The medical field is an ever-changing one. From discovering new diseases to finding out their cures, it can be a difficult job for people associated with medicine to keep track of the latest knowledge. You don’t always need to be a doctor to practice medicine.

Nurses, pharmacists, health writers, and so many others also need to constantly keep upgrading their knowledge about medicine in order to serve society.

The global healthcare information technology industry itself is projected to reach around $880,688.75 million by 2030. So how do you stay ahead of diseases and germs? Here are some ways to upgrade your medical knowledge.

1. Read

There’s nothing quite like reading. The more you read, the better your knowledge is. So the best way to upgrade your knowledge is to keep reading high-quality content related to medicine. You can opt for paperback books or journals or go for e-books.

Find out the kind of books being taught in the medical curriculum in various institutions and try to read those. Anything, from thesis papers to fun facts, can be useful.

One of the best medical textbooks is Harrison’s Principles Of Internal Medicine, but don’t limit yourself to just this. Keep supplementing the foundational knowledge with recent developments by sourcing medical content. Many medical journals have open online access to aid interested readers even more.

2. Enroll in courses

Another great way to stay ahead of the game is to enrol yourself in health courses and seminars. It’s one thing to read on your own, but an entirely different thing to listen to others and understand their practical experiences.

Unless you have a clear understanding of the practical aspects, you won’t be able to sharpen your skills in real life. There are many health courses available both online and offline, no matter which field of medicine you are interested in.

For example, your local pharmaceutical industry regulators must be offering some industry-related short courses for working in that particular industry. Observe and listen carefully to what each instructor has to say and how you can improve your skills using their guidance.

3. Medical apps

We all know how app-obsessed the entire world has become. If you ever have a need, there’s an app for it. Similarly, there are many apps related to healthcare to help others. Find out which are the good apps that you can install on your phone in your region.

For example, Essential Anatomy is said to be a wonderful app that shows you the 3D model of a human body. It’s a pretty good tool to learn more about the human body and its workings. You simply have to click on each of the body parts and the app will tell you more information regarding that.

Many of these apps are free so that more people can gain access to them. If you live in Australia, MIMS has an app that indexes pharmaceutical drugs and gives you a list of dosing and prescription. Look up your local reference guide for more information.

4. Find a mentor

There is no substitute for hands-on experience. Even though it can sometimes be tough to find the correct mentor, it is nevertheless essential to work under someone’s supervision and learn from them. This kind of practical experience will not only make you more confident in your field but also keep you upgraded at all times.

This is why doctors spend years training under an experienced superior before they are assigned any work themselves. Finding a medical colleague who wishes to train you can be priceless, so if you ever get the chance, grab it with both hands!

If you have no luck finding a mentor, speak to your colleague or superior and see if anybody is willing to take you under their wing. There are many short internship courses available for students and seniors alike. Look up online for some of these courses.

Over to you…

These are the four best ways to keep upgrading your medical knowledge. True, you can’t always know everything but it does help to know as much as possible. And with a field as sensitive as medicine, you simply can’t afford to go wrong, since a patient’s life is in your hands. So always make sure the knowledge you have is updated, accurate, and helpful.