A medical career entails the constant pursuit of information. Helen Elwell explains how to make the most of the skills and knowledge of medical librarians
Medical information is essential for patients' care, research, and when writing for publication. Increasingly though, this pursuit is becoming more challenging, requiring specialist skills.
Evidence based medicine requires you to appraise critically the information you use to inform your clinical decision making. You will also need online searching skills to get the most out of the resources available on your computer. Added to all this is the fact that medical information is increasing at a phenomenal rate, making it easy to feel frustrated or pressurised. It is in this environment that a medical librarian can step in and give you the support you need.
A number of different types of support are on offer. A librarian is not only an information expert, able to advise on best resources, but also a trainer and a service provider. Medical librarians have good credentials, and so armed with a few tips you will