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Skelly's Corner

A message brought to you by the PCOM Library


The holiday season is here! While this time of year is often joyful, the shorter, colder days can negatively affect your mood. In some cases, this shift in mood can result in Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

SAD is a type of depression that occurs in the winter. Experts say SAD is most likely caused by lack of sunlight and not by cold temperatures during winter. The symptoms build up slowly during winter as the days gets shorter and gradually subside in early spring.

Some of the major signs include anxiety, feeling stressed, low mood, lethargy, increased appetite, and weight gain.

The following strategies for this winter blah may be of some help:

• Boost exposure to sunlight

• Regularly exercise

• Eat a balanced diet

Don’t just brush off that feeling as simply a case of the winter blues or a seasonal funk. Contact your Student Affairs Counselor or Carebridge employee assistance program if you need to talk to someone.


AHA Ebook Library

We now offer the American Heart Association Ebook Library. The collection includes Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), Basic Life Support (BLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Provider Manuals, as well as other titles.

You can access full text, visuals, and data tables; rapidly search across the individual titles or the entire collection; and annotate, highlight, or bookmark information.

This collection can be viewed online with PCs or downloaded to mobile devices.


Fair Use, Copyright, and Images

Despite what you may think, you do not need to be an expert in copyright law to understand fair use. We use images more than ever - in our presentations, social media, and BlackBoard.

To ensure that you understand copyright and fair use, we have created a guide that provides an overview and guidelines on these topics.

Learn more by speaking with a librarian or reviewing the Copyright Guide.



MedEdPORTAL is a free, peer-reviewed publication service provided by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

This resource promotes educational scholarship and collaboration by facilitating the open exchange of health education teaching and assessment resources.

MedEdPORTAL invites educators from the health professions to submit generalizable teaching, assessment, or faculty development materials that have been designed for and implemented with medical students, and residents, faculty, and providers to help improve patient care.

Items are under various Creative Commons licenses, and links to license types explain any usage restrictions that apply.


Featured Resource - VisualDx

VisualDx is a visual diagnostic decision support system used to enhance diagnostic accuracy, aid therapeutic decisions, and improve patient safety. It combines high-quality, peer-reviewed medical images with concise, actionable information to support the decisions of health care providers.

The content is organized by common and diagnostic problem areas, age, and body location. It visually presents disease variations by skin type, age, and passage of time.

Clinicians can initiate a unique differential diagnosis based on the visual symptoms of a patient. A customized pictorial differential diagnosis tailored to a patient’s findings is formulated dynamically.

VisualDx compares most relevant diseases or drills down to research with handbook-length clinical information and variation in visual presentation.

The VisualDx app is available on iPhone, iPad, and Android.