Monday, July 27, 2015

World Head and Neck Cancer Day

Today is World Head and Neck Cancer Day. RCSI is hosting a Head and Neck symposium on the day that aims to raise awareness of Head and Neck Cancer as well as highlighting its risks and promoting early detection and prevention of such cancers. The symposium, which is open to RCSI staff, will take place in the Albert Lecture Theatre of the College at 123 St. Stephen's Green at 6:30 pm.

A screening clinic will be held today at Beaumont Hospital, one of six hospitals in Ireland running similar events that aim to raise awareness of head and Neck Cancer. The screening clinic will be held at the Beaumont Hospital's ENT (Ear Nose and Throat) outpatients department between 12:30-1:30pm.

Both events are being organised by Professor James Paul O'Neil, Head of the Department of Otolaryngology, RCSI in conjunction with the International Federation of Head Neck Oncologic societies (IFHNOS) which will see a number of medical and surgical consultant oncologists contributing to the lecture.

The National Cancer Institute, at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, has produced a fact sheet about the risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, follow-up and rehabilitation for cancers of the head and neck - you can access this at

The Irish Cancer Society has information and links to publications about head and neck cancer at


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Clinical Medicine Resources

With medical students beginning their intern year this is a good time to look at a selection of clinical resources available from RCSI library.

RCSI library has access to a number of resources which will be useful during your intern year. All of these resources can be accessed through the library website at 

  • UpToDate: UpToDate is a comprehensive health resource which provides answers to clinical questions quickly and easily at the point of care. UpToDate is updated regularly and is peer reviewed; a particularly useful feature is the summary and recommendations section of each topic which synthesises information and provides practical information regarding treatment.
  • ClinicalKey: ClinicalKey is an advanced online search tool aimed at clinicians, researchers, academics and students which contained all of Elsevier's medical and surgical content. The content includes over 500 electronic books some of which are core undergraduate texts and over 900 journals as well as millions of copyright cleared images.

Download the UpToDate app, UpToDate Anywhere, to get access from your mobile phone or  tablet; the app is available for Android, Apple & Windows 8 devices. You can find UpToDate in the 'Find Clinical Summaries' section of the library website.

Ebooks of particular interest in ClinicalKey may be the 'Current Diagnosis and Treatment'  series which includes topics such as cardiology, emergency medicine, pediatrics, Otolaryngology and more. Just search clinical key and use the search menu to limit to books. 

ClinicalKey also includes over 9,000 procedural videos; to view these search for your topic and limit the source type to video.

        Other ebooks

  • Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine: The standard in internal medicine texts. Available as an ebook; just search the RCSI library catalogue and click the 'electronic book' link.

  • Clinical neuroanatomy: A text that has been a vital resource for trainees, doctors and clinicians in practice in gaining an understanding of neuroanatomy, its functional underpinnings and its relationship to the clinic for over 70 years. Again, search the library catalogue and click the link.

        Print Books

  • The ICU Book (Marino, Paul L. 2014): A key text in critical care (available in Beaumont library at 616.028 MARI) 
  • Pocket Medicine (Sabatine, Marc S. 2014): Handy, pocket sized reference text that addresses commonly encountered diseases and guides the reader from diagnosis to management (available in Beaumont library at 616 SABA)
  •  House of God (Shem, Samuel. 2003): Not a clinical resource but a classic novel of life as  a medical intern. Definitely worth a read (Available in Mercer library at 823 SHEM)

          If you have any questions about the above, or any other, resources please contact the library at    or ask in person in Beaumont or Mercer libraries.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Free access to Ovid resources this month

Ovid are offering free access to a number of their resources this month.

The PsycEXTRA Database is a unique grey literature database ideal for researchers, students and health professionals working in psychological, psychiatric, and mental healthcare and support. Sign up for access here.

Pain Medicine is the official journal is the American Academy of Pain Medicine and the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists  - you can sign up for one month's access here.

The Journal of Physician Assistant Education is dedicated to advancing Physician Assistant Education. Sign up for free July access here.