Medical practitioners may turn to their respective professional associations for most of their information and support, but additional resources are available as well. The organizations listed here can help the busy physician keep up with industry regulations, technology, purchasing and the latest in patient care and stay socially connected with friends and colleagues to boot.
The FSMB is a national non-profit organization representing the 70 medical and osteopathic boards of the United States and its territories. The FSMB leads by promoting excellence in medical practice, licensure, and regulation as the national resource and voice on behalf of state medical and osteopathic boards in their protection of the public.
This FSMB site provides direct links to the 70 entities that regulate medical practice in the United States and its territories.
A department of the AMA, the center works nationwide and via individual states on issues that affect physicians’ daily practice of medicine, including state health system reform, Medicaid budgets, fair and transparent private-payer practices, medical liability reform and much more.
The Federation of State Physician Health Programs, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation that provides a forum for education and exchange of information among state programs, develops common objectives and goals, develops standards, and provides advocacy for physicians and their health issues at local, state and national levels.
Since 2006, the Human Health Project has offered a platform for medical professionals to discuss rare and unusual health problems. Founded by Dr. Phil Harrington, M.D., the nonprofit private social network allows medical professionals to confidentially post difficult medical cases and receive comments from other health professionals around the world. As the social network grows, case outcomes will enter an evidence-based knowledge database, which members will access for treatment options and historic case evidence.
One of the most respected professional networking groups, LinkedIn allows members to share insights, knowledge and job information in more than one million LinkedIn Groups across hundreds of professional disciplines. Physician groups number more than 800.
MedicSpeak is an international network of doctors and medical students with the goal to enhance communication, collaborations, exchange of ideas and sharing of knowledge. It also provides a vehicle for mentors, colleagues and students to stay in touch.
The free site is a private community created by physicians, providing concise information and valuable services to help balance the medical professional’s personal and work life. Relaxdoc.com features news and information, peer networking, travel, sports and more.
Sermo is a private social network where physicians across all 50 states representing 68 specialties network, discuss treatment options and curbside peers for expert advice whenever they need it. Proof of credentials is required.
An online clearing house for locating products and services specific to the internal medicine practice, this information resource uses powerful search technology that continually indexes the content of participating supplier Web sites. Users have the option of performing keyword-driven searches that mirror traditional search engines, or a category-specific search.
Started and operated by physicians, MD Buying Group enrolls more than 3,000 members nationwide. The group’s goal is to continue negotiating preferred pricing for individual private practices by leveraging the collective purchasing power of our group. This provides deep discounts on all medical, surgical and office supplies used in most practices.
USPPG is a medical buying group that serves more than 7,000 physicians and medical practices nationwide. Members receive discounted pricing on vaccines, medical/surgical supplies and other medical office services. USPPG negotiates this preferred pricing by leveraging the purchasing power of thousands of practices nationwide and offers this to its members for free.
The PA Physicians’ Buying Group is the only non-profit group purchasing organization still run by a Board composed entirely of practicing physicians. Approximately 13,000 physician members are enrolled, allowing each to purchase products and services at a deep discounted rate.
This editorially neutral online information source brings together content and tools to create a Web community for health professionals. Subject areas range from clinical perspectives to business perspectives to patient care, and educational products and an online marketplace are also available.
This is the first podcast service dedicated to medical practice management. Examples of subjects recently covered include reaching into specific communities to expand a patient base; how to give and receive feedback effectively; and controlling practice exposure.
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