Program Resources: Healthcare
Medical Megasites (Diseases and conditions):
MEDLINEplus – This site is highly recommended for information on diseases and conditions. Start your search with this excellent federal web site that has all types of information on hundreds of ailments; it also includes a medical encyclopedia and dictionary.
Centers for Disease Control – U.S. government site; contains information on diseases and conditions, work safety, environmental health, stages of life, emerging diseases, and up to the moment health news.
American Medical Association – Type a keyword in the Search no. 1 box, which searches the main AMA site.
Health on the Net – 6800 images and movies of human anatomy and of illnesses and conditions; click on the A to Z index or put a keyword in the search box.
Healthfinder – U.S. government-sponsored; disease and drug databases
Mayo Clinic Diseases & Conditions – Also has a symptom checker, a first aid guide, and a disease and condition center featuring a large collection of information about major diseases.
MedicineNet (by doctors for patients)
Merck Manual Online – Edition for patients and caregivers; very good source for finding information based on symptoms; site has descriptions of illnesses, disorders, symptoms, prevention and treatments.
MerckEngage – Has guides to conditions, a symptom checker, a health encyclopedia in English and Spanish, medical procedures and tests, and medical news.
New York Online Access to Health – In Spanish and English
WebMD’s Disease and Condition Health Centers
Dental Assistant Websites:
American Dental Assistants Association – National organization that offers continuing education, member benefits, and employment search resources.
Dental Assisting National Board – Recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA) as the national certification board for dental assistants, their website also offers state-specific information.
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research – National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, one of the National Institutes of Health. Provides information on oral health (diseases and conditions), dental research, data and statistics, clinical trials, dental careers and training, and free educational resources.
Dental Assistant Jobs – An employment listing site specific to Dental Assistants, allows job seekers to post resumes.
DentalPost.net – Dental Assistant Jobs – Another website offering Dental Assistant job postings. Includes email alerts, resume postings, and recent career-related news and information.
Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals – A massage therapist professional site. Offers insurance options for massage therapists.
American Massage Therapy Association – A massage therapist professional organization that works to promote massage to the public; an advocate for fair licensing.
Arizona State Board of Massage Therapy – Apply for your massage therapist license.
Medical Assistant Professional Sites:
Medical Assistant Net for Medical Assistants – Career advice, blogs, resume writing tips, sample resumes, jobs, student help, skills review, professional ethics, medical assistant duties, etc.
The American Association of Medical Assistants
American Medical Billing Association
American Medical Technologists
Medical Assistant Student Help Sites:
Learning Sites for Medical Assistants – Lecture notes, practice tests, patient care procedures, history of medicine, administrative and clinical, medical law and ethics, etc.
How to Succeed in a Medical Office Environment – A very good article; scroll down to see many links to career, salary, tips, how to get a job, professional information, etc.
Medical Insurance Billing and Coding (MIBC) Sites:
American Academy of Professional Coders – The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) is the nation’s largest medical coding training and certification organization, with more than 88,000 medical coders and auditors. Information on training, news, continuing education units, jobs, and networking.
AAPC Job Resources Website
EdgeBlast Online – AAPC’s free online coding newsletter
Coding News – Medical coding advice and news for everyday use.
Pharmacy Technician Sites:
Drugs.com – Drug information, pill identifier, medical news, interactions checker, medication tracker, and more.
DailyMed – Provides high quality information about marketed drugs. This information includes FDA approved labels (package inserts). This Web site provides health information providers and the public with a standard, comprehensive, up-to-date, look-up and download resource of medication content and labeling as found in medication package inserts.
FDA Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts – Includes the most significant product actions over the last five years based on the extent of distribution and the degree of health risk. There are links to product recall sites, food safety sites, and many other resources.
Institute for Safe Medication Practices – Provides information on ways to avoid medication errors and practice safe medication use.
National Coordinating Council for Medication Error
Medlineplus Drugs, Supplements, and Herbal Information – Prescription and over-the-counter medication information is from AHFS® Consumer Medication Information, a product of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).
MedicineNet Medications Center – Medical Information and Health News.
National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention (NCC MERP) – The mission of the NCC MERP is to maximize the safe use of medications and to increase awareness of medication errors through open communication, increased reporting and promotion of medication error prevention strategies.
Natural Standard© – Information on herbs and supplements.
RxList: The Internet Drug List
Safe Medication – Medication search engine, information on safety and useful content on how to take medicines most effectively.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration – Food and drug safety information, recalls.
Certification and Support Resources
Pharmacy Technician Certification Board—Register and get information for the certification test.. News and links for continuing education, practice exam materials.
American Association of Pharmacy Technicians—Provides continuing education, leadership, news, and links to keep pharmacy technicians up-to-date. Includes a career center.
AZPA (Arizona Pharmacy Alliance)—Events, career center, continuing education, and resources.
American Pharmacists Association
Jeanetta’s PTCB Study Group—On Yahoo Groups; you must join to participate, but it’s free.
General Phlebotomy Sites
Lab Notes -Published by BD Diagnostics – Preanalytical Systems, LabNotes, helps keep readers current on safety and efficiency issues in the clinical laboratory environment.
Phlebotomy Order of Draw – Simple chart Allina Hospitals and Clinics.
Phlebotomy Tubes and Order of Draw – Shows image of tube tops in color with additive listed.
Tutorials/Case Studies/Educational Information
Flash Card Tutorial to Match Tube Colors With Lab Tests
Phlebotomy Study Stack – Online flashcards for review.
General Laboratory Sites with Information on Laboratory Tests
Central Sydney Laboratory Service – Follow links to Lab tests – Lists.
LabCorp – Excellent site, everything you ever wanted to know about each test listed.
Lab Tests Online – Excellent site hosted by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.
SydPath The Institute for Laboratory Medicine – Search by first letter of the test.
Canterbury Health Laboratories – Search by first letter of the test.
Phlebotomy Certification and Professional Organizations and Continuing Education
American Society of Clinical Pathology
American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians
Center for Phlebotomy Education – Sign up for FREE newsletter.
MediaLab Inc. – Online Continuing Education for Phlebotomists.
National Phlebotomy Association
Point of Care Testing (POCT)
PointOfCare.net – Point of care internet resources. Contains articles links to publications and online resources.
Point of Care Testing News – Presented by MedCompare is has news article on point of care testing.
International Sharps Injury Prevention Society – Use the site for finding information about safety using sharps.
Needlesticks/Sharps Injuries – OSHA guidelines to prevent accidental needlesticks and other sharp injuries.
NIOSH Alert: Preventing Needlestick Injuries in Health Care Settings – National Institute for occupational safety and health article on preventing needlesticks. There is other safety information available on the site.
Mental Health Sites:
Laboratory Tests and Results:
Lab Tests Online: A Public Resource on Clinical Lab Testing from the Laboratory Professionals Who Perform the Testing – Select a test and find out in-depth information about it; or, select a disease and see the tests associated with that disease.
Medical Job Search Sites:
Health Care Job Store
HealthcareSource – Healthcare jobs around the country
Monster Healthcare – Has self-assessment tests, a virtual healthcare interactive interview, resume center, job advice center; career information, and healthcare job ads
Testing and Certification Sites:
MA, PCT, Phlebotomy:
The National Testing Center for Competency Testing
National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Body Work and Federation of States Massage Therapy Board – Massage and bodywork licensing exam.