Links

USEFUL WEBSITES
Whether you’re trying to track down the latest treatment or understand the basics of disease, these websites are helpful ways of finding the latest information out there!

American
 Academy of Family Physicians free site with journal search of AAFP available.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Chest X-Ray Atlas (Great learning tool!)
ClinicalKey: has full books online, journal articles, drug look up and a student section. Is PDA compatible; has student rates.
DrugWatch.com
EMedicine: free site with articles on different diseases and conditions; not peer reviewed.
Epocrates Online (requires free subscription)
Family Practice Notebook
Drug look up
Healthy People 2020
Histology slides
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Vaccine Insert Information
Lab Tests Online
Lumen Cross-Section Tutorial: site has body views by cross section with MRI comparisons
Merck Manuals: free access to the complete version of Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy as well as other journals.
Merck Manual of Diagnosis & Therapy Online
Microbiology Photo Atlas
National Guideline Clearinghouse: free site that lists clinical practice guidelines
National Library of Medicine: free site with various aspects
NIH Stroke Scale
Medical dictionary
PubMed: search all available journals, some abstracts posted and some have links to the articles
UC San Diego: A Practical Guide to Clinical Medicine (nice for the new PA student)
World Health Organization

PDAs AND FREE SITES
The newest fad in medicine has to be the personal digital assistant (PDA). Need help navigating the field? Check out “The Medical Professional’s Guide to Handheld Computing” by Chris Helopoulos or “Handheld Computers for Doctors” by Mohammad Al-Ubaydli. Ready to buckle down and buy one? Can be purchased through the AAPA website at a discount if you are a member. There are also package deals available.

Some free sites:
Diagnosaurus
Epocrates Medical Software
Geriatrics
Immunization schedule
MedRules
MentStat
Mobile Merck
Skyscape

National Guideline Clearinghouse
General medical information

PAYING IT ALL OFF AND LOOKING FOR EMPLOYMENT
Before you find that first job, there is the pesky issue of loans.

  • Wells Fargo has loans specifically for students in medical professions
  • Several states have repayment programs for working in rural areas after graduation.
    Pennsylvania
  • Uniformed Public Health Service
              Can apply to Public Health Service to cover last year of schooling

Job links
If interested in military service, there are loan repayment options available. Only the Army, Navy and Coast Guard will accept civilian educated PAs.