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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

That sweet smell of formaldehyde can only mean one thing -it's anatomy season again!! The musculoskeletal/anatomy block is tough - a lot of information and not a lot of time to learn it! It can be overwhelming.....

But fear not!! While this block is heavy on information and requires a lot of time with books and in the lab, SMRT wanted to share some of our favorite apps that may help with mastering the content!

Essential Anatomy 5
Devices: iPad (Older version available for Android tablets)
Cost: $25.00

You can peel back layers of the body -- muscles, arteries, veins, nerves, lymph -- and isolate the structures. There is even a testing function. The best part is that you can view/rotate all 360 degrees!

Netters Anatomy Atlas

Device: iPad
Cost: $89.99

"Netters anatomy atlas for the iPad was my favorite app. There are a lot of options such as a self quiz setting that I found really helpful. I would rather have the digital one rather than the paper format." --

--SMRT Officer Taylor Montoya, MSII

Thieme Anatomy on the Go 2.0
Devices: iPad/iPhone
Cost: Free-ish

Most people have a preference for an Anatomy Atlas for the duration of Anatomy. If you are a fan of the Thieme Atlas of Anatomy, you may want to try out their flashcard app. The images are directly from the Atlas and there is a quiz function to help you practice!! The main app is free with some notecards included, but additional sections will cost a bit. This is a great tool to invest in if you us Thieme in the Lab!


These are just a few of the many apps on the market!! Do you have any that you'd like to share with other students? Please share in the comments!!

-Mike W.

Monday, July 13, 2015

This is a step by step on how to get HSC email on your Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, iTouch)

1. Log into the HSC Email portal from your mobile device by clicking here: https://hscssl.unm.edu/HSC_Email_Portal/index.cfm

2. Once Logged-in it is important that you you click through each turquoise box (Encryption, Standards, Modifications, Lost or Stolen Devices, Disposal). This will allow you to check the Agree to Guidelines Box.

3. Now head to the Settings and select Mail, Contacts, Calendars. Once there hit Add Account. From the choices, pick Exchange

4. The Exchange view should be blank. Go ahead and enter your full HSC email and Password. The description can be left as Exchange -but feel free to type in any Description name "HSC mail" or "Med Mail" for example. 

5. After pressing next, the following menu should pop-up. Fill in the Server space with HSCLink.health.unm.edu. Fill in the Domain Space with Health. Your username is the same one that you use to sign into HSCLink email. 

6. That should do it! The next screen will prompt you to choose what to import (contacts, calendars, etc - I chose all, but its up to you) and the HSC account should be added to your inboxes. 

**If you have an Android or Windows Phone/device** Complete Steps 1 & 2 above, then go here and follow the directions for your device. https://hscssl.unm.edu/HSC_Email_Portal/index.cfm?do=app.docs

-Mike Winer

Monday, May 25, 2015

Bottom line: Setting up your device to show the One45 calendar is pretty simple, as long as you know which calendar links to choose! (Hint: it's Academic Half Day AND Curriculum)

Long version:

Now that the rotations are getting down with using One45, many people want to have the One45 calendars automatically update on their devices. This is actually pretty easy! Here are the steps:

-Log in to One45
-Choose "Manage Calendar Feeds" on the bottom left of the menu bar
-Scroll down and choose your device to see the instructions (they have them for Google, Android,  Apple, iOS, and Outlook)

But which links from that page do you use? From trial and error, it appears that the Academic Half Day and Curriculum links are the best combo. 
-The Academic Half Day shows everything in the One45 calendar that has a dot next to it (which is most events, but not necessarily all of the lectures). 
-The Curriculum link adds in those lectures that were missed by the Academic Half Day without duplicating anything. (*true at least for MS2016 schedules)

I would suggest not using the other two links:
-The Rotation link just shows what clerkship you're in under "All Day" events (unhelpful).
-The All-In-One just has way too much info, including a lot of things under "All Day" events.

This may seem simple to some but will hopefully save you time while trying to choose the best calendar URLs. Still have questions? Feel free to email SMRT or grab your friendly SMRT representative :-)


Friday, May 1, 2015

This is a step by step tutorial of how to setup Citrix Receiver on the iPad to connect to powerchart.

Note: You will have to set up the connection twice, one profile for on campus and one profile for off campus.

Estimated time to complete: 15 minutes

1. Download and install  the “Citrix Receiver” app from the app store

2. You will now set up the profile for Off-Campus use. If you are setting this up from UNMH, make sure you are on the “HSC_Guest” network. To do this, go to Settings and look for Wi-Fi.

3. Open the Citrix Receiver app

4.  Click on Add Account

5. type in https://receiver.health.unm.edu and then MINIMIZE THE KEYBOARD

6. With the keyboard minimized, click on OPTIONS

7. Click on Manual Setup

8. Enter “Off-Campus” for the Description. Check “Access Gateway”.  Scroll down and  check “Enterprise Edition”.  Enter username and password. Domain is “Health”

9. It should now log in and display “Add your favorite apps”

10. Click the + and add 1-Powerchart. You don’t have to add the other powercharts since that feature is for the public computers which may have more than one user.

11. It will now add it to your home screen like below

12. Scroll down to the PACS folder and add iSite Enterprise. Minimize the toolbar.

13. If you click on the powerchart icon, it should load.

14. If you see the blue login screen then you are finished.

15.  Setup for off campus use is complete. We will setup Powerchart for on campus use. Now assume you are on campus and are connected to the HSC_Secure wifi.

16.  If you try to click on the powerchart icon, it will give you an error

17. The problem is that the profile only works if you are off campus. You will need to create a new profile for on campus use. Add a new account by clicking the man icon on the right top of the screen and then clicking “+”

18. Type in https://receiver.health.unm.edu in the address box. Minimize the keyboard and click on Manual Setup.

19.  In the Description, type in “On Campus” signifying you will be on campus when accessing this profile. Click on Access Gateway, Enterprise Edition, and type in your username and password with Health as the domain.

20. Repeat steps 9-14 to add the Powerchart and iSite icons to this profile and to check if the On Campus profile works.

21. When you are finished, you will have two profiles, one for off campus use and another for one campus. If you get an error, switch profiles by clicking on the man icon.

This concludes the tutorial. Happy Powercharting.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Bottom line: There are a handful of useful sites for browsing information online about residencies beyond what is provided by the programs themselves, but take them with a grain of salt.

Kudos to everyone who was able to sign in to MyERAS and submit their application before the website started looking like this -

For everyone else, while we're waiting anxiously to get applications submitted, you may want to check out these helpful review sites that have additional information about residencies. Many of these are reviewed by actual anonymous residents at the programs so they can give you a more realistic look at the programs you are interested in. Of course, you'll need to be cautious as most of them are basically unregulated forums that have no way of knowing if the reviewers actually go to the program. This is the internet, after all!

* Official *
FREIDA online - hopefully you have visited this website already. It is the only site with OFFICIAL information from residencies and includes valuable data like salaries, average work hours, contact information for program directors/coordinators, etc. This should be your first stop for most reliable and up to date info. (You need to log in to use this site, that's how official it is!)

* Not-so-official *
Scutwork.com - comprehensive review site by residents/rotating medical students, many many programs found in this database

AMSA's residency reviews - has fewer programs listed than scutwork, I recommend selecting the "All allopathic program reviews" to browse the available options instead of using the search bar

If you're into calculators, you can check out this one about chances of matching. Don't let it fool you, though, it's impossible to tell where they're getting their data from for making the calculator. You may be safer just looking at the official match data to check out your chances as a candidate.

Whatever you use, definitely make a strong effort to do your homework before applying and interviewing to a program, because this is the reality of our situation now:

Happy researching!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Bottom line: Understand and predict your shelf exam scores with NBME


As we mentioned in our Transitions discussion, it will be a great idea to practice taking shelf exams at the NBME website: https://nsas.nbme.org/home (which we also made into a Quick Link on the right under Phase II). To purchase a practice exam, select “Purchase Services” on the left hand menu after logging in. The shelf exams are found under the heading “Clinical Science Mastery Series” - there are two different practice exams for each rotation (again, nothing yet for Family Medicine, but for all other rotations there are practice exams).

To interpret the score you get on a practice shelf exam, follow these steps:

1. Get your Assessment Score. This is found on the report that you get right after completing an NBME practice exam, circled in red below.


2. Scroll down to get approximate subject exam score that corresponds to your assessment score - this is the raw score that NBME thinks you would have gotten if this had been your real shelf exam.


3. Open the Shelf Exam Score PDF (found on the SMRT Sharepoint site under Shared Documents -> Phase II folder or use this link). Use the approximate subject examination score as your raw score on this sheet. This will give you an approximate final grade for the course.


Note that the NBME specifically advises against using the practice exam scores for predicting your score on the real test day, and I agree that it would be wise not to take the example above, for instance, and assume that this student will get a 3 on their shelf exam. On the other hand, this process certainly helps me gauge approximately how much I need to panic about studying more.

Happy studying!


Monday, March 31, 2014

Bottom Line: Buying a smaller tablet for clerkships is NOT required; however, there are plenty of uses for a tablet if you're itching to get one!

More details: I've been asked quite a few questions regarding mini tablets and clerkships. After talking with older SMRT members, Dr. McGuire, and the One45 company, I've tried to put together some answers for you:

-What is this new system Dr. McGuire mentioned? The main change for the class of 2016 and beyond is the new system called One45. This is a browser-based system with mobile-enhanced components. This means it will work on ANY tablet/smartphone. We will mainly be using this system to enter patient encounter information, see grades, and complete evaluations. It can also be used as a concise calendar (showing your resident's and attending's calendars for that rotation) and for clerkship lotteries (but I'm not sure if UNM is taking advantage of these last two options quite yet). The obvious advantage of having a portable tablet is the ability to do these things immediately and on-the-go; however, you can also just make notes on paper and enter information later on a computer. If you'd like more information, I encourage you to check out their site at www.one45.com.

-Does PowerChart work on a tablet? Yes, you can use PowerChart on a tablet. However, older SMRT members warn that it is not the most reliable, such that small internet interruptions can cause a note you've been writing to disappear. 

-How else are tablets used during clerkships? DynaMed, Epocrates, UpToDate, taking notes during lectures, e-textbook reference, etc. 

-Which tablet should I get if I want one? There are a lot of tablets that will fit in your white coat pocket (unless you want to sew a bigger one for your current tablet!). To give you an idea, my iPad mini in a hardy Otterbox case is about the biggest you can go and still fit in that pocket. Mini tablets include the Google Nexus 7, iPad mini, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, and the Evga Tegra Note 7, among others (NOTE: I have NOT checked if all of these fit in your white coat!).

-If you are interested in buying a smaller tablet: Along with the usual stores, I encourage you to check out Groupon (www.groupon.com, use Search at top). They have a bunch of good deals right now on the iPad mini, the Galaxy Note 8, the Galaxy Tab 3, and cases!

Hope this helps! If you have any questions, feel free to email!