A great clinical resource – use it freely and frequently when you encounter patients. Don’t neglect to spend SDL time reading the background information – pathophysiology, genetics, etc. Click on some of the references and review them. It’s important foundational information for exams (think STEP 1) and makes you look good on rounds.
Get used to using PubMed to find information. Type in a symptoms or a disease and practice finding the information you need. If it’s a big topic area (e.g., pneumonia) look for review articles. Try combinations (disease AND treatment). Sometimes this is the best way to find information on very rare entities.
Consider scanning the NEJM table of contents each week. There are often reviews of disease conditions that are well written and absolutely current. NEJM is increasingly publishing articles that discuss social determinants of health, racial issues and other current topics. No matter your specialty interest, sooner or later there will be something of interest.
The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews is the leading resource for systematic reviews in health care.