Wide Array of Library Resources Available to Mylan School of Pharmacy Students
Mylan School of Pharmacy
Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy students have access to the information resources that they encounter in professional practice. The Mylan School of Pharmacy and Gumberg Library have partnered to provide students with on and off-campus access to the four major drug information sources used in pharmacy practice settings: Clinical Pharmacology, Facts and Comparisons eAnswers, Lexi-Comp, and Micromedex. Generally, at least one of these tools can be found in a retail or hospital pharmacy. What sets Duquesne apart from other universities is that pharmacy students have access to all four of these tools, thereby preparing them for virtually any practice site. The library also recently began providing access to UpToDate, a "point of care" medical information system that is currently used by pharmacists, physicians, and other health professionals in 90% of all US academic medical centers. UpToDate and selected drug information tools are available to students using their smartphones. In addition, it is an educational technology requirement that all students have Lexi-COMPLETE on a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet. Lexi-COMPLETE, a comprehensive software library that includes numerous databases of information on drugs and diseases, is used throughout the professional pharmacy curriculum. It is integrated into lectures, labs, and other classroom activities.
According to Health Sciences Librarian David Nolfi, it was Dr. John Lech who conceived the idea of providing access to the four drug information sources students are likely to use in professional practice, and "the library worked with him, Dr. Tom Mattei, Dr. Pam Koerner, and School of Pharmacy staff to keep it going." Although only currently registered students, preceptors and faculty can use most of these resources, anyone can learn more about them at http://guides.library.duq.edu/druginfo.
Mylan School of Pharmacy
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