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Volume 2 | Issue 4 | April 2012         

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USMLE Review   |   Student Corner   |    Faculty Corner   |   Asthma Awareness Month

USMLE Review

USMLE Review Resources
Getting ready to study for your synthesis exam? Or just want to start thinking about prep materials for your Step 1 Exam over the summer? Check out the following resources from the Medical Library:

USMLE Easy An online test question bank covering content found in Step 1, 2, and 3. Create an account to save exams and track your progress. You may create customized exams on a specific discipline or organ system and choose between Practice Mode (not timed and ideal for studying), Exam Mode (timed), or USMLE Simulation to mimic taking the real exam.

ExamMaster OnLine The newest edition to our collection ExamMaster OnLine provides USMLE-style and medical subject review questions for Step 1, 2 and 3! Create your own quizzes and tests on specific disciplines or take a practice test which emulates the look and feel of the real thing! Unlike USMLE Easy, you may search for questions by keyword! Note: You must use your Oakland University email to register for ExamMaster OnLine
USMLE Prep Resources Research Guide this new guide from the Medical Library provides a concise list of our electronic and print USMLE review materials as well as other websites for review.

Have a favorite review book that the library doesn't own? Just send us an email or stop by the Medical Library Office and we'll order a copy for the Medical Library Study Room!

Student Corner

Respiratory Review Resources
With your Respiratory final exam right around the corner on May 14, we've compiled a list of respiratory review materials available from the Medical Library!
  • USMLE Easy: 248 questions are available for studying the Respiratory System. Select Create a Step 1 Exam > Choose your Mode (Practice is not timed) > Specify an Organ System
  • First Aid for the Basic Sciences: Organ Systems: Chapter 10 covers the Respiratory System  (2 Reference copies in the Medical Library Study Room)
  • Pulmonary Pathophysiology: the Essentials. Study questions available in each chapter (Reference copy in the Medical Library Study Room)
  • Oxford Case Histories in Respiratory Medicine. (2 Reference copies in the Medical Library Study Room)
Also check out the Respiratory Course Guide for additional books. eBooks, and websites that may be of use to you!

Faculty Corner

Highlighted Faculty Publications

Cappell MS. The art of salary negotiation in academic medicine: lessons from a 32-year career. Gastrointest Endosc. 2012;75(4):857-60. (Dr. Cappell specializes in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Beaumont Hospital-Royal Oak and serves as Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the OUWB)

Maisels MJ. Noninvasive measurements of bilirubin. Pediatrics. 2012;129(4):779-81. (Dr. Maisels serves as Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Beaumont Hospital-Royal Oak and at the OUWB)

Mulhem E, Amin M, Copeland J, Sharma J, Hunter S. Type-specific human papillomavirus DNA detected in atypical glandular cell Pap tests. Act Cytol. 2012;56(2):155-9.

  • Dr. Mulhem specializes in Family Medicine and Obestrics at Beaumont Hospital - Troy and serves as Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the OUWB.
  • Dr. Mitual Amin is the Director of the Immunopathology and Molecular Pathology Laboratory at Beaumont Hospital - Royal Oak and serves as Professor in the Department of Pathology at the OUWB.
  • Dr. Copeland specializes in Family Medicine and serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the OUWB.

Faculty Development Opportunities

Information Mastery Program with CME Credit The Information Mastery Series continues in May and June! Please contact the Medical Library at with any questions.

  • May: Copyright & Intellectual Integrity The session will provide an introduction to key copyright principles, intellectual property issues, and individual authors' rights in the publishing world. The session will help reduce misconceptions and doubts and answer questions in using copyrighted materials in the pursuit of scholarly teaching and learning activities. Flyer

    NOTE: As the Inaugural William M. Davidson Medical Education Week will be from May 21-30, 2012, this session will only be held at the Royal Oak and Troy locations.
  • June: RefWorks - Introduction to a Web-based Bibliographic Management System RefWorks is a web-based bibliographic management tool that allows a user to import, organize, generate, and format citations/references in hundreds of styles. The session will teach basic skills on how to create a database of references, import PubMed search results, insert and format selected references into a Word document.
    • Royal Oak: Thursday, June 7, 2012, 4:00-5:00pm, South Tower 3rd Floor Surgical Learning Center, Classrooms 1 & 2
    • Troy: Thursday, June 21, 2012, 4:00-5:00pm, Hospital Ground Floor, Classrooms 1 & 2
    • Oakland University: Friday, June 22, 2012, 1:30-2:30pm, Kresge Library 430R (eLIS)
    • Note: A session will not be held at Grosse Pointe this month
William Beaumont Hospital designates this training activity is certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits


Medical Education Research Faculty Learning Community continues, so join us for the following events! Please email Misa Mi,, with any questions.

  • Friday, May 4, 2012: Teaching Online/Blended Learning (12:00-1:00pm, KL 100). Facilitator: William Solomonson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Human Resource Development, School of Education & Human Services, Oakland University. 
  • Friday, May 25, 2012: Writing Multiple Choice Questions (12:00-1:00pm, KL 100). Facilitator: Constance Shriner, PhD, Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Curriculum Evaluation & Faculty Development, University of Toledo School of Medicine.

All OUWB faculty interested in education research are encouraged to participate. Visit the website to learn more about the faculty learning community or view the complete 2012 Program Schedule.

Asthma Awareness Month

May is Asthma Awareness Month!

As the OUWB curriculum is focused on respiratory issues in April and May, let's remember to recognize Asthma Awareness Month!

Asthma is a devastating disease that affects individuals of all ages. According to the state profile compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that 750,954 adults and 254,583 children in Michigan have asthma.1 That's over 100,000 people just in the state of Michigan!

May has been designated Asthma Awareness Month in order to raise the awareness of both consumers and healthcare professionals on the management and control of the disease as well as advocate for greater education and research initiatives.

Patient & Consumer Information:

  • CDC - Asthma website features overviews and management of the disease, statistics, interventions, state profiles, and the CDC's National Asthma Control Program.
  • MedlinePlus - Asthma Information Page free, plain language information for patients and consumers on all matters of asthma including clinical information on symptoms, treatments, and management as well as news, tutorials, videos, and the latest research.

Health Care Professional Information:

  • EPA - Environmental Triggers of Asthma includes information for healthcare professional on the common indoor and outdoor triggers of asthma and allergies, links to free online courses for healthcare professionals, as well as free videos and materials to recommend to patients.
1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Asthma Control Program State Profiles: Michigan, 2008.
2 Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Mission Statement. 2012.

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