Fans of PIER: The Physician’s Information and Education Resource, (and we know there are a lot of you) will no longer have to use PIER through the STATREF! interface. The Library is pleased to announce that you may now go directly to ACP’s more user-friendly interface to access PIER. Produced by the American College of Physicians, PIER contains concise practice recommendations on over 400 diseases and disorders. Information includes treatments, screening, ethics, complementary medicine, and procedures. And, in contrast to other resources, such as UpToDate and eMedicine, PIER’s recommendations and supporting references are given a level of evidence rating (ex. A, B, C).
For the second time this year MDConsult has launched a new design including a better search engine and a sleeker, easier to use interface. The newest MDConsult offers a smarter search box returning better results, and a "recommended results" page providing quick access to the most appropriate resources for clinical information. You can also now search each "Clinic of North America" separately, and access a redesigned book page offering simplified and streamlined content from over 50 full-text books covering every medical specialty. This re-design looks much more modern and is much simpler than previous versions. Check it out.
Mount Sinai’s platform for the premiere drug resource MICROMEDEX has changed. When you access MICROMEDEX you will now be searching it through the Thomson interface. The same components are available, including: Interactions, IV compatiblity, PDA downloads, and Patient Education. From the main homepage, select "MICROMEDEX Healthcare Series." To limit your search to PDR, Martindale’s or one of the other databases offered in MICROMEDEX, click "Select Databases" on the next screen. Another post will detail new functions and enhancements that are now available in MICROMEDEX.