Members of the department are linked together by the hospital Intranet with full access to the Internet. Fellows have access to several interactive and archival databases. Fellows also have online access to all medical records after approval by the Committee for Human Investigation, should they wish to conduct clinical research.

We have a complete Windows-based, system-wide computerized medical record that can be queried; subsequent data populates directly into our perinatal database. All neonatal data is maintained on an archival database.

Interactive Databases

Interactive databases include:

  • perinatal genetics database
  • obstetric outcome database
  • database for the Center for Advanced Fetal Care

These databases are all compatible with commercial relational databases and spreadsheets, which are made available to the fellows on their department-issued computers. Data stored on the network servers are automatically backed up on a daily basis.

Research Databases

Fellows have access to multiple research databases for current research within the division, including:

  • fetal therapy
  • fetal transfusions and fetal blood samplings
  • pregnancies complicated by fetal viral infections
  • severe IUGR and fetal doppler
  • first trimester analytes
  • third trimester assessment of risk and fetal testing

Prior Research Databases

The fellows also have access to databases initiated by previous fellows' research. These databases are compatible with the fellows' retrieval and analysis software and can be used to research relevant topics.

Library Resources

From their offices, Fellows have access to the internet, the university intranet and The University of Maryland Health Sciences Library.

The University of Maryland Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) is located across the street from UMMC. The University Library is the second largest medical school library on the east coast, serving as the regional medical library for the Southeastern Atlantic region in the National Library of Medicine's National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

The University Library allows access to 93 online databases and over 2,800 online journals and textbooks, including:

  • BioethicsLine
  • CancerLit
  • Cochrane Library
  • Current Contents Connect (CCC)
  • ETOH (Alcohol and Alcohol Problems Science Database)
  • Journal Citation Reports
  • MD Consult
  • Micromedex
  • PubMed
  • PsycINFO
  • Science Citation Index Expanded
  • Toxicology Data Network (TOXNET)