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Rural Student Physician Program

This guide provides resources and support for the Rural Student Physician Program at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria.

Recommended Resources for your Mobile Device

With the start of the Rural Student Physician Program and your placement at a rural site, you will want to maintain access to important resources to support your learning in the clinical setting. During the past 10 years, the RSPP student have had access to a loaned iPad Mini from the Library of the Health Sciences with several UIC Library apps pre-loaded on the device to support the student's education experience. This guide will help you have access to some of the key resources that will be available on the iPad Mini. Here are some of the recommended apps and how they can support you in the RSPP Clinical setting:

  • UptoDate - A comprehensive clinical app covering all aspects of patient care
  • Clinical Key - An app with clinical overviews, drug monographs, and guidelines for clinical practice.
  • Essential Evidence Plus - A clinical evidence resource providing summary and appraised topic content for ambulatory care.
  • USPSTF Prevention Taskforce - A prevention screening app that references the USPSTF Guidelines to support clinical decision-making in primary care.
  • MedlinePlus - A mobile website to recommend to patients for consumer health information.
  • VisualDx - A visual diagnostic tool for clinical decision making.
  • BrowZine - An app to access and be alerted to journal articles.


UpToDate Anywhere provides information on more than 10,000 clinical topics in over 20 specialties.  UIC faculty, staff, and students can create a personal account to download the mobile app for Android and iOS devices. 

To learn more about creating an account, check out the following presentation.  If you have any issues with accessing UpToDate, please contact Ask-a-Librarian.

Clinical Key on Mobile Device

ClinicalKey is a clinical search engine that supports clinical decisions by making it easier to find and apply relevant knowledge. This resource contains a wealth of resources from journals and medical textbooks for over 30+ medical specialties.

To get ClinicalKey on your device:

1. Access ClinicalKey from Databases A-Z on your computer.

2. Sign in with your UIC NetID and Password

3. Click the Register link in top right corner of the ClinicalKey toolbar.

4. Register for a personal account using your UIC email address for the Email Address option.

5. Confirm your account via your UIC Email Account.

6. Download the ClinicalKey app from the App store on your selected mobile device. 

7. Enter your registered Username and Password to access the content on the ClinicalKey App.


- To access to ClinicalKey content, you will need to be connected to WiFi or mobile data.

- You may need to active "Remote Access" using your UIC Email address to access content in Clinical Key.  Please review Remote Access Instructions here and select "University of Illinois at Chicago - Remote Access" under the "Choose Organization" option.

Essential Evidence Plus

To access the clinical resource Essential Evidence Plus, a personal account must be created. Below are the link to access Essential Evidence Plus and a powerpoint with instructions to create the account.

USPSTF Prevention TaskForce App

The USPSTF created an app to help support primary care clinical to identify the screening, counseling, and preventive services that are appropriate for their patients. The app provided access to the current recommendations and can be searched by specific patient characteristics.


MedlinePlus is an online health information resource for patients. It is provided from the National Library of Medicine and its mission is to present high-quality, relevant health and wellness information that is trusted, easy to understand, and free of advertising, in both English and Spanish. It is available anywhere, anytime and on any device.

For quick access on your Mobile Device, you can save a website quick link to your home-screen. Below are directions for Android and iOS.

VisualDx Mobile App

VisualDx is a diagnostic clinical decision support system that allows you to build differential diagnoses based on clinical findings. The tool is available to use via Android or iOS apps. Here are instructions on how to sign up for your personal VisualDx account to use the mobile app.

Step 1:

  1. From the UIC Library Mobile Medicine Guide or Databases A-Z list under "V", click on a link to VisualDx.
  2. Sign in with your UIC NetID and password.

Step 2:

VisualDx web interface

  1. From VisualDx’s homepage, click on the “Get the Mobile App” link below the search box.
  2. In the Register Here pane, click on “Create a Personal VisualDx” Account.”
  3. Fill in the account information and click “Create Personal Account.”

Step 3:

  1. On your mobile device, open either the Apple App Store for iOS devices or Google Play for Android devices to download the VisualDx App.
  2. Sign In with your personal account.


The following features are available on BrowZine:

  • Browse and read journals: Browse thousands of top journals by subject, easily review tables of contents, and download full articles.
  • Stay Current with My Bookshelf: Create a personal bookshelf of titles to follow and receive new article notifications.
  • Access on any device: Easily access BrowZine from your iOS and Android device and on BrowZine Web to stay up to date wherever you are.
  • Save and export articles: Use the BrowZine app to save articles for off-line reading or export to services such as Box, RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero, and more.

Here is how to start using the BrowZine app on your mobile device:

  1. Download the BrowZine app
  2. Open the BrowZine app. Under Choose Library, select University of Illinois at Chicago Library
  3. Login with your NETID and password. You should only have to do this once.
  4. Go to Settings and click “Log in” under the “Browzine Account” tab. Click “Sign up” and create an account to view or edit your Bookshelf and sync between BrowZine Web and the app. You should receive an email containing instructions for completing BrowZine account setup.
  5. After your account is setup, go to BrowZine Library, click on the subject that you are interested in.  
  6. Click on the journal you are interested in. Then click on the icon in the upper right corner to add the journal to your bookshelf.