You're in med school, what sites you lookin' at?
September 22, 2009 12:00 AM   Subscribe

You're in medical school (or have recently graduated) - what online resources/websites do you use the most? Which are the most helpful in terms of research and studying?

I'm working on a project that will, hopefully, be of use to med students. Any thoughts or ideas would also be greatly appreciated. Feel free to MeFi/email me, if that's your style.
posted by 913 to Education (11 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
Uh, pubmed?
posted by pwnguin at 1:33 AM on September 22, 2009

up 2 date, pubmed, google, my uni's web site.
posted by a robot made out of meat at 4:32 AM on September 22, 2009

Oh, it doesn't google as well as I thought. up to date.
posted by a robot made out of meat at 4:34 AM on September 22, 2009

Lots of my classmates use UpToDate.
posted by greatgefilte at 4:56 AM on September 22, 2009

What the robot said.
posted by greatgefilte at 4:57 AM on September 22, 2009

Pubmed, uni website, things linked to by various tutors, iTunes U for videos on anatomy or clinical examination, NICE for guidelines. Some things, like mp3s of breath sounds I just google. Occasionally Medscape. Oh, and Student BMJ sometimes, but I usually just read my paper copy.

But it really all comes back to pubmed, accessed through my university's portal - I can get review articles on most things, or really cutting edge research if I need it.
posted by Coobeastie at 6:00 AM on September 22, 2009

I subscribed to BMJ learning and spent hours and hours completing modules. They tend to provide plenty of practical bits of knowledge and can be quite fun (relative to poring over textbooks!).

You also get a printable certificate for each module completed so you have something to show for your efforts!
posted by ianK at 6:09 AM on September 22, 2009 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Pubmed can be a godsend for some things. Google reveals a lot. I used to spend a fair bit of time going through Delicious trying to find other people's med school bookmarks.
Many of my textbooks have additional resources on - most of these are fluff, but the ones that offer full text of the book are nice because you can then easily search the text.
The Iowa Histology Slidebox, Utah's ECG Tutorial and online resources from other schools are nice. Anything that can give a visual representation of a concept is valuable.
posted by honeybee413 at 6:58 AM on September 22, 2009

I wish I had known about spaced repetition and Mnemosyne when I was in med school. It would have been an awesome tool. Fortunately I found it in time to heavily utilize it studying for my board exams.
posted by i_am_a_Jedi at 2:35 PM on September 22, 2009 [1 favorite]

I hardly ever use Pubmed unless it is for a specific research assignment- statistics and meta-studies are things residents have to know, not students. Honestly, my number one resource is wikipedia. Not really cite-able but usually I just need a quick basic science review and it does the job better than anything else. I also use the skyscape iPhone app for its OCM feature (think that stands for Outlines of Clinical Medicine). What I could really use is a drug dictionary that tells what a drug is used for, not what class it is in.
posted by alygator at 5:28 AM on September 23, 2009

eTBLAST. Waaaay better than PubMed's "related articles."
posted by desuetude at 9:23 PM on September 25, 2009

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