Library reading lists

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 63, No. 9, November 2021, Page 391 College Library

Staying current to provide the highest level of patient care is an ongoing challenge. The College Library has many options to help, including curated reading lists. Reading lists are designed to support physicians’ ongoing learning, with emphasis given to cultural sensitivity, humility, and other socially significant themes, and topics of rapid change where resources outside the scope of a conventional literature search may be helpful. The Library currently maintains seven lists: Pain Management, Pandemic Management, Point of Care Ultrasound, Race and Health Equity, Sexual and Gender Diversity, Trauma-Informed Care, and Virtual Care.

Reading lists are continually updated to adapt to changing situations. For example, in 2020 the Library’s Pandemic Management list highlighted epidemiology, infectious disease, and physician wellness in general, and now includes COVID-19-specific resources for busy clinicians.

The lists also incorporate different resource types: point-of-care modules from BMJ Best Practice and DynaMed, journals, online and print books, current guidelines, and videos. The Library’s online resources can be accessed from anywhere by College registrants, and print items can be mailed anywhere in British Columbia. Reading lists may also spark an idea for a literature search, and the Library is happy to send a customized list of the latest articles on topics of your choosing. Either a one-time list or monthly updates may be requested. Similarly, if any journal titles stand out, the Library can send tables of contents monthly for selected titles and forward the full text of articles of particular interest. As always, please contact the Library for more information:
—Paula Osachoff


This article is the opinion of the Library of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC and has not been peer reviewed by the BCMJ Editorial Board.

Paula Osachoff. Library reading lists. BCMJ, Vol. 63, No. 9, November, 2021, Page(s) 391 - College Library.

Above is the information needed to cite this article in your paper or presentation. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommends the following citation style, which is the now nearly universally accepted citation style for scientific papers:
Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002;347:284-7.

About the ICMJE and citation styles

The ICMJE is small group of editors of general medical journals who first met informally in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1978 to establish guidelines for the format of manuscripts submitted to their journals. The group became known as the Vancouver Group. Its requirements for manuscripts, including formats for bibliographic references developed by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), were first published in 1979. The Vancouver Group expanded and evolved into the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), which meets annually. The ICMJE created the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals to help authors and editors create and distribute accurate, clear, easily accessible reports of biomedical studies.

An alternate version of ICMJE style is to additionally list the month an issue number, but since most journals use continuous pagination, the shorter form provides sufficient information to locate the reference. The NLM now lists all authors.

BCMJ standard citation style is a slight modification of the ICMJE/NLM style, as follows:

  • Only the first three authors are listed, followed by "et al."
  • There is no period after the journal name.
  • Page numbers are not abbreviated.

For more information on the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, visit

BCMJ Guidelines for Authors

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