Clinical Correlations Ranked in Top 100 Academic Medical Blogs!!

April 18, 2008

Clinical Correlations is listed as #9 in a recent listing of the top 100 academic medical blogs. We’re proud of this recognition and wanted to share it with all of our readers.  Thanks for your support, and we look forward to continuing to work to make Clinical Correlations even better.

-the Editors

HotSpots: The NAME

April 17, 2008

jupiterredspot.gifWelcome to HotSpots. In this series, we intend to highlight unique websites of interest to the medical profession. Feel free to make suggestions for sites that should be featured in this series by clicking the comment field or sending us an email.

Commentary by Shrujal Baxi MD, NYU Chief Resident 

Completing death certificates sounds like an easy task, but anyone who has been hounded by the medical records partment knows just how hard it can be. After you fill in all the names, dates and addresses legibly, comes the real challenge: determining a cause of death. As many of you already know, “cardiopulmonary arrest” is not acceptable. So what is acceptable and why does it matter?

Groups like the CDC and Medicare rely on death certificates to determine vital mortality statistics in our country and determine how future resources will be allocated. What we write IS important. So, check out this website sponsored by the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) which offers a great tutorial on how to complete death certificates appropriately. You will be surprised to see how specific they want us to be.

HotSpots: Promed

March 7, 2008

jupiterredspot.gifWelcome to HotSpots, a new feature of Clinical Correlations. In this series, we intend to highlight unique websites of interest to the medical profession. Feel free to make suggestions for sites that should be featured in this series by clicking the comment field or sending us an email.

Commentary by Shrujal Baxi MD, NYU Chief Resident 

If you don’t know what the Chikungunya virus is or you want to know where the Plague is killing people in the world today, then this website is for you. Created by the International Society for Infectious Diseases, the healthmap provides a glimpse into the outbreaks affecting humans, animals, and plants worldwide. It is for Infectious Disease enthusiasts, supports for public health, and generally curious people of the world.

By running your mouse over different colored markers on the map, a visitor to the site is able to identify where and when infectious diseases are spreading. By clicking on the marker, you can read a quick blurb that provides more detail into the reported cases. This map is not intended for the endemic diseases memorized in medical school but specializes in highlighting the seasonal changes, regional spread and “hot points” of infectious outbreaks. So next time you have a patient present with fever, malaise, diarrhea and you want to just call it a stomach flu, make sure to check out this map and ensure your differential is not missing a rapidly spreading avian virus or a food borne illness infecting your area.

Evolution of a Blog-Clinical Correlations 2.0

February 20, 2007

Evolution 2You may have noticed a few changes here at Clinical Correlations. First if you look at the top of the page we have a great new logo created by a professional graphics arts designer. Second, if you look just below the logo, there is now a link to a page entitled The Essential Reading Lists. This link takes you to a bibliography listing the essential articles as picked by our faculty members of the NYU Internal Medicine Curriculum Committee. The lists do not yet include links, but will shortly.

Other new features include:

  • Bedside rounds-a monthly feature describing the historical and practical information about our physical exam findings
  • Ethics 101-a semi-regular feature discussing ethical dilemmas
  • Critical Reasoning-a step by step dialogue with a faculty member outlining in a series of posts, their approach to a difficult case

Unfortunately, since our recent software upgrade the automatic email alerts are no longer being sent. Those of you who signed up to get these alerts each time the site is updated will instead get a weekly email updating what’s new on the site. If you are not currently getting these email alerts, please send us an email. Hopefully we’ll be able to get that feature working in the near future.

Just wanted to take a moment thank all our writers, editors, readers and technical support people who have made the first months of NYU Clinical Correlations such a success. Please keep sending comments and any clinical cases/questions or articles you want to see posted. Our new email address is:

Make NYU Clinical Correlations Your Homepage.


Links: Online Dermatology Atlas

January 5, 2007

The best online dermatology atlas I have come across is  The site originates from Germany and includes an excellent, easily searchable database with terrific pictures and clinical information. The most useful feature of the site however is the differential diagnosis list which appears next to the pictures that are displayed.  So if you have an educated guess what the rash you're looking at is, then you can easily review similar rashes and quickly compare and contrast them to your original diagnosis. Then you can make the fancy diagnosis, sound smart to your patient and colleagues, and then give your patient the usual topical steroid cream…

Click on the thumbnail to view a sample page.

Links: An Example of a Prolific Medical Blogger

December 1, 2006
If you want to get a look at what else is going on in the medical blogosphere you should spend some time at this site.  This blog Kevin M.D. is created by a practicing internal medicine physician.  It's updated several times a day mostly with stories from the media regarding malpractice, politics and the pharamceutical industry.  It's a bit less clinically oriented than other medical blogs, but always makes for an interesting read. 

Welcome to Clinical Correlations

November 27, 2006
Welcome to the official launch of the NYU Internal Medicine Residency Program’s Blog- Clinical Correlations.  We hope this site becomes a part of your daily routine.  Each weekday we will be posting compelling medical content including:

1. clinical cases with difficult management questions answered by faculty members

2. breaking news that should be on everyone’s radar

3. quick journal article reviews with commentary from housestaff/expert faculty

4. morning report teaching points from all 3 hospitals

5. reviews of national meetings by attendees

6. links to other excellent medical sites

7. lecture slides from r3 lectures, core conferences

Have a look around.  We’ve been piloting the site for the last few weeks so there’s already plenty of content. We’re always looking for help so if you’re interested contact any of the members of the steering committee listed on the About page. We’re especially interested in any clinical questions you have about your patients that we will forward to our faculty for a response.  Thanks.

Medical Links: MedpageToday

November 21, 2006

If you notice on the right side of our home page on the sidebar is a scroll of updating news items from Medpage Today.  Everytime you log into clinical correlations the sidebar is updated with the latest news.  This site, originating from the University of Pennsylvania is one of the best ways to keep on top of breaking medical news.  Everyday you can receive an email from the site which lists headlines from major media outlets, including major medical journals and international meetings.  The summaries are well written and then reviewed by physicians.  The price is free as long as you can bear with the targeted drug advertising…

Google to Replace Physicians?

November 13, 2006

So someone has finally done an official “study” of what most of us were already aware of.  Online at the BMJ is a study proving Google’s diagnostic ability.  The researchers took 3-5 terms from case reports from the NEJM, fed them into google and then looked at the links that were referenced.  58% (15/26)  of the time the correct diagnosis was found in the links retrieved by google (CI 38-77%).  You can debate whether this is truly research, however we’re getting closer and closer to the day you and I become irrelevant…scary eh?


Getting Published

November 10, 2006

I knew I should have patented my idea for The Journal of Anecdotal Medicine…I certainly joked enough about it for the last several years. Now here comes The Journal of Medical Case Reports. From their website: Journal of Medical Case Reports is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal soon to be launched by BioMed Central. Journal of Medical Case Reports will consider any original case report that expands the field of general medical knowledge. Reports should show one of the following:

1. Unreported or unusual side effects or adverse interactions involving medications

2. Unexpected or unusual presentations of a disease

3. New associations or variations in disease processes

4. Presentations, diagnoses and/or management of new and emerging diseases

5. An unexpected association between diseases or symptoms

6. An unexpected event in the course of observing or treating a patient

7. Findings that shed new light on the possible pathogenesis of a disease or an adverse effect

Definitely a terrific idea which should help many of you to start your academic career…

Palm Pilot Software

November 6, 2006

For those of you with palmpilots or treos this site Ectopic Brain is an excelent resource for all medical software written for the pda. Updated almost daily it features palm specific software with full well written reviews. We’ll be highlighting useful pda software over the next several weeks so stay tuned…


October 30, 2006

Great board review possibilities…exercise your mind while you work out with the Cleveland Clinic Board Review podcasts

Podcasts are downloadable mp3 files that you can subscribe to on itunes. Everytime a new podcast is available, it will automatically download into itunes and then sync with your ipod. These are free review sessions from their 18th annual intensive review of internal medicine.