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Not using point-of-care tools yet? This resident will change your mind

Medicine is changing rapidly—is your information up-to-date? Dr. Bezanson explains which point-of-care tools­ help him stay on top of everything.

On this episode of Boldly,  Emergency Medicine Resident Dr. Joshua Bezanson describes his personal experience with the CMA-provided point-of-care tools. Along with interviewer Renee de Gannes-Marshall, Dr. Bezanson digs into the benefits of tools like DynaMed Plus and ClinicalKey.

Dr. Bezanson explains the value of customizing a suite of apps personalized to your needs. With a collection of tools with which you’re familiar, you’ll be prepared when you need help.

Want to learn how to use these tools to simplify your practice? Listen now to find out.

tweetable: “They say just a few years after graduation, half of what you know is probably out of date…How can we stay on top of all of this information?”

Key takeaways

What sets Dr. Bezanson apart as a physician?

  • He has a background in journalism—he’s used to having deadlines.
  • He’s interested in E-Medicine and E-Health.
tweetable: “How do we sort through the copious…resources and guidelines and evidence and try and make good decisions?”

How did he discover the value of point-of-care tools?

  • It was mostly a survival mechanism.
  • Some tools are useful for triaging information.
tweetable: “I think that’s really one of the skillsets…that [physicians] need to develop…there’s so much information…You really have to have some sort of system that works for you.”

What are some of the point-of-care tools?

  • A CMA membership includes DynaMed Plus.
  • Dr. Bezanson uses both the desktop and phone app versions of DynaMed Plus.
  • ClinicalKey is also made available to all CMA members.
  • With ClinicalKey, it’s easy to build presentations quickly and customize patient handouts.
tweetable: “I think…just having a familiarity through trial and error, you’ll figure out which apps appeal to you and which products are the most useful.”

Which are the features he finds most useful?

  • He likes the presentation-builder app. It’s easy to use and quickly demonstrates how these tools can be helpful for his colleagues.
  • In ClinicalKey, the tagging feature helps to quickly label useful information and easily find it again in the future.
  • Previously, when new versions of textbooks came out, making older versions outdated, you had to invest in the new textbook; now ClinicalKey keeps everything up-to-date and close at-hand.
  • He’s looking forward to using the Ask a Librarian service in the future.
tweetable: “Now, I can, with confidence…compare the print version I have with the new version that’s available on ClinicalKey.”


Recommended resources

Five tips for helping med students conquer information overload, an article by the physician-editors of DynaMed Plus—it also applies to practicing physicians

Three smartphone medical apps every physician should have, an AMA article discussing DynaMed Plus

Introducing the ClinicalKey reference suite, an Elsevier video about the reference tools in ClinicalKey

ClinicalKey presentation maker overview, an Elsevier video

Here’s why you should be using a point-of-care tool at the bedside, a Joule article



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