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Health Sciences Library and the Knowledge-Based Network

Residents at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center have 24-hour access to our Knowledge-Based Network (KBN), which links them to a vast collection of resources needed for their education, for doing research and taking care of patients. All networked computers within the hospital, Primary Care Center and the Family Health Center give easy, point-of-care access to the comprehensive, user-friendly KBN interface. KBN is organized to give the user the "just-in-time" information needed.

The Information Consult Section includes Up-To-Date and two other databases - Disease Index and Practice Guidelines. Through this Information Section, residents have immediate access to more than 1800 leading Harvard experts along with the consensus opinions of national organizations and associations.

Within the Database Section, there are three MEDLINE databases, OVID, PubMed and MDConsult, for a more in-depth search of the biomedical literature. In addition, included in this section are two oncology databases - CancerLit and the Physician Data Query, a NCI database which contains the latest information about cancer treatment, screening, prevention, genetics and supportive care, plus clinical trials. Three authoritative drug references - Micromedex, the gold standard for drug information, Epocrates Rx Online, and the complete Medical Letter Online - launch directly to their respective websites.

In the full-text section of KBN, there is a core electronic collection of 140 medical textbooks with direct links to specific titles from Stat!Ref,, and MDConsult, along with other titles from individual publishers' websites. KBN's list of more than 470 core clinical journals provides tables of contents and abstracts, and of these, 234 are available full-text. The largest and most current evidence-based, peer-reviewed knowledge-based, e-Medicine, is also available.

The Health Sciences Library itself houses a catalog of books and print journals that number approximately 4,000 titles and 277 subscriptions. The Harvard, Emory Universities and Mayo, Cleveland Clinics' Internal Medicine Board Reviews are available in audiocassette format, and the MedStudy Internal Medicine Board Review Core Curriculum in DVD format. All resources can be borrowed by residents.