Hopefully you’ve realized by now that community as medicine is of paragon importance to me. I try to connect people in my local community to work together, connect and collaborate. I meet with people on my days off, listen to their story and figure out ways to help them promote their practice or their brand. I’m developing a blueprint off of Shilpa Saxena’s work for group visits in underserved communities. James Maskell inspired me to cultivate community based on his Functional Forum by creating a meet-up in Austin. It is so much fun for me to meet the great people in my community from diverse backgrounds and training, share good food, ideas and best practices. Now I’m on the board of the Austin Healthcare Professionals and am looking forward to connecting with others once again.
I also get so many questions from my colleagues about how I learned to approach my practice in a more integrative way. It took me about five years of focused curiosity, conferences, certificates, classes, apprenticeships, and mentorships and a ton of money. This has allowed me to gain an abundance of whole health information and education that I use on myself, my loved ones and with my patients. Now I’m in the midst of developing a whole health toolkit that will allow healthcare professionals and anyone interested in more integrative approaches to get the basics.
So when I found an app that combined my two passions- community and whole health, I was hooked. Because I’m a borderline luddite, I could never imagine how an app could connect people to share best practices without picking up a phone or meeting for lunch. Then Share Practice arrived into my world and continues to blow my mind. Share Practice is a collaborative medical reference that is used by healthcare professionals to ‘to rate and review the effectiveness of drugs, herbs, and supplements.’ After using it for about six months, I have seen it integrate essential oils and acupuncture as well, so it goes beyond just a pill or supplement. This resource allows you to get a second opinion from thousands of your licensed colleagues and provides a peer-based clinical support for everything from anxiety to pheochromocytoma from doctors and naturopaths to PA’s and acupuncturists. I love it. I’ve used it to give more holistic advice on viral illness and headaches. It’s great, easy to use and takes the research in our usual clinic time crunch and rolls it into a simple app. The other cool part of Share Practice is that it can be used by medical students as a read-only reference tool.
According to their FAQ page, their content comes from:
“SharePractice has built its own medical ontology that maps diagnoses to treatment options by leveraging public databases found through the UMLS. Supporting citations are then pulled from PubMed. And finally, licensed clinicians share their own experience through ratings and reviews that ultimately curate and rank the lists of treatments included for a given diagnosis.” Plus there is a rating system that allows health care pros to contribute their opinion about treatments, which I haven’t contributed to, but I plan to.
So if you’re a licensed medical professional or a medical student (I’m going to see if they allow this for PA students too), join Share Practice and try it out. It really is a great tool to simply see what others are doing and what actually works for patients.
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