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Alan Drabkin, M.B.Ch.B.


Available: 05/20/14, Expires: 06/30/22

Dynamed is an electronic reference tool created by physicians for physicians for point-of-care use. It has clinically
organized summaries for over 3,200 topics and is used internationally. There is no advertising. Dynamed is updated daily in response to the monitoring of over 500 medical articles and systematic evidence review databases. Articles are selected for clinical relevance and validity and then integrated with existing evidence. Overall conclusions are changed as appropriate, representing a synthesis of the best available evidence.

With sufficient training, students may participate in a variety of projects, including:

  • integration of new updated guidelines from specialty societies into the database, and formulation of concise, precise summaries of the differences between them.
  • substantial overhaul of existing topics
  • reation of new ones ("de novo" or as spin-offs from existing topics) because of changing medical information regarding diagnostic or treatment approaches
  • assessment of the utility of this reference tool (and others like it) in changing and improving practice behavior and/or clinical outcome (a project of this nature may require more substantial outside resources -academic and financial - than currently available at Dynamed).

Students will work with experienced clinician editors and other members of the editorial staff to identify and complete one or more assigned projects in a collaborative fashion. Completion of these projects should result in material worthy of publication in Dynamed, and serve as a basis for scholarly presentation in a variety of suitable
academic settings.

Requirements include:

  • strong analytic and language skills
  • ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • commitment to completion of projects according to deadlines
    willingness and ability to spend significant time on-site at
  • Dynamed offices in Ipswich, MA
  • ability to learn relevant skills in critical appraisal and editorial software

Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.
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PMC Citations indicate the number of times the publication was cited by articles in PubMed Central, and the Altmetric score represents citations in news articles and social media. (Note that publications are often cited in additional ways that are not shown here.) Fields are based on how the National Library of Medicine (NLM) classifies the publication's journal and might not represent the specific topic of the publication. Translation tags are based on the publication type and the MeSH terms NLM assigns to the publication. Some publications (especially newer ones and publications not in PubMed) might not yet be assigned Field or Translation tags.) Click a Field or Translation tag to filter the publications.
  1. Drabkin A, Glickman-Simon R. Capsaicin for postherpetic neuralgia, antenatal self-hypnosis training, Tai chi to reduce fall risk, acupuncture for acute low back pain, and biofeedback for tension headache. Explore (NY). 2013 Sep-Oct; 9(5):334-7. PMID: 24021474.
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Funded by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through its Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program, grant number UL1TR002541.