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About Access Medicine

AccessMedicine provides full-text access to important resources in Clinical Medicine.  The collection is divided into multiple sections:

Books: The clinical library includes the full-text of more than 85 basic science and clinical medicine texts like Harrison's Online and Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment.

Multimedia Library - Simplify complicated concepts or brush up on common procedures with 250+ examination and procedural videos, patient safety modules, audio files, and animations.

Quick Reference Tools

  • Current Practice Guidelines in Primary Care - Updated annually and assists in disease screening, prevention, and management by providing succint versions of longer original guidelines.
  • Pocket Guide to Diagnostic Tests - a quick reference guide to the selection and interpretation of commonly used diagnostic tests, including laboratory procedures in the clinical setting.
  • Quick Medical Diagnosis & Treatment - collection of concise evidence-based outlines of conditions and disorders most often encountered in medical practice -- updated annually and perfect for high-yield review r for quick reference in the clinical setting.

Patient Education - Assist patients to better understand their disorder and treatment program through comprehensive, reliable healthcare information covering 5,000 topics available in multiple languages.

Downloadable Images - Thousands of photos and illustrations that aid in visual diagnosis are available to save and download for presentation and educational purposes.

Differential Diagnosis Tool - Speed diagnosis with Diagnosaurus(R) -- a downloadable tool that allows users to browse more than 1000 differential diagnoses by symptom, disease, or organ system at the point-of-care.  

Where to find AccessMedicine:


Patient Education in Other Languages via Access Medicine

Once in AccessMedicine, click on the Patient Education Tab.

The default language is English. Click on the down-arrow to see other options, including Chinese, French, Korean, Portuguease, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.  

Not every patient education handout will be available in all languages listed.


About the Access Medicine Mobile App

The AccessMedicine App is available to associates at Ascension Wisconsin.

Step 1: To activate and for continued access to the app, you must have an active MyAccess account and sign in every 90 days through your institution, either on-site or through VPN.  Sign up for a MyAccess account by logging into our subscription and clicking on the legacy institution name in the upper right hand corner.

Step 2:       Download the Access App here: iOS and Android

Step 3:       Learn more about the brand new Access App with training videos on

  • What's New
  • How to set it up
  • Searching
  • Personalize
  • The AccessMedicine Library
  • Other Content


Set Up a My AccessMedicine User Profile (Personal Account)

Create a personal account to store content or use special features.

  • A personal account is required to use AccessMedicine outside of Ascension Wisconsin
  • It's also required for the AccessMedicine mobile app.

Sign up for and complete a MyAccess profile by logging in to AccessMedicine on a work computer. 

Then click on Ministry Health Care OR Columbia-St Marys OR Wheaton-Franciscan in the upper right-hand corner [See image above.]