100 Best Sites and Resources for Med Students
If there is one thing a med student could use, it would be more time (well, that and maybe an endless supply of Cherokee Workwear Scrubs). This list can help reduce the amount of time you may spend hunting for specific resources and may even provide some unknown jewels that will make your time in school more productive. From medical libraries to medical student blogs, you will find something to make your life a little easier.
Medical Search Engines
Medical students are guaranteed to be doing research. These 25 search engines can take the work out of the Internet search for you. From searching the PDR to finding journal articles, you are sure to find helpful sites to bookmark on your computer from the list below.
- OmniMedicalSearch.com. Gathering information from many of the top medical professional sites such as PubMed, NIH, and Merck, this search engine provides information from peer level sources. They also offer a "reference desk of hard-to-find medical resources."
- MedNets. This metasearch engine provides information from journals, associations, news sources, and more. MedNets offers a search specifically for medical professionals in addition to one for the general public.
- Hardin MD. Sponsored by the University of Iowa, this site allows you to search for a disease or general health topic alphabetically to get links to a variety of online articles and photos about each disease. You can also view photos from classic medical books via this site.
- Healthline. Healthline searches the best of the health sites available on the Internet, reducing your search time. Browse by topic or use their keyword search.
- PubMed. Sponsored by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, this database provides access to citations going back for the past 40 years. You must register (free) with NCBI before having access to this powerful search engine.
- Entrez. Hosted by NCBI, this life sciences search engine searches across all the available databases which gather information from journal articles, books, online books, and more.
- MedicalNDX. Search for medications, information in specific journals, medical definitions, medical books, articles, and web searches and much more.
- HONMedhunt. Not only can you search for specific topics on any imaginable health topic, but once your results pop up in the window, you can click on different tabs to find conference information, news, and images that relate to your query without re-typing the keyword.
- PubGene. Specifically geared to searches for genes and proteins, this search engine relies on text mining PubMed articles to find any source with a specific gene or protein mentioned in it.
- Journal Watch. Monitoring 350 medical journals, this site offers both journal searches as well as short, daily email updates. Choose between Primary Care Physician, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, and other specialties to specialize the content according to the type of medicine you practice.
- MDLinx.com.This site reviews over 1200 journals and provides a search by specialties and subspecialties. In addition, they offer conference and job listings. You must register, but it is free of charge.
The busy med student does not have a lot of extra time to be surfing the Internet looking for the best places to bookmark. Hopefully the sites below will help save some time in the search.
- eMedicine. Describing itself as an "open access comprehensive medical textbook," eMedicine offers over 6,500 clinical articles written by contributing physicians. eMedicine also offers free accredited CME courses for physicians.
- Welch Medical Library. While this site is specifically for those associated with Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, it offers a search feature for articles published in medical journals and online. They also have Subject Guides under the "eResources" section that offers links to topics ranging from Alternative Medicine to Grants and Funding to Writing and Publishing.
- MedConnect. This site features four interactive journals for primary care, managed care, emergency medicine, and pediatrics.
- Intute. Out of the U.K., this site offers searches on a wide variety of topics under medicine, nursing/midwifery, medical history, and other fields in the health sciences. They also provide links to a handful of resource brochures and training site tutorials.
- rmLibrary. This database service provides access to all the major databases and organizes them by specialty. This service costs $35.95 for a 30-day pass or $299.95 for an annual subscription.
- MedBioWorld. Available at this site are Reuter’s health and medical news from the past three years, access to online journals, full access to scholarly publications, and access to a highly-rated genomics blog.
- HighWire Press. This database provides access to most of the major news and research publications in the life sciences. Almost half of the full-text articles available are free of charge.
- MedicalConferences.com. Find international conferences and CME events in this searchable database. The site also provide a resource listing of major medical sites in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.
- Antibiotic Guide. Browse this guide by specific antibiotics, diagnosis, pathogens, management, and vaccines. Look for free, updated CME programs that are also available.
- American Hospital Directory. Having access to information for hospitals is always handy. Keep this search nearby for the next time you need to contact a hospital anywhere in America.
Sites Specifically for Med Students
These sites offer everything from how to approach studying to using modern technology to enhance your experience.
- MedicalStudent.com. This free and incredibly comprehensive site provides links to online medical textbooks, medical journals, continuing education/board exam information, and more. Check out their page of awards, reviews, and comments.
- Medscape Med Students . Get news, industry updates, and viewpoints from other med students on this section of Medscape especially for med students.
- MomMD. This site is specifically for women in medicine and offers forums, articles, and resources for med students as well as practicing physicians.
- Student BMJ. For med students interested in international medicine, this site offers articles on education, life, and research.
- A Student’s Guide to the Medical Literature. This helpful guide offers suggestions on how to approach learning medical literature and also offers a glossary, calculators, and a downloadable version for your mobile device.
- Med School Chat. This international site offers top news stories, medical school reviews, forums, and more for the med student.
- Forensic Medicine for Medical Students. Out of the U.K., this site offers a wealth of information for forensic medicine, legal medicine, and forensic pathology.
- Real Doctors. This site offers lots of resources for med students such as an essential guide to becoming a doctor, video tutorials, downloadable software, and more.
- The Efficient MD. Not just for med students alone and technically a blog, this site touches on electronic stethoscopes, iPhones for doctors, the professional benefits of using Twitter, and tips for surviving residency.
- Braniacs. This site from Vanderbilt Medical School is designed specifically for medical students studying neurology. Find tons of links to enhance your studies.
- Med-Source. Find all sorts of resources here to help you learn information, plan your course of study, and more.
Sites by Specialty
These links offer helpful information based on medical specialty. Whether you will practice in this field or are just studying it, these sites will offer plenty of information.
- GeneralPediatrics.com. With multiple links to almost 400 topics, this site opens up a vast amount of information on pediatric issues.
- M.D. Anderson Cancer Care Center. Each page at this site provides a wealth of information explaining about specific types of cancer as well as topics related to cancer such as pain, fatigue, and genetics.
- Michigan Ear Institute Medical Library. Find several articles about diagnosis and treatment of ear issues in this online library intended for both professionals and laypersons.
- ClinicalTrials.gov. Search this world wide registry of "federally and privately supported clinical trials." Search almost 57,000 trials by condition, drug intervention, sponsor, or location.
- Trials Center. This site offers information for all medical trials available. You can find trials by geographic location, types of cancer, or by other diseases.
- Aegis. Find information about HIV/AIDS at this information clearinghouse. Search by topics, find conferences, and read fact sheets on this comprehensive site.
- South Carolina Department of Mental Health. Geared toward both the professional and clients and their families, this site offers a wealth of information from the diagnostic stage to treatment.
- Internet Mental Health. Learn about disorders or join a discussion group in this comprehensive site designed to raise awareness about mental health issues.
- ObGyn.net. This comprehensive resource for professionals offers databases, webcasts, and much more. You can also keep up with the latest articles published in the field.
- Clinical Neurophysiology on the Internet. In addition to the detailed information about clinical neurophysiology on this site, find information on books, journals, conferences, forums, and more.
These websites offer a vast amount of knowledge on prescription medication, over-the-counter, and alternative medicines.
- PDR.net. Access one of the most well-known and frequently used resources for FDA-approved prescription drugs. You must register to use this service, but it is free of charge to all U.S.-based medical professionals.
- Antibiotic Guide. Browse this guide by specific antibiotics, diagnosis, pathogens, management, and vaccines.
- Drug Digest. This non-commercial drug information site offers a drug library complete with drug comparisons, interactions, and side effects. Photos of the pills are also available.
- RxList. Find information on any prescription medication on this site. They also offer a pill identifier where you can search by imprint code, color, or shape.
- Drugs.com. Not only can you learn about prescription drugs on this site, you can also keep up with the latest pharmaceutical news and articles.
- Electronic Orange Book. Updated daily, this online resource monitors generic prescription drugs and posts updates with new generic drug approvals, application approvals, discontinuations, patent, and exclusivity information.
- Kaiser Permanente Drug Encyclopedia. Search for information by drug name or browse alphabetically by drug name or drug condition to find what you need to know. The information is also available in Spanish.
- MedLibrary.org Medication Library. You can find information on prescription drugs, but also learn about generics and the FDA, read drug literature, or learn about clinical trials.
- Personal MD Drug Database. Search for both prescription and over-the-counter medications on this site.
Sometimes you want to find a very specific bit of information. Whether you need to have an easy way to remember medical terminology or want to find a local chapter of a health organization, the following sites will provide you with a wide range of facts and even a bit of trivia.
- Medical Mnemonics. Any student who has tried to memorize lots of information knows how helpful mnemonics can be. This resource offers handy ways to remember all that medical information.
- Merriam Webster Online Dictionary. Look up any medical terminology in the medical dictionary trusted by many. You can also go to the pronunciation and explanation guides for more help.
- Online Medical Dictionary. Enter a word to search for the definition or browse alphabetically.
- Health Services/Technology Assessment Text. The National Library of Medicine provides full text surgeon general reports, information on AIDS, clinical practice guidelines, community preventive services, and much more. You will need to read through the list on the left to find your topic of interest.
- Who Named It?. This fun resource will let you discover the origin of medical eponyms or medical phenomena named for a person. Search alphabetically or browse to find descriptions of the condition and biographies of the people who lent their names.
- Encyclopedia of Psychology. This site run by Jacksonville State University provides links to anything related to psychology. Read about organizations, learn about the major theories, or find out about a career in the field.
- Directory of Health Organizations. Use the keyword search to find listings of all health organizations for each disease or disorder. The results bring up full descriptions of the organizations as well as complete contact information.
- Health Guidance. If you are looking for online articles about specific health topics, this is the place to go.
Studying anatomy is a big part of medicine, so make use of these great online anatomy aides.
- Visual Medical Dictionary. Start typing a therapy, disease, or medication and you will receive an outline of potential subtopics. Click on each one to receive in depth information on drugs and biologics for that subtopic.
- The Virtual Body. Choose English or Spanish to get started exploring this virtual guide through the entire human body.
- Children’s Hospital Boston Interactive Features. Click on these features to make neurons fire, see cell growth as you travel through cancer stages, create red blood cells, and more.
- Gray’s Anatomy of the Human Body. Search this classic book online with 13,000 entries about the human body. Enjoy the original engravings as well.
- Human Anatomy Online. Start this interactive search by selecting one of ten anatomical systems. You can then pick from a list of specific parts of that system and learn about each by reading the information or zooming in for a more detailed view.
- Visible Body. Sign up for free to take advantage of this visualization tool to help you learn about the human anatomy.
Online Study Help
From online texts to courses to academic papers, you will find something to help your studies.
- Case Based Pediatrics for Medical Students and Residents. This text designed by the Department of Pediatrics at University of Hawaii’s medical school is specifically designed for med students.
- LearningRadiology.com. This online text offers a special section specifically for the med student including quizzes.
- Tufts Open Courseware. Tufts University has put several courses online for anyone to access. Their medical school offers many courses that you may want to take if you feel you need a bit more help with some of your coursework.
- Supercourse. View almost 3500 lectures from scientists around the world in this repository of information on public health and prevention.
- Medexam. Get free or full versions of this software that helps prepare you for many of your med school exams.
- CiteULike. Save and organize academic papers you are reading or search for papers that may help your studies. You can share with friends, too.
Med Student and Resident Blogs
Learn from those who are experiencing what you are with these informative, supportive, or just plain entertaining blogs.
- Blogs of Medical Students. This med student posts with interesting med student blog information from around the world. The posts are not as frequent lately, but many of the blogs are still going strong.
- blogborygmi. This resident in emergency medicine keeps an entertaining blog on medicine as well as other interests such as competitive eating.
- jenniferhawke.com. Follow the life of this Canadian in med school in the Caribbean as she posts about text books, life as a student, and more.
- Not Rocket Science. This resident posts about his experience as a neurosurgery junior resident.
- CCLCM Student Blog. Follow this student blog through a research MD program in Cleveland.
- Doc Amazing. This Texas med student blogs about his experiences through each of his rotations. The blog is not kept current, but still offers great insight.
- Anatomy Notes. Find out tons of interesting information about anatomy from this anatomist-turned-med student.
- Ramble Strip. This third-year med student recently took a break from school due to medical reasons and is starting back to school. Find pop culture mixed with medicine in this blog.
- the underwear drawer. This anesthesiology resident blogs on medicine and life in New York.
- The Ablution Block. Two bloggers, one resident and one med student, post here about their experiences in Africa and life in America.
Organizations and Support for Med Students
Find groups with a specific purpose or general support and information groups from these resources.
- Healtheva. This organization is for physicians, researchers, and med students who are interested in research, paper collaboration, and start-up opportunities.
- National Society for Non-Traditional Premedical and Medical Students. Also known as OldPreMeds.com, this group is specifically for older students who didn’t come straight through high school and college. The organization offers support via forums, an annual conference, and more.
- Medical Students for Choice. This non-profit advocates to "destigmatize abortion provision among medical students and residents" in order to provide well-trained physicians so that women may truly have a choice with their reproductive health.
- American Medical Student Association. This national organization organizes activism for med students to help prepare them for a more compassionate service as a physician.
- Association of American Medical Colleges. From considering a medical career to your residency, this site offers articles and resources to help guide you.
- Studentdoc. This site offers help on topics such as the MCAT and finding a medical school. Join a forum for personal support from other students.
- The Student Doctor Network. Find plenty of articles here that offer support and suggestions for med students as well as a forum.
- Playing Doctor. This insightful article describes how the writer underwent 23 physical exams by 23 med students performing their first solo physical exam. Her experiences are a helpful view from the other side of the otoscope.
- SocialMD. Join this social network for med students, residents, fellows, and physicians to network for a whole host of medical support.
- TiroMed. This social networking site is specifically for med students and physicians to help you "research and learn, and connect with others in your field."
Finding a Residency and Beyond
While med school may be your first step toward becoming a doctor, you will need to prepare for the next phase of your career by seeking a residency. These resources will help you along the way.
- Medical Students’ Guide to Writing curriculum vitae and Personal Statements. This online guide will help you get your CV and PS together to help you land the residency you want.
- Medfools. Medfools is a resource for pre-med, med students, and residents–run by students and residents–to help prepare them for a career in medicine.
- Match A Resident. This service takes your qualifications and runs them through their database to find residency programs that might be willing to accept you based on the information you provided. Basic membership is free.
- Electronic Residency. Create an electronic residency file with all your residency application information and send it immediately to hundreds of residency programs with this service.
- How to Prepare for the Medical Residency Interview. Follow these suggestions to make the most of your residency interview.
- How to Prepare for a Residency Interview. This article offers tips on how to interview for a shabbos-friendly residency program.
- 25 US Residency Programs Aimed at Better Preparing Surgical and other Specialty Residents to Care for Older Patients. From Medical News Today, find the top 25 schools preparing residents to care for the growing population of geriatrics in America.
- How to Get the Right Residency Program. This helpful guide offers a timeline, suggestions, charts, and more to help you land the perfect residency.
- How to Prepare for USMLE Residency Tests. This straightforward outline makes completing your USMLE exams seem downright easy.
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