What young doctors read

From the former BMJ Editor-in-Chief:

"I meet with young doctors all over the world, and I usually ask them what they read. I ask for a show of hands and find fairly consistently that half read the NEJM, the Lancet, a local journal, and a specialist journal, a third the BMJ, and most a local newspaper.

About half are reading a novel, and about a third have read a poem in the past week.

Almost all are on Facebook but very few on Twitter."

A lot of them also use Wikipedia as textbook replacement but they will not admit it unless asked directly.

Here, in the U.S., the majority of young doctors use UpToDate as a primary source, if the subscription is purchased by their hospital.


Richard Smith: Review of “bring back browsing”. BMJ Blogs.
Image source: OpenClipArt.org, public domain.

Comments from Google+:

jennifer gunter - I read textbooks and journals! A lot of them.

Ves Dimov - Good for you. I read most of my journals in Google Reader, then post the most relevant info from them on the blogs, thus creating a searchable archive.

Arin Basu - Ves, I remember some years ago you put up a graphic about your workflow. I'd like to revisit that workflow where you showed how you integrated your RSS reading, blogging, and other readings were coordinated. If you have the link to the resource, would you mind sharing it? Or may be put up the graphic here with some notes as a picture?

Ves Dimov - Sure. That's easy to find. I'm glad you found it useful at the time. It's from 2009:

Nancy Onyett, FNP-C - I am not a physician, I am a family nurse practitioner owner in private practice. I read all the articles that are updated on my feed burner, and the medical journals that come in monthly and bimonthly JAMA, NEJM, American Family Physician, Pain Medicine News, Lancet, JCEM (Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism), Maturitas.


  1. Heck, I use Wikipedia as a textbook replacement and I'm an old doc.

  2. I use old docs as a Wikipedia replacement.