Life in the fastlane

What is it?

Life In The Fastlane or LITFL acts as a library, anthology, and a large collection of mainly investigations relating to emergency medicine and critical care education. 

When should you use it?

In the past I mostly used LITFL for learning how to interpret ECGs and how different conditions manifest. However, LITFL can be used for more than that. They also have sections on how to interpret X Rays and Ultrasounds as well as cases relating to emergency and intensive care. Their Critical Care Compendium also showcases a very comprehensive and concisely written collection of topics relating to critical care. They also host an ‘eponymictionary’ which serves to teach all the signs, syndromes, conditions, procedures and classifications which were eponymously named (so I’m sure Virchow would fill up half the list), as well as share podcasts, blogs, and even quizzes relating interpreting investigations. 

Biodigital Human

BioDigital is a New York-based biomedical visualization company that is often referred to as being "Google Earth for the Human Body". BioDigital offers an interactive, 3D software platform that enables individuals and business to explore and visualize health information.Their flagship product, the BioDigital Human, is a "searchable, customizable map of the human body"

The BioDigital Human Platform has over a million users,including doctors, medical students, and yoga instructors. New York University School of Medicine has used the software to teach medical students about anatomy.

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DermNet

What is it?

DermNet NZ or simply DermNet, is the lord and saviour of resources for everything dermatology. DermNet is so incredible, it’s practically the equivalent of Metformin – it’s so good, that it took out the entire market, set up a monopoly, and has become the Google, the Photoshop, the McDonalds even, of dermatology resources. Best of all it’s all public; there’s no need to make an account, login, anything like that, which makes it a very excellent resource to have on hand.

When should you use it?

You use DermNet when you want to learn about any dermatological condition. Let’s say you’re studying Eczema for the first time, you search up ‘atopic dermatitis’, and you will be directed to a page telling you what it is, how it presents (and includes pictures! How good?), investigations, prognosis, complications, and treatment.  

Radiopedia

What is it?

Radiopaedia is the Wikipedia of radiography. Their mission is to create the best radiology reference around, and to make it free and accessible, and they have pretty much done that. It’s a free open-edit radiology resource which has been compiled by radiologists and other health professionals around the world. 

When should you use it?

You should use Radiopaedia when you want to take a look at the radiographic findings of whatever condition. Whenever I made a presentation on pneumonia, or on the different types of cranial haematomas, I would first go to Radiopaedia to a) teach myself what I’m looking at, and b) use the images provided (and reference accordingly). Divided into cases and articles, you can search up each condition, which provides pretty similar but more concise information than UpToDate or BMJ, and be treated to an excellently written explanation of the radiographic features of said conditions

Geeky Medics

What is it?

Founded by Lewis Potter, Geeky Medics is a free education platform for any healthcare professional. The site is filled with articles on how to do clinical exams and take histories (perfect for preparing for OSCEs), procedures (perfect for preparing for procedures), as well as sections on how to interpret investigations. 

This may actually be my favourite website on this list because the graphics, which are based off of 16-bit video games are incredibly charming, and the layout of every article is nice and neat. 

Geeky Medics also includes articles on medical and surgical conditions, so it may actually be a great resource for a baseline introduction to a lot of conditions. They also have a section on learning anatomy, as well as a quiz function available at Geeky Quiz

FINALLY, they have a free app which provides access to partial website content. The catch is for full access you need to pay an annual subscription of $17AUD.

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Histology
Histology Learning System

Success in a histology course depends on the student's understanding of the course objectives. These are:

  • To learn microscopic anatomy of the tissues and organs of the human body.
  • To learn histological terms and concepts for the purpose of identification and precise communication.
  • To develop a systematic thinking process as a means to identify histological preparations correctly.
  • To understand the relationship between microscopic structure and function.
  • To understand the preparative procedures used in histology and how they affect the visual image.

By methodically reviewing images in this database you will learn to identify cells, tissues, organs, and parts of organs correctly. You learn to do this, not by memorizing the images, rather, by learning how morphological features relate to function and by understanding which features are most diagnostic of organ systems and organs of the systems. In medicine, as in histology, this intellectual process involves art as well as science. The art lies in knowing which questions to ask, and in what order, in your systematic process of elimination.