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CMA members have access to $395 clinical tool

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DynaMed, an evidence-based point-of-care tool, has become one of the most popular clinical tools offered by the Canadian Medical Association since its introduction more than two years ago.

By Mr. Patrick Sullivan

DynaMed, an evidence-based point-of-care tool, has become one of the most popular clinical tools offered by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) since its introduction more than two years ago.

In collaboration with McMaster University’s Health Information Research Unit, DynaMed provides daily systematic surveillance of more than 500 journals and then updates over 3,200 medical topic summaries. A recent BMJ study found that DynaMed is “markedly quicker” than its competitors in updating its clinical information, and it also ranked highest in a Journal of Clinical Epidemiology study of clinical decision-support tools.

DynaMed is available on or as an app for the iPhone or iPad, Android or BlackBerry devices. For sign-up assistance or the free DynaMed app serial number contact the CMA’s Member Service Centre or telephone (888) 855-2555.

DynaMed, which costs $395 annually if purchased individually, is included in the CMA’s membership benefits.

“It’s a valuable, evidence-based tool that can be used in the office or at the bedside, and we want to encourage every member to make use of it,” said CMA President Louis Hugo Francescutti.

Many members are already making use of it.

“DynaMed is my go-to clinical reference tool for synthesized clinical information,” said plastic surgeon Dr. Jeff Blushke of Saskatoon. “The mobile app and website are efficient and user friendly.”

DynaMed is but one of six point-of-care tools the CMA makes available to members at no additional cost. The others are:

  • MDConsult

  • ACP Pier

  • Lexicomp drug information

  • Essential Evidence Plus

  • MedCalc 3000

To learn more about DynaMed and the CMA’s full suite of online clinical resources included with a CMA membership, visit



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