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Web Version of Gross Lecture Series Marks Library's 30th Anniversary

In Memoriam: Harvey Blank, M.D.

New Training Seminars and Programs

New Features of the MEDLINE and Cochrane Databases



VOL. 23 NO. 2 February - March, 2002

Web Version of Gross Lecture Series Marks Library's 30th Anniversary

On March 19, 2002, the 30th Anniversary of the Calder Library building, the new Ralph H. and Ruth F. Gross Lecture Series site became accessible on the Library's website at http://calder.med.miami.edu/gross/. Users can click on any of the six lectures in this biennial series to read a transcript of the lecture and the introduction to the lecture series. Each lecture traces the history of a medical specialty or of medical education at the School of Medicine by one of Miami's leading men of medicine.


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In Memoriam: Harvey Blank, M.D.

On March 8, 2002, the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery and the Library and Biomedical Communications Department co-hosted a celebration/memorial to the life of Harvey Blank, M.D., a world renowned dermatologist, virologist, academician, clinician and founding chairman of dermatology, who passed away October 5, 2001. More than 170 guests attended the tribute and were welcomed by Henry L. Lemkau, Jr., Library Director.

Dr. William H. Eaglstein, current chairman and Harvey Blank Professor was the master of ceremonies. Speakers were Drs. Sung L. Hsia, David S. Howell, Sheldon Greer and Bernard J. Fogel and Professor David Taplin of the School of Medicine; Dr. Stephen I. Katz, Director of the National Institute of Arthritis & Musculoskeletal & Skin Diseases and a former resident; Suzie Menn, Ruth Kassewitz and family members. A magnificent exhibit, prepared by Dr. and Mrs. Blankļæ½s daughter Prudence Y. Gill and by Tony Miyar, Doug Roach and Jose de Leon of Biomedical Communications, remained on display in the Library through April 8th. Solid achievements as an investigator and academician led to Harvey Blank's acknowledged position in dermatology as a "Master." He joined the then new University of Miami School of Medicine in 1956. During his 29 years as chairman, from 1956-1985, Dr. Blank led his department to become one of the largest and best in the nation. He worked to raise the department to its current position of worldwide preeminence and multiplied the impact of his ideas by producing scores of skilled dermatologists, many of who gained academic and clinical prominence. Although Dr. Blank was the first to cure fungal infections in humans by using griseofulvin, many of dermatology's most important drugs were developed as a result of his effort and ability. He began his work in virology when the electron microscope was coming into use, and was the first to characterize the herpes virus. He was also a prolific author and chairman of the Medical Library Committee from 1979 - 1985. In 1976, the Harvey Blank Room on the Library's third floor was dedicated. It became his office at the School following his retirement in 1985.


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New Training Seminars and Programs

EBM Training for Faculty and House Staff

During two weeks in March, Library faculty taught a series of Intermediate and Advanced Evidence Based Medical Informatics courses, each morning and afternoon to faculty in the Department of Medicine.

  • The 2½ hour Intermediate course included an introduction to EBM and development of EBM search strategies for MEDLINE.
  • The 2½ hour Advanced session covered critical appraisal of search retrieval for evidence to answer clinical questions, locating evidence in electronic full-text resources, managing search retrieval using EndNote, and creating effective learning materials using PowerPoint.

Faculty and program coordinators interested in similar courses for their colleagues and house staff, please contact Kelly M. Moore, Coordinator for Health Informatics Education at 305-243-6648 or kmoore@caldmed.med.miami.edu.

Science Direct Training

On March 22, a trainer from Elsevier Science gave training seminars to 32 members of the faculty and staff on retrieving full text articles from ScienceDirect in the computer classroom on the Library's third floor. ScienceDirect at www.sciencedirect.com contains the full text of more than 1.9 million scientific journal articles in more than 1,200 peer-reviewed academic journals published by Elsevier Science since 1995.

NCBI/NLM Molecular Biology Basics and Database

On March 6, the new "About NCBI" section of the National Library of Medicine's National Center for Biotechnology Information website became available to users at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/About/index.html. 'About NCBI' introduces researchers, educators, students, and the public to NCBI's role in organizing, analyzing, and disseminating information in the rapidly growing fields of molecular biology and genetics. Users can go as far as their interest and expertise take them.

One popular section is 'A Science Primer', which provides introductory material on various science topics and technologies employed in the development of NCBI resources. Subjects covered include bioinformatics, genome mapping, molecular modeling, SNPs, ESTs, microarray technologies, and molecular genetics. Pointers are provided from the main text of NCBI-related resources.

The 'Model Organism Guide' explains mammalian and non-mammalian NCBI model organism resources. 'Outreach and Education' includes a complete listing of NCBI courses and tutorials. 'Databases and Tools' provides a catalog of all publicly available NCBI resources and quick access to all NCBI FTP download sites.


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New Features of the MEDLINE and Cochrane Databases

Comments/Corrections Fields

During January and February, the National Library of Medicine announced changes in the Comments/Corrections fields found in PubMed/MEDLINE citations. Following is a current list of these fields, together with their field tags and definitions:

Field Field Tag Definition
Comment in:   CIN   Cites a commentary about the article.
Comment on:   COM   Cites the article that is the subject of the commentary.
Corrected and republished in:   RPI   Cites the reference of the corrected and republished article.
Corrected and republished from:   RPF   Cites the original article.
Erratum in:   EIN   Cites the erratum.
Erratum for:   ERF   Cites the original article needing correction.
Retraction in:   RIN   Cites the retraction.
Retraction of:   ROF   Cites the article(s) being retracted.
Summary for patients in:   SPIN   Cites a patient summary article.
Original report in:   ORI   Cites original article associated with the patient summary.
Update in:   UIN   Cites an updated version of the article.
Update of:   UOF   Cites the article being updated.

In PubMed, these fields display as links in the 'Abstract' and 'Citation' formats. In Ovid, these fields all have the CM field tag and they display as text only (not links) in the 'Abstract' and 'Complete Reference' formats.

Cochrane Review Articles

NLM began indexing the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews for MEDLINE in 2000 with issue 2, 2000. As updated reviews appear in subsequent issues of the Cochrane database, new MEDLINE citations are created only if the update is substantial. When the update is substantial the citation of the original article appears in the Update of (UOF) field on the updated review and the citation of the updated review appears in the Update in (UIN) field of the original article in the PubMed/MEDLINE citation, and in the CM field of the Ovid/MEDLINE citation.

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