Updates from the College library

Your mobile library

Delivery of clinical information is adjusting to mobile-enabled devices and this is reflected in the resources registrants can access through the College library. The College website is newly designed to respond to various devices, be they desktop computers, smartphones or tablets, and display content appropriately. This applies as well to library-subscribed resources, e.g. databases like Ovid Medline, point-of-care information from Best Practice, e-books from Access Medicine and MD Consult, and e-journals, to name a few.

While appropriate display is important, access itself is a challenge with mobile devices if wireless connections to the internet are unavailable. Apps liberate mobile users from the need for continuous internet connectivity. The library provides registrants free use of several apps for locating clinical patient management and drug information and CME learning. They are:

BMJ Best Practice app

Best Practice is a patient-focused decision support tool for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. Information is arranged to dovetail with the patient interview for ease and speed of use. The content is based on evidence such as systematic reviews, meta-analyses, controlled trials, guidelines and, where necessary, expert opinion. The app contains almost 1000 modules and can be used on iOS and Android devices.  

Step 1 – on your desktop computer

  • Go to the College’s library page at https://www.cpsbc.ca/library 
  • Click on Point of Care
  • Under Point of care tools, click on Best Practice—log in
  • Click on My BMJ Best Practice button in the upper right to register for a personal account
  • Follow the steps to create a personal “My Best Practice" account

Step 2 – on your mobile device

  • Go to the App Store/Google Play Store and search for “BMJ Best Practice”
  • Download and open the Best Practice app
  • Select Login
  • Enter the email and password for your personal "My BMJ Best Practice" account—ignore the institution number request

The BMJ Best Practice app is ready to use after almost a thousand topics automatically download. Downloading of all topics will take several minutes. Close proximity to a strong WiFi signal during this process is recommended. Remote access rights and access to the Best Practice mobile site is granted for the remaining duration of the institutional subscription.

Audio-Digest app

Audio-Digest lectures are recorded from medical conference presentations from across the United States on core topics in family practice, psychiatry, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine gastroenterology, emergency medicine, otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, urology, orthopedics, ophthalmology, and anesthesiology. The content is accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for Mainpro-M2 credits and by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada under section 2 (self-learning) of the MOC Program as part of a scanning or planned learning activity. The app is available for iOS and Android devices.

Download the Audio -Digest app

  • Go to the App Store/Google Play Store and search for “Audio Digest”
  • Download and open the Audio-Digest app
  • Log in with the College library’s username and password—access to login credentials are available from the audiovisual page, or contact the library at 604-733-6671 or medlib@cpsbc.ca

First Consult app

Like Best Practice, First Consult is both a mobile and web-based clinical decision support resource of evidence-based medical information for evaluation, diagnosis, clinical management, prognosis and prevention. The app is free to download for iOS devices but requires the users first create a MD Consult account as follows:

Step 1 – on your desktop computer

  • Go to the College’s library page at https://www.cpsbc.ca/library 
  • Click on Point of Care—if you are not logged in, you will be prompted to do so
  • Under Point of care tools, click on First Consult or MD Consult
  • Click on “Create an account”
  • Complete the form

Step 2 – on your mobile device

  • Go to the App Store and search for “First Consult” Download
  • Open the First Consult app
  • Select “I use First Consult and know my user name”
  • Enter credentials created above (i.e., the email and password for the First Consult account)

The First Consult app is ready to use after all topics automatically load.

College library patrons are welcome to contact the library for help accessing these and any other library resource or service at 604-733-6671 or medlib@cpsbc.ca.