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Volume 3 | Issue 5 | May 2013         

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New Collection: Doctors as Authors   |  Student Corner  |  Faculty Corner  |  Resource Updates 

Introducing the Library's Newest Collection: Doctors as Authors

by Shirley Anderson, Medical Library Assistant

With the semester winding down, you may (finally!) have some time for summer reading so check out the Medical Library's newest collection: Doctors as Authors!

The collection features books that are written by physicians and includes including fiction, biographies, and travel. The collection is starting small, but with your help we can grow it! If you have a recommendation send us an email at!

For starters, you can check out the following books:

CUTTING FOR STONE by Abraham Verghese
**Recommended by Dr. Judith Venuti**

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother's death and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Moving from Addis Ababa to New York City and back again, Cutting for Stone is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles – and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined.

Available on Kresge Library 3rd Floor,  PS 3622 .E744 C87 2009


"The story of Kurland's battle with a disease that almost took his life is compelling and poignant. Unlike other chroniclers of illness, however, Kurland is a physician caring for critically ill children. Perhaps it is inevitable that his observations on life, death, and suffering should be so informed by his work. The result is a narrative that is both unique and deeply insightful." ~ Abraham Verghese

Available on Kresge Library 3rd Floor, RC 643 .K87 2002


Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem.  For two thousand years, cadavers – some willingly, some unwittingly – have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings.  In this fascinating account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries and tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them.

Available on Kresge Library 3rd Floor, R 853 .K8 R635 2003


Based on a true story. A kayak accident during a South American adventure takes one woman to heaven – where she experienced God's peace, joy, and angels – and back to life again.

Available on Kresge Library 3rd Floor, BT 848 .N43 A3 2012

Student Corner

iPad for Student Checkout The Medical Library is piloting the checkout of an iPad this summer for students to use during an internship, for a course, or other. If you are a student in the class of 2015 or 2016, you may checkout the iPad from the Medical Library Office, KL 130, for one month. We currently only have one and checkout is on a first come, first serve basis, but if this pilot is popular enough we may seek funding to buy more!

Many thanks to Dr. Misa Mi who generously donated the iPad to the library from her National Network of Libraries of Medicine Planning and Assessment Grant project!

Faculty Corner

**Coming Soon** Off-Campus Access to Library Resources to Change Beginning July 2013, the method for accessing library resources whether at home, at Beaumont, or anywhere off Oakland's campus will change. Instead of using your Grizzly ID number, you will need to set-up and use your Oakland University NetID and password -- this especially affects our Beaumont-based faculty. More information on activating your NetID and password will be available on the library website soon.


Highlighted Faculty Publications

Afonso N, Kavanagh M, Swanberg S, Band J. "Flu Ends with U" Influenza Vaccine Toolkit for Teaching Health Professional Students. MedEdPORTAL; 2013.

  • Dr. Nelia Afonso is Assistant Dean for Community Integration & Outreach and serves as Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the OUWB
  • Maurice Kavangh is Director of the Clinical Skills Training & Simulation Center at the OUWB
  • Stephanie Swanberg is Assistant Professor, Information Literacy and eLearning Librarian in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the OUWB
  • Dr. Jeffrey Band is Director of Interhealth and Section Head of Infectious Disease & international Medicine at Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak and serves as Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the OUWB

Franklin BA, Lavie CJ, Squires RW, Milani RV. Exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation and improvements in cardiorespiratory fitness: implications regarding patient benefit. Mayo Clin Proc. 2013;88(5):431-7. (Dr. Barry Franklin is Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak and Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the OUWB)

Stefaniak J, Wunderlich T, Szura J, Joyce B, Afonso N. A Facilitated Debriefing Tool for Interprofessional Teams after a Home Visit. MedEdPORTAL; 2013.

  • Jill Stefaniak formerly served as the Director of Education Training at the OUWB
  • Tracy Wunderlich serves as the Director of Research Training at the OUWB
  • Jean Szura serves as the Director of Service Learning at the OUWB
  • Dr. Barbara Joyce is Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and serves as the Director of Curriculum Evaluation at the OUWB.
  • Dr. Nelia Afonso is Assistant Dean for Community Integration & Outreach and serves as Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the OUWB

Faculty Development Opportunities

Information Mastery Program with CME Credit continues in June!

The final CME in our series will be offered at Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak and Troy. William Beaumont Hospital designates this training activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).
  • June: Systematic Reviews The volume of clinical research evidence is rapidly growing, and clinicians may find multiple research studies addressing the same clinical question. A systematic review answers a clinical question by finding and evaluating all available research evidence. It is a form of research that provides a summary of clinical studies on a specific clinical question, using explicit methods to identify relevant studies, critically appraise their quality, and synthesize the evidence. Clinicians may use systematic reviews to inform patient care decisions. The session will discuss the basic principles of systematic reviews and differences between systematic reviews and other types of reviews. It will review resources for systematic reviews and introduce the steps taken to conduct a systematic review on a given clinical question.
    • Royal Oak: Thursday, June 6, 2013, 4:00-5:00pm; South Tower 3rd Floor Surgical Learning Center, Classrooms 1 & 2
    • Troy: Thursday, June 20, 2013, 4:00-5:00pm; Hospital Ground Floor, Classrooms 1 & 2

To register for this course, please visit the Beaumont CME Office's calendar at

Please contact Dr. Misa Mi at with any questions or comments. 

Resource Updates

New Trial: Clinical Key is a clinical resource expanding on the content currently found in MDConsult and features over 800 books, 500 journals, 9,000 videos, and First Consult, the evidence-based clinical reference tool. This resource will eventually replace MDConsult so to explore it simply visit while you're on Oakland's campus!


New eResources The Medical Library has subscribed to three new resources. Simply click on the resource title to access each resource. If you are off-campus, you will need to login with your NetID and password.
  • Scopus is a multi-disciplinary database with access to over 20,000 titles from over 5,000 publishers, including peer-reviewed journals in the health, physical, life, and social sciences. Scopus also features a variety of author and journal analytic tools.
  • Embase is a biomedical and pharmacological database covering 7,600 peer-reviewed journals, 2,500 conferences, 800,000 conference abstracts, and MEDLINE.
  • TRIP - Though a freely available online database, the library has now integrated full-text links to articles we subscribe to within TRIP, a clinical search engine that searches across resources from the 6S Pyramid of Evidence as proposed by Brian Haynes.
For a complete list of new titles, please see Medical Library May 2013 List

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