Community-based specialists with no active hospital privileges have free access to UpToDate, a subscription-based online clinical decision support resource that provides clinical guidance to complex questions with the latest evidence and best practices.
Available for desktop or mobile, the platform offers more than 10 000 peer-reviewed topics in 21 specialties from international and Canadian authors, as well as drug information, medical calculators, and patient information sheets.
Interested, eligible specialists can get their free subscription by emailing the Specialist Services Committee (SSC) at email@example.com and stating they do not have access to the resource through a health authority. Within 2 weeks, they will receive an email with details on how to log in and register to get started with UpToDate.
Funding for the subscription is provided by the SSC, partnering with the General Practice Services Committee. In the past, free subscriptions for specialists with active admitting privileges have been available through health authorities, and for family doctors through their local division of family practice.
The GPSC and SSC are two of four Joint Collaborative Committees that represent a partnership of Doctors of BC and the BC government.
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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 www.icmje.org