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Leaving Mayo Clinic? Suggestions for a Smooth Transition

It’s that time of year! Students, residents, fellows, and faculty are preparing to leave Mayo Clinic to advance their careers. After you have left Mayo Clinic, you will no longer have access to the Library’s resources. Here are some suggestions for steps to take and resources to help your transition.

Before You Go

PubMed: Change Your NCBI Email and Set Up Search Queries

Once you have officially left Mayo Clinic, you will no longer have access to your email. To ensure NCBI account access–password resets and notifications are sent to your email stored in your NCBI profile–be sure to update your NCBI account with an email that you will still be able to access after you leave Mayo.

Many of you will continue to search MEDLINE via the freely-available PubMed interface. PubMed allows you to save searches and receive regular updates on current research in your field. To learn how to set up a My NCBI account to save searches in PubMed, visit the My NCBI web page. If you’d like a hand doing this, email us at or fill out the Ask A Librarian contact form.


Ovid: Email Yourself Your Search Strategies

If you will have access to Ovid databases at your new institution, we suggest that you email yourself any saved searches before your Ovid account with the Mayo Clinic Libraries expires. You can then recreate your searches in your new Ovid account. We can help with this, too– email us at or fill out the Ask A Librarian contact form.


Endnote: Export Libraries To New Citation Manager

If you have saved references in Endnote, consider migrating them to a freely available tool so you do not lose them when your EndNote access expires. Two free options, Mendeley and Zotero, are described on our Other Citation Managers page.

At Your New Position

Do you have an institutional library?

If you will be affiliated with a hospital, health system or academic institution, you may have access to a library or information center at your new institution. Check the institution’s website or contact colleagues to find out about library services. Reach out to the health sciences library staff at your new institution; they will be a valuable source of information about your new organization’s clinical and research resources.

Are you near any local libraries, public or academic?

Visit the public library in your new location and ask about resources. Even libraries in small towns may offer access to major medical and science journals. Also, libraries at colleges and universities sometimes offer services to local communities. If you will be located near a public college or university, explore the options they provide–usually, you must visit the physical library to use online resources. If you are an alum of one of the Mayo Clinic educational programs, you are welcome to visit any of the Mayo Clinic Libraries by coming in person to the Library, but we are unable to provide online access to resources due to legal licensing contracts.

Personal Subscriptions/Membership Benefits

Subscribe to Point-of-Care Tools.

If your new institution does not provide access to clinical point-of-care resources, consider a personal subscription. Test drive the resources offered by the Mayo Clinic Libraries before you leave. Note that memberships in professional organizations may provide you with access to resources. For example, the American Medical Association (AMA), American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), and American College of Physicians (ACP) offer discounted or complimentary access to DynaMed. Current individual subscription prices for some of these products are provided below.

Take advantage of resources that are free or available with professional memberships.

The benefits of membership in professional societies usually include access to the society’s publications or discounts on other resources. For example,  there are also many resources that are available for free – a selection of these is below.

  • BioMed Central: 300+ peer-reviewed open access health sciences journals.
  • bioRxiv: a free online archive and distribution service for unpublished preprints in the life sciences.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals: 10,000+ open access journals in all subjects including dentistry, medicine, nursing, and public health.
  • Disease Management Project: Online medical textbook from the Cleveland Clinic.
  • FreeBooks4Doctors:  360+ medical textbooks arranged by specialty.
  • Free Medical Journals: 4000+ medical/health journals.
  • HighWire Press Free Online Full-Text Articles: a massive archive of full-text articles on a variety of topics including medicine. Some are free, some require payment.
  • Medscape: Healthcare information from various medical publishers (registration is required).
  • Medscape Reference: Directory of information on more than 7,000 diseases and disorders; includes images and multimedia content.
  • Univadis: Medical news, online learning resources, and diagnostic tools (registration is required).
  • NCBI Bookshelf: A collection of online biomedical books from the National Library of Medicine.
  • PLoS Journals: Open access, peer-reviewed journals on a variety of topics published by the Public Library of Science (PLoS).
  • PMC (PubMed Central): A free full-text archive of nearly 4.8 million articles in the biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the National Library of Medicine.
  • RxList, The Internet Drug Index: An easy-to-search database of information about prescription medications. It includes a drug identification image database.

Resources for All

Sign Up for Loansome Doc.

If you are joining an institution with a library, you should be able to request articles using their interlibrary loan program. However, if you are entering private practice or joining an organization without a library, consider opening a Loansome Doc account to obtain copies of journal articles (usually for a fee) from a hospital or academic medical library in your area. To find out about your options for document delivery and other support services, contact the National Network of Libraries of Medicine at 1-800-338-7657 or


Download Free/Inexpensive Apps.

While many apps are linked to subscription-based products, there are some great inexpensive and free apps. The following are free unless noted:


The faculty and staff of the Mayo Clinic Libraries wish you the very best as you move on to exciting new endeavors! If we can be of any assistance as you plan your departure, please email us at or fill out the Ask A Librarian contact form.

Many thanks to UC Denver Health Sciences Library for allowing us to use their blog post as a template.

June 22, 2018 at 4:40 pm

From the History of Medicine Collection: The Mayo Clinic in Comic Strips

Dr Polley with part of his collection of Mayo Clinic comic strips

Dr Polley with his collection

The W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library collects more than just books.  Some of the more interesting items in the collection are comic strips.  In 1983
Dr. Howard F. Polley (1913-2001) donated his collection of cartoons referencing the Mayo Clinic to the library.  Whenever Dr. Polley saw or heard about about a cartoon that mentioned the Mayo Clinic, he contacted the cartoonists and asked if they would be willing to donate an original or printed signed copy for his unique collection.  His collection comprises approximately 82 cartoons and is currently housed in the History of Medicine Library .  The library continues to gather these cartoons and add them to the collection.




The following comics are a small part of the Dr. Polley’s collection:

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October 21, 2016 at 10:22 am

Book Notes: The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness

book cover imageThe first sentence of The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness: A 4-Step Plan for Resilient Living:

“Allow me to start with a silly question – actually, a very silly question.”

The last sentence of this very good handbook:

“The best way to not postpone joy is to make a commitment to kindness – toward others and toward yourself.”

The pages between walk the reader through the four steps of the ten-week plan to a happier, healthier, more peaceful you.


According to the Preface to The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness, the book and the 4-step plan are: scientific, skills-based, simple, scalable, structurally sound, secular, and suited to 21st century living. The book then leads the reader through 3 sections:

  • Section I: Prepare Your Mind
  • Section II: Get Your Feet Wet
  • Section III: Take the Plunge: Introducing the 4-Step, 10-Week Program.

The book is both focused and wide-ranging, and covers topics such as:

  • decrease your load
  • take a moment for gratitude
  • your brain’s 2 modes
  • your mind
  • train your attention
  • cultivate emotional resilience, gratitude, and compassion
  • acceptance
  • meaning
  • forgiveness
  • relationships
  • start a mind-body practice
  • pick healthy habits for a healthier you

Sprinkled throughout the book are many question-and-answer checkboxes, and boxes are provided for the reader to briefly write their thoughts.

The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness: A 4-Step Plan for Resilient Living, by Dr. Amit Sood, guides the reader through a step-by-step practical transition to greater peace, happiness, and kindness to self and others.

Contributed to LibLog by :

Barbara McTighe
Cataloging Department
Plummer Library
Mayo Clinic Libraries

June 15, 2016 at 4:19 pm

New Exhibit at the W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library

A new exhibit is now on display in the W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library.

This exhibit will be on display from March – December 2016.



Two views of Clara Jacobi, a Dutch woman who had a tumor removed from her neck in 1689

Two views of Clara Jacobi, a Dutch woman who had a tumor removed from her neck in 1689

Human beings and other animals have had cancer throughout recorded history.  Some of the earliest evidence of cancer is found among fossilized bone tumors, human mummies in ancient Egypt, and ancient manuscripts.  Growths suggestive of the bone cancer called osteosarcoma have been seen in mummies.  The earliest record of neoplastic disease is found in the Edwin Smith Papyrus, part of an ancient Egyptian textbook on trauma surgery.

The Renaissance marked advances in anatomy and wound surgery and scientists developed a greater understanding of the human body.  But until the humoral system of pathology was discarded and classification of tumors begun by means of autopsy, improvement in diagnosis and treatment of cancer was lacking.  During the years 1761-1838 Giovanni Morgagni began performing autopsies in order to relate illness to pathologic findings after death.  Progress was made in the description and classification of cancer which laid the foundation for scientific oncology.  This period also marked the beginning of cancer hospitals.

Joseph Lister made surgery relatively safe and men like Billroth and Volkmann seized upon the idea of radical surgery to treat cancer and were quick to carry out resection which had previously been impossible.  Improved knowledge of the anatomy of regional lymphatics made it possible to plan dissections intended to remove not only the primary tumor but all adjacent tissue that might contain metastases.

This exhibit ends with the discovery of roentgen rays and radium in the late 1800’s by Wilhelm Röntgen and Pierre and Marie Curie respectively, both of which were used in the treatment of cancer.



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Submitted to LibLog by:
Hilary J. Lane
Instructor in History of Medicine
Coordinator – W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library

March 8, 2016 at 10:56 am

New Patients’ Library At Mayo Clinic Phoenix Campus

Now open for patients and family members is the new Patient Library and Research Center in the new Mayo Clinic Building on the Phoenix campus. The area, located on the first floor is a collaborative space.

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Features of the space include:

  • a research theater which allows patients to view current Mayo Clinic research initiatives
  • iPads loaded with the Discovery’s Edge magazine
  • classroom
  • quiet space
  • the services of an American Cancer Society Navigator to help patients navigate their way through their cancer treatment by connecting them with accommodations, transportation, support groups, wigs and community services.
  • brochures for patients to take
  • charging stations for portable devices
  • computers linked directly to authoritative health websites
  • journals on disease specific and wellness topics
  • health newsletters
  • Mayo Clinic and American Cancer Society published books for consumers.

Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, and you may contact the new center at 480 342-4163.  In addition, the Patient Library on the Scottsdale campus, located on the Concourse level behind the fountain, will continue to provide patients with health related information.

March 2, 2016 at 4:28 pm

La Crosse Health Sciences Library completes remodeling project

The Health Sciences Library at Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse recently completed a major remodeling project.

New features include a large meeting room, a smaller private study room, and additional shelving and seating.  There are also several computers and a printer available for staff to use.

The library is staffed  7:30 -4, Tuesday through Thursday, and La Crosse staff can access the space 24/7 with their name badges.

October 29, 2015 at 4:50 pm

Early Surgical Instruments from the Mayo Clinic

Early Surgical Instruments from the Mayo Clinic

Left to right: An orthopedic drill, soldering iron, and cork-screw used in early surgeries at the Mayo Clinic


One of the first operations at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, was performed by Dr. Charles H. Mayo on September 30, 1889. He was assisted by his brother Dr. William J. Mayo and his father, Dr. William W. Mayo. The Mayos equipped the operating room with surgical instruments to meet their immediate needs. Some of the early instruments used by the Mayos are seen in this image. The old-fashioned hand drill was used in orthopedic surgery. A soldering iron was used for cauterizing, and a corkscrew was used in the removal of fibroid tumors. Dr. Charlie was known for his mechanical skills and he fashioned some extra instruments to be used at the hospital.

Courtesy of the W. Bruce Fye Center for the History of Medicine

October 23, 2015 at 9:32 am

W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library and W. Bruce Fye Center for the History of Medicine

Since 2010 Dr. Bruce Fye and his wife, Lois, have been generous benefactors to Mayo Clinic. In appreciation of their generosity the History of Medicine Library is now named the W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library and the Historical Unit is named the W. Bruce Fye Center for the History of Medicine.


W. Bruce Fye Center for the History of Medicine

Dr. Fye earned B.A., M.D. and M.A. (medical history) degrees from the Johns Hopkins University, where he also completed a cardiology fellowship during his tenure as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. He joined Mayo Clinic as a consultant in the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases in 2000 and retired in 2014. He was the first medical director of the Center for the History of Medicine, which was founded in 2005.

W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library

W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library

Dr. Fye is a recognized leader in cardiology and medical history, having served as president of the American College of Cardiology and the American Association for the History of Medicine. He is the sole author of three historical books and more than one hundred historical and biographical articles. Dr. Fye’s book Caring for the Heart: Mayo Clinic and the Rise of Specialization was published in 2015. His passion for collecting medical books (beginning in the 1960s) resulted in a large personal reference library that greatly aided in his historical research.

September 30, 2015 at 10:51 am 1 comment

Mayo Clinic Libraries Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

The Mayo Clinic Libraries will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with displays at the Rochester, Arizona, and Florida libraries.  These displays feature works from the library collection that explore the impact of Hispanic culture on the practice of medicine and the  heritage of our Hispanic patients and co-workers.

More information about Spanish language resources at the library, at Mayo Clinic, and on the Internet is available at

Hispanic Heritage Display in Arizona

Hispanic Heritage Display in Arizona

Hispanic Heritage Display in Florida

Hispanic Heritage Display in Florida

Hispanic Heritage Display in Rochester

Hispanic Heritage Display in Rochester

September 17, 2015 at 10:40 am

From the Historical Unit Collection: Dr. W. W. Mayo’s Microscope

One of the many artifacts in the Historical Unit’s collection is a microscope that was purchased by Dr. William Worrall Mayo.

antique microscope

Dr. W. W. Mayo’s Microscope, purchased in 1869

He became fascinated with microscopy during his medical school training, and travels to other institutions increased his interest in this new technology. According to the Mayo family, he purchased at least two microscopes during his lifetime and mortgaged his home to purchase this one in 1869.

Dr. Mayo’s wife Louise was a bit hesitant to mortgage their home with the responsibility of four children and times being hard. However, she told Dr. Mayo, “Well, William, if you could do better by the people with this new microscope, and you really think you need it, we’ll do it.”

The story told is that the microscope cost $600 and took ten years to pay off the mortgage. Patients coming to Mayo Clinic did indeed benefit from the purchase of this microscope.

For more information about the history of the Mayo Clinic, and to see other artifacts in the collection, contact the Mayo Historical Unit and Archives.


Contributed to LibLog by:

Renee Ziemer
Coordinator of the Mayo Clinic Historical Unit


August 11, 2015 at 1:22 pm

From the History of Medicine Collection: Japanese Ex-libris Stamps

November 1957 marked the commemoration of the 30th year of the establishment of the Japanese Medical Library Association. A collection of Zôshoin (an owner’s sign as it is referred to in Japan) was compiled by Tomio Ogata, President of the Japanese Medical Library Association, of the 46 members of the University Medical Libraries in Japan. This collection was presented to Mr. Thomas E. Keys, then Director of Mayo Medical Libraries. Mr. Keys took an extended trip to Asia in the early 1960’s and visited libraries in Japan, China, Taiwan and other exotic places. He forged close relationships with many librarians, including Mr. Ogata.

This unique collection was hidden away in the History of Medicine Library’s vertical files and is now available for study, reflection, display and general interest to Mayo Clinic patrons and users alike. It has been catalogued in Cuadra Star Knowledge Center for Archives (SKCA), the database used by Mayo Clinic for special collections and archives.

The collection consists of 46 individual sheets of hand-made Japanese paper known as washi. This paper had a front and back side to it, the front side being identified by a tiny Japanese character stamp meaning “front”. Each sheet shows the name and address of each university member of the medical libraries in Japan. There are also various other stamps in Japanese showing addresses, library director, acquisition and classification. Some of the sheets also have an embossed stamp.

Ex-libris stamps were first seen in China and brought to Japan. Japan’s oldest ex-libris ownership stamps trace back to the Nara period (810 to 1010 AD) where the Emperor Saga used “Sagain no in” and Arikuni Fujiwara, who had a mountain villa at Hino, used “Hokkaiji Bunko”, they were used by only a limited number of people such as in temples and shrines and by members of the privileged classes. However, as books became more common, and as scholars and persons of letters who collected books, grew in number, a wide variety of ex-libris ownership stamps were produced to satisfy this more widespread use. Stamps come in a variety of forms each showing its own special characteristic depending on the era in which it was used as well as the kind of place it was used in, and the person’s occupation and social standing in the case of a personal ownership stamp. Those used by the feudal lords were grandiose and imposing in their style and those used by men of letters had more refined texts and designs.

Special thanks go to Philip K. Hafferty, BA East Asian Studies, Harvard University, MA Japanese Art History, University of Washington at Seattle who kindly translated this collection for cataloguing purposes.

Contributed to LibLog by:

Hilary J. Lane
Coordinator, History of Medicine Library

June 17, 2015 at 2:55 pm

Selected websites with authoritative information on drugs and supplements

Looking to find authoritative information on medications, drugs and supplements? The following are selected websites with authoritative information on drugs and supplements that you can use and also share with patients and family members.


Mayo Clinic/Micromedex®
Found on the Mayo website are links to both medications and supplements provided by Micromedex® in a easy to read format. Drugs and supplements are listed alphabetically and are linked to content that is divided into distinct chapters including generic and brand names, descriptions, what to consider prior to taking the medication or supplement, drug interactions, how to take the drug, dosing, storage, side effects, and a 1-800 number to call the Federal Drug Administration to report adverse reactions.

A consumer health website from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health which includes both prescription and over-the counter drugs using a search of either generic or brand name. Information includes overview of the drug or supplement, dosage, side effects, precautions and more.

Provides information on drugs approved for use in the United States, with content and labeling information from the Federal Drug Administration (packet inserts)

RX List/Pill Finder
This tool allows one to enter the imprint, color and shape of medicines in order to find out the name of the medication

National Institutes of Health website for clinical trial information for health care professionals and patients, including names of current drugs under investigation and clinical research

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Listing of many botanicals used as a complement to traditional therapies. Information includes introduction, what the science says about the herb, side effects and cautions

Federal Drug Administration – (FDA)
Governmental website that discusses how drugs are reviewed and approved, with consumer and professional resources


This group of websites will help the professional or the novice navigate to authoritative websites that contain up-to-date information on drugs and supplements.


Carol Ann Attwood, MLS, AHIP, MPH, RN, C

Medical Librarian

Patient and Health Education Library

Mayo Clinic in Arizona

13400 E. Shea Boulevard

Scottsdale, Arizona 85259

480 301-8946


March 27, 2015 at 11:26 am

Coming soon… to your device

In Liblog‘s July issue, we wrote about the impending release of the Mayo Library’s new website– we explained why we needed a new site, and highlighted some of the new features. Based on feedback from usability testing, our designers and programmers have made modifications to the site, and just now sprinted to the finish line with last minute tweaks. (more…)

October 30, 2014 at 11:12 am

Creating a Mayo author list from a search

Have you ever wondered which Mayo Clinic author has written the most on the subject of bones? Maybe you’re compiling a list of all the Mayo Clinic authors who co-wrote articles with you. (more…)

October 30, 2014 at 11:11 am

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