ST. LOUIS -- Saint Louis University School of Medicine has joined Yale School of Medicine and other high profile medical institutions as an early academic partner for Medscape.com, which is a website for physicians and other health care professionals produced by WebMD.
Medscape provides information on diseases and conditions, clinical procedures and drugs and drug interactions. It includes full text journal articles, breaking medical news, online CME opportunities and commentaries from leading experts in their fields. Though designed for physicians, Medscape is free and available to the general public.
"Practicing physicians are so busy today and find it challenging to wade through the enormous amount of available content to find the specific information they require to render the best and most up-to-date care," said Paul G. Schmitz, M.D., a Saint Louis University kidney specialist and professor of internal medicine who directs the SLU-Medscape Academic Partnership.
"Medscape has established a content rich web portal with sophisticated search tools that makes it easy for physicians to quickly access the information they need. It has attracted a prestigious group of academic partners who revise and incorporate new content that's useful to physicians as well as ancillary health care professionals, such as pharmacists, nurses, social workers and dieticians.
"SLU's academic partnership allows us to extend our mission of teaching and research and make an impact on the practice of medicine worldwide. Because content is added or update regularly, this program also gives our residents and fellows another opportunity for engaging in scholarly pursuits. Getting involved was an easy decision."
Partnerships with leading medical institutions ensure the quality of clinical content on Medscape, which attracts more than 3 million visits from physicians each month and is the most popular destination for physicians on the web.
Medscape sought out Saint Louis University because of its expertise in transplantation, liver disease, nephrology, otolaryngology and geriatrics -- among other specialties, Schmitz added. Leading physicians from SLU will share their perspectives and recommendations on specialty areas of medicine. Fellows and residents, under the tutelage of School of Medicine faculty members, also will write articles.
A steering committee of SLU physicians will guide the effort. Committee members are:
Established in 1836, Saint Louis University School of Medicine has the distinction of awarding the first medical degree west of the Mississippi River. The school educates physicians and biomedical scientists, conducts medical research, and provides health care on a local, national and international level. Research at the school seeks new cures and treatments in five key areas: cancer, infectious disease, liver disease, aging and brain disease and heart/lung disease.