Library Access For Faculty and Housestaff of Icahn School of Medicine

As of July 1st, 2014 faculty and housestaff with Icahn School of Medicine appointments at all sites across the Mount Sinai Health System (Beth Israel, St. Luke’s, Roosevelt, and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary) have access to the Levy Library’s online resources.

To Login:

Go to the Levy Library’s Website and select the e-journal, database, or e-book that you wish to use.  You will then be prompted to login.  Use your Mount Sinai network credentials OR your chpnet OR NYEEI ID and password.

For Help with Your Levy Library Login: 

  • BI and SLR: Contact CareTech at (212) 523-6486
  • NYEE: Contact the Help Desk at (212) 979-4273
  • Mount Sinai Hospital: Contact Academic Support Center at (212) 241-7091 or via email at:

Non-Faculty and Non-Resident Staff can access a core library collection that has been licensed for all staff at Mount Sinai Health System hospitals.  Local hospital librarians can also advise what other resources are available to you at your site.

All members of the Mount Sinai Health System are welcome to visit the Levy Library and use resources in-house.  Please bring your valid ID badge from a Mount Sinai Health System hospital.

For more information on Library Access, please see here.

Lecture Capture at ISMMS

Echo360 User Interface

When it comes to education, there are a countless number of students who are determined to study hard, get an outstanding grade, and use the knowledge they have learned in order to apply it to real life scenarios. No matter how great you are at playing the role of a student, there are still times when you will have to tend to other aspects of your life. Perhaps you have to go to the doctor for a check-up, get together with family that you haven’t seen for a while, or finally buy that dream house you have always wanted.

Trying to juggle so many aspects of your life unfortunately means you will someday have to miss a critical lecture. Even if you attend all your classes, you still have the potential to have your mind wander during that three hour lecture, which for whatever reason starts at seven in the morning. You could stress out and desperately try to get notes from your classmates or make an appointment with your Course Director to review the material. Could there be another way of dealing with this situation?

To help relieve some of the anxiety of missing a class or just simply missing a crucial piece of information during a lecture, many schools started to look to lecture capture systems as a solution. A lecture capture system is designed to have a camera record the audio and video of the instructor, and the displayed content of the lecture. All of this is then uploaded to the Learning Management System (Blackboard), allowing the students to watch the lecture on demand.

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has lecture capture (Echo360) system cameras installed in various rooms in the Annenberg and Hess buildings.




Davis Auditorium


Seminar Room A (Floor 2)


Seminar Room B (Floor 2)


If you ever find yourself in the Levy Library, take a look around and observe some of the students. You might spot some of them watching a recorded lecture. The popularity and the demand for these recorded sessions are growing and the vision to utilize the system is expanding. For the past four months the Instructional Technology Group (ITG) has been working on upgrades that will substantially enhance the usability of the system. Some of the upgrades you will notice are:

  • The branding at the top of the lecture capture player;
  • A capture will now be available as fast as two hours after the lecture has concluded;
  • A software version of the lecture capture system is now available for your laptop. As an instructor, this means you can create recorded lectures in your office on your laptop and distribute them as lecture captures through Blackboard;
  • The ability to view lecture captures from a laptop or mobile device.

Medical Education and Graduate School lectures are not the only materials being recorded. Currently, we have over 60 courses and programs using the lecture capture system. There have been various events and programs that have benefited from having their sessions saved and displayed to the students and faculty. These include:

  • Bench to Bedside
  • EHHOP Grand Rounds
  • The Fellowship Core Conference
  • speaker panels and trainings
  • the Summer Enrichment Program
  • and the USMLE Program

During 2014, our lecture capture system has recorded and produced 596 videos between the months of January and May. In 2013, we obtained 456 videos during the same 5 month span. We can see that the numbers have increased and I predict the number of captures will continue to increase, further helping the students and course directors that use it. In this regard, we should grow along with lecture capture and utilize it as best we can.

“In a Fall 2010 another lecture capture company, Tegrity, Surveyed  6,883 college age and adult higher education students, a total of 85% stated that having access to recorded lectures made study somewhat or much more effective than normal.” Greenberg, A. D., & Nilssen, A. (2011). Lecture Capture Deployment Models

“Wainhouse Research has stated elsewhere that lecture capture is today – and will remain for the foreseeable future – one of the hottest campus technologies for higher education. We have identified certain trends through conversations with colleges and universities – many of whom are clients wrestling with how to scale – which involve the need to address mobility, data, customized learning, and scalability.” Greenberg, A. D., & Nilssen, A. (2011). Lecture Capture Deployment Models

Summer Library Hours

Starting on June 29, 2014 the Levy Library will observe the following Summer Hours:

Monday Thursday
7:30 A.M.—9:50 P.M.
7:30 A.M.—7:50 P.M.
9:00 A.M. —7:50 P.M.
12:00 P.M.—9:50 P.M.

The Library will be closed on Friday, July 4, 2014 for Independence Day.

The Library’s online resources, guides and tutorials are available 24 hours/day, 7 days per week and are available both on and off-campus.  For more information on library hours and services please see:

Enjoy your Summer!

Annenberg Building Dedicated 40 Years Ago This May

Vice President Gerald R. Ford and Walter Annenberg at the dedication of the Annenberg Building, May 26, 1974

On May 26, 1974, Vice President Gerald R. Ford was the principal speaker at the dedication of Annenberg Building, the home of the then new Mount Sinai School of Medicine. This celebration marked the culmination of two decades of work by Mount Sinai trustees and staff to raise the $152 million necessary to hire the faculty, create the curriculum, build the needed facilities and then find students willing to come to a new school with new ideas on medical education. The building was named for the Annenberg family because the eight children of Mrs. Moses (Sadie) Annenberg were early supporters of the fund raising campaign that created the School. The building was built to house the School of Medicine, but ultimately also had important spaces for The Mount Sinai Hospital, as well.

When the Annenberg Building opened, it had all the latest in technology, including ‘playback equipment for taped teaching aids’ and overhead closed circuit televisions. The Hospital side boasted a “computerized drug profile” for each patient and an automated medical record retrieval system. The radiology equipment was the latest, including a new ultrasound machine capable of displaying the anatomy of heart valves.

In his address, Ford said (as quoted in the NY Times), “I believe that cooperation and compromise are the only means by which our form of government – in this field and others – can move ahead successfully.” He had “hope and belief” that a national health insurance program would be enacted later in 1974.

In less than three months, Gerald Ford became President of the United States when Richard Nixon resigned. He had not mentioned Nixon’s name in his speech at Mount Sinai.

Update from Academic Medical Illustration

A new service under the recently formed Instructional Technology Group (ITG) brings Academic Medical Illustration (AMI) to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai community.  Myself and Courtney McKenna bring over twenty years of experience in medical illustration to ISMMS though the merger with Continuum Health Partners.

You might be asking at this point, “Exactly what is Academic Medical Illustration?” Academic Medical Illustration is a visual teaching tool for communicating medical and scientific concepts. The audience for academic medical illustration varies: from a medical student studying anatomy, to a surgeon discovering the latest technique, to a basic scientist researching molecular structures and processes. Academic medical illustrations enhance all manner of educational materials, including textbooks, journals, websites, in-person lectures and online courses.

Seen here are a couple examples of recent illustrations. For more information on enlisting the department’s services, please contact Jill Gregory, AMI manager, at .We look forward to sitting down with you and hearing about your interesting project.

Jill Gregory
Manager, Academic Medical Illustration
Academic Informatics and Technology (AIT)
Instructional Technology Group (ITG)

Mount Sinai in the First World War

A detail from a display case showing the dog-tags that belonged to Charles F. Naumberg. He is in the picture to the left.

This summer marks the centennial of the beginning of the First World War, sparked in June 1914 by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

When the United States entered the war in 1917, the U.S. Army called on American hospitals to enlist their doctors and nurses to serve the war effort. Members of the Mount Sinai staff were organized as U.S. Army Base Hospital No. 3 and stationed at Vauclaire, a fourteenth-century monastery in southern France that had been converted to a hospital.

Two of the display cases highlight Mount Sinai’s Base Hospital No. 3. The third case features pages from a scrapbook created by Marion Moxham, RN, a graduate of the Mount Sinai Training School for Nurses. She started at Base Hospital No. 3 and was then transferred to units in Germany. Her scrapbook provides a fascinating look at life in the Army medical services during World War I.

A page from the Moxham scrapbook. Note the memo from the Chief Nurse top left: “Nurses are not allowed to dance outside of their own hospital”.

This exhibit of material from the Mount Sinai Archives demonstrates how the hospital responded to one of the twentieth century’s first major crises. Twenty-five years later, with the outbreak of the Second World War, the government would once again ask The Mount Sinai Hospital to form and support an Army unit.

DSM I, II, III, IV, and 5

The Levy Library now subscribes online to all previous versions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manuals (DSM) through PsychiatryOnline.  The previous editions are in PDF form, and are made available for reference and archival purposes:

MicroMedex App Has Changed for iPhone Users

Icahn School of Medicine library users who previously had MicroMedex installed on their iPhones must now download a new app in order to keep access on their iPhone.  If you downloaded the MicroMedex iPhone app before March 31st 2014, you can now simply delete it, as it will cease to work.  For more information on downloading the new MicroMedex iPhone app and using it with out Mount Sinai subscription, go to:  MicroMedex and click on “mobileMicroMedex” at the top.  Step-by-Step information about downloading the correct iPhone app and entering the password necessary to set up our Mount Sinai subscription will be available.

Research DataSets and Repositories

The Levy Library has created our first web guide devoted to online Big Data Sources and DataSets.  Included in this list are many suggestions from Mount Sinai faculty and researchers. Several of the data repositories are Mount Sinai specific, such as the Mount Sinai Bone Marrow Database and the Mount Sinai Data Warehouse.

Our goal is to compile data sources that are helpful to faculty, students, and researchers, to highlight efforts at Mount Sinai to compile research data online, and to support the various data initiatives taking place at the Icahn School of Medicine .

To visit the Library’s directory of data repositories, please go to:

If you have further suggestions about data sources to include, especially for those relevant to the scope of research at Mount Sinai, please let us know.

BrowZine Trial

The Levy Library is trialing BrowZine, a great new service that allows you to browse and read many of the library’s full-text scholarly journals, all in a format optimized for your iPad and Android tablet.  Seamlessly access PDFs, create favorite journal lists and save articles.

Get started with the trial in 3 easy steps:

1) From your ipad or Android tablet, go to your app store and search for “BrowZine” and download it for free.

2) Open BrowZine and select Icahn School of Medicine from the list.

3) Enter your network credentials, these will be the same that you use to access library resources from off-campus.

Start browsing and reading your scholarly journals!

The Levy Library is considering a permanent license.  Please send any comments about the BrowZine app to :