Medical Journals

Most professionals working in a medical career subscribe to one or more medical journals during the course of their careers. Many medical associations sponsor their own medical journals and may include a free or reduced cost subscription as part of their memberships. Medical journals provide professional education, such as continuing medical education (CME) and varied resources related to your particular medical career. Many medical journals have a print version as well as a digital version that can be accessed online, which can make exchange of information almost instantaneous.

A subscription to a medical journal can have some advantages, networking being one. Many of the contributors to medical journals are thought leaders in their fields and are accessible. Medical societies and organizations routinely advertise conferences and meetings, which can allow you to make contacts in your industry. Medical thought leaders also give presentations at these conferences and meetings, presenting further opportunities to make contacts. Networking can also be helpful with job searches, as not all job openings within medical careers are advertised in journals.

Another advantage of a medical journal subscription is access to the latest trends and technologies in your particular field. Science and technology form the basis for the majority of medical careers and are constantly evolving. Journals are published more frequently than medical books and give almost instantaneous access to up-to-date information and trends in your particular field. As a result, medical journals are preferred by most medical professionals as ways to keep abreast of the latest developments in their particular fields. Medical journals provide an efficient means for medical professionals to access recent peer-reviewed research and analyze statistical information that could have an enormous impact on practice patterns.

Access to CME is another advantage of a medical journal subscription. Medical professionals have a need for CME to show competence and maintain licensure or certification. Many medical journals offer CME in print or online for professionals to access at their leisure. CME is usually provided at little to no cost in these journals. Many medical professionals enjoy the relative ease of obtaining CME through medical journals.

There are thousands of medical journals available, and most are archived in a manner that makes them easily accessible. Most medical journals contain clinical articles, case reports, review articles, editorials, book reviews, and career opportunities. Some examples of medical journals include the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Archives of Ophthalmology, the Annals of Pharmacotherapy, and the American Family Physician. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine provides information on emergency medical care and all activities regarding emergency medicine. The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology presents the latest diagnostic procedures, leading-edge research, and expert commentary in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. Obstetrics and gynecology is concerned with the care of women before, during, and after pregnancy, and at menopause, along with surgical treatment of the female reproductive organs and urinary system. The journal is the official medical publication of the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society. The Archives of Ophthalmology presents the latest information in the form of original articles on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of eye disease. It is one of several journals published by the American Medical Association. The Annals of Pharmacotherapy publishes original, evidenced-based articles on practice, research, and education in the field of pharmacotherapy, which is the treatment of disease through the administration of drugs. The journal is published by Harvey Whitney Books Company. The American Family Physician publishes original, evidenced-based articles and clinical reviews that assist family physicians with patient care. The journal is published by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Last Updated: 05/21/2014