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Family Medicine Resources: Worcester Family Medicine Residency

Worcester Family Medicine Residency


UMMS Family Medicine Residency Intranet

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COMPLETE Chart Rounds Guidelines




          Begin each presentation with the "culture of context" (sho is the person), not "a 38 y/o black woman" but a 38 y/o woman from Jamaica whose PCP is Dr. Jones and who is a baker and lives with her 3 children whom she raises on her own.


          Incorporate visiting experts (librarian, pharmacist, etc.) directly into the discussion.  Use their expertise to set up permanent resources (e.g., web-based favorites).


          Spend time addressing behavioral issues for every case presentation.


          Spend time addressing population and community health (prevalence in our community; community resources).


          Who else could this patient benefit from seeing (specialists, home care, complementary medicine, etc.)?


          Have you set clear goals with this patient?


          Start on time; End on time - Respect everyone's time.


          When will this patient be seen again; what long term issues and health maintenance issues need to be addressed...and with the "Culture on Continuity of Learning" - have a learner summarize key educational lessons of that chart rounds.

NEJM Resident 360

AAFP Resident's Page

Medical Apps


    Other Apps/Platforms  *=Residency Favorite

  • @Hand ($) – Series of discipline-specific point-of-care treatment strategies. The site is also a clearinghouse for other commercially available e-books and e-resources for a handheld device.
  • 5 Minute Clinical Consult ($) – Via Skyscape - includes a signs and symptoms guide. Also available with an expanded Epocrates subscription. Also on Skyscape are other titles in the 5 Minute series (e.g., Infectious Disease, Sports Medicine, Toxicology)
  • ABG - iPhone/iTouch app to calculate analyze arterial bloos gases and to calculate recommended FIO2. *
  • A2Z Drug Facts ($) – Comprehensive pharmaceutical reference from Facts & Comparisons - available via Skyscape.
  • Archimedes Medical Calculator – 150 different calculators in one package, available for all platforms free from Skyscape.
  • Bili Tool – For iPhone/iTouch platforms only. Calculates risk for hyperbilirubinemia or "jaundice" in newborns.
  • Clinical Medicine Series ($) – Over 30 titles on different disciplines of medicine. Contains information on basic procedures.
  • Diagnosaurus – A comprehensive differential diagnosis tool. *
  • DynaMed – UMMS/UMMHC users only. Evidence-Based synthesis tool. See "PDA Support" link. Handheld app available at no cost via Skyscape for internal users with UMMS/UMMHC institutional e-mail.
  • Epocrates ($) – Subscription-based comprehensive drug, diagnostic and symptom tool or download the drug database at no cost. *
  • Eponyms – Free database of medical eponyms. *
  • Essential Evidence Plus ($)
  • Eye Chart - iPhone/iTouch app for vision examinations. *
  • Fingertip Formulary – Available for iPhone, Blackberry, and Palm & PocketPC
  • Framingham Heart Age - iPhone/iTouch app for calculating heart age/cardiac risk. *
  • Geriatrics At Your Fingertips ($ or free to American Geriatric Society student members) – Useful Evidence-Based text, tables, algorithms and calculators.
  • Handango ($) – Clearinghouse for apps for many device models.
  • HanDBase ($) – Available for multiple platforms. Create handheld mini databases to track any information.
  • Harriet Lane Handbook ($) – Highly rated, comprehensive pediatric resource.
  • Harrison's Manual for Mobile ($) – The classic internal medicine textbook. Available for all platforms.
  • Johns Hopkins Antibiotic Guide – High quality text with Infectious Disease expert recommendations, listings by diagnosis, pathogen, or by antibiotic.
  • LexiComp ($) – Comprehensive pharmaceutical resource.
  • MedCalc – A free medical calculator. Will work on some but not all mobile devices.
  • Medical Calculator - for iPhone/iTouch.  Includes APGAR, BMI, Creatinine Clearance, OB Wheel and 49 others.  
  • Medscape Mobile - Free mobile information and drug tool, avaialble on iPhone, Android and Blackberry platforms. 
  • Micromedex - Mobile broswer version of UMMS/UMMHC drug and toxicology reference.
  • Mobile Merck Medicus – The familiar Merck Manual along with the Pocket Guide to Diagnostic Tests.
  • PDA MD ($) – Clearinghouse for apps for many device models. *
  • Skyscape ($) – Comprehensive site featuring top quality textbook and other medical resource applications for varied platforms.
  • StatCoder ($) – iPhone/iTouch apps including growth charts, depression screening, ICD-9 codes and asthma guidelines.
  • UpToDate ($) – Available as a downloadable app or via a mobile browser session.
  • United States Preventive Services Task Force, Electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS) – Resource from AHRQ indicating Evidence-Based screening recommendations. *
  • Washington Manuals ($) – Excellent guides designed for residents. Manuals provided for 28 different specialties. Available via Skyscape.
  • ZDNet – News and information about mobile devices.