IOM releases report on the CTSA Program at NIH

iom_logoThe Institute of Medicine has released a report, The CTSA Program at NIH:  Opportunities for Advancing Clinical and Translational Research, evaluating the NIH’s Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program.  The IOM committee finds that “the CTSA program is contributing significantly to advancing clinical and translational research, and recommends a number of revisions that could make the program more efficient and effective and could ensure future successes. If enacted, these changes would help establish the CTSA Program as the national leader for advancing innovative and transformative clinical and translational research.” The recommendations include updating the program’s leadership structure, mission and goals.

A brief of the full report can be found on the website of the Institute of Medicine.

The pre-publication report, can be accessed through the library’s catalog.

The CTSA program is administered by the NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).

Laredo Regional Campus 2014 Aging Conference



Citizens of Laredo and South Texas attended the 2014 Aging Conference held on March 29 at the Laredo Regional Campus. The Annual “Stay Healthier Longer Conference Series” features experts in the field of aging, as well as demonstrations on healthy living. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. The program focus this year was on Nutrition – Its Impact on Heart Disease, Diabetes and Memory. Attendees were provided with interactive demonstrations on healthy eating, growing your own gardening tips, staying physically active and health promotion and disease prevention guides.

The Regional Campus continues a tradition of service to the communities of the Rio Grande Valley through many local outreach programs and conferences that focus on the changes needed to reduce obesity and diabetes which are so prevalent across the region.

The UT Health Science Center Libraries provided an exhibit table and display for the Conference. The Libraries promoted awareness of the wide array of free consumer health resources available from the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health. The Laredo Regional Campus Library was also open to community residents attending the conference who took the opportunity to complete their enrollment for the Affordable Care Act.

Lecture Thursday: “Our microbiome and the use of probiotics in the prevention and treatment of disease”

Fighting Fire with FireThursday, October 10

12:00 noon

Howe Conference Room, 5th floor, Briscoe Library

Anthony W. Hartzler, M.D., Assistant Professor, Division of Hospital Medicine, will speak on the topic, Fighting fire with fire: our microbiome and the use of probiotics in the prevention and treatment of disease.  Dr. Hartzler’s lecture is the second in a three-part series organized by Gregory M. Anstead, M.D., Ph.D., current president of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library.

Noon lectures provide opportunities for informal learning and conversation.  Everyone is invited. Please feel free to bring your lunch.

Leisure Reading EBooks – Great for Summertime Reading

Ebooks are gaining in popularity, even with those readers who claimed they would never crack the pages of an ebook. Commercial sources for ebooks such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble are available; however, residents of San Antonio and Bexar County are fortunate to have two sources for extensive free access to ebooks.  All that is needed to read an ebook is a tablet, smart phone, or computer and in some cases a downloaded ereader,  and a willingness to try something new.

San Antonio Public Library

The San Antonio Public Library has a number of options for obtaining digital downloads of ebooks, audiobooks, movies, and music. All that is needed is a San Antonio Public Library card and in some cases, a downloadable reader or media player. More information can be found at the San Antonio Public Library’s Digital Library page http://www.mysapl.org/downloadables.aspx.


BiblioTech is Bexar County’s new all digital library. Citizens of Bexar County and San Antonio are eligible to register for access to the BiblioTech’s large collection of ebooks, audiobooks, movies, music and more. Information about the BiblioTech including instructions for registration can be found at http://bexarbibliotech.org/.


Libraries offer access to new Web-based Netter Presenter

The UT Health Science Center Libraries have access to the new Web-based version of Netter Presenter. This new version does not require the installation of a media player to run the program.

Netter Presenter is a Web-based presentation tool comprised of Netter medical images from Netter Atlas of Human Anatomy and other Netter textbooks. Users can review, print, edit and export images into different presentation programs.  Included in this version are images from the 5th edition of Netter’s Atlas of Human Anatomy.

Netter Presenter can be accessed through the library’s catalog and from the database section of the UT Health Science Center Libraries Web site. Remote access is available for UT Health Science Center students, faculty, and staff.

Find it here: http://briscoe.uthscsa.edu/record=b1200324~S3.

Library Facts and Figures: FY2010

Entrance gate count, all locations: 485,388

Questions answered by librarians at all locations: 36,862

Classes offered by libraries at all locations: 226

Class attendance at all locations: 4351

Circuit Librarian Health Information Network: documents delivered: 774

Interlibrary loan requests filled by other libraries for UT Health Science Center users: 1,750

Interlibrary loan requests filled by the Briscoe Library for other libraries: 14,435

Print book and journal volumes: 218,247

Journal titles accessible, regardless of format: 23,136

Journal titles available in print only: 90

Library holiday hours

The Libraries of the University of Texas Health Science Center (Briscoe, Ramirez, Laredo and Downtown) will be following the University Holiday schedule in December. Briscoe Library Hours are as follows:

December 17                                    7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

December 18-19                              Closed

December 20-23                             7 :00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

December 24-27                            Closed

December 28-30                            7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

December 31                                    Closed

January 1-2                                      Closed

Services will be limited on these days.

The Ramirez Library will keep the same closing schedule as Briscoe Library, but hours of operation will be 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Additional information about holiday hours at all the libraries can be found on our website.

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Medical Information Day Celebrated at the Ramirez Library

The Ramirez Library at the RAHC-Harlingen celebrated Medical Information Day on April 11th with short presentations on medical information topics conducted throughout the day.  Andrew Lombardo, Program Director for the Rio Grande Valley Health Information Exchange (RGVHIE), provided an overview of health information exchanges and how RGVHIE is working to facilitate sharing of patient information between area hospitals and clinics.  Program coordinator for Migrant Health Promotion, Inc., Genoveva Martinez, shared the results of MHP’s CommCare project  which provides promotores de salud with smartphones equipped with a patient tracking app called CommCare.  With the CommCare app, promotores can record and share information about their clients. It has been used to build a patient database, track patient outcomes and achieve better coordination of care.  Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services, provided a demonstration of RefWorks, a web-based tool for citation management.  Dr. Alfredo Sardinas, RAHC Internal Medicine Chief Resident and Kathy Carter, Assistant Director of the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D., Library presented the results of two program improvement studies on the use of iPads and point-of-care information resources by RAHC IM residents.  In the spirit of fun, participants also had the opportunity to don a mustache, say cheese, and share their go-to medical information resource in a photobooth.  Verizon Wireless also demonstrated the latest tablets and smartphones for library visitors throughout the day.



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MEDLINE is produced by the National Library of Medicine. It includes all references from Index Medicus, the International Nursing Index, and the Index to Dental Literature and is considered the premiere biomedical database. Abstracts are included for many of the citations.