Why do you need Pearls4Peers? The simple answer is easy access to concise well-referenced answers to clinical questions that come up during the care of our patients. Sure, there may be other online resources that most of the time provide what you are looking for but how much time do you have and are they open-access and free without any advertisements?
As an internist who is also trained in infectious diseases and has been in practice for over 25 years, I became interested in studying curbside consultations years ago because they provide a real life glimpse of what many physicians really want to know without having to deal with information overload from textbooks and online resources. My attempt at addressing this need led to publication of couple of articles (JAMA 1996;275:145-7, and Clinical Infectious Diseases 1996;22:303-7), and a book (Mosby’s Curbside Clinician, 1998) on the same subject.
You might say that P4P is only a natural digital age extension of my continued belief that informally-asked clinical questions raised during the care of today’s patients continue to have great educational value, particularly when answered in a clear and concise manner.
With over 150 pearls and thousands of visitors from 99 countries during the first 2 years of P4P, I look forward to making this open-access free educational website even more useful and fun!
As this project is truly a work in progress, your comments and suggestions on how it can serve you better are always welcome.
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Farrin A. Manian, MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA, FSHE Core educator faculty
Department of Medicine,
Massachusetts General Hospital,
Disclosures: The listed questions and answers are solely the responsibility of the author and do not necessarily represent the official views of Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Catalyst, Harvard University, its affiliate academic healthcare centers, or its contributors. Although every effort has been made to provide accurate information, the author is far from being perfect. The reader is urged to verify the content of the material with other sources as deemed appropriate and exercise clinical judgment in the interpretation and application of the information provided herein. No responsibility for an adverse outcome or guarantees for a favorable clinical result is assumed by the author. Thank you!