Become an Informed Patient with These Reliable Health Information Resources

We may not all be physicians here at the College of Medicine, but there is one thing that all of us can relate to: each and every one of us has been a patient at some point. As patients, it’s so important that we listen to the advice of our health care providers so that the we get the best outcomes for our own health. But it’s equally important for us to be informed patients. And that means knowing where to look to find reliable health information. These days, we all turn to the internet, and we all know that everything on the internet is true, right? Today we’re going to steer you in the right direction and show you some great health information sites you can actually trust.

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New Resource: The Medical Student Press Journal

The Health Sciences Library recently had the privilege of adding a special new resource to its electronic journal collection – The Medical Student Press Journal, an ambitious creation of the student run Medical Student Press (MSPress). From their website:

“The Medical Student Press provides robust editorial services and multiple online platforms for the publishing projects of medical students. We aim to improve the reach and quality of medical students’ scholarly publications on a global scale.”

Medical students from across the country and world make up the executive team, editorial staff, and blogging staff of MSPress, including 4 of our own (now second-year) medical students; Gabriel Glaun, Aryan Sarparast, Sami Saikaly, and Angela DelPrete.

The journal publishes on a semiannual basis, and accepts a variety of submissions, from honor theses excerpts to creative writing pieces. All submissions are peer-reviewed, and the journal itself is an open-access publication. Volume 1 Number 1 of The Medical Student Press Journal became available in June, and includes an interview conducted by Gabriel, and a research article by third-year student Paul Adedoyin.

You can access The Medical Student Press Journal by visiting their journal website,  or by visiting our library website and clicking the link on the front page under “E-Journals” that says “MSPress”.MspresslinkYou can also visit the E-Journals page on our website and search by title for “The Medical Student Press Journal” or “MSPress”, as well as by subject for “Medicine” or “Medical Student Journals” to find a link.

Congrats to the students involved! We hope to showcase more student work on our website in the future.




ClinicalKey Replaces MD Consult

On July 31, Elsevier is discontinuing their product MD Consult. As you are probably aware, many of the student textbooks provided by the library are available through MD Consult. Have no fear! Elsevier replaced MD Consult with something bigger and better: ClinicalKey.


Explore ClinicalKey Now! It provides:

  • Over 1,100 medical reference books
  • Over 500 medical journals
  • All Procedures Consult content and associated procedural videos in various specialties
  • Over 750 Point-of-Care clinical monographs
  • Over 2,900 clinical pharmacology drug monographs from Gold Standard
  • Over 450 trusted, surgical, point-of-care content
  • Over 15,000 patient education handouts
  • All clinical trials from the database
  • Over 4,000 practice guidelines
  • More than 20 million MEDLINE abstracts
  • Over 13,000 medical and surgical videos and over 5 million images
  • A comprehensive list of the content is located here.

ClinicalKey is available now and located in the Database section of the library’s website. You may also notice direct links to the books and journals appearing in the E-Books and E-Journals section.

The library will provide access to MD Consult until July 31. This provides users with the time they need to replace MD Consult course content links with ones from ClinicalKey. A list of durable URLS for books, book chapters, journals, etc., is located here in the Setup Resources section. If you need assistance, please contact the library and we can provide the links for you.

Tips and tricks for ClinicalKey will be coming in the following weeks, so stay tuned!


EDIT 8/18/2014:

We hope you’ve had a chance to use ClinicalKey. If you are interested in helpful tutorials, videos, and guides for navigating ClinicalKey, please visit:

Clinical Key User Guide
Clinical Key Resources

For access to ClinicalKey, please visit the Health Sciences Library website and search for Clinical Key in our Online Databases catalog.

UpToDate is here!

We’re pleased to announce that you now have access to UpToDate!

UpToDate is now available from the health sciences library for all users on campus. If you would like off-campus access to UpToDate, please contact the library at or via phone at 407.266.1400. Click on the image above to see the library’s UpToDate LibGuide for more tips and help.

As always, if you need assistance with this or any other library resource, please contact us!

ReelDX 60-day Trial now available!

The Health Sciences Library is trialing ReelDx, a site with real patient video case studies. The purpose of ReelDx is to expand the time medical students have with patients.  The videos put the student in a clinical type setting where they can observe the symptoms on the video, gather patient history, and think critically about the patient diagnosis. Currently, ReelDx only has pediatric videos and cases. They add new cases weekly, and the company plans to expand their medical specialties over time.

Each case video is about 1 minute. Below the video is basic patient information, the actual outcome of the case, and the standards of care to use on the patient.  Students can watch the video, diagnose the patient, and then review the information listed with the case. Some cases also include “Expert Commentary,” which summarize the key learning points of the case.


To explore ReelDx, please:

  1. Go to the library’s website.
  2. Click on “Online Databases”
  3. Type in “ReelDx” using the “Search by Title” box
  4. Click on ReelDx (60 day Trial)
  5. If off-campus, please log in with your library ID and Password.

We would appreciate any feedback on ReelDx.  Please contact:

Deedra Walton

Electronic Resources Librarian



Pamela Herring

Electronic Resources Librarian



New Resource Available: BrowZine!

browzine1Currently, online databases and publisher websites are the primary source for delivering library subscribed journal articles.  Unfortunately, this does not make it easy to stay current with your favorite journals.  Introducing BrowZine, an app that allows you to browse, read and monitor some of the Harriet F. Ginsburg Health Sciences Library’s best journals, all from your iPad!


With BrowZine, you can easily:

  • Read complete scholarly journals in a format optimized for tablet devices.
  • Create a personal bookshelf of favorite journals.
  • Be alerted when new editions of journals are published.
  • Save articles for reading offline

If you would like to explore the app, search for “BrowZine” in the App Store and download the app for free.  Is the iPad not your preferred device?  Third Iron is developing BrowZine for additional tablet platforms, and is hoping to have it available by the end of 2013. 

Using BrowZine


When initially launching BrowZine, select “UCF College of Medicine Harriet F. Ginsburg Health Sciences Library” from the drop down list.


Search for a library subscribed or open source journal by subject or title.


Type in your library card number and password, and click “Login.”


You can add the journal to your bookshelf for quick access in the future, and save articles to read offline later.

Don’t see your journal?  This service will continue to expand and add new titles and features as time goes on.  If you have any questions about BrowZine, please feel free to contact the library.   




New Resource Available: VisualDX!

VisualDx is a point-of-care decision support system used to diagnose visually presenting conditions.  The images on VisualDx capture the variations of disease presentations by age, skin type, body location, and severity.  You can search by diagnosis, medication, or use the Differential Builder to create a diagnosis from visual signs and symptoms, medical history, occupational type, travel history, and more.

Watch this video to learn more about it…

…or try taking the Product Tour, which uses a patient scenario to demonstrate how VisualDx works!

VisualDx contains over 25,000 high-quality peer-reviewed medical images spanning diseases of the skin, nails, hair, mouth, eyes, genitals, and lungs as well as other internal and systemic diseases to assist in visual diagnosis.  You can use these images in educational presentations.  Click here for directions:


Access VisualDx anywhere by downloading the Apple or Android app!

VDX iPad Display

VisualDX iPad Display

  • Go to and click on Online Databases on the left.
  • (log in through off-campus access if accessing away from UCF)
  • Click on the letter “V”
  • Click on VisualDx
  • Click “Get VisualDx Mobile” at the top right of the screen.
  • You will have to register.  Please use your UCF email address.
  • Open your email account and then follow instructions to download the app you picked.
  • Once you download and install the app, open VisualDx on your device and enter the username and password you created.
  • Start using VisualDx!


If you need assistance using this product, please visit us in person, call 407-266-1400, or email