Get the Most From MedLink Neurology

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Getting Started

 

  • Logging in. Click Login at the top right of the blue MedLink Neurology banner and enter your username and password. We recommend that you keep the “Keep me logged in” check box marked, unless you are using a public or shared computer. Site license users do not log in. Instead, click the "Site License Access" link from authorized computers. Users accessing medlink.com via third parties must log in at the third-party site and click through to medlink.com.
     
  • Content. The heart of MedLink Neurology is a collection of 1,200 comprehensive, continually updated, proprietary articles, mostly focused on individual or small groups of related neurologic disorders. Additional articles are focused on topics such as drugs, symptoms, or procedures. In addition to this uniquely large collection of current articles, MedLink Neurology offers other valuable features, including a Forum, CME Credits, patient handouts, illustrations, links to helpful external resources, and more.
     
  • Browsing.  Titles of all articles, patient handouts, and illustrations are all listed in alphabetical order on the Contents page. External resources are listed in logical groupings. Click on Contents in the navigation bar to access the Contents page. Click on a title to display the relevant content. Titles are also divided into subspecialty groupings and can be browsed in the subspecialty-oriented Resource Centers, which are listed on the Home page and the Contents page. Click on the name of Resource Center to jump to its page. Browsing is a good way to get an overview of content and to explore. 
     
  • Site Organization. The website is divided into Home, Contents, CME, Forum, and Account, each of which can be accessed by clicking on the links at the bottom of the blue MedLink Neurology banner. (Users accessing medlink.com through a site license or third-party site will not see the CME or Account links.) In addition, there are Resource Centers for browsing by subspecialty groupings and Articles and other kinds of content entries.
  • Searching. Whether looking for a specific article, patient handout, or illustration (media) by title or whether you want to find one or more relevant items by keywords, such as symptoms, signs, or diagnostic abnormality, it is best to conduct a Search. Upon entering any string of characters in the Search box, which is located on the right side of the MedLink Neurology banner, a list of titles (bold) and keyword suggestions will appear. Select a title (bold) to display the corresponding item. Select a keyword or phrase, and a search for that keyword or phrase will be executed. You may then browse the Search Results and click on a title of interest to view the article or other content item. Search terms are shown within snippets of text to show the context in which they occur. 

    Searches are limited to articles by default. To search Media (illustrations), News, Patient Handouts, or All content areas, make the appropriate selection from the “Search in” dropdown menu below the Search box.

    Note: The truncation symbol * (asterisk) can be added to a partial or whole word to include variations of the endings of that term in the search results. For example, a search for parkins* would yield results including the terms Parkinson, Parkinson's, parkinsonism, parkinsonian, etc.  

Home Page

  • Alerts. An Alerts section displays a thumbnail of the latest medical advisory. Click on the title of the advisory to view the full text. Click "View All" to view previously shown advisories.
     
  • Resource Centers. Resource Centers provide access to content by subspecialty groupings. Click on the name of a Resource Center to jump to its page.
     
  • Most Popular Articles. These are the articles viewed most frequently.
     
  • Recently Updated Articles. These are the articles that have been published most recently. The "last updated" date, available in the byline at the top of every article, corresponds to the date of its editorial acceptance. Occasional new articles are also included in this group.
     
  • Site Overview - Key Features. This section provides quick access to the listed features and content areas.
     
  • Announcements. In this section you will find timely information about developments related to this website.
     
  • CME Information. This section contains MedLink's ACCME accreditation statement, links to more information about MedLink Neurology CME, and financial disclosures of the Editor-in-Chief. (The disclosures of authors and editors are displayed in the bylines of individual articles.)
     
  • Selected News. Links are provided to recent news releases of general neurologic interest. Click a title to view the full article. Click "View All" to view an archive of such selected news releases.
     
  • Neurology Meetings. Upcoming United States and International meetings, conferences, and symposiums of interest to neurologists.
     
  • Forum. The three most recently active threads are displayed and can be accessed directly by clicking a topic title. The entire Forum can be accessed via the "Forum" link toward the top of the page.

Contents Page

  • The Contents page offers a convenient way to get an overview of MedLink Neurology's articles and related content (ie, Images and Videos, Patient Handouts, and External Resources).
     
  • Resource Centers. The list of Resource Centers provides an alternate way to browse content by specialty groupings.
     
  • Additional Resources. Click on Patient Handouts or Media: Images and Videos to display an alphabetic list of patient handouts or illustrations. Click on External Resources to display an extensive list of external resources organized in logical groupings.
     
  • Articles (A-Z). Article titles can be browsed alphabetically under "Articles (A-Z)," shown in the right column. Click on any letter to jump to titles beginning with that letter. Click on any title to display the corresponding article.  

Resource Centers

Resource Centers are grouped by subspecialty and can be accessed from the Home page, Contents page, or from Search Results, when included as a search hit. All site pages, including Resource Centers and Articles, can also be bookmarked. Click on the name of a Resource Center on the Home or Contents page or on a Resource Center search hit to jump to that Resource Center.

  • Left Column. Each Resource Center is subdivided along a similar schema. On desktop and laptop computers, relevant article titles are listed in the left column (first on mobile devices) and divided into subcategories. Conduct a search if the displayed titles do not include what you're looking for, as there is insufficient space to display all relevant titles.
     
  • Right Column. The right column lists the most recently active Forum threads and noteworthy supplemental content relevant to that Resource Center, including News, Patient Handouts, Guidelines, Quality Measures, Other External Resources, and Featured Images and Videos. Complete lists can be accessed from the Contents page. All but External Resources are searchable.  Supplementary information, like images and video clips that are specific to an article, can be viewed in context or through the supplementary information area of each article and may not be listed on the Contents page or Resource Centers.

Articles

All articles are available via alphabetical lists on the Contents page as well as from relevant Resource Centers and via the Search.

  • Organization. Articles are subdivided into standardized section, where practical. The pattern of organization across articles facilitates locating content of interest when time is of the essence. An internal menu facilitates navigation within an article. The menu is displayed near the top of the article but can be summoned from the top of any section of the article by clicking the small up and down arrowheads to the right of the section title.
     
  • Links. The text of articles contain several kinds of links. There are links to other articles when a word or a phrase corresponds to the title of one of those article or its synonym. Bibliographic citations link to the corresponding reference, which can also be viewed by hovering over the citation with the cursor. The PubMed abstract can then be displayed by clicking on the PMID link within the bibliographic reference. Abbreviations and selected technical terms link to the glossary.
     
  • Images and Videos. Articles may also contain illustrations. Thumbnails of illustrations are placed in context and also alphabetically in the right margin below the internal menu, near the top of each article. Click on a thumbnail to view a larger size of an image and to play video clips. If a large image has been condensed to fit on a page, you can click the image to view it in its full size.
     
  • Supplementary Information. In addition to Images and Videos, other supplementary information specific to the displayed article can be viewed in context or accessed in the right column on desktop and laptop computers. Other kinds of supplementary information include internal links to selected articles mentioned in the Differential Diagnosis, to (biologically) Associated  Disorders, Demographics, and other selected articles that may be relevant as well as Patient Handouts and a large variety of External Resources.

Forum

  • The Forum is accessed by clicking the corresponding link/tab in the MedLink Neurology banner or by clicking the title of a thread on the Home page, Contents page, or any Resource Center page. The Forum is used to seek or provide information and advice related to particular neurologic topics and clinical situations and on other matters relevant to the practice of neurology. The Forum is monitored by our MedLink staff. Click for more information about the Forum.
     
  • To post to an existing thread, click the appropriate topic title and choose “Post Reply” or “Fast Reply.” Use “Quote” to reply to a specific post if the context would not otherwise be evident. Type the reply ahead of the quoted text. To start a new thread, click on “New Topic.” Add a title and your message. If you'd like to be notified when someone posts to the thread, keep the “Notify me via email when someone posts in this thread” box checked; if not, uncheck it. Attachments can be included by using the "Choose file" link. When finished, click "Submit Post." To exit the Forum, click the MedLink Neurology banner at the top of the page.

Obtaining CME Credits

  • The rules. Under accreditation rules, you can obtain 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1™ CME credits for each Internet learning session in which you ask a question, view at least one article, and state how this improved your competence.  A maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits™ may be claimed in a calendar year.

  • MedLink’s documentation. For each session MedLink Neurology automatically documents the articles you view and records your own documentation of the questions that drove your inquiry and the impact on your competence. We keep track of all your sessions and your CME credits and retain this information for at least 6 years. Nevertheless, we recommend that you print your CME records at the end of each calendar year for your own records.

  • The CME Lobby. You accrue activity eligible for CME credit through your ordinary viewing of articles.  Everything else is done through the CME Lobby, which can be accessed by clicking the CME link in the bottom row of the MedLink Neurology banner.  It is very easy to complete the requirements to be awarded CME credits.

  • Important: The CME Lobby is updated at the beginning of a new session, so any activity performed in a session will not be immediately apparent. A session is automatically ended after about an hour inactivity or immediately upon clicking Logout at the top right of the MedLink Neurology banner. A new session will be started on logging in again or by resuming activity after a session times out.

  • Start earning CME credits. View one or more articles.  When you next log in or resume activity after a session times out, the CME Lobby will show your previous work, and you’ll be on your way.  Step-by-step instructions in the CME Lobby will guide you through the straightforward process.

Users accessing medlink.com under a site license or through third-party sites cannot be identified and, therefore, cannot be granted CME credits.  They will not see the CME link in the banner. 

Managing Your Account

Access the Managing Account page via the Account link in the bottom row of the banner. On this page you can view your account status and manage all aspects of your account, including invoices, payment information, email address, and password. We use a trusted credit card processor for credit card transactions. We do not see or record your credit card information. Should you need additional assistance or to provide feedback, which we actively seek, please contact us by sending email to  service@medlink.com.

  • Password. Change your MedLink Neurology password at anytime by choosing Change Password. We do not see your password and have no access to it; if you forget your password, we can reset it by providing a temporary password. Keep in mind that sharing your login credentials or leaving your account logged in on public computers or in an office setting so that others may use it can expose your personal account information to others. It is important that you do not share your username and password and that you change your password from time to time. Sharing your username and password violates the terms of your access.
     
  • Billing. Use the View/Update Billing link to keep your credit card information up to date to ensure uninterrupted access. View your payment history here as well, and if desired, download invoices in PDF format for your records or reimbursement. You can also check your next billing date and subscription type. To cancel your subscription, click the Cancel link at the bottom of the page. Your cancellation will take effect at the end of the term of your subscription. Select the subscription term that suits your plans. We do not refund unused portions of subscriptions. Contact us anytime to change your subscription term.  The change will be effective the next subscription cycle.