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Medical Student Course Guide for accessing UCI Libraries' Resources

This guide is specifically designed for UCI medical students. It provides direct links to online key resources and textbooks for the undergraduate medical education curriculum.

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Clinical Foundations 1: 445ABC

* = UC Irvine access only. UCI VPN login is required. 

Required Textbooks:  

Optional Textbooks:

Key Resources with ebooks and Study Tools for CF1

Point-of-Care Databases 

Summaries of New Research Plus Experts Commentary From Physician-Editors 

  • *NEJM Journal Watch -- reviews over 250 scientific and medical journals to present important clinical research findings and insightful commentary.
  • *ACP Journal club -- Reviews over 120 leading medical journals relevant to internal medicine and its subspecialties. This monthly feature in Annals of Internal Medicine contains an editorial, easy-to-read abstracts, and a page of other notable articles.

Clinical Decision Tools


Multimedia resources

  • Bates' Visual Guide to Physical Examination (Videos) by [Project and content advisor] Lynn S. Bickley Publication Date: 2014.  The Bates' Visual Guide provides online access to more than 8 hours of clinical skills videos. It includes head-to-toe and systems-based physical examination techniques for the (Advanced) Assessment or Introduction to Clinical Medicine course.
  • joVE's Premier Clinical Skills Collection: Physical Examinations II

    Available PE videos include Eye, Ophthalmoscopic, Ear, Nose, Sinus, Oral Cavity and Pharynx, Thyroid, Lymph Node, Abdominal, Male Rectal, Comprehensive Breast, Pelvic, etc.
    Online access to these videos is restricted to UCI. VPN login with your UCInetID and password is required.

  • joVE's Premier Clinical Skills Collection: Physical Examinations III

    Available PE videos include Cranial Nerves, Motor, Sensory, Neck, Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist, Hand, Low back, Hip, Knee, Ankle, and Foot.
    Online access to these videos is restricted to UCI. VPN login with your UCInetID and password is required.

  • JoVE's Premier Clinical Skills Collection: Physical Examinations I

    Available PE Videos include a General Approach to the Physical Exam, Observation, and Inspection, Palpation, Percussion, Auscultation, Proper Adjustment of Patient Attire during the Physical Exam, Blood pressure measurement, Measuring vital signs, Respiratory exams, Cardiac exams, Peripheral vascular exams, etc.
    Online access to these videos is restricted to UCI. VPN login with your UCInetID and password is required.

Note: Access to the multimedia resources is restricted to UCI. VPN login with your UCInetID is required.

Researching the Best Available Evidence to Answer Your Questions: A Three-Part Self-Directed Learning (SDL) Activity for CF1

Assignment #1 Tasks: Download and complete Worksheet #1

  1. Provide a research question and translate it into a clinical question using the PICO framework.
  2. Perform a literature search and describe your search strategy – Specify the keywords and resources used for the search to find the answer to your clinical question.
  3. List the top three citations in AMA style – These citations should be selected from your literature search results and are relevant to your clinical question.
  4. Write the strengths (usefulness) and weaknesses (limitations) for each of the three references listed.
  5. Briefly describe the barriers or challenges encountered during the search – Explain the strategies you employed to overcome these challenges.
  6. Upload the completed worksheet on Canvas by Nov 10, 2024.

Assignment #2 Tasks: Abstract Submission 

  1. Download Worksheet #2 for the abstract instruction and template.
  2. Write a structured abstract with approximately 500 words that Include the following sections:
    • Title: Catchy headline version of your original clinical question (same as your final project e-poster).
    • Background: Briefly summarize prior knowledge/experience on the topic and describe the PICO framework used
    • Methods: Describe your search strategy in a few sentences.
    • Results: Summarize the best evidence supporting and opposing your question in 4-5 sentences.
    • Conclusion: Provide a concise answer to your question in 1-2 sentences.
  3. Upload the structure abstract on Canvas by January 31st, 2025 at 5 pm.

Assignment #3 Tasks: 

  1. Create the final SDL research project poster by Feb 20, 2025. 
  2. The small group presentation is scheduled for Feb 27, 2025
    • Describe your research findings and challenges you encountered during this project and the strategies you used to overcome those challenges.

General EBM Resources

PubMed Search Tips 

  • PubMed may add a number of synonyms, spelling variations, MeSH etc. Check the Search Details to see how PubMed translated your search terms. Did it interpret your search how you wanted?
  • Use only “essential” terms. PubMed's simple search box may look the same as Google’s, but PubMed is constructed very differently with a sophisticated search engine. Unlike Google, PubMed has a database of subject headings and key medical terminology through which every search is filtered. When conducting your search, use nouns or MeSH terms with the Boolean search concepts AND, OR, or NOT connecting them. Putting too many words or full sentences will only muddle your search results. PubMed is not Google!
  • Use PubMed Additional Filters to refine your search results to recent publications, Language - EnglishSpecies - Human, and Article Types - Clinical trialRandomized Controlled Trial, etc.
  • Don’t restrict the search results to Free Full-text or Full-text. Very few articles are available free of charge for download.  Most peer-reviewed journals require annual subscriptions. The Full-Text filter option may cause you to miss relevant results from resources that the UCI Libraries own or those that could be requested through UC-eLinks Request It.
  • Avoid using acronyms or other abbreviations as search terms. PubMed is often able to discern the meaning of SOME acronyms and abbreviations, e.g., GERD = gastroesophageal reflux. However, some common abbreviations are NOT recognized by PubMed, e.g., UTI, AOM, ACBE, etc.
  • Do not include “placebo” OR “no treatment” in the search strategy.Avoid using imprecise search words. Some words you might try as search terms may be used inconsistently in published articles or are too imprecise to be useful, e.g., increased, better, greater, less, worse, etc.
  • Display Options – Summary or Abstract.   Sorted by Best match is set as the default display.  Select Sorted by Publication Date or Most Recent.
  • Cite – Allow you to o copy or download a single citation in a specific style format.
  • Similar articles – if you find too few results, the abstract page of a citation provides a pre-calculated set of additional PubMed citations closely related to that article.