Yesterday I received a notice when I tried to access DynaMed on my iPhone – apparently the license will be expiring soon. This morning I contacted the librarian in the university that I work in to request for two registration codes to renew my subscription on both my iPhone and iPad.
To my horror, the librarian said she could only offer me ONE code because almost all the codes have been snapped up by medical students. That got me a little hot and bothered but then again, beggar can’t be chooser. I thanked her and promptly updated the subscription on my iPhone since it’s the device that I carry most often with me.
During the ward round this morning, I instructed a few medical students to look up a condition on their smart-devices and I casually mentioned “Try looking in DynaMed”.
Some students looked at me blankly as if I just spoke Martian! I then asked, “have you not heard of DynaMed”?
One of the student grinned at me sheepishly and said, “I have heard of it, I got the registration code…..(silence)..but I haven’t activated it!”
A few other students nodded in agreement.
After the round, I shot off an email to the librarian relating my experience. That got her hot and bothered.
I felt a little angry inside me because the registration codes are expensive and the university has spent a fortune to procure them but the recipients evidently do not realize the value of these codes that they possess!
I checked on the DynaMed website and here is the annual cost of a DynaMed license:
Physician: USD 395.00
Residence: USD 149.95
Licensed Medical Practitioner: USD 199.95
Student: USD 99.95
So, to all my students who have DynaMed registration codes and have not activated their accounts, please do so – because I have a list of your names (and your codes!) and I will track you down for not tapping into this precious resource!
PS: One of you won’t be able to activate your account because your code has been used for my iPad.