Holiday Building and Librarian Information

Happy Holidays from the IHS Library!

The IHS Campus and IHS Library will remain open 24/7 throughout the holiday break, including Christmas and New Year’s Day.

IHS Librarians will be on holiday from Thursday, December 23 – Monday, January 3. Please contact with any questions, and someone will respond to you on January 4.

A Thousand Words: AccessMedicine Infographics

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Combining  pictures and words, infographics provide a powerful visual tool for explaining complex topics and reinforcing learning.

AccessMedicine recently introduced The Infographic Guide to Medicine, a collection of over 600 one-page, high-yield graphic summaries covering multiple specialties and body systems.  These summaries are meant to serve as a point of entry into core foundational topics/concepts for students. The infographics are indexed by system of the body.

AccessMedicine infographics can be downloaded in PDF format. Direct links to specific infographics are also available.  AccessMedicine and the Infographics can be accessed through the IHS Library.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 3rd is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, an annual celebration of people with disabilities.

This years’ theme is ‘Fighting for rights in the post-COVID era’ to recognize people with disabilities were some of the most impacted by the COVID19 pandemic. The International Day of People with Disabilities website calls on “domestic and international public health officials, political representatives, advocates, supporters, and every citizen in every community, to learn from the experiences of people living with disabilities during this pandemic, and push for more meaningful investments into the socioeconomic building blocks which will reduce the barriers faced by people with disabilities in every community on earth.”

Below, we highlight just a few voices of people with disabilities. Click on the links to be taken to the ebook.

How to store your Covid Health Data on your Smart Phone

The state of the digital Covid vaccine card — the bar code that we store on our phones and present to businesses and venues as proof of inoculation — is chaotic.

While some states, like New Jersey and New York, accept digital records as proof of vaccination to allow entry into restaurants and other businesses, states like Alabama and Florida have banned their use. That means anyone who plans to travel in the United States this holiday season has to research the policies at the destination.

Companies like Apple and Google have come up with convenient ways to store and retrieve our vaccine credentials. Apple Support on this topic can be located here:

The best method: Apple and Google wallet apps

First things first. To find your state’s policies on digital vaccine credentials, look up its health department website. Some states, including New Jersey and New York, offer so-called SMART Health Cards. These are digital credentials linked to an official database containing your records of vaccination or test results. They come in the form of QR codes, which are essentially bar codes that look like a bunch of black-and-white squares and contain information about your inoculations or test results.

States that work with SMART Health Cards (a full list can be found online) let you visit a web portal to add your credentials directly to the official wallet apps on iPhones and Android phones. These wallet apps are a default place to store the data and can immediately be opened by pressing the phone’s power button for quick access to your health document.

If your health providers use MyChart (EPIC) (a full list can be found here) a QR code can also be generated and added to the official wallet app on the iPhone.

Here’s an example of how to do this on an iPhone in New Jersey:

  • Check to see that you have installed the latest software update for iOS (version 15.1.1). To do that, open the Settings app, tap General and then tap Software Update.
  • Now retrieve your digital vaccine card from your health department. These steps vary by state. New Jersey can download the Docket app to get their vaccine records and the QR code.
    1. Open the Health app
    2. Tap Summary in the bottom-left
    3. Under Vaccination Record, tap Add to Wallet

If you received a QR code

    • You can scan a QR code given to you by your COVID-19 vaccination or test provider or in Docket  to add your verifiable health records to the Health app.
    • Open the Camera app from the Home Screen, Control Center, or Lock Screen on your iPhone or iPod touch.
    • Select the rear-facing camera
    • Hold your device so that the QR code appears in the viewfinder in the Camera app. Your device recognizes the QR code and shows a Health app notification.
    • Tap the Health app notification
    • For verifiable vaccination records, tap Add to Wallet & Health to add the record to the Health app and Wallet app.
    • Tap Done

If you received a downloadable file

    • You can download a verifiable health record given to you by your COVID-19 vaccination or test provider to add the records to the Health app.
    • Tap the download link on your iPhone or iPod touch.
    • For verifiable vaccination records, tap Add to Wallet & Health to add the record to the Health app and Wallet app.
    • Tap Done.

Once you receive the vaccine card, tap on the button labeled “Add to Apple Wallet & Health.” Now you have access to your vaccine card by opening the Wallet app or double pressing the power button.

For Covid test results, you similarly add the document to your mobile wallet using a digital bar code from the state’s health department or your health care provider.

The most basic method: Save a photo

    • Those living in states that don’t provide digital vaccine credentials can carry a digital copy of their Covid vaccine or test record by snapping a photo of it. The next step is to make the photo easy to find. The best way is to save the photo inside a note-taking app, which lets you label the note so it can be easily surfaced using a keyword search.

On an iPhone, here’s how you can store the record in the Notes app:

    • Open your photo. Tap the button in the lower-left corner that looks like a square with an arrow pointing upward. In the row of apps, swipe to the Notes app and select it. Here, save the image to a new note.
    • Now open the Notes app and select the note you just created. Rename the note “Vaccination Record” or “Covid test results.”

About vaccination cards in Wallet

Once you add your vaccination card in the Wallet app, you can view and present it at any time. The front of the card shows your name, the vaccine type, the dates of the doses administered, the issuer, and the QR code.

The full details of your vaccination card won’t be visible until you’ve authenticated with Face ID, Touch ID, or passcode.

Your vaccination card can’t be shared with other iPhone, iPod touch, or Apple Watch users.

Chen, BX. (December 1, 2021) How to Carry Your Covid Health Data on a Smartphone. New York Times. Technology Section.

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New for Bates’ Visual Guide to Physical Examination in 2022

In 2022, 27 new videos will be released that will be focusing on communication and interprofessional skills.  The content of these new videos will help educate students on the expanded coverage of communication skills that can be found on the USMLE Step 1.  The goal is to also train students in this discipline in order for them to become better at approaching holistic patient care and developing stronger patient relationships.

The Bates’ Visual Guide is a visual resource that provides users with head-to-toe and systems-based physical examination techniques for the Assessment or Introduction to Clinical Medicine.  There are 8 hours of video content available as well other useful content including:

    • Differential diagnosis, diagnostic considerations
    • Anatomy review
    • Sample digital write-ups of the physical examination findings
    • Options to share videos
    • PDF transcripts and close captioning’s

You can access Bates’ Visual via the IHS Library website.  The library subscription allows an unlimited number of users with access to the resource available off-campus from any device.

A complete list of video URLs can be accessed by clicking the below link.  For inquires about how to use or access this resource please email the IHS library at

 – Kyle Downey