Clinical Reasoning Course: Tools and Resources

Clinical Reasoning Course: Tools and Resources

Clinical Decision Support Resources

Sign up for these to be pushed to your inbox once every 2 weeks. They are summarized (<350 words) evidence reviews on focused primary care questions.

Drug information resource, non-industry funded, reviews evidence and cost information. Operates out of Saskatchewan.

Presents critically appraised summary evidence primarily from controlled drug trials. The goal is to provide up to date information regarding available drug therapies. Operates out of The University of British Columbia.

Comprehensive clinical information resource (on-line text). Concise, referenced and peer reviewed.

Bed-side medicine resource. Shorthand, easily searchable, links to relevant studies. Freely accessible through CMA and most university libraries.

Work through modules with a small group. Modules are topical and based on best available evidence. (The Foundation for Medical Practice Education). The program will provide guidance in forming a new group. The FMPE also offers an individual program if a group cannot be formed.

Independent, peer-reviewed, and evidence-based clinical journal. Published monthly in print and online, AFP delivers concise, easy-to-read clinical review articles for physicians and other health care professionals.

Comprehensive, evidence-based point-of-care reference for physicians. It provides health care practitioners with recommendations for the appropriate use of antimicrobials and the optimal treatment and prevention of infectious diseases.

Sign up for these daily summaries of relevant new research in an abbreviated form.  They will be pushed directly to your inbox. Accessed for free with your CMA membership.

Sign up for these emails – you can advise how frequently you want them, and what areas of research you are interested in. Provides a nice summary of most popular articles and ratings by other clinicians.

A team of EBM clinicians review 200 journals to pick the articles which are the best methodologically. Then another group of clinicians rate the articles as to their importance to practice. The best 30 get printed every 2 months. These articles are summarized in “value-added” EBM abstracts and commented on by clinical experts to be one page total.

An evidenced based guide to screening and the periodic health exam. Transparent with respect to evidence supporting guideline statements. You can sign up for new guidelines to be sent directly to you.

Searchable database of guidelines that are produced by or endorsed in Canada.

Limited guidelines are available regarding obstetrics/gynecology.

Alberta’s Clinical Practice Guidelines

Good evidence-based summaries of clinically relevant topics with accompanying guidelines. Transparent with respect to evidence supporting guideline statements.


Systematic Reviews (generally non-biased) of specific topics.  Abstracts summarizing reviews are appropriate to beginner – intermediate level.  

Includes over 17 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950s.  

The podcasts promote healthy skepticism and critical thinking. Most of the podcasts are presented in a case-based approach.

A podcast on medicine, oncology, & health policy. Evidence nerds who want a bit more in depth discussion of how to keep up to date may wish to start with plenary session podcast 2.35.

Sign up:

  • Daily InfoPoems (topic is in the title so can be deleted quickly if not relevant)
  • Biweekly Tools for Practice
  • Listen to a podcast every week or two
    • BS medicine covers recent evidence and its practical application
    • Plenary session goes into things in a bit more detail (hosted by oncologist in the US) – perhaps for the nerdier, however does covers all major potentially practice changing trials.
    • The College of Physician and Surgeons of British Columbia has a curated list of podcasts (
    • Canadian Family Physician podcasts (
  • Ensure you have access to at least one point of care resource (Example: Dynamed)

Those who wish to go a bit further may consider setting up an Evidence Updates profile and choosing how frequently they want an update.