsevier medical and surgical reference books (over 1000)
  • ALL medical and surgical clinics of North America
  • ALL First Consult point-of-care clinical monographs
  • ALL Procedures Consult content and associated videos
  • ALL Clinical Pharmacology drug monographs from Gold Standard
  • ALL Elsevier medical and surgical videos (over 13,000+)
  • Millions of medical and surgical images
  • Over 2,000 Practice Guidelines
  • Elsevier and third-party published patient education handouts in both English and Spanish, where available.

VisualDx is a diagnostic clinical decision support system that leverages the innate human ability to recognize visual patterns to assist healthcare providers in making faster, more accurate diagnoses. VisualDx combines high-quality, peer-reviewed medical images and concise, actionable information to support today’s busy physicians in the accurate recognition and management of disease. Health care professionals can input visual clues, symptoms, and patient history to help make the correct diagnosis and avoid costly and dangerous errors at the point of care.

VisualDx speeds up recognition and diagnosis of medication-induced conditions and provides adverse events decision support for hospitals and medical centers. The VisualDX database covers over 100 medication reactions, all linked to PubMed (MEDLINE) evidence. Users can search by medication and see images of drug reactions, along with literature evidence documenting each association, and access management and therapy guidelines.

VisualDx integrates with UpToDate, so you may notice additional content within UpToDate marked with this icon .  There is also a mobile version for Apple and Android devices that you can freely download

VisualDx “Quick Stats”

  • 31 Clinical Scenarios
  • 1,281 unique diagnoses
  • 26,633 unique, medical images
  • 2,633 unique findings
  • 39,356 finding-diagnosis relationships
  • 5,277 medication-diagnosis relationships
  • 200+ common diseases with Patient Handouts


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ILLiad Upgrade

ILLiad, our Inter-library loan and document delivery system, has had a “facelift” and will look much cleaner starting this Monday (August 5th) morning. ILLiad is available to all EVMS associates and can be used to request books, articles and other materials not available through the EVMS Brickell Library collection. (EVMS associates that have not registered with the library need to do so before registering and requesting materials through ILLiad. Click here and then click on the attachment for a registration form.)

Many institutions, including UVA, VCU and Johns Hopkins, will lend books or provide electronic copies of journal articles for free. Most out-of-state institutions however, including the National Library of Medicine, charge a fee for this service; and we do pass these costs along to the requester. You are able to enter a maximum cost – up to $15 –  into ILLiad when you request material. This is considerably cheaper than most publishers charge for copies of articles. ILLiad fees for scanning and sending electronic (PDF) copies of articles we own in print are only 15¢ per page.

If you are not sure whether EVMS owns a particular book or journal, the library staff will be happy to answer that for you. If you would like to check yourself, book or print journal titles can be searched through the library’s online catalog, Webcat, and our electronic journal titles can be searched through our Electronic journal portal. Additionally, searching for an article title through Google Scholar will often retrieve a freely available electronic copy.

Please let us know if you have any questions about ILLiad or the new interface.

Phone: 757 446-5850
Email: or


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Enhancements to Exam Master Online

The Exam Master portal is scheduled for migration on Sunday, June 23rd to move to the enhanced version of Exam Master Online. All data in the system as of 12:01 am on Sunday, June 23rd will be migrated to the new portal and available Monday morning (6/24) at 7 am eastern time. You will not be able to login to your Exam Master account on the day of the migration (6/23).

The Exam Master url address will also change; so if you have Exam Master bookmarked, you will be redirected to the new portal url. Your email address and password (case sensitive) will remain the same. The enhanced system has new password requirements (minimum of 8 characters; at least 1 alpha and 1 numeric character), but you will not be affected by these new requirements until you attempt to reset or edit your password.

New and enhanced Exam Master Online user features include:

• the ability to create user exams/studies from various outlines, topics and subjects  Previously users were required to choose a single outline.
• the ability to create exams from missed questions
• the ability to receive a score report (including strengths and weaknesses) from sessions accessed in study mode
• in system email messaging
• enhanced dashboard provides easy access to recently created user exams and score reports

Watch a brief video overview of the enhanced Exam Master Online (user/student view) – and/or Flashcards –

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Crush your board exams this summer with help from the EVMS Library

We can’t take the boards for you, but the EVMS Library subscribes to several online board review tools including ExamMaster and the Q&A content in AccessMedicine that will help you prepare for the USMLE, PANCE and other board exams. Both ExamMaster and AccessMedicine are easily accessed from on or off campus through the Quick Links on the Library’s public ( and private home page (

ExamMaster Online contains review modules for the USMLE, the PANCE, as well as modules for the basic sciences, medical specialties and pharmacology. Use your EVMS email address to create an account with ExamMaster and a password will be emailed to you immediately. Log in, change your password if you like, and create a custom exam or take one of the many practice exams available.

Below is an outline of the subjects covered along with the number of questions in each bank.


  • USMLE Step 1 Board Preparation (2266 Questions)
  • USMLE Step 1 Medical Subject Review (2266 Questions)
  • USMLE Step 2 CK Board Preparation (2706 Questions)
  • USMLE Step 2 CK Medical Subject Review (2441 Questions)
  • USMLE Step 3 Board Preparation (2716 Questions)
  • USMLE Step 3 Medical Subject Review (2457 Questions)

Medical Certification

  • Internal Medicine Certification Review  (2821 questions)
  • Family Medicine Certification Review  (4407 questions)
  • General Surgery Certification Review  (1070 questions)
  • General Pediatrics Certification Review  (817 questions)
  • SPEX (Special Purpose EXamination)  (4131 questions)

Medical Subject Review

  • Anatomy  (529 questions)
  • Biochemistry  (1375 questions)
  • Cytology and Histology  (1220 questions)
  • Embryology  (346 questions)
  • Gynecology and Obstetrics  (226 questions)
  • Immunology  (226 questions)
  • Internal and Clinical Medicine  (1864 questions)
  • Medical Microbiology (1130 questions)
  • Pathology  (1568 questions)
  • Pediatrics MS  (203 questions)
  • Pharmacology  (310 questions)
  • Physical Diagnosis  (245 questions)
  • Physiology  (1512 questions)
  • Preventive Medicine and Public Health  (360 questions)
  • Psychiatry  (1013 questions)
  • Surgery MS  (181 questions)

Physician Assistant

  • Medical Subject Review for Physician Assistants  (7992 questions)
  • PANCE/PANRE Certification Review  (2887 questions)
  • Clinical Modules for Physician Assistants  (5107 questions)


  • Pharmacy Review (NAPLEX)  (1776 questions)
  • Supplemental Medical Sciences for Pharmacy  (10104 questions)


  • Dental Subject Review for NBDE Part I  (2163 questions)

To learn more about ExamMaster Online

Access Medicine includes a review tool for the USMLE called USMLE Easy as well as review resources for the basic sciences and some medical specialities. Click on Q&A in the AccessMedicine navigation bar to get to these resources.

USMLE Easy – 100 questions each for Steps 1 through 3.

Clinical Self-Assessment:

  • Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine: Self-Assessment and Board Review, 18e Over 1,000 multiple-choice questions accompanied by answers, detailed explanations, and chapter references to Harrison’s Online
  • Williams Obstetrics, 23e Study Guide More than 1700 self-assessment questions and answers, thoroughly covering every major topic in current clinical obstetrics, linked to Williams Obstetrics online for further study.
  • Hurst’s Imaging Tests Imaging cases in cardiology that challenge your test reading skills. Cases present images and video for interpretation.
  • AngiographyIncludes 7 modules

Self-Assessment from the Lange Educational Library

  • Biochemistry: 258 questions from Harper’s Illustrated Biochemistry, 29e
  • Biostatistics: 65 questions from Basic & Clinical Biostatistics, 4e
  • Differential Diagnosis: 188 questions from The Patient History: An Evidence-Based Approach to Differential Diagnosis
  • Endocrine Physiology: 45 questions from Endocrine Physiology, 3e
  • Epidemiology: 145 questions from Medical Epidemiology, 4e
  • Gross Anatomy: 236 questions from The Big Picture: Gross Anatomy
  • Microbiology: 664 questions from Jawetz, Melnick, & Adelberg’s Medical Microbiology, 26e
  • Microbiology: 126 questions from Sherris Medical Microbiology, 5e
  • Medical Biochemistry: 113 questions from The Big Picture: Medical Biochemistry
  • Microbiology & Immunology: 1090 questions from Review of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, 12e
  • Neuroanatomy: 100 questions from Clinical Neuroanatomy, 26e
  • Pathology: 130 questions from Pathology: The Big Picture
  • Pharmacology: 833 questions from Trevor/Katzung’s Pharmacology: Examination & Board Review, 10e
  • Physiology: 261 questions from Ganong’s Review of Medical Physiology, 24e

Please let us know if you have any questions about these resources. Email us at or call us at 757 446-5851.

Good Luck on your exams!

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VisualDX Trial

The EVMS Library has a trial through the end of June to VisualDX,  a visual clinical point-of-care decision support tool that helps clinicians diagnose visually presenting conditions.

VisualDX integrates with UpToDate, so during our trial you may notice additional content within UpToDate marked with this icon .  There is also a mobile version for Apple and Android devices that you can freely download during the trial.

VisualDx helps in the identification of dermatologic, infectious, genetic, metabolic, nutritional and occupational diseases, benign and malignant growths, drug-induced conditions, and other injuries.  It allows physicians to search by diagnosis, build a patient-specific differential, or look up drug-induced adverse reactions by medication.  It includes over 25,000 images covering more than 1,200 pediatric and adult conditions.

Click here to start searching VisualDX. (EVMS Network account required for off-campus access. Call 757-446-5871 or email with any Network access problems.)

You can view a quick tutorial here –

Please let us know what you think about VisualDX by completing this short survey –

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