DynaMed users’ added benefit

Todd Vandenbark

The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library provides University Health Sciences students and faculty with free access to the clinical reference tool DynaMed. As described on its website, DynaMed is:

a clinical reference tool created by physicians for physicians and other health care professionals for use primarily at the ‘point-of-care’. DynaMed is updated daily and monitors the content of over 500 medical journals and systematic evidence review databases directly and indirectly by using many journal review services. Each publication is reviewed cover-to-cover, and each article is evaluated for clinical relevance and scientific validity. The new evidence is then integrated with existing content, and overall conclusions are changed as appropriate representing a synthesis of the best available evidence.

In addition to the day-to-day usefulness of DynaMed, users receive a weekly update via email on additions to the database. As of the update for the week ending April 30th, 340 articles were reviewed and 189 of those added to DynaMed content. Each weekly update also includes “one article of significant interest” to include in the update. Best of all, clinicians can receive CME credits for reading these articles. Simply click on the “Earn credit for reading this e-Newsletter” link, set up an account, and take a short post-test after reading each article.