Student News

August 28 Back to School Breakfast at the Isché Library!

Save the date!

On Wednesday, August 28, from 7:30 to 10:30 AM, the Isché Library would like to invite new and returning students to breakfast at the downtown campus!

Stop by the 3rd floor Library Commons in the Resource Center Building for coffee, breakfast, and a chance to meet the librarians and library staff. We hope to see you there!

USMLE Practice Questions

The Library now offers 3 databases full of USMLE questions to practice for the USMLE Step exams.

Register for each one and begin taking practice tests. Questions are similar to USMLE questions on the Step exams.

Board Review Series Must set up personal login to activate the self-assessment quizzes.

BoardVitals Initial registration must be created On Campus with your LSUHSC email address. Once account has been created, off campus access will be available as well.

USMLE®easy Select Institutional Sign In Create an institutional student account. Start Practice


Board Review Series uses the same login as LWW Health Library, ebooks, videos, clinical cases, additional self-assessment questions.

BoardVitals uses a different login than StatRef, ebooks, Essential Evidence Plus.

USMLE easy uses a different login than the AccessMedicine databases, which include: AccessEmergencyMedicine, AccessMedicine, AccessNeurology, AccessSurgery, CaseFilesCollection

Pay Paw Update!

All new LSUHSC ID’s issued beginning August 2017 will have Pay paw capabilities automatically activated within 24-48 hours. In order to add money for the first time, students, faculty, and staff may use one of the Pay paw machines on campus, go to the bookstore, or add it online. With our secure Pay Paw Online Card Office, LSUHSC ID holders or their relatives may deposit money using a credit card online.

pay paw

Replacement ID’s will still need to be taken to the Bookstore to transfer Paypaw accounts.

Pay paw is a LSUHSC based transaction system that allows faculty, staff, and students to access, without cash, a variety of goods and service throughout the campus:

  • Vending machines at most locations

  • Food services in the Medical Education Building
  • Food services at the LSU School of Dentistry
  • MEB Atrium Coffee Kiosk
  • Health Sciences and Dental Bookstores
  • Copy and Printing Resources at many key locations (including the Dental and John P. Ische Libraries!)

For more information, check out the LSUHSC Pay Paw Services webpage or speak with a library or bookstore staff member!

Match Day 2017

Great video from Information Services on the 2017 Match

flashcards online!

study helpExam time got you stressed? Did you know the library has flashcards online? Through our AccessMedicine platform you can access flashcards in a variety of subjects.

On the left side of the library web page choose Databases. Click on the “A” under browse and select AccessMedicine (on or off campus). Click on Study Tools and choose Flashcards from the drop-down menu.

*If you are a first time user you will need to set up your profile, but then you will be good to go.


The selections are:

  • CURRENT Medical Diagnosis & Treatment (CMDT) Flashcards, 2e
  • Pathophysiology of Disease Flashcards
  • The Big Picture: Medical Physiology Flashcards
  • DeGowin’s Diagnostic Examination Flashcards
  • Biochemistry and Genetics Flashcards
  • Microbiology & Infectious Disease Flashcards
  • Pathology Flashcards
  • Pharmacology Flashcards


Brew some coffee and let’s get started!

New Coffee Vending Machine in Library Commons!

A new coffee vending machine has been installed in the Isché Library Commons! When the need to refuel while studying strikes, just go to the 3rd floor Library Commons for a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.

Don’t forget that the Commons are open 24/7!

Coffee is $.75, and everything else is $1.00 (tea, hot chocolate, latte, etc.). The machines take cash only (no PayPaw).


Welcome our new reference librarian, John P. Bourgeois!

The Isché Library welcomes John P. Bourgeois, a new librarian in the Reference Department. He started on December 1, 2016.

John holds a Master of Library and Information Science from LSU in Baton Rouge and a Master of Public Health from Tulane University. John has worked at Tulane and Harvard in their Schools of Public Health, and he is coming to us from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux where he was a Research Librarian and head of Access Services.

Please join us in welcoming him to LSU Health. If you are in the library, stop to say hello and meet John!

Fire Suppression System Testing in Isché Library, Fourth Floor

On Wednesday October 19th & Thursday October 20th, from 8 AM to 4 PM, routine testing of the waterless fire suppression system will be taking place in the library rare books room, on the 4th floor of the Resource Center Building.

Announcements will be made throughout testing to let building occupants know that these systems are being tested and that evacuation will not be necessary.

Testing will involve periodically activating fire alarm strobe lights and audible alarms (speakers and horns) on the floors being tested. When all testing has concluded, an announcement will be made so that all occupants will know that the testing is complete.
Thank you for your patience.

The Passing of Mike VI

mike-vi-the-regalLSU in Baton Rouge announced today the passing of Mike VI, our beautiful mascot.

Rest in peace little Roscoe, we will miss you.

Dental School band playing Saturday night

Our own dental school band, Developmental Groove, will be playing this weekend on Saturday night in Lakeview.  We have been hired to play the Power Mile Road Race after party.  They are headlining this event and are very proud to have been asked to do so.  Please come out, show your support and enjoy the show!

The stage will be set up at Harrison and Argonne near Edward Hynes Charter School.

List of Events:

5:00 – Begin race day registration

6:15 – 1/2 mi Youth Race Start

6:30 – 1 mi Open Race Start

6:30(ish) – Band start set 1

7:00 – RRCA Champ 1mi Start

7:20 – Awards Presentation

7:40 – Band start set 2

9:00 – Event closing

Non-runners who want to come out and enjoy the festivities can also purchase tickets for the after-party which includes music, food and beverages. Abita is a sponsor as well as 4-5 local restaurants.  These tickets are $10 and all tickets can be purchased the day of the race beginning at 5:00pm.

ProQuest/RefWorks Downtime Sunday

The ProQuest products, including our RefWorks database, will be unavailable for 5 hours beginning late Sunday evening into the wee hours of Monday morning.

From the announcement from ProQuest:

On February 28, 2015, ProQuest will be upgrading its systems infrastructure to improve performance, security, and overall reliability of your products. The window is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and will last for five (5) hours. Regional times for this maintenance window are shown below:

• Eastern Standard Time (EST): Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. for five (5) hours

During this time access to the ProQuest products listed below will not be available and users will be re-directed to a webpage explaining the scheduled maintenance:

  • Research databases
    • ProQuest platform (
    • ProQuest Congressional (
    • ProQuest Dialog (
    • Chadwyck-Healey databases (full list available here)
    • CultureGrams
    • eLibrary (all editions)
    • ProQuest Digital Microfilm
    • ProQuest Obituaries
    • ProQuest Research Companion
    • SIRS (all editions)
  • Dissertation publishing
    • ProQuest/UMI ETD Administrator
  • Reference management/Research support tools
    • RefWorks
    • COS Funding Opportunities
    • COS Scholar Universe
  • Bibliographic and catalog enrichment resources
    • Books in Print®
    • LibraryThing for Libraries™
    • ProQuest Syndetic Solutions™

Thank you for being a ProQuest customer. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please contact ProQuest Technical Support ( if you have questions or need assistance.


uTip: Text Emergency Alert System

This week, LSU Health Sciences Center introduced an emergency reporting service that will allow faculty, staff, and students to send text messages to University Police in order to facilitate the reporting of crime, to help prevent crime, and to allow police faster and more accurate information.

Subscription and registration with campus emergency alerts is not necessary. Users can simply send a message to 50911 with a text beginning “LSUHSC” in order to notify University Police of emergencies, crimes, and suspicious activities or persons in the area. Normal text message rates assigned by cell phone providers will apply.

Users may also contact University Police with non-emergency information at 568-8270 or via online message at

The graphic below provides more detailed information about this service from


  1. TEXT 50911 and begin your message with LSUHSC

    • University Police will not be notified If your text does not begin with LSUHSC

  2. You will receive a text to notify you that the text has been received by uTip


Sample uTip Message

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Congratulations Graduates!

SoM Tiger circa 1967

SoM Tiger circa 1967

Congratulations to all our graduates! already has the story up.

3rd Year Medical Student in the News

Third year medical student, Jarrett Pytell, was featured in a WWL-TV news story about the Mother’s Day Second Line Shooting. He used his trauma training to assist victims until EMS arrived. Thanks to the LSU Health Sciences twitter feed for the alert.

Match Day 2013

Congrats to all the Medical Students who matched on Friday. Glad to hear that over 100 of you will be sticking around.
Check out a few local news stories: from Fox8 and and the Advocate.