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6 Free Resources for the Medical Office

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One way to cut operating costs is to take advantage of the free resources available to health professionals and medical office staff. Take a look at the following websites and see how beneficial they can be to your office including how much money you could save.

1. Medscape from WebMD

"Medscape from WebMD offers specialists, primary care physicians, and other health professionals the Web's most robust and integrated medical information and educational tools. " (Medscape.com).

Some of the key features of Medscape from WebMD are:

  • Original, professional medical content, including review articles, journal commentary, expert columns, patient education articles, book reviews, and more;
  • Conference Coverage: Thought leaders summarize key data and presentations from major medical meetings;
  • The Internet's first primary-source medical journal, The Medscape from WebMD Journal of Medicine;
  • Selected daily professional medical news in your specialty from Reuters, Medscape Medical News, and medical news journal publishers;
  • Physician Optimized MEDLINE;
  • Free subscription to Medscape's MedPulse, a weekly email newsletter that highlights what's new in your specialty on Medscape from WebMD;
  • More than 125 medical journals and textbooks;
  • Business, financial, managed care, and medical practice information; and more

Visit www.medscape.com.

2. Mayo Clinic Publications for Medical Professionals

"Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life" (Mayo Clinic).

The Mayo Clinic provides several free publications for medical professionals:

  • Journal: Mayo Clinic Proceedings Published monthly
  • Guides and books:
    • Mayo Clinic Scientific Press
    • Mayo Clinic Store
  • Newsletters:
    • Cardiovascular Update
    • Clinical Update
    • Endocrinology Update
    • Mayo Medical Laboratories Communiqué
    • Neurosciences Update
    • Ophthalmology Update
    • Orthopedic Update
    • PM&R Update
    • PsychUpdate
    • Urology Update

Visit www.mayoclinic.org/publications-md/.

3. Learn Medical Spanish Online

"Don't let language and cultural barriers interfere with your ability to provide high quality care . . . learn medical Spanish!" (medicalspanish.com).

Free resources include:

  • Free Email Lessons
  • Medical Spanish Dialogs
  • Medical Vocabulary
  • Anatomical Illustrations
  • Cultural Topics
  • Spanish Overview
  • Free Demos
  • Learning Tips
  • Basic Vocabulary
  • Medical Spanish Dictionary

Visit www.medicalspanish.com/learning-resources.html.

4. Continuing Medical Education (CME)

"MedPage Today® co-develops online continuing medical education (CME) programs with the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Office of Continuing Medical Education (OCME)" (Medpagetoday.com).

Current programs being offered include:

  • Achieving Cultural Competency
  • Evidence-Based Diagnosis and Management of COPD in the Primary Care Setting: Online Learning Modules
  • From Principle to Practice: Guiding Clinical Decision Making in Diabetes Through Virtual Patient Simulations
  • HIV Grand Rounds from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Insights into Pain Management
  • Latest Advances in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Malignant Gliomas
  • MedPage Today
  • Oncology Medical Minute
  • Patient Safety Simulation
  • PennCME/BestPractice
  • Surgical Decision Making
  • "The New Business of Medicine" Series
  • University of Pennsylvania COPD Performance Improvement Module

Visit www.medpagetoday.com.

5. Flu Materials from the CDC

"This season’s flu materials include messaging to address the 2011-2012 flu recommendations. All materials are free for download" (cdc.gov)."

Free resources include:

  • Print Materials: Brochures, Fact Sheets, Articles, Posters, Stickers, Media Toolkit
  • Video/Audio Tools: Podcasts, Videos, PSAs
  • Web Tools
  • Flu Virus Images
  • Buttons and Badges
  • Flu Prevention Toolkit

Visit www.cdc.gov/flu/freeresources.

6. FDA for Health Professionals

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration provides free resources to health professionals on the following topics:

  • Articles of Interest: Articles for health professionals on FDA topics
  • Biologics: Biological and related products, including blood, vaccines, allergenics, tissues, and other cellular and gene therapies
  • Cosmetics: Information about cosmetic products, ingredients, and labeling
  • Drugs: Information on human drugs, including advisories and drug products
  • Food Safety and Nutrition: Information on nutrition, and food and dietary supplement safety
  • Medical Devices: Types of devices and device safety
  • Radiological Health: Information about medical imaging devices, medical and surgical products, and certain consumer and business products

Visit www.fda.gov/ForHealthProfessionals/default.htm.

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