Thursday, April 22, 2010

Potential Resources and Searching Advice for Community Map Assignment

Potential Resources and Searching Advice for Community Map Assignment
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Maria Melssen – 305-348-0680
David Boilard – 305-348-0643

U.S. Census Bureau
All kinds of demographic data, including population trends, average commute time. Can be drilled down to Florida towns/cities. Includes maps.

Miami-Dade Public Health Department
Health Services (Community Health Centers, Dental, Service sites, family preparedness guide for disasters); Immigration Clinics; General vital statistics (for county)

Census Tracker
·       Interactive community map, including satellite view
·       Health Resources Availability – sortable by streets and proximity

Florida Housing Data
Provides detailed data on housing costs, ages of persons in household, etc. for FL counties and for some specific communities (e.g., Opa Locka)

Getting the best out of a Google Search
When using Google to locate community demographic information, .gov sites will be some of the most reliable.  To narrow down your Google search to .gov try the following search strategy:

"miami gardens" site:gov

If you are looking for a phrase, put the phrase in quotes.  Adding site:gov will also limit your results to .gov sites only.

Another search to try is “community profiles” “city name here”

Public Libraries
Try the public libraries ( in the specific neighborhoods.  When calling, make sure you ask for a reference librarian.  The Main library also has a Florida Collection department – their direct line is 305-375-5023
FIU Library Catalog
The FIU library (not just the Medical Library, but the library as a whole) may have a book or other resource related to your neighborhood.

Information on Schools
·       Miami Dade School District

Crime and other City Information
·       Miami Dade County (try the Home & Neighborhood link)
·       Check to see if your neighborhood has a Chamber of Commerce

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A new version of the NLM REMM (Radiation Event Medical Management) web site

A new version of the NLM REMM web site has been released.

We strongly suggest you update any versions of REMM you have previously downloaded to your computer, USB drive, or mobile device.

* Download REMM (4/2010) to your computer or USB device

* Download Mobile REMM Version 1.2 (4/2010) to your mobile device

* For Blackberry(r) (device reboot required)
* For Windows Mobile(r)
* For Palm OS(r)

If you have comments or questions, please contact the REMM team at

REMM is produced by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Office of Planning and Emergency Operations, in cooperation with the National Library of Medicine, Division of Specialized Information Services, with subject matter experts from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and many US and international consultants.

REMM provides:

* Guidance for health care providers, primarily physicians, about clinical diagnosis and treatment during mass casualty radiological/nuclear (rad/nuc) events
* Just-in-time, evidence-based, usable information with sufficient background and context to make complex issues understandable to those without formal radiation medicine expertise
* Web-based information that is also downloadable in advance, so that it would be available during an event if the internet is not accessible.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Workshop this week canceled and rescheduled

This week's workshop on Thursday 3:15 pm -4:15 pm: "Master citations and bibliographies: Refworks" has been canceled. It has been rescheduled for next Thursday, April 22 3:15 pm-4:15 pm and will be held in GL 540.

If you have any questions about library workshops, please contact

Friday, April 9, 2010

New Database on Trial: SpringerImages - Images MD

The image database, SpringerImages, is on trial for a month beginning on Apr. 12, 2010 Monday.

SpringerImages is a collection of scientific images that spans the scientific, technical and medical fields, including high-quality clinical images from images.MD. Many medical images are available under Images.MD section on the left-hand side. The trial access is for both from on and off-campus locations.


If you have any comments or suggestions, feel free to email

Friday, April 2, 2010

ExamMaster Update

ExamMaster Update

ExamMaster has updated their resource and there is now a new method for accessing the practice exams for USMLE Step 1, USMLE Step 2, PANCE, PANRE, Pharmacy:

Institutional Version
Login and go to New Practice Exam>SELECT APPROPRIATE Practice Exam. In Active Exams, go to Practice Exam tab>Click Go to Exam>Click Test or Study for an Exam Block.

Single User Version
Login to your EMO account, go to New Practice Exam>SELECT APPROPRIATE Practice Exam. In Active Exams, go to Practice Exam tab>Click Go to Exam>Click Test or Study for an Exam Block.

If you have any questions, please contact the Medical Library Reference Department at or 305-348-0680

Note – instructions from ExamMaster customer service email message dated 4/2/2010

Thursday, April 1, 2010

USMLEasy Trial

The USMLEasy database is currently on trial by the FIU Medical Library.

For more information about this electronic resource, please see below:

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  • All questions are derived from McGraw-Hill's leading series of test prep books, including PreTest. To learn more about McGraw-Hill’s print USMLE resources, visit
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  • Robust Performance Profile allows you to track your results performance by topic and your test scores over time
  • All questions reviewed by recent test-takers to be certain they reflect the very latest style and content of the exams
  • Customization features that allow you to:
    • Create exams sorted by discipline, organ system, or subspecialty; or create a set of randomly selected questions
    • Time your test or practice at your own pace
    • Take tests composed of unseen questions or re-take tests composed of previously incorrectly answered questions
    • Use reporting tools via a personal profile that allows you to track your performance and compare your score to others
  • Simulates the board experience