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A description of tools to help dental professionals keep up to date with information relevant to their practice.

A description of tools to help dental professionals keep up to date with information relevant to their practice.



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  • 1. Information Overload: Rx for Dental Professionals Elizabeth Kettell,M.L.S. Eastman Institute for Oral Health University of Rochester Medical Center March 2011
  • 2. Objectives
    • Understand the importance of staying informed in your practice
    • Understand the concept of information overload
    • Develop a plan for keeping up-to-date
    • Explore tools to make this process easy
  • 3. “ I’ve graduated, why do I have to keep learning”?
    • Knowledge becomes outdated quickly
    • An awareness of latest research is necessary for patient care
    • Patients have access to more information, not all valid
  • 4. Barriers to Keeping Up-To-Date
    • Time
    • Technology
    • Too much information “TMI”
  • 5. Diagnosis: Information Overload
    • 2009 to March 2011 – Over 1800 trials published in dental journals. Did you read them?
    • Medical information doubles approximately every 5 years
    • Internet makes more information available but it is difficult to determine its validity
  • 6. Treatment: Current Awareness Tools
    • Tools to help you keep track of news and research in your field.
    • Tailor to fit your individual needs
    • Selected information comes to you, instead of you going out and finding the information
  • 7. Tool #1: PubMed Alerts
    • Create your own “My NCBI” account .
    • In Pubmed, conduct a search on a specific topic
    • Set up an alert so you can be notified when something new on your topic is published
  • 8. Saving Your PubMed Search
    • Make sure you are logged in to your My NCBI account (upper right )
    • Conduct your search and modify as necessary
    • Once confident you have a good search, click the “Save Search” link directly above the search box
    • Follow the instructions
    • For more information, watch this PubMed tutorial at
  • 9. PubMed Alerts: How they look in your Inbox Sender is “My NCBI” Search Strategy Results Include Citation and Abstract of Article
  • 10. Tool #2: Journal Tables of Contents
    • Register for email notification each time a selected journal publishes a new issue. The notification will include the table of contents for that issue
    • Get started. Find a list of dental journals, with links for registering here
  • 11. TOC Alerts: View from your Inbox
  • 12. Tool #3: MDLinx Dentistry
    • Offer email delivery of updates on your specialties of choice
    • Employs doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals to review articles on a daily basis.
    • After review, articles are sorted by specialty and subspecialty.
    • Select your specialties, register for daily or weekly delivery (I recommend weekly)
  • 13. Tool #4 Google Alerts
    • Much like PubMed, you conduct a search in Google and tell Google to notify you with updates
    • You must have a Google account to use this tool
    • Also a great way to monitor yours or your practice’s reputation
  • 14. How to Set Up a Google Alert
    • Go to
    • Enter your search terms
    • Select your preferences from the drop down menus
    • Enter your email address
    • Select Create Alert
    • Alerts will arrive in your inbox
  • 15. Tool #5: RSS
    • Instead of:
    • “ Googling”, or
    • scanning through zillions of webpages, or
    • bookmarking pages and never getting back to them, or
    • accumulating stacks of papers you plan to read
    • or….
  • 16. What is RSS?
  • 17. Getting Started with RSS
    • Register for a Google Reader Account:
    • Click on a website’s or blog’s RSS icon to subscribe to the RSS feed
    • To read your feeds, log on to Google Reader at your leisure
    • More about Google Reader
  • 18. Some Suggested Feeds:
    • Bibby Library News
    • EIOH News
    • Evidence based critical summaries from the American Dental Association  
    • List of dental blogs selected by Bibby library
  • 19.
    • Don’t Let Information Overload Bog you Down For more information, consult with your dental information professional:
    • Elizabeth Kettell, MLS
    • Bibby Library
    • Eastman Institute for Oral Health @ University of Rochester Medical Center
    • [email_address]
    • Thank You!