John W. Murphy, MD; Nathaniel W. James IV, MD; Patricia A. Williams, MLS; Robert S. Hillman, MD
The medical literature has grown to an unmanageable size, and we need to develop information systems that provide better accessibility. An internal medicine residency program is an ideal setting for developing a system in which articles are screened for usefulness in clinical decision making and organized to be rapidly accessible and relatively inexpensive to use. In our residency training program, we use clinical problem-solving, journal club article review, and teaching conference preparation to generate appropriate articles from PAPERCHASE (MEDLINE) database searches. With the chief resident supervising the process, articles are then selected and organized in a computerized article file. The software program, Reference Manager (Research Information Systems, Inc., Encinitas, California), stores article citations and supports searches using standard, medical subject heading vocabulary key words. In an 18-month period, residents have collected more than 1800 references appropriate to clinical decision making and have established an article file that is now used daily as a medical information source.
Murphy JW, James NW, Williams PA, Hillman RS. A Residency-based Information System. Ann Intern Med. ;112:961–963. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-112-12-961
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;112(12):961-963.
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