Regular and Holiday Library Hours

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Levy Library will resume its regular hours this Friday, July 1, for the upcoming summer months.

And, in observation of Independence Day, we will be closed on Monday, July 4. We'll also close early on Sunday, July 3–for us, that means at 7:50 P.M. instead of 11:50.

We've put our regular schedule below, but you can always check our hours, and find out about any changes, on the library's Web site. Happy 4th of July, everyone!

Regular Library Hours

MondayThursday

7:45 A.M. – 11:50 P.M.

Friday

7:45 A.M. – 7:50 P.M.

Saturday

9:00 A.M. – 7:50 P.M.

Sunday

12 Noon – 11:50 P.M.

Archives Document of the Week: The Construction of the Annenberg Building

As the construction of the Center for Science and Medicine continues on East 102nd St., today’s Archives Document of the Week presents a selection of images from one of Mount Sinai’s previous building projects, the construction of the Annenberg Building in the early 1970s.

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Planning for the construction of a building to house the newly established Mount Sinai School of Medicine began in the late 1960s. In 1969 a number of buildings on 99th Street, including the Walter Children’s Clinic, the Lewisohn Laboratory Building and an employee dormitory, were torn down to prepare for the new construction.  

Above left: At a dinner event in 1968, Dean George James and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Gustave Levy examine a scale model of the Mount Sinai campus with the proposed Annenberg Building in the center. Above right: The cleared construction site in early 1970. The Klingenstein Clinical Center can be seen in the background; the Atran Laboratory is at right.

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Construction began in 1970. In 1973 the Mount Sinai School of Medicine began to hold classes on the first floors of the building as construction continued on the upper stories. On May 26, 1974 the building was officially dedicated; Vice President Gerald Ford was the principal speaker.

Above Left: The Annenberg Building under construction, viewed from Central Park in 1972. Above Right: Vice President Gerald Ford and Walter Annenberg admire the portrait of Mrs. Moses L. Annenberg at the dedication ceremony in 1974. This portrait can be seen today in the lobby of the building.

Additional photographs of the construction project can be viewed at the Mount Sinai Archives Image Database. The Mount Sinai Archives also holds numerous paper records of the construction including contracts, correspondence and meeting minutes.

USMLEasy

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Based on lots of positive feedback from our Step-1-studying 2nd year medical students, the Library has officially subscribed to the popular USMLE study resource, USMLEasy!  If you signed up for a personal account during our trial access, you should experience seamless access – no need to register for a new account.

USMLEasy contains thousands of practice USMLE questions for Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3.  It also allows you to create customized tests, to track your performance by topic and your test scores over time, and to review selected readings from the Lange books targeted for you based on your test results.

Access USMLEasy from the Library's Database page under USMLE and Board Preparation.    

And, best of luck for those of you still taking Step 1 this year!   

A full-text update to UpToDate!

UptodateUpToDate now includes links from the citations to the full text of articles provided by Mount Sinai!  To get to full text articles, scroll down to the References section and click on the citation you are interested in.   That will take you to a new page, with the article abstract and a "Find Full-Text" button.  

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When you click on the button you will be taken to the Mount Sinai link to the full text.  Click on the "article" link, read and enjoy!

 

Watch out for the PubMed link next to the Find Full-Text button!  Unfortunately, that PubMed link doesn't usually show the full text available through the library.  To make those links work, go into PubMed from the library website first, then go back using the same browser window and go into UpToDate.  Remember, UpToDate is only available from on campus. 

Rosalyn Yalow, Ph.D.: Mount Sinai’s Nobel Laureate

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This past week Mount Sinai has lost a pioneering woman scientist, one who has been associated with the School of Medicine since the 1960s:  Rosalyn Yalow, Ph.D. died on May 30th.  Her's is a remarkable story of achievement in the face of opposition, of perserverence, of hard work and great loyalty.  Dr. Yalow was the first woman at Hunter College to major in physics; she was the only woman faculty member in her graduate physics program. At Mount Sinai, she became the only woman Distinguished Service Professor.

Dr. Yalow spent her career working at a laboratory at the Bronx Veterans Administration Hospital (now the James J. Peters VA Medical Center) first in the nuclear physics laboratory and then as head of the Radioisotope Service.  In 1950 she began collaborating with a clinician named Solomon Berson, MD. From 1956 until 1960 they developed a new technique that revolutionized endocrinology: radioimmunassay (RIA).  This allowed scientists to determine the amount of insulin and all other peptide hormones in the blood or other body fluids and tissues.  Their work led to advances in many areas of medicine and made millions of lives better.  Drs. Yalow and Berson never patented their technique, allowing free use and faster developments for the good of patients and medicine.

When Dr. Berson became the Chairman of Medicine at the new Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1968, Dr. Yalow joined the Mount Sinai faculty.  They never moved their laboratory from the Bronx, and Dr. Yalow remained there while Dr. Berson would appear when he could. Four short years later, he died of a heart attack leaving her to run the lab on her own.  She did.

A Google search will turn up articles about the Lasker Prize she won in 1976 and then the Nobel Prize she received in 1977 for the development of RIA and her subsequent contributions in science.  The Nobel Prize website has an autobiographical essay she wrote summing up her career.

  
And now there are many obituaries being written about Dr. Yalow.  The world has lost a remarkable woman.

“First Aid for the….” Test Prep E-Books

First aid_14509 Fans of the popular "First Aid" review books can now study online! The Library has recently licensed McGraw-Hill's First Aid E-Books collection.  If you are studying for specialty board exams, prepping for third year clerkships, or preparing for this year's Match – make sure you check out the following 2011 First Aid titles online*:

First Aid for the ABSITE
First Aid for the Anesthesiology Boards
First Aid for the Basic Sciences General Principles
First Aid for the Basic Sciences Organ Systems
First Aid for the COMLEX
First Aid for the Emergency Medicine Boards
First Aid for the Emergency Medicine Clerkship
First Aid for the Internal Medicine Boards
First Aid for the Match
First Aid for the Medicine Clerkship
First Aid for the NBDE
First Aid for the NBDE Part II
First Aid for the Neurology Boards
First Aid for the Obstetrics & Gynecology Clerkship
First Aid for the Orthopedics Boards
First Aid for the Pediatric Boards
First Aid for the Psychiatry Boards
First Aid for the Pediatrics Clerkship
First Aid for the Psychiatry Clerkship
First Aid for the Radiology Clerkship
First Aid for the Wards
First Aid Q & A for the NBDE Part 1
First Aid for the Surgery Clerkship

*Die hard fans of the First Aid series may note that "First Aid for the USMLE" is not included in this collection.  If McGraw-Hill makes it available as an ebook, the Levy library would certainly purchase it!

Access McGraw-Hill's First Aid Series here or from the Library's e-books website