About the Project
MedCurbside was started by practicing physicians who want a more modern way to connect with good literature and the clinical knowledge in the healthcare community.
- There are many more specialties / diagnostic tests / treatments / drugs / procedures / etc. to know about than ever before.
- There are an incredible number of literature publications, and the number is growing.
- It’s difficult to sift through all of this data to find quality information.
- There are many specialists out there with experiential knowledge, but it’s difficult to tap into that knowledge.
We created MedCurbside to help clinicians exchange questions and answers with other clinicians. It is designed to connect visitors with evidence, facilitate quick progression from question to answer, curate good content through community input, and generally help clinicians deal with the plethora of information available in healthcare today.
What MedCurbside is NOT
- It is NOT a place for patients to receive medical advice from practitioners.
- It is NOT a place to have unfocused conversations or debates.
- It is NOT a place for formal consults or referrals.
- It is NOT a forum where people go off on tangents and post pictures of their cat.
We believe that the best medicine occurs when healthcare professionals share their knowledge, cite evidence, and work together to come to a consensus on various inquiries. We believe this philosophy has historically made medicine a great profession and that it just needs a modern venue, which we’ve aimed to create on MedCurbside.
How It Works
- You can ask a focused clinical question.
- You can answer others’ questions (or even your own question!).
- Anyone who posts is encouraged to cite evidence by simply pasting links to their sources.
- Votes / Reputation help the community create good content and weed out bad content.
Evidence is first and foremost on MedCurbside. We believe modern medicine should be backed by evidence whenever possible, so we designed the site to automatically recognize citations and put them at the fingertips of our visitors.
- Write a clear question title in the form of a question (should end with a “?”).
- Enter as much relevant detail as you can, and include any citations you think are relevant.
- If you see an answer that is good, just upvote it. Don’t repeat the answer or leave comments about how you agree.
- If you see an answer that is bad, downvote it. The community should weed out bad information.
- If you don’t see a good answer, add your own!
- Cite evidence whenever possible, but we know that not everything has evidence. It’s okay to back your assertions with your experience, but pretend you’re teaching a student: Don’t just say something is true – explain why.
Just like all other medical education, you must take what you see here and place it within the context of your own medical knowledge. Our goal is not to make medical decisions for you, but to connect you with relevant content so you can make the best decisions possible. To do that, all users must behave like they would in their jobs: be professional and kind in your posts.