I need to find out how to get paid for my product endorsements. Zappos, are you listening?
On a recent post I mentioned Uptodate as a great source for medical information. Most residents trained these days are raised on Uptodate. Currently a subscription costs $495 annually, tho you get to renew for $395. I would have trouble practicing medicine without it.
It started as a great source for primary care docs, but they are adding content constantly and is not endorsed by some specialty societies as well. The information is evidence-based where possible, and well sourced.
I turn to it often, for all those diagnoses or clinical questions that I only run across a few times a year. It's a great refresher. It has all but replaced my textbooks, which are outofdate by the time you get them. I continue to use my sports medicine book, and my derm books, but little else.
It's got some downsides. I don't like the patient handouts - they're written at too high a level for my liking. I don't always love the way that it separates information on conditions. It often has a separate article completely for diagnosis, treatment, etiology, etc. I don't find it useful for derm issues either - I still need to leaf through something and look at pictures often. There are more and more photos, but of course you need to know the condition you are looking up first, which is not always the position that I am in.
All in all, I am a better doctor for Uptodate. While I'm at it, Epocrates on my palm pilot is difficult to live without. For good measure, I also officially endorse Hershey's Nuggets Dark Chocolate with Almonds.