Friday, January 30, 2009

Trial Period for JAMAevidence until March 31st, 2009

A Free trial to JAMAevidence is available through March 31, 2009.
To access the free trial, please visit:
(You must be on the Tulane University Network.)

JAMAevidence is an online resource for teachers, learners, and practitioners of evidence-based medicine. JAMAevidence was developed in partnership with the American Medical Association (AMA) and McGraw-Hill. Its focus on evidence highlights a critical and emerging aspect of modern medicine.

JAMAevidence features:
• Full text access to The User's Guides to the Medical Literature and The Rational Clinical Examination
• Online Education Guide slideshows including teaching points to enhance classroom and conference learning - Also available as downloadable PowerPoints
• Direct free access to referenced articles from JAMA and the Archives Journals that are cited in
• Exclusive online-only content including updates to RCE articles and podcasts from the leading minds in evidence-based medicine
• Core Topics to highlight critical educational concepts across all content types
• Powerful interactive capabilities, including:
• Functional calculators and nomograms
• Question wizards to help users formulate well-built clinical queries
• Customizable worksheets focusing on critical appraisal skills and mastering the information cycle
• Extensive evidence-based medicine glossary

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Lunch time sessions with the Rudolph Matas Library School Of Public Health, Tidewater Bldg (TDW 1202)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009, 12noon-1pm

E-Books for Public Health and Tropical Medicine
E-books are an integral part of the Tulane Libraries’ collection. Come to this informal session to learn how to discover and use electronic information in current and historic books. Bring your questions and suggestions.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 12noon-1pm

Come meet the new Matas Library Director, Neville Prendergast. This will be an information question and answer session.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 12noon-1pm

Gideon and Global Health Databases are two resources licensed specifically to support the curriculum in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. This session will introduce the content, suggest search strategies and give pointers on the use of these sources.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009, 12noon-1pm

Citation Management
Learn how web-based citation managers can help you with storing, managing, and citing your papers and creating bibliographies. RefWorks and EndNote Web will briefly covered.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009, 12noon-1pm

Citation Management
Learn how web-based citation managers can help you with storing, managing, and citing your papers and creating bibliographies. We will cover both RefWorks and EndNote Web.

Tulane University students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend Library Workshops to learn new skills or find out about new resources. Other topical sessions are available on request during the semester. Please contact the Matas Librarians for more information and to schedule sessions at or (504) 988-5155.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tulane Center for Advanced Medical Simulation and Team Training

Want to know more about medical simulation for physician education?

  • Simulation in healthcare [electronic resource] : journal of the Society for Medical Simulation. Philadelphia, Pa. : Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006-
    Vol. 1, no. 1 (Jan. 2006)-

  • Manual of simulation in healthcare / edited by Richard H.Riley. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008. Matas Library: W 18 M294 2008 (Print volume available for check out)
  • A PubMed Search on Patient simulations in education

    Read the news about the opening of Tulane Center for Advanced Medical Simulation and Team Training:

    Tulane University School of Medicine has opened its new Tulane Center for Advanced Medical Simulation and Team Training, a $3 million, 14,000-square-foot facility dedicated to improving patient safety and preventing medical errors through comprehensive training for healthcare professionals in a realistic environment...

  • Read more of the New Wave article by Keith Brannon (January 27, 2009).

    Doctors in training use robotic patients: They 'bring the book to life' - Times Picayune article by John Pope (Tuesday, January 27, 2009).

    Any department that wishes to register and schedule courses for the Simulation Center, please call 504-988-9150, email Tours of the Simulation Center must be scheduled in advance. The Simulation Center Curriculum Committee meetings the second Tuesday of each month, at 8 am in the meeting room of the Simulation Center.

    Thursday, January 22, 2009

    LSU-VA Hospital hearing set / Bill Barrow, The Times-Picayune Wednesday January 21, 2009

    LSU-VA Hospital hearing set today at state Capitol

    by Bill Barrow, The Times-Picayune
    Wednesday January 21, 2009

    Some hope the government transforms the old Charity Hospital into a modern academic hospital, which a report says would cost less than demolishing historic buildings, businesses and homes in Mid-City to make space for a new one.

    Addressing several hundred New Orleans business and community leaders last month, representatives from the Louisiana State University System and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs spoke definitively about their plans for a $2 billion investment in a joint medical teaching facility near downtown.

    Gov. Bobby Jindal will be represented by state facilities director Jones. Jindal has endorsed LSU's plans, but a spokesman on Wednesday passed on an opportunity to rule out using Charity as part of a new hospital.
    . . . . . . .
    Bill Barrow can be reached at

    Wednesday, January 21, 2009

    GIDEON is a decision support tool for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology.

    you know that one new infectious disease is reported in mankind every eight months; one new pathogen every week?

    GIDEON is a decision support tool for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology. Here are some of the search options:

    Keep up to date by visiting the GIDEON blog. Comments are welcom e.

    The 2nd floor Matas Library Entrance is OPEN!

    The Matas Library Main is open once again. The entrance had to be closed due to unexpected floor repairs.

    24/7 Entrance, 2nd floor (RM 2520) will once again be available for after library hours only.
    Card access will be required.

    Sorry for the inconvenience.

    Friday, January 16, 2009

    Martin Luther King's Birthday

    Martin Luther King's Birthday
    Monday, January 19, 2009

    The Rudolph Matas Library will be closed for the Martin Luther King Memorial Holiday. 24/7 access will continue to be available.

    We will reopen on Tuesday, January 20th, with regular hours.

    Barack Obama Inaugural @ Matas Library

    A television connection will be set up in the Rudolph Matas Commons area next Tuesday morning, January 20, 2009, showing the historic Inaugural Ceremony.

    Come join your friends and colleagues for this historic occasion.

    Sunday, January 11, 2009

    Education Excellence Week

    J a n u a r y 12 – 16, 2009

    Monday, Jan. 12, 2009
    Jeff Wiese, MD, Associate Dean, GME
    “USMLE Step 1 Preparation: Biostatistics”
    4:00 PM, Room 6065

    Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009
    Philip Walker, TUSOM
    Rudolph Matas Library “@ The Library”
    4:00 PM, Room 6065

    Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009
    John Pelley, PhD, Texas Tech University HSC
    “Life Long Learning: Developing Professional Skills”
    4:30 – 6:30 PM, Room 6065

    Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009
    John Pelley, PhD, Texas Tech University HSC
    “Life Long Learning: Developing Professional Skills” continued
    12:00 PM, Room 6065

    Friday, Jan. 16, 2009
    Donald Melnick, MD, President, NBME
    “USMLE Today and Tomorrow”
    11:30 AM, Room 6065

    For more information, please contact:
    1430 Tulane Avenue, Suite 1730
    Phone: 504-988-6600

    Friday, January 9, 2009

    Announcing the Director of the Rudolph Matas Library: Neville Prendergast

    I am pleased to announce that effective January 9, 2009, Neville Prendergast will be the Director of the Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences at Tulane University in New Orleans.

    Since 2001, Mr. Prendergast has been Associate Director for Health Information Resources at the Becker Medical Library at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Prior to that, he served in increasingly responsible library positions at the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa and in the Health Sciences Library and the School of Pharmacy Library at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He began his professional career as a chemist and science teacher in Jamaica. In 1974 he received his B.S. (Honors) in Biochemistry from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica where he also received his postgraduate degree in library science. In 1988 he earned his M.L.S. from SUNY Buffalo.

    He has been a fellow in the Association of Research Libraries Leadership Medical Informatics, and Career Development Program and the National Library of Medicine (NLM)/Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA.
    Since 2007 he has been a fellow in the NLM/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries Leadership Institute.

    Mr. Prendergast has a long and distinguished record of professional publications, awards, and grants in the field of health science librarianship.

    He will be joined in New Orleans by his wife, Portia, children and three dogs.

    Neville Prendergast will be a strong contributor and leader in the continued growth of Tulane’s School of Medicine, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the Tulane National Primate Center.
    My thanks to Dr. Kevin Krane of the School of Medicine and the search committee he chaired and to all those who participated in the search. I offer special thanks to Mildred Moore of the Matas Library who served so capably as interim director since January.

    Lance D. Query,
    Dean of Libraries and Academic Information Resources
    Tulane University