A word from the College library

ClinicalKey replaces MD Consult and is more comprehensive and has a more sophisticated search capability. ClinicalKey includes 1,000 e-books, 600 e-journals, and 300 procedural videos, drug information, and patient handouts, and all of these types of information are searched at once with built-in menus to filter information according to user preferences.

The 1,000 e-books represent a significant increase in the number of e-books offered to registrants by the library, up from the previous total of 200, and include authoritative texts such as:

  • Abeloff's Clinical Oncology
  • Auerbach's Wilderness Medicine
  • Braunwald's Heart Disease
  • Brocklehurst's Textbook of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology
  • Campbell's Operative Orthopaedics
  • Conn's Current Therapy
  • Fanaroff and Martin's Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
  • Ferri's Differential Diagnosis
  • Goldman's Cecil Medicine
  • Manson's Tropical Diseases
  • Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology
  • Miller's Anesthesia
  • Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics
  • Sabiston Textbook of Surgery
  • Wall & Melzack's Textbook of Pain

The 600 e-journals include such noted titles as

  • The Lancet
  • American Family Physician
  • Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery
  • Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
  • the Clinics of North America titles

The College library formerly subscribed to about 100 emergency medicine and anesthesiology procedural videos but ClinicalKey now provides access to an additional 200 videos in family medicine, internal medicine, orthopedics, and pediatrics. Click on the “All” button at the search box and select “Procedures Consult” to selectively locate video content. 

ClinicalKey is bundled with First Consult, which summarizes the current management of conditions. First Consult is also available as a free app and can be downloaded as follows:

  1. On a desktop computer, go to ClinicalKey via the College website.
  2. Click on the "Register" link.
  3. Enter required data—email address is a username.
  4. On a mobile device, search the App store for "First Consult." Choose option #1 ("I use First Consult and know my username").  When prompted, login using a newly created personal login.

To locate the most relevant results, ClinicalKey uses a smart search function that recognizes keywords as they are typed in the search box and offers shortcuts to filter the information. Results can be saved and organized by setting up a personal account (click on Register in ClinicalKey). 

ClinicalKey will not time out if left idle for 30 minutes or more. Click on the reload link to continue with a session. The interface is device-responsive so it performs well on both desktop and handheld devices.

To access ClinicalKey, registrants can go to the College library’s link to ClinicalKey (https://www.cpsbc.ca/library/search-materials/point-of-care-drug-tools) and log in using their CPSID. They can also visit the library’s website at https://www.cpsbc.ca/library, click on the Point of Care box and select ClinicalKey from the list of resources.

Registrants requiring assistance using ClinicalKey can email the library at medlib@cpsbc.ca or call 604-733-6671. For an in-depth guide, use the ClinicalKey User Guide (http://www.elsevier-data.de/ClinicalKey/ClinicalKey_user_guide.pdf).

The library hopes that this new resource will be a valuable support for registrants’ clinical practice.