UpToDate Anywhere App

UpToDate has finally added an app for institutional subscribers!  Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai users can now download UpToDate’s free mobile app to access our library subscription to UpToDate off Mount Sinai’s  network.

Why is this Different?  Currently you can login through the library’s website with your email username and password to access UpToDate’s mobile version on your phone or device, wherever you are.  The new app provides a way to bypass the library’s login and is a sleeker interface on your phone than the regular mobile display.  Instead of logging in through the library’s website, you will need to login to the app with your UpToDate username and password.   In order to maintain access to the app, you will need to validate that you are still a member of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai every 30 days, by logging into your account while on campus.

To Get Started with the App:

If you already have an UpToDate user name and password, getting UpToDate Anywhere rights is easy.  Access UpToDate while on campus.   Log in with your existing credentials and you’ll receive an email informing you that you now have UTD Anywhere rights and instructions on how to download the Mobile App.  The Log In/Register icon is in the top right hand corner.

If you don’t have an UpToDate account:

Access UpToDate while on campus. Register as a new user and create a user name and password. Use the link in the top right corner that says Log In Register. Upon completion of registration process, you will receive an email from UpToDate with instructions on downloading the mobile app.

Once you are registered for UpToDate Anywhere access with a unique user name and password, you can install the UpToDate Mobile App on up to two devices. For a full list of devices currently supported, please visit www.uptodate.com/home/uptodate-mobile-access.

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Estelle Blumberg, RN: A glance at nursing in the past

Estelle Berman Blumberg in the Mount Sinai Hospital School of Nursing Class of 1947 Yearbook

In reviewing a 20 year old issue of a publication called the Mount Sinai Nurse, Archives staff recently came across an article about Estelle Blumberg, RN, a graduate of The Mount Sinai Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1947.  She came to Mount Sinai as a student in 1944, and the article outlines her experiences as a trainee and then a young graduate nurse on the wards.  Here are some excerpts from that article:

The Mount Sinai Hospital School of Nursing was housed in 5 E. 98th Street….Each morning, students gathered in the assembly hall to sing songs before going on duty. Clad in black shoes and stockings, and wearing plaid uniforms, student nurses were always easy to spot in the hospital.

Ms. Blumberg’s first job upon graduation was assistant charge nurse of a male ward with 41 beds.  Read more

Clinical Key Now Available Through the Levy Library

The Levy Library has recently subscribed to Clinical Key, a new rendition of MDConsult, which is being phased out by the end of 2014.  Clinical Key provides access to over 1,000 core clinical ebooks and 500 ejournals.  You will find all of the well known ebooks from MDConsult in Clinical Key.  Clinical Key provides access to html versions of ebooks with no extra login, however access to the PDF versions requires a free registration and login.  With your login you can also save searches and preferences.  Clinical Key provides a comprehensive search across a large collection of clinical resources covering all medical and surgical specialties, including many core textbooks.   You may access Clinical Key through the library’s databases page or directly at Clinical Key.

From the Archives: I.C. Rubin’s Nobel Prize Nomination

This week, the Swedish Academy announced the 2013 winners of the Nobel Prize in Medicine.
You may be familiar with the story of Dr. Rosalyn Yalow,
Mount Sinai’s first Nobel laureate, but she is not the only Mount Sinai doctor
to have been nominated for this most distinguished of awards.

In 1935, Dr. Ira Kaplan, a prominent radiologist at New
York’s Bellevue Hospital, was approached by the Nobel Committee to nominate a
candidate for the Prize. He chose Mount Sinai’s I.C. Rubin, a pioneering
gynecologist whose development of the Rubin insufflation test was a major
breakthrough in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility.

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Lunch and Learn a Success!

Lunch & Learn 2013_09_19

On September 19th, a group of faculty and staff met in the Levy Library for the first in a monthly series of Lunch and Learn sessions sponsored by The Icahn School of Medicine Instructional Technology Team and the Institute for Medical Education (IME).  The speaker was Kenny Chu, Senior Director, Information Technology, IT Security. His topic was “New Institutional Guidelines: Cloud Computing/IT Security”.  Chu covered security topics relevant to the Icahn medical education community relating to cloud computing, including new cloud services use guidelines, different types of cloud services, and encryption.  Members of the audience asked a number of questions, as well as making some helpful observations.  Read more

The Archives Has NOT Moved – But Our Door Has!

The Mount Sinai Archives has a new door!  Not new space; not a new location; just a new, temporary door.  Due to the construction on the 10th floor of the Levy Library, the Archives has had to temporarily close its front door.  Our new door opens into the east corridor of the Annenberg 10th floor and has a fancy, paper sign.

Archives door 1

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What design? Instructional?

Every time I meet new people, I’m curious when and how they’re going to ask me about my job and what reaction they are going to have when they hear my answer. When I started working in the field of instructional design and technology, my default answer to the above question was that – I’m a teacher. Eventually, as I grew more and more attached to what I was doing and felt I could actually explain it to people, I started saying the truth – I’m an Instructional Designer.

And this is when the fun started. Over the years, I’ve been collecting the different questions I got after people heard this answer. Here are just some of them:

So, what do you design?

Does that mean you are a teacher?

I know what interior design is, but what is instructional design about?

So, really, what is instructional design about and do we need it?There is a saying that if you don’t know where you are going any road will get you there. I follow it frequently when I’m visiting a new country or meditating near the lake. However, when it comes to creating meaningful and engaging learning materials, this is probably the worst approach to take. What instructional design does is it helps us figure out the right destination as well as the best road to get there. Some people refer to Instructional Design as the science of instruction, since it relies on many theories and methods. Some think it’s an art, because the end product heavily depends on the creative ability of the designer to envision the end product and artistically use the different methods to produce it. In the end, it’s probably both. The moment you have an idea of the course you want to create, instructional design will help you implement it and ensure that your students have a great learning experience.

Why should you be concerned with instructional design? We all remember those courses that we were excited to sign up for, but when we actually came to the classroom, the only thing we wanted to do was leave. Why? The class was poorly designed. Was the material too difficult or too basic? Poor instructional design. Was the instructor/material jumping from one topic to another? Poor instructional design. Was the test in the end of the course too hard or too easy? Poor instructional design. Of course, there are other reasons as well, but poor instructional design is in the root of many of them.

Our Instructional Technology team is comprised of a number of experienced instructional designers. So here are just some ways we could help you make your course more interesting, engaging, and fun.

-       Analyze the existing materials (written or not)

-       Recommend different delivery methods based on the course requirements and logistics

-       Create prototypes and develop actual course materials

-       Create test questions that will not only check students knowledge but also stimulate final sealing of it

From the Archives: The Travels of Dr. Hans Popper

The Mount Sinai Archives is at work processing the papers
of Dr. Hans Popper (1903-1988) so that they can be made available to
researchers. Totaling over 33 linear feet, this collection documents the career
of an extraordinarily accomplished doctor who was a founding father of modern
hepatology and one of the driving forces behind the creation of Mount Sinai
School of Medicine.  Read more