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Volume 2 | Issue 10 | October 2012         

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National Medical Libraries Month  |   New eResources  |  Student Corner  |  Faculty Corner  |  News

October Focuses on Medical Libraries, Information Literacy, and Scholarly Communication

by Nancy Bulgarelli, Director, OUWB Medical Library

October features a number of celebrations around information-related themes.  First, October is National Medical Libraries Month, designated to recognize the contributions of medical librarians to education, research, and patient care. At the OUWB, librarians are members of the faculty, partnering to integrate information mastery and
evidence-based medicine instruction throughout the curriculum. The theme for this year's Medical Libraries Month is "Medical Librarians: Your Best Return on Investment."

October is also Health Literacy Month – a time for organizations and individuals to promote the importance of accessible, high-quality, understandable health information for patients and health care consumers. In recognition of the month, the OUWB Medical Library faculty will be participating in Make A Difference Day on Saturday, October 27 at Avondale High School in Auburn Hills and at Harper Woods High School. We will be staffing tables and providing information on MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine's free database of high-quality, authoritative consumer health information.

Finally, the week of October 22 – 28 has been designated Open Access Week. Open Access is a movement dedicated to promoting "free, immediate online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need." The movement came into being to address increasingly restrictive copyright laws, unsustainable scholarly journal price increases, and to ensure that research paid for by tax-dollars is freely available to the public that provided the funding. Learn more about Open Access Week at their website.

New eResources

Natural Standard is an evidence-based resource on natural medicines and supplements with information on foods, herbs, and supplements rated on a five-tier evidence grading system. Additional features include: interactions, a dictionary, calculators, symptom checkers, patient handouts, and more!


The library's newest resource, Stat!Ref, includes 40 full-text eBooks including The Washington Manual of Therapeutics, ICD-9 AND ICD-10 code books, as well as ACP Pier, the Physicians' Information and Education Resource, which includes a collection of over 400 evidence-based and up-to-date clinical summaries. You can locate summaries in ACP Pier by searching by keyword or browsing by organ system.

Student Corner

Library Lunch 'n Learns for Students continue in October!

The library is pleased to host monthly lunch workshops for M1 and M2 students that expand on the information mastery content taught in the Capstone course. These sessions are meant as open forums to ask questions and tailor your information needs for your Capstone projects and beyond!
  • Monday, November 26, 2012: Databases Other Than PubMed (11:30-12:30pm, KL 100) Is your Capstone project focused on education, the social sciences, or medical technologies and devices? Not finding everything you need in PubMed? Keith Engwall will demonstrate other databases you might want to investigate to enhance your Capstone project including ERIC, PsycINFO, and IEEE Xplore.
PANERA LUNCH IS PROVIDED so please RSVP to the Medical Library at by Friday, November 16 if you plan to attend! Seating is limited!


Reminder: M2 Students
Just a friendly reminder to schedule your required research consultation with us to discuss your Capstone project by November 2! Just sign-up via the Research Consultation Calendar:
  1. Log in to your Oakland University email account
  2. Go to our Research Consultation Calendar
  3. Sign up for a consultation slot that is convenient for you
  4. Provide details about your Capstone project topic in the description area
  5. See you at your consultation!
If you have any problems using the Research Consultation Calendar, please contact the Medical Library at or (248) 370-3772.

Faculty Corner

Highlighted Faculty Publications

Hall LM, O'Lenic K. Treatment strategies to overcome end-of-dose failure with oral and transdermal opioids. J Pharm Pract. 2012;25(5):503-9. (Dr. Levi Hall is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Beaumont Hospital - Royal Oak and serves as Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the OUWB)

Jolepalem R, Grigore C, Palka JC. Scintigraphic evaluation of a suspected cavernous hemangioma. J Nucl Med Technol. 2012. (Dr. Jane Palka specializes in Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at Beaumont Hospital - Royal Oak and serves as Associate Professor in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Molecular Imaging at the OUWB).

Safian RD. Subintimal space: The final frontier? Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2012;80(5):814-5. (Dr. Robert Safian is Director of the Center for Innovation and Research in Cardiovascular Diseases (CIRC) and Interventional Cardiology and Vascular Medicine at Beaumont Hospital - Royal Oak and serves as Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the OUWB.)

Faculty Development Opportunities

Medical Education Research Faculty Learning Community continues! Please join us for the following events and feel free to bring a brown bag lunch! Please email Misa Mi,, with any questions. 

  • Friday, November 9, 2012: Cognitive Overload: Presenting Information (12:00-1:00pm, KL 100). Presenter: Jill Stefaniak, Director of Education Training, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.
  • Tuesday, November 20, 2012: Research Forum (12:00-1:00pm, KL 225B). 

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.

Library Website Updates

The Library Information page has been updated to provide you with easier access to pertinent details about the library, including a floor map, hours, links to liaison assignments and contact information, and more.

Look to this section each month for updates to the medical library web site.  Please feel free to send any comments or questions to Keith Engwall at

News from the Library


Results of the Michigan Libraries for Life Donor Registration Drive on October 2!

The Medical Library's registration drive to sign-up new organ, eye, and tissue donation was a complete success! In support of the OUWB School of Medicine's mission to engage and serve the community, we partnered with 29 health sciences, public, academic, and hospital libraries across Michigan and Gift of Life Michigan to host this drive. Thank you to all our faculty, staff, and student volunteers who dedicated their time and effort to the cause!

Statistics at our Library:
  • New Registrants: 62
  • Already Registered: 238
  • Just Visiting: 39
  • Total Interactions: 339
Statistics across the 29 Participating Institutions:
  • New Registrants: 711
  • Already Registered: 1902
  • Just Visiting: 947
  • Total Interactions: 3559

Overall, this state-wide registration drive potentially saved 5,688 and improved 35,550 lives by giving the gift of life!!

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