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How to tame the flood of literature.
Media and Book Reviews: Medications: How Can We Know Them All?
2011; 77(24):e143-e144. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e31823d76ca.
Keeping up with core medical knowledge.
A Mid-Career Perspective on Lifelong Learning in Medicine
Keeping up with the medical literature: how to set up a system.
Am Fam Physician
APhA DrugInfoLine publishes news on prescription drugs, OTCs, and dietary supplements, in addition to a medication monitor for new drug approvals, supplemental approvals, and product withdrawals. APhA DrugInfoLine (ISSN 2162-3015) is a weekly publication of, and is owned and copyrighted by, the American Pharmacists Association.
Medscape Today News
Provides original, professional medical content, including review articles, journal commentary, expert columns, patient education articles, book reviews, and more, conference coverage, the Internet's first primary-source medical journal, The Medscape from WebMD Journal of Medicine, and selected daily professional medical news from Reuters, Medscape Medical News, and medical news journal publishers.
NEJM Journal Watch
Published by the Massachusetts Medical Society, general medical and drug news posts are added daily. The site also includes subscription content like a guideline watch, news for specialty areas, case challenges, and other content.
Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE)
Register for the Continuing Pharmacy Education monitoring service that
allows you to electronically keep track of CPE credits from ACPE-accredited providers.
through the collaborative efforts of National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and ACPE providers.
American Pharmacists Association
Some of APhA's CPE is free, some requires payment.
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists CE Center
Access ASHP's online CE activities, process your CE from an ASHP live activity, or take a test for a completed self-study activity. ASHP also lists
free CPE E-Learning Activities
Drug Topics' Continuing Pharmacy Education
Free CPE activities from the publication Drug Topics.
Medscape Education for Pharmacists
available in Patient Cases, Clinical Briefs, and Special Collections, with an Education Tracker system to track earned credits.
Medscape Pharmacists News Podcast
Natural Medicines CE Online
Twice each quarter Natural Medicines provides an eUPDATE/eCE with information on new developments in natural medicines; subscribers can use these updates to earn CE credits.
Pharmacists' Learning Assistance Network
A database of continuing pharmacy education activities offered by Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)-accredited providers.
Pharmacy Times' Office of Continuing Professional Education
Free courses are supported by grants from various pharmaceutical companies. Must
for account to sign up for courses.
This web site, with a companion Android OS mobile app, offers free continuing education content for pharmacists, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. Content is created by Postgraduate Healthcare Education, LLC (PHE).
Free CPE activities, activity formats include live symposia and local presentations, simulcasts, webinars, certificate programs, on-demand home study, monographs, and e-books.
Maintains a database of continuing pharmacy education activities in its CE SearchEngine and Find That CE.
Create a RxPortfolio to encapsulate your credentials and experience to employers, colleagues, and patients.
Mobile Health Apps Library Subject Guide
Free and for-fee mobile apps and web-enabled websites for mobile devices and smartphones.
Ready Reference and Calculators
Created and maintained by Dr. Sean Kane, PharmD, with clinical decision support tools and calculators and mobile calculators and flashcards.
Global RPh: The Clinicians Ultimate Reference
Created and maintained by Dr. David McAuley, PharmD, RPh, with calculators, common laboratory values, and other drug values.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
AHRQ's areas of focus are comparison of the effectiveness of treatments, quality improvement and patient safety, health information technology, prevention and care management, and health care value.
Database with information on drugs, diseases, and procedures.
National Guideline Clearinghouse
NGC is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The NGC mission is to provide physicians and other health professionals, health care providers, health plans, integrated delivery systems, purchasers, and others an accessible mechanism for obtaining objective, detailed information on clinical practice guidelines and to further their dissemination, implementation, and use.
Provides free access to 900+ e-books and documents in life science and healthcare, from the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
The Cochrane Library
Abstracts available online for no charge.
Evidence Updates from the BMJ Evidence Centre
BMJ & McMaster University research staff pre-rates citations from over 120 premier clinical journals for quality, then rates citations for clinical relevance and interest by at least 3 members of a worldwide panel of practicing physicians. Also includes a
of the best evidence from the medical literature, an
system, and links to selected evidence-based resources.
PubMed Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database
See tutorial below.
PubMed Health is based on systematic reviews of clinical trials. PubMed Health provides summaries and full texts of selected systematic reviews in one place.
A search on PubMed Health runs simultaneously in PubMed. A filter is used to identify all the indexed scientific articles at the NLM that might be systematic reviews. This search includes articles from before 2003.
PubMed Dietary Supplement Subset
Saving Searches and Creating New Results E-mail Alerts with PubMed
(4 min video)
Creating Auto E-Mail Alerts for New Articles from Your Favorite Journals
(3 min video)
Create Searches by Subject, using the Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) database
(3 min video)
(formerly PubMed Central) is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).
Online Computer Library Center's union catalog that itemizes the collections of 72,000+ libraries in 170 countries and territories which participate in the Online Computer Library Center global cooperative. Identify local libraries that make available a periodical or book in print or electronic media.
Virginia state site for locating drug abuse rehabilitation services.
Easy-to-Read Health Materials
FDA Drugs: Information for Consumers
Information on specific drugs and buying and using medicine safely.
maintained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
maintained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Toll-free numbers for health-related organizations from the National Library of Medicine (NLM).
from Des Moines University, module created by William J. Dyche, Ph.D.
MedlinePlus Drugs, Supplements, and Herbal Information
Prescription and over-the-counter medication information is from AHFS® Consumer Medication Information, copyrighted by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), Inc.
My Medicine Record
Handout in pdf, provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, to help patients keep track of their prescribed medicines, over-the-counter medicines, and dietary supplements.
Name That Drug article by Dr. Robert H. Shmerling
Article on how names are developed for drugs, provided by Aetna InteliHealth.
Maintained by the Tobacco Control Research Branch of the National Cancer Institute. Smokefree.gov provides free, accurate, evidence-based information and professional assistance to help support the immediate and long-term needs of people trying to quit smoking.
Maintained by the National Vaccine Program Office in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with information on vaccines and immunization for infants, children, teenagers, adults, and seniors for the general public and their communities.
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