Podiatric surgeons licensed for independent practice have full access to the library’s high-quality clinical information and services, such as:
- literature searches by expert searchers
- receive as many literature updates as necessary to address all clinical queries and continuing learning
- customized, regular searches on topics of ongoing interest can be designed
- up to 200 full-text articles from library staff each year free of charge
- one-on-one instruction from a librarian on finding clinical evidence efficiently; an online group workshop is planned for January 2021
Other College library resources are also prime sources of podiatric-relevant clinical information. These include:
- Point-of-care and drug tools
- DynaMed and BMJ Best Practice provide medical guidance from diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up. For example, see Orthopedic topics in BMJ Best Practice and Orthopedics and Sports Medicine topics in DynaMed. Use online or download the apps.
- Canadian drug and therapeutics information is available from RxTx, which provides online access to the CPS (Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties) and Therapeutic Choices for pharmacological and non-pharmacological advice. Concurrent access is limited to 10 users.
- High-impact journals such as The Foot, Foot and Ankle Surgery, The Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery.
- Canadian-specific clinical information is not always easy to locate. These Canadian practice guideline sources may be useful for podiatric practice:
For more practice guidelines from non-Canadian sources, consider the following:
- ECRI Guidelines Trust (US): Free registration is required. Scan the “Podiatry” section or search “foot OR feet OR ankle* OR lower extremity.”
- American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Clinical Consensus Documents
- College of Podiatry (UK) Document Library
- Clinical practice guidelines using PubMed: Look for the teal CPSBC button to download copies of documents via the College library’s subscriptions.
- The library staff can locate guidelines for you
Journal reading may be used as continuing education credit for registration renewal by podiatric surgeons. The library can support this and other continuing education activities such as lecture and teaching preparation and research design and publication.
The library offers more resources at www.cpsbc.ca/library and all College registrants are welcome to reach out to the library staff with questions and requests through the online Make a Request form or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.