Online Resources For Primary Care Physicians

These links are useful for all primary care physicians (Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and Emergency Medicine).


Spotting the Sick Child     Dermatlas     Online Heart Failure Resources

Pediatric Education     Life In The Fast Lane (EM and Critical Care)

PedsEMMorsels     Dr. Mellick’s  Emergency Medicine YouTube Channel

Foundation For Excellence in Women’s Health    

Bilitool     Wheeless Online (Orthopedics)    

eORIF (Orthopedics)     Radiology Assistant Pediatrics

LifeInTheFastLane Pediatric Emergency Resources     DermNet

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Spotting the Sick Child is an outstanding free online relatively brief review of pediatrics. In addition to its use as a review resource for children’s physicians, this site is outstanding resource for nurses and medical assistants who care for children. The following are some of the bullet points from the site summarizing its benefits:

  • Learn the basics of how to assess children of all ages using clinical footage & evidence based material.
  • Entirely online in a user-friendly environment
  • Over 5 hours of new video footage of real patients
  • Symptoms: Learn to assess 7 common symptoms
  • My Waiting Room: Test yourself on real patients at your own pace

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Dermatology Image Atlas, Dermatlas, is an outstanding free resource with almost 13,000 images contributed by more than 600 clinicians.

The home page at the above address also has an oustanding list of dermatology links. The list is so exentensive that anyone with a special interest or expertise in dermatolgy will want to review the links.

In the links is a free pediatric dermatology textbook online.

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Online Heart Failure Resources

Use of Natriuretic Peptide Measurement in the Management of Heart Failure: Executive Summary (PDF) 2013 AHRQ Effective Health Care Program. HTML Executive Summary

The VA has a heart failure toolkit for providers at which contains many links to outstanding clinically applicable resources for both inpatient and outpatient heart failure care.

The Heart Failure Society of America has a heart failure website at and they have their complete 2010 guidelines on line at

Two heart failure questionnaires that can be useful in following heart failure are the Kansas City Cardiomyopathy Heart Failure Questionnaire and the Minnesota Living With Heart Failure Questionnaire.

The Kansas City Cardiomyopathy Questionnaire is available as a pdf at

The Minnesota Living With Heart Failure Questionnaire is available at

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Pediatric Education™                                                                                                                  A Pediatric Digital Library and Learning Collaboratory intended to serve as a source of continuing pediatric education, curated by Donna M. D’Alessandro M.D. and Michael P. D’Alessandro M.D.

There is a very large series of pediatric cases. You can access the cases by age, by date of publication, by disease or problem, by specialty, or by symptom or presentation.

They add new cases frequently.

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Life In The Fast Lane (Emergency Medicine and Critical Care)

Life in the Fast Lane is a useful interesting EM and critical care blog. The Critical Care Collection is a detailed list of topics in the field (more than 1,500 entries).

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PedsEMMorsels is an Emergency Medicine blog. Here is what the home page says:

“The goal of these Pediatric EM Morsels is to continue to encourage us all to enhance and refine our understanding of pediatric emergency medicine and to augment the care of pediatric patients. The care of pediatric patients often brings up a myriad of diverse topics ranging from the common to the very unusual. It is difficult to stay abreast of the appropriate management of some many diverse entities, particularly when they may be quite different from those of our adult patients.”

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Dr. Mellick’s Emergency Medicine YouTube Channel has hundreds of outstanding videos. If it is an emergency medicine procedure or diagnosis, the odds are excellent that Dr. Mellick has made a great teaching video on the subject.

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The Foundation for Excellence In Women’s Healthcare

The Foundation for Excellence in Women’s Health Care has, at the time of this entry, more than 60 topics in women’s health that will be of use to all primary care physicians. Each topic is discussed briefly but thoroughly.  A complete list of all the topics is at The Pearls of Excellence section of the site. See also my blog post, Thirty Brief Clinical Pearls in Women’s Health From The Foundation for Excellence In Women’s Health Care,  for direct links to some of the topics.

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eORIF (orthopedics)

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RadiologyAssistant Pediatrics

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Life In The Fast Lane Pediatric Emergency Resources

LifeInTheFastLane Pediatric Emergency Medicine Resources

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