Rebecca Raszewski, MS, AHIP
Associate Professor and Information Services & Liaison Librarian
Library of the Health Sciences Chicago
University of Illinois at Chicago
This is an update of a review I wrote that was published in the June 2021 issue of Doody’s Collection Development Monthly. You can find the original review here.
AccessPediatrics from McGraw Hill is a portal of textbooks, review materials, and videos covering pediatric topics from neonatology through adolescence. The content is geared primarily towards medical students, residents, fellows, and physicians. AccessPediatrics is also a useful resource for advanced practice nursing and physician assistants.
AccessPediatrics still continues to use a universal search box on its homepage. A major change from the June 2021 review is that when “All Sites” is selected instead of just AccessPediatrics, results from similar McGraw Hill resources will appear in the search results. Under the availability filter, the “available” option can be selected to see the other content to which an institution subscribes. At the time of the original review, users could click on a link to search across all McGraw Hill Medical sites. Users can still search by title, author, or ISBN. The search will still automatically apply the “AND” operator to search terms and quotation marks can be used for exact phrases.
The most significant change is the Access app that was released in August 2023. Previously, select content from only AccessMedicine was available through a mobile app. Now, most of the Access Medical sites are included on the app, but only the Access Medical sites included in an institution’s subscription will appear in the app. As of January 2024, the Access app has not yet been optimized for tablets. The app can be installed on tablets but will display as if the app was being used on a mobile phone. Users may need to re-authenticate every 90 days through their institution’s subscription through their library website, intranet, or VPN. A reminder will be sent through the app when the user needs to reconnect to their library’s subscription to the Access Medical sites.
I recommend reviewing the AccessPediatrics LibGuide and the McGraw Hill Medical Access User Center for any updates over the past two years, especially for information regarding the new mobile app. For example, the User Center and the AccessPediatrics LibGuide include advertising materials for the new mobile app. The Content Maps, which match AccessPediatrics content to “academic curriculum or professional specialty needs,” are now in the User Center, not the LibGuide. The relevant Content Maps from the previous review, Attending Pediatric and Neonatal Physicians and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, are now called Pediatric and Neonatal Physicians and MSN Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program respectively. Information on Hypothes.is, a note taking tool that is included within AccessPediatrics and other Access Medical sites, is in the User Center, not on the McGraw Hill LibGuides.
Since the last review, McGraw Hill continues to offer free trials for any institution interested in reviewing AccessPediatrics and the license still remains a rental model. The annual individual subscription option is still available for $595.00 a year but the 24-to-48-hour subscription and pay-per-view options for short-term access may no longer be available.
Overall, AccessPediatrics continues to be a complementary resource for institutions already subscribing to AccessMedicine. It remains a suitable resource for academic health centers and hospitals with pediatric residencies, clerkships, and nurse practitioner programs. AccessPediatrics continues to be a user-friendly, multifaceted resource that will support graduate and post graduate pediatrics education.