Resources I have starred means I use them all the time (daily or weekly).
CIAP – full of guidance for best practice. It permits access to the following and is available for all staff working for the NSW public health system. I use eTG, Mims, Up to date, and AMH (probably in order of frequency) on a daily basis.
eTG – for guidelines, e.g. antibiotic prescribing guidance
MIMs – a formulary for doses, advice on PBS streamlining, formulations etc.
Up to date – all round guidance which is appropriately detailed in my opinion.
AMH – another sort of formulary. I use this most for working out what brand-named items I will issue. My most common enquiry is working out which brand of travel vaccine to issue.
PBS – a list of the medicines covered under the PBS scheme and for which indication it is available. Helpful to look up before calling them for authority scripts. Telephone number 1800 888 333
MBS – to help you check bulk billing codes and check your are using them appropriately.
This advice is free so long as you have a univadis login, if not you will need a subscription. The same info is available in 3 separate apps. The cheapest one is just 80p ($1.45) for unlimited access. This is the option I have. There are two other apps priced at £5 ($9) and £21.99 ($40) again for unlimited access, but not sure what these offer that the cheap one doesn’t.
GP Update (Red Whale) – excellent up to date guidance from the UK by an independent body. They review evidence and NICE guidance to bring you a thought through and logically explained approach to common and less common GP issues. A subscription is needed which is £80 ($145 AUD) a year for an online login to access the handbook. If you find yourself in the UK and can go to a day long course £150-£195 ($270-$355) which seems quite steep, but as part of this they throw in the online handbook, you get a tangible handbook which has the updated items in it only. Worth it if you can afford it.
Book a course
Get the online access
NICE Clinical Knowledge Summaries – this is excellent! Short sharp shrift easy to understand quick summaries of NICE guidance from the UK and NHS. One small snag for Australian users…it’s only available in the UK. You can get around this problem with the use of a VPN. Or pay for a subscription.
UK access only
Apply for a subscription – outside of UK access
Dermnet – an excellent resource to use in a consultation with your patient. This website from New Zealand has an endless supply of pictures of common skin rashes that I often review with my patient to convince them of the diagnosis, which in turn reminds me of the treatment. Especially good for tricky rashes.
Oxford Handbook of General Practice
I must admit I cannot recall the last time I looked in this. I think its price and difficult to find information is now largely being replaced by more user-friendly online resources. I had it as an app that no longer seems to work, and I cannot see a reason to resolve the issue.
To buy $55-140 on Amazon
I am a member of four facebook groups and follow a few people on Twitter who I recommend you do also. It’s an easy way to absorb tiny bits of information about things you may or may not have come across before.
Tikos GP group – a UK based GP group. You will likely have to have a GMC number, an RCGP membership or be able to prove you are a GP trainee to gain access. Over 6000 members. This group has closed membership (meaning you cannot see things posted in the group if you are a general member of the public which is obviously good for confidentiality purposes.)
GPs down under – an Australian based GP group as the name suggests. It is a closed group so you have to complete some . Over 6000 members. This group has closed membership (meaning you cannot see things posted in the group if you are a general member of the public which is obviously good for confidentiality purposes.)
Arora medical exam support – a UK based GP who runs teaching programs in the UK and overseas, but not to my knowledge in Australia. He posts short videos and tips to help you prepare for exams, but also make sense of common GP presentations and stay up to date with guidance. Good for trainees and GPs alike.
The Good GP is a fantastic podcast, and gives you an audible way to stay current with best practice. I can particularly recommend episode 6 on acute pain, episode 8 on eczema, episode 9 on food allergies and episode 16 on chronic pain.
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