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DynaMed is an evidence-based clinical reference tool designed for health care professionals for use at the point-of-care. DynaMed consists of nearly 2000 clinically-relevant topic summaries created through review of over 500 medical journals and systematic evidence review databases. DynaMed also includes over 800 topic summaries from AHFS Drug Information®. Licensed through UVM's Dana Medical Library and updated daily, DynaMed is available through the Internet (on-site and remotely) and via PDAs.

Dynamed is designed for all members of the Health Care Community.

  • Dieticians
  • Emergency Medical Technicians & Paramedics
  • Health Care Administrators
  • Medical Librarians
  • Naturopaths
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Pharmacists
  • Chiropractors
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Physicians in Primary Care & Other Specialties
  • Psychologists
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Teachers of All the Above
  • Many Others

DynaMed topics include:

  • Common and uncommon diseases & conditions
  • Symptoms (e.g., chest pain, fever of unknown origin, failure to thrive)
  • Other clinically important topics (e.g., breast feeding, cardiac stress testing)
  • Topics of popular interest (e.g., West Nile Virus, Anthrax, SARS)
  • New scope of information based on developing research (e.g.,  metabolic syndrome, D-timer testing)

DynaMed is particularly useful to nurses, medical students and residency programs. With continuous availability at the point-of-care, the database provides a means for off-hour research as well as a simple, easy-to-use, PDA-accessible interface for timely extraction of information.  In addition, DynaMed includes access to patient educational resources to help present medical information to patients in an easy-to-understand manner.

How to connect to DynaMed

Searching DynaMed

You can find DynaMed topics either by searching for terms contained in the topic text, or by browsing by category or the alphabetic list.


Components of a DynaMed topic summary

Topics covering diseases, conditions, symptoms, and other presentations follow a standardized template:

For example, bring up the topic summary for Cardiogenic shock. Note the table of contents on the left sidebar. Click on the section of interest, or click on Expand All to view the entire topic summary.

Note the highlighted references in this portion of the Treatment section of the DynaMed Cardiogenic Shock topic summary:  

DynaMed topic summaries are written based on the best available evidence found in the professional literature. In-context references are provided, with links to the PubMed record or other DynaMed content source. EBSCOhost Full Text links are provided when the full text of a cited article is available via an EBSCOhost database to which the University of Vermont subscribes.

DynaMed utilizes three "Level of Evidence" labels to help readers determine the quality of the evidence that contributed to the summaries:

Key DynaMed Features

For more information about DynaMed, or any other online resource at Dana Medical Library:

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