This page provides a handy guide to Medical Sites worth checking out
From the National Library of Medicine, the www.medlineplus.gov
website is geared towards patients and families and often has handouts in
Spanish as well. This includes
links to many other websites providing patient and family education, including MayoClinic.com,
Nemours Foundation handouts for kids,
teens, and parents, various institutions of the NIH, etc.
I like the information from www.nimh.nih.gov
on mental illnesses as well.
Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children has a section on
child physiology (www.sickkids.on.ca/childphysiology)
detailing heart, lung and brain function in an interactive display format, with
plans to add other organ systems in the future. I also like the heart diagrams of the Royal Children’s
Hospital (Melbourne, Australia) to give to parents or use as a refresher, www.rch.unimelb.edu.au/Cardiology/website/Library/library.html.
Telability is Josh
Alexander’s (peds PM&R) website devoted to children with disabilities.
Particularly valuable for families are handouts in English and Spanish
regarding may disabilities issues, although physicians may find the links and
National Organization for Rare Disorders is a charity devoted to education and support for “orphan” diseases. Their website has sections on reports, articles, advocacy, and support groups for these diseases which would otherwise have greater difficulty finding a voice because relatively few people are affected by the disorder.
The National Med-Peds
Residents’ Association website - While geared towards residents, this
website also has sections regarding general MedPeds information, links to other
websites (including the Medicine Pediatric
Program Director’s Association), and information for medical students
considering a career in MedPeds.
Academy of Pediatrics section on MedPeds - The AAP’s site devotes some
time to the role of MedPeds physicians in today’s workforce, including salary,
specialization, practice opportunities, etc., with a comprehensive section on
searching for the right job.
Resources on the Web - built through Wright State University, this
website has links to all the residencies, some recruitment firms, and
administrative items such as program requirements.
UpToDate – If you
haven’t yet heard of the collection of topic summaries and evidence-based
reviews that comprises UpToDate, I’d be surprised.
But you may not know that the pediatrics portion is steadily being
expanded, you can get CME credits, and that there are online, CD-ROM, and pocket
PC version available for subscription fees ranging from $0 for those lucky
enough to have UNC’s institutional access to $495 for physicians on their own.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: The CDC has a wealth of
information on its website. In
particular, the sections on traveler’s health and vaccines are useful for both
physicians and for patient handouts. You
can sign up to receive the MMWR via email for free and find government
statistics and links.
Clearinghouse - Over 1000
clinical guidelines are referenced here, organized by issuing organization or by
disease, along with annotated bibliographies.
Information on genetic diseases can be found through GeneReviews
and the Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) database, recently moved to
the PubMed site, a well-known free medical literature search engine.
PubMed’s latest search strategy, Entrez,
will search all the databases concomitantly.
These can all be reached here.
Alternative Medicine sites – Herbmed.org
provides a list of trials done with herbal medications to give you access to
information pertaining to efficacy and safety of various alternative medicines.
Health Organization website contains some information about acupuncture,
traditional health practitioners, and herbal medicines. The monographs (www.who.int/medicines/library/trm/medicinalplants/monographs)
provide a summary of medicinal herbs and their uses. The National Center for
Complementary and Alternative Medicine division of the NIH also has
excellent information about clinical trials.
Emedicine has some
pretty reasonable review articles on a variety of topics, and while the WebMD
website is a bit commercial, the Medscape section has some of the news and
information from both medical journals and the lay press that your patients will
be asking you about.
www.normalkid.com/page and www.normalkid.com/peds - these websites, created by a 2003 graduate (Arnold Kim) of UNC’s internal medicine residency, allow you to send an alphanumeric message to any of the medicine or pediatrics residents. A number of fellows and attendings have also signed up to have messages delivered, and anyone with a 216 pager can add their name to receive group pages.
This portal website shows the online offerings of UNC’s Health Sciences Library. Most of the ejournals and clinical resources can only be accessed by UNC affiliates and require a university PID, but there are a number of journals with free internet access.
These are the official UNC Pediatric Department website and the UNC Residents’ website, respectively, and the corresponding UNC Medicine site for the official internal medicine department and this one for the residents.
Look up any physician (or nurse practitioner, etc.) in North Carolina, renew your license online, etc., through the North Carolina Medical Board’s site.
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