UpToDate is a Premier Clinical Decision Support Tool authored by 7100 World Renowned Physicians who synthesize the most recent medical information into trusted evidenced-based recommendations. This tool was granted to the E. Latunde Odeku Medical Library, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan through a competitive application to ‘Better Evidence’. The Provost, Professor Olayinka Omigbodun FAS, formally commissioned UpToDate for use during a brief ceremony which held at the E. Latunde Odeku Medical Library on Thursday 3rd September, 2020.
Present at this ceremony were the University Librarian, Dr. Mrs. Helen. O. Komolafe-Opadeji, the Deputy Provost, Professor Ade Fatai Adeniyi and the Acting Medical Librarian, Dr. Grace A. Ajuwon. The Chief Medical Director, University College Hospital, Ibadan, was represented by Dr A. M. Adeoye. The Dean of Faculty of Clinical Sciences, Prof Mayowa. O. Owolabi; the Dean of Dentistry, Prof Juliana O. Taiwo and the Director of Institute for Advanced Medical Research and Training (IMRAT), Prof. Catherine O. Falade, Prof A. J. Ajuwon, a former Deputy Provost, Dr. A. A. Adebiyi who gave an outstanding demonstration on how to use this tool and other dignitaries were present virtually and physically.
The acting Medical Librarian, Dr Grace A. Ajuwon narrated the story behind the five year free access to UpToDate in her speech tagged: Story Behind the Five-Year Free Access to UpToDate at the College of Medicine and the University College Hospital.
“In October 2016, at the 15th Biennial Congress of Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa hosted in Tanzania, I learnt from two of my colleagues, the Director, Library Services at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania and the Head, Sir Albert Cook Medical Library, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, that their libraries have access to UpToDate. I knew that UpToDate was a very expensive clinical decision support tool, and I wondered how they were able to pay for it. Both of them applied for it and their institutions were awarded. I was determined to ensure that clinicians in my institution also have access and my colleagues gave me the contact details of the Better Evidence Program upon my request. I later contacted a member of the team in charge of the programme, who provided all the relevant information and the application procedures.
I invited the Better Evidence Team to attend the 16th Biennial Conference of Association for Health Information and Libraries in Africa (AHILA) that was hosted in Ibadan in October 2019 at the Otunba Subomi Balogun Confere
nce Centre, University of Ibadan. I did this to provide an opportunity for the African Health Librarians to learn about Better Evidence Project and UpToDate. One of the Better Evidence Team members attended the AHILA Conference and made presentations on Better Evidence and UpToDate and delegates were encouraged to apply.
I responded by sending in an application. It was a highly competitive application process and eventually two institutions in Nigeria, the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan and the Lagos State University College of Medicine were awarded the grant. This is the brief history behind the five-year free subscription to UpToDate at the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan that is now available for use by students, faculty, hospital consultants, resident doctors among others in both the College of Medicine (CoMUI) and University College Hospital (UCH).”
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