A range of resources to help health professionals keep up with rapidly growing medical knowledge and technological change.
Podcasting is a digital recording of a presentation, radio broadcast or other recording that is made available on the Internet for downloading to a personal audio player or a computer. The great advantage of podcasts is being able to listen presentations, radio shows and more whenever you want - whether it's while out walking, driving to and from work or working out.
To listen to Podcast feeds on your computer, you need to download Podcasting software. There are many free or commercial podcasting applications available for download such as iTunes, Juice, Doppler, SmartFeed.
Examples of health-related podcasts include:
- BMJ Group Podcasts - wide range of topics from Gut Podcasts to Quality, Sports, Injury and more
- Cochrane Collaboration - audio summaries of selected reviews
- John Hopkins Medicine News Round up - PodMed
- Living Life to it's Fullest™ - American Occupational Therapy Association podcasts for consumers
- Mayo Clinic
- MJA - Medical Journal of Australia
- New England Journal of Medicine
- Physiopedia - list of podcasts in physiotherapy & physical therapy from Physiopedia
- The Lancet
Free Medical Books 4 Doctors is a excellent resource with a large range of medical textbooks for free.
Dermatology - The Electronic Textbook of Dermatology, The Internet Dermatology Society 199-2000
OphthoBook by Dr Timothy Root - full chapters can be viewed and downloaded for free. Accompanying powerpoints and videos to help explain chapters. (Highly recommended by students and residents worldwide)
Wheeless' Textbook of Orthopaedics - produced by Duke University Medical Center's Division of Orthopedic Surgery, in conjunction with Data Trace Internet Publishing, LLC is made available online for free and is said to be "the most comprehensive, unparalleled, dynamic online medical textbook in existence." There are over 11,000 pages with more than 5,000 images and a range of easy to search formats.
Tools for practice
Tools for Practice from the Alberta College of Family Physicians
Medical Mneumonics is a free, non-profit, online searchable database of medical mnemonics to help remember important lists.
Eating disorders: Improving care – University of California TV – UCTV, 2015
- Eating disorders Part 1: How to prevent, identify & intervene early
- Eating disorders Part 2: Recent advances in treatment
The Instant Anatomy website includes a range of podcasts, video podcasts, health apps and brain games to help any health professionals or students refresh their knowledge of anatomy. Website developed by Dr Robert Whitaker, a paediatric urological surgeon who now teaches anatomy to students and doctors.
Answering clinical questions with literature searches
Do you have a clinical question and wondering how to find a reliable, up to date article that answers your question?
For a brief search, one can start with PubMed. PubMed is a service of the US National Library of Medicine that includes over 16 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals. In most cases, an abstract is available and some even link to the full article.
To assess an article properly, one then needs to apply the principles of clinical epidemiology and evidence-based medicine. To remind yourself how to evaluate the literature, review the resources located on the EPIQ website. EPIQ stands for Effective Practice, Informatics & Quality Improvement and is a NZ group that has developed some great resources used throughout the world.
- EPIQ - home page, staff and post-graduate courses
- Critical Appraisal & Evidence-based Practice
- Critical Appraisal Library
Sign up for regular emails of the most relevant and useful Evidence Updates tailored to your areas of interest. This unique service is provided by BMJ Group and McMaster University's Health Information Research Unit. "All citations (from over 170 premier clinical journals) are pre-rated for quality by research staff, then rated for clinical relevance and interest by at least 3 members of a worldwide panel of practicing physicians."
Receive emails of the table of contents of your favourite journals – BMJ, Lancet, Family Practice etc.
Bio Med Central Publisher of 200 peer-reviewed open access journals
Clinical Diabetes (open access)
Free Medical Journals over 1214 journals available
Journal American Board of Family Medicine (free access)
Nutrition Journal (open access)
Journal of Primary Healthcare NZ
NZ Medical Journal (open access to articles over 6 months)
Preventing Chronic Disease journal from CDC focusing on public health research, practice and policy
Nursing Council of NZ Continuing Competence Framework
RNZCGP College Educational Programmes including AVE and MOPS
Cornerstone - "is a combined quality improvement and quality assurance process which uses a set of measurements collated in the publication Aiming for Excellence."