Nearly every clinician has their “go to” list of electronic clinical resources that can come in quite handy throughout the course of the day. Some resources are free and others require a subscription fee (usually billed annually). Remember to check with your employer to see if they purchased a group membership, making these resources free to use. Also, you may be able to purchase the resources with continuing education money if offered by your employer. Finally, the resources may be tax deductible when you are using it for your professional use (please consult with your accountant or tax professional regarding deductions). I wanted to share a list of resources that I use (in no particular order).
- ePocrates: Began as a drug reference software and is one of the earliest PDA (personal digital assistant) options for clinicians. Today, ePocrates has a host of free and premium services ranging from drug reference to continuing education content to clinical content including disease and laboratory information. Today, ePocrates is available on your smartphone or on your desktop computer.
- UpToDate: is a web-based clinical reference site for clinicians utilizing the latest evidence in a clear and easy to understand format. UpToDate boasts covering over 8500 topics and having no influence from outside sources. This is a subscription service and there is a discount for individual students/trainees.
- Medscape/eMedicine: is another web-based clinical reference site. This is a free resource (an account set-up is required though). Medscape also offers short on-line continuing education courses which come in handy at re-certification time! Medscape also has an app for your smartphone to use on the go. There are however, quite a few pharma advertisements on this site which is how they are able to offer it free of charge.
- Family Practice Notebook: is a free site that I stumbled upon some years ago. The site offers a true no nonsense overview of different diseases in an outline-like format. The site is mostly funded by physician Scott Moses with some advertisements sprinkled in. (There is an advertising-free option for a low annual fee).
- Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy: This is an annually published pocket guide that is very helpful to aid in selecting the correct antibiotics for specific microbes and the infections that they cause. They have recently come out with a version for your smartphone as well.