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Robert M. Joven, MLS Information & Education Services Ext. 8493 E-mail
for the Class of 2006
The future is here!
The members of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine class
of 2006 are required to purchase handheld computers (PDAs) before they
begin their third year. This means they can begin their clinical rotations
with a PDA loaded with useful resources. There will be no need to lug
around heavy laptops, textbooks, or bulging pockets filled with paper
reference tools. They are being prepared for practicing medicine in the
To support students in making this transition to handheld computers, the
library has put several resources in place. Each librarian on our staff
has a PDA so they can assist students with content questions. (The IT
department will provide technical support.) The library also purchased
subscriptions to the following resources students can download at no charge:
· Micromedex or ePocrates drug database complete with drug interactions,
dosages, adverse effects, and more.
· InfoRetriever database including the following content:
textbook Griffith’s Five Minute Clinical Consult
o Clinical guidelines & clinical calculators
o Cochrane Database abstracts
o Photographs such as poison ivy or lyme disease rashes
· MDConsult’s pocket version with medical news stories, FDA
updates, and tables of content for dozens of journals.
can borrow a recommended PDA
· The library
will have 8 iPaq Pocket PCs for use by 8 volunteer students starting in
early May. All the slots were filled almost as soon as we announced this!
· Students will spend 3 hours in intensive training sessions learning
how to download software, troubleshoot common problems, and navigate recommended
· At the end of the loan period (4 – 6 weeks), students will
return the iPaqs to the library and receive a $30 gift certificate to
the UCHC Bookstore.
· Those students will agree to help answer uncomplicated questions
from classmates (within reasonable limits and as time permits).
Web Page and Classes
· PDA Web
Page – http://library.uchc.edu/pda/
· Classroom instruction on using PDAs
· Help with content questions
· Syncing station will be available soon
The staff has been preparing for this day for months now, and we are looking
forward to working with students as they explore the new world of handheld