AAMC News and Leadership Announcements, 2012 Aug. 31

August 31, 2012

Here are the highlights from the current issue:

The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday published a lengthy editorial attacking “Cheesecake Factory Medicine.” The breathtaking editorial is in response to a recent article in The New Yorker by Dr. Atul Gawande about efforts to combine quality control, cost control, and innovation.
http://tinyurl.com/chotw8v (subscription may be required)

An article in the August 27 issue of Newsweek discussed the high cost of new cancer therapies that offer limited benefits. According to the article, “Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical and scientific officer of the American Cancer Society, says that in most cases, ‘new cancer treatments cost an awful lot of money, and there is usually a very small incremental benefit…Instead of talking about rationing care,’ Brawley says, ‘we need to talk about rational use of care.’”

A new web posting by Dr. Sally Rockey, NIH deputy director for extramural research, explores whether the number of applications submitted is correlated to more awards being received. Dr. Rockey writes, “It is evident from the data that, even within our top 100 funded organizations, institutions with similar averages of submitted applications per PI can have very different levels of success.”

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We need your questions for our FAQ

August 27, 2012

We’re developing an FAQ for our web site, to make it easier for people to find answers to, well, frequently asked questions.  So, we need your help–and your questions: what would you like to see in a library FAQ?  If you have suggestions, please let us know; either leave us a comment on this post, call us (x68497), or send us an email (library@coh.org).

Preliminary testing: COH publications database

August 27, 2012

We continue to work on the City of Hope publications database. This past month, a small group of people tested the system. Representatives from various departments, such as Hematology, Immunology, ITS Research, Medical Oncology, Neurosciences, and Nursing Research, worked through a number of tasks in the system.  Library Services staff also tested the system.

Testers performed a variety of searches—e.g. author names, keywords, and core facilities—and filtered results by various criteria, e.g. co-authors, date ranges, grant numbers, and publication types.  They also tried out the My List feature, which lets you save publications for exporting later. The basic functions worked just fine during testing, but we learned that some aspects of the system were difficult to use.  The vendor is addressing these, and the initial release of the system is planned for later this month.

Want to know more about the system? Have questions? Please contact the library (library@coh.org or x68497) or stop by the Graff Library front desk to discuss the system with us.

Update on Library Office Hours

August 27, 2012

Back in March, we began Library Office Hours, where we staff a table in Brawerman each Monday from 2 to 3 p.m. We’ve had 218 interactions with COH staff, patients, and family members, about everything from, “Where’s the  library?” to how to find a journal or search for information on a topic.

Some of the specific information requests and questions we’ve answered are:

  • How to attach full text PDF’s to an EndNote Library
  • Do we offer PowerPoint classes and EndNote information?
  • Referred a user to MedlinePlus for medication information
  • How to access journals on an iPad

Come by and see us! Bring questions with you or just stop by to chat about some of our new services as well re-familiarize yourself with some of the tried and true ones, such as interlibrary loan and document delivery as well as our electronic table of contents. And, for us, since we answer so many questions over the phone and via email, this is a great opportunity for us to meet people face-to-face.

We look forward to seeing you!

AAMC News and Leadership Announcements, 2012 Aug 27

August 27, 2012

Here are the highlights from the current issue:

An article in Sunday’s New York Times discussed the procedural and ethical issues related to returning genetic results to research study subjects or their families, especially when the results were not envisioned as part of the initial protocol or consent process and treatment options exist.

http://tinyurl.com/8ntm39b <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17466819:20164302279:m:1:1612442508:A8B58835630E3EEECF533EED3B7015BD:r>

The revised HHS financial conflict of interest regulations became effective on Friday. NIH on Friday issued a notice concerning FCOI reporting of certain awards. According to the notice, “Most grantees have already submitted their annual progress report for FY2012 noncompeting continuation awards and multi-year funded projects, which means that the Annual FCOI Report was due before the FCOI implementation date (i.e., 45 or 60 days prior to the start date). Therefore, out of synch reporting for this subset of FY2012 awards will be necessary to capture FCOI reporting information. This one-time guidance is intended to shift the burden of out of synch reporting from the grantee to NIH staff. Therefore, NIH will not require grantees to submit FCOI reports for FY 2012 noncompeting awards issued on or after August 24 until requested by NIH staff.”

http://tinyurl.com/9ys8jnh <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17466820:20164302279:m:1:1612442508:A8B58835630E3EEECF533EED3B7015BD:r>

Stanford has posted a podcast featuring Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III, best-known as the pilot who miraculously landed a US Airways flight in the Hudson River, after a flock of geese struck and disabled the plane’s engines. Mr. Sullenberger, who retired in 2010, is now focused on patient safety. According to the posting, “He is among a group of patient-safety advocates calling for an independent agency modeled on the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate and prevent cases of medical harm.”

http://med.stanford.edu/121/2012/sullenberger.html <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17466825:20164302279:m:1:1612442508:A8B58835630E3EEECF533EED3B7015BD:r>

Two articles posted by the McKinsey Quarterly discuss fundamental changes in the pharmaceutical industry. The publication asserts that the “…’blockbuster’ model of drug development has run its course, and the pharmaceutical industry is now struggling to rediscover its knack for creating value.” One article, “Pharma manufacturing for a new era,” argues that intently focusing on manufacturing innovation is one way to restore the sector’s appeal. Another is by tackling some of the excesses in R&D approaches. “Restoring value to biopharmaceutical R&D” explores several imperatives for pharma executives. (Free registration may be required.) http://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/home.aspx <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17466830:20164302279:m:1:1612442508:A8B58835630E3EEECF533EED3B7015BD:r>

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New books

August 24, 2012

We just added a few more new books to the collection:

Popular Reading Collection

Castillo, Linda.
Gone missing.
1st ed.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2012.

Harkness, Deborah E., 1965-
Shadow of night : a novel.
New York : Viking, 2012.


Human stem cell manual: a laboratory guide
2nd ed.
Oxford : Academic, c2012.

Principles and practice of pediatric infectious diseases
4th ed.
Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2012.

The role of obesity in cancer survival and reccurence: workshop summary
Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, 2012.

Davis, Martha.
Scientific papers and presentations
J. Davis, Marion M. Dunagan.
3rd ed.
London : Academic Press, 2012.

Fenchel, Tom.
Bacterial biogeochemistry: the ecophysiology of mineral cycling
3rd ed.
Boston, Mass. : Academic Press/Elsevier, c2012.

Seyfried, Thomas.
Cancer as a metabolic disease: on the origin, management, and prevention of cancer.
Hoboken : John Wiley & Sons, 2012.

Print books – general collection

HF 5549.5.I5 N45 2005.
Nelson, Bob, 1956-
1001 ways to reward employees.
Rev., updated. ed.
New York : Workman Pub., c2005.

WA 900 AA1 C215 2007.
Cancer survival among adults : U.S. SEER program, 1988-2001: patient and tumor

[Bethesda, MD : U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of
Health, National Cancer Institute], 2007.
Online access freely available at http://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo808

WO 690 S628i 2010.
Skloot, Rebecca, 1972-
The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks [audiobook]
New York : Random House Audio, p2010.

WX 159 F648h 2007.
Flynn, Walter J.
Healthcare human resource management
2nd ed.
Mason, OH : Thomson South-Western, c2007.

WY 105 G8785n 2005.
Grossman, Sheila.
The new leadership challenge : creating the future of nursing
2nd ed.
Philadelphia : F.A. Davis, c2005.

WY 105 M2655 2006.
Management and leadership for nurse administrators
4th ed.
Sudbury, Mass. : Jones and Bartlett Publishers, c2006.

Professional development collection

T 10.5 .B36 2012.
Barnard, Stephanie.
Listen, write, present : the elements for communicating science and technology
New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, c2012.

W 20.5 R967gn 2012
Russell, S. W. (Stephen W.).
The grant application writer’s workbook. National Science Foundation – FastLane

[Rev. ed.].
Buellton, Calif. : Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops, [2012].

W 20.5 R967gnh 2010
Russell, S. W. (Stephen W.).
The grant application writer’s workbook : National Institutes of Health
[Los Olivos, Calif.] : Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops, LLC, 2010.

W 21 G284c 1999.
Gawande, Atul.
The checklist manifesto : how to get things right
London : Profile, 2011.

Use COH customized PubMed for better results

August 24, 2012

Recently PubMed has changed the way it looks and the way you search.  Gone are the limits at the top of the screen.  Now to narrow your search you use filters.  For more information regarding this change, see our May 21st post.

To make your PubMed searching easier, we recommend you use our customized link to PubMed, PubMed@COH. You can find a link to it on the library home page. This takes you to a site that automatically includes the button linking you to our full text, term highlighting, and a number of automatic filters that appear to the right of your search results.

To filter your results click on the “+” to the right of the selected filter then click on the “Search” button.  You may use this method to add multiple filters to your search  (i.e. Last 5 years, English & Humans).

Note: Our customized filters will not appear if you automatically log into your MyNCBI account. To create a filters sidebar for your account you can follow a 2-minute video tutorial  PubMed: The Filters Sidebar  or contact the library (X68497) and one of the librarians would be glad to help.