Retiring the Now@NEJM blog

Posted by • February 14th, 2019

Thank you for reading the Now@NEJM blog.  As you may have noticed in the past year, content that was previously posted to the blog is now available on other NEJM Group sites such as NEJM Resident 360. To ensure that we do not duplicate content, we will retire the blog at the end of February.

We hope you will remain connected to the New England Journal of Medicine (, the NEJM Group flagship publication. You can see all the ways to stay connected on our Products and Services page, and follow us on our social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Instagram. Alternatively, please visit NEJM Group to learn more about the other medical information products in the NEJM Group portfolio.

Karen Buckley, NEJM Resident 360 Product Manager

Jen Zeis, Manager, Communications and Media Relations, NEJM Group


Find Your Favorite Features on the Revitalized

Posted by • March 22nd, 2018

For our sixth and final post in the new tour series, we have answers to some frequently asked questions.

One common thread has been, “I love the intuitive new design but am unsure where to find some of my favorite features.” While most features are still readily available through the site’s primary navigation menu, the location of that menu shifts depending on two factors: (1) the type of page you are viewing and (2) the width of the screen you are using.

With today’s variety of browsers and screen widths, it was important to ensure site visitors can make the most of, regardless of device. To achieve this, the site navigation menu was collapsed on certain pages and for narrower devices and windows. If you don’t see the site navigation menu across the top of your screen (just below the NEJM logo), you can look for the three-bar menu icon (pictured) that appears in the top right corner.
Here are some other commonly asked reader questions. One caveat is that some of the hover functionality described below is not available on mobile devices.


The most efficient way to get to the current issue is to simply click on CURRENT ISSUE in the site navigation menu. Alternatively, you can hover over the current issue link in the site navigation menu to expand a window containing links to:

  • The current NEJM issue table of contents
  • The three most recently published issue tables of contents
  • Recently published NEJM articles (including those on an accelerated publication schedule)
  • A complete index of all NEJM issues
  • A page from which you can browse all recently published articles


There are three ways to quickly and easily find Weekly NEJM CME activities at the revitalized

  1. Look for the LEARNING link in site navigation. Hover over the learning link to expand a drop down window that features the new CME activities associated with the current NEJM issue. Simply click CME for a list of all NEJM CME activities available, or select one of the new CME articles listed. You can also click once on the learning link to jump into and explore the site’s new Learning center. From there you can dive deeper into NEJM CME (from the top left column) to browse, search, and filter results by subspecialty and other criteria.
  2. If there is CME associated with a specific article you are reading, a CME option will appear in the article’s toolbar.
  3. Finally, you can use site search. Search on keywords for CME that might interest you, expand the filter button at the top of Search Results, and tick the CME box to isolate any available CME activities related to your search words or phrases.


There are two ways to download article PDFs from the revitalized The symbol to look for is a down-facing arrow over a short horizontal line (pictured here); this appears both in the article toolbar and on every article appearing in Search Results. Many thanks to all who have provided feedback on the revitalized Please keep the input coming as we will use reader comments to guide future enhancements.

Register Now for Free Live Web Event on Epidemics Featuring Bill Gates

Posted by • March 20th, 2018

Free Web Event - Innovation vs Nature - Featuring Bill Gates

Zika. Ebola. H1N1. SARS. Malaria. Cholera. In recent years, we have seen global outbreaks of these and other infectious diseases.

Today, every epidemic has the potential of becoming a pandemic with catastrophic implications for global health. Professionals in medicine and public health must make containing the next epidemic an urgent priority.

EPIDEMICS GOING VIRAL: INNOVATION VS. NATURE examines this complex challenge from the perspectives of researchers, clinicians, and others who have first-hand experience dealing with epidemics.

This free live web event is presented by the Massachusetts Medical Society, recognized for national education programs and innovative advocacy, and the New England Journal of Medicine, a leader in global health and breakthrough research on public health emergencies.

See the full agenda and register now for this free live web event on April 27.

Revitalized Offers Something for Every Medical Learner

Posted by • March 8th, 2018

Lifestyles of medical professionals have changed greatly over the past two decades. Imperatives for pursuing lifelong medical learning have continued to multiply, while time available for doing so has grown increasingly scarce.

All along, the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has been innovating to address this challenge, adding high-quality imagery, video, audio, interactive challenges, and other engaging opportunities that make medical learning mobile-friendly, available 24/7, and capable of fitting into just about any free-time increment. Now, the revitalized makes it easier than ever to find and access all the learning and multimedia content NEJM offers when- and wherever you find yourself with a few free minutes.


Need to earn CME credits for medical licensure or board certification/ recertification? Or, simply wish to test your skills and expand medical knowledge with clinical-case challenges? The Learning section aggregates both for-credit and not-for-credit activities. This includes:

  • NEJM Weekly CME Exams – earn 1 AMA PRA Category CreditTM per successfully completed exam, with three new exams added every week.
  • Interactive Medical Cases – for each successfully completed activity, earn 2 AMA PRA Category CreditsTM and, where applicable, ABIM MOC points.
  • Clinical Decisions, which include polls and comment threads, enabling you to compare your own conclusions and interact with other medical professionals.
  • Interactive Image Challenges and Case Challenges.
  • The latest Clinical Pearls from NEJM Resident 360 – a digital community that helps residents and students with foundational clinical knowledge, career insights, and support.

NEJM Icon HelpersItems appearing in the NEJM Learning section come clearly tagged with the opportunities each presents for:

  • Earning CME and/or ABIM MOC
  • Finding conversations and debate among medical colleagues (look for the speech bubble icon)
  • Participating in polling to compare your own conclusions with those of other NEJM readers (look for the bar-chart icon)
  • Viewing interim analysis of Polling Results by expert NEJM editors

If you are looking for CME related to a specific medical specialty or topic, go directly to site search. Search for relevant keywords; then, from your Search Results page, expand the Filter option and tick the CME box to quickly isolate any available activities related to your search.

Individual NEJM subscribers enjoy their first 20 CME activities free of charge during each annual subscription cycle. Nonsubscribers who register for an account at may purchase access to NEJM CME at $19/activity or $109 for a 10-activity bundle to be used over time.


Just as the new Learning section offers something for every medical learner, a new Multimedia section aggregates all NEJM visual, audio, and video content.

Hopping on a treadmill or elliptical at the gym? Pop in your headphones and head over to the Multimedia section for immediate access to all the latest NEJM audio interviews and audio Clinical Practice articles.

Riding a bus or train to work? The Multimedia section offers a single jumping off point for all the latest NEJM Image Challenges, Images in Clinical Medicine, and Quick Take videos.

Waiting around while your child is at a piano, dance, or sports practice? Make the time valuable and brush up on the latest procedures with NEJM Videos in Clinical Medicine and clinically-oriented articles featuring multimedia components.

Be sure to tune in for Part 6 of our Tour Series in which we address common customer-support queries received from site visitors since the revitalized first went live in January.

Revitalized Serves Up a More Intuitive Search Experience

Posted by • February 15th, 2018

Welcome back to our tour of the revitalized In Parts 1–3 of our series, we explored the many new pathways you now have for quickly and easily finding all the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) content of interest to you at any given time.

If you’re more of a searcher than a browser, we have good news for you too. No matter where you are on, a looking-glass icon (always appearing near the top right-hand corner of your screen on desktop and near the three-line menu item on article pages or mobile) offers instant access to full site search.

The same curation, classification, and tagging of content that enables NEJM to show you related content in many different ways also helps to power relevant search results at

Similar to how global search engines work, you can also expect to see a reimagined presentation of popular/suggested keyword combinations appearing in real time as you compose searches at


By default, search results are sorted by most relevant based on same and similar keywords appearing in article headlines and texts, but you can also easily re-sort your results by Oldest or Most Cited.

The revitalized now also offers you an ability to filter search results on multiple criteria at the same time. These criteria include: medical specialty, article type, and publication date — choose from four pre-built time filters or create your own custom date range.

While default search results show you all relevant NEJM articles, the tab at the top of each search results page continues to enable easy segregation of relevant multimedia, including videos, figures, illustrations, audio discussions, and more.


Ticking the CME box at the top of a search results page enables you to instantly isolate relevant activities, such as exams or Interactive Medical Cases (IMCs), that you can complete to earn credits toward annual CME, and in some cases, ABIM MOC requirements.

A convenient SAVE button on each search results page enables you to store and return later to the results via your My Account panel at

If you’d like to conduct a more targeted search, you can click the Advanced Search link, which appears to the right of the main search box and offers prebuilt options for building more complex search queries, including exact-phrase searches, keyword AND combinations (choose the ‘All the words’ option), and keyword exclusions (use the ‘Without the words’ field).

For more on getting the most from your search experience at, see our detailed Tips for search page, and be sure to tune in for Part 5 of our tour series in which we’ll explore the new Multimedia and Learning content channels at

If you have had time to explore the new site and would like to recommend a topic for our tour series, please do so by email message.



Quickly and Easily Find on the Information That’s Relevant to You

Posted by • February 9th, 2018

When you are grappling with a difficult or unusual clinical case, researching a paper, or preparing for a teaching or research presentation, the revitalized makes it easy for you discover all that the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has to offer.

In Part 1 of our tour series we looked at the updated design for readability, enhanced discoverability of content, and user-centric site navigation. In Part 2 we explored the new Article Tools that make it easier to read, save, download, cite, share, obtain rights to reuse, view articles metrics, and more.

Here in Part 3 of our tour series, we focus on the many ways to browse and discover related NEJM content. In addition to a more reader-centric navigation, every article page now features multiple jumping off points for discovering additional, related content.


If your objective at the moment is keeping current with medical knowledge, look to the new articles carousel at the top of each article page, which features convenient links to all of the most recently published NEJM articles.


The Related Articles module reveals NEJM editorial and other supplemental materials associated with the article you are currently viewing.


If you are limited for time, you might choose to focus only on certain types of NEJM articles.  For example, you might wish to isolate just research. Or perhaps you’re interested in reviews, clinical cases, or commentary. There is a module that shows articles of the same type you are currently viewing. Clicking the title of the module will take you to a page that aggregates all available articles of the same type. The default is to show articles in order of publication (newest first), but you will also find options for filtering by Specialty, Article Type, and date (past 6 months, past 1 year, past 2 years, past 5 years, or your own custom range).

With two clicks, you can also change the sort order to show newest, oldest, most viewed, and most cited. Each article result also features convenient tools for saving to your My Account panel or downloading for personal use.

If you like browsing by article type, a shortcut to achieve the same result is to click on any of the red, all-caps headers that appear just above NEJM article headlines.


For physicians and health care professionals wishing to stay up to date on the most important new medical knowledge, there is time savings in paying attention to what is trending among your medical colleagues worldwide. The Most Viewed content module on offers a one-click gateway to the 10 NEJM articles that are the most:

  • Viewed — either in the latest week or month
  • Emailed — in the latest week
  • Cited — either most recently or throughout NEJM history
  • Most covered in the media over the past 30 days


At the bottom of each article page you will find clickable grey tags that take you to content that has been classified similarly in terms of specialty and topics of interest.


Finally, also at the bottom of each article page, you will find a new carousel containing all the articles, editorials, and other content that were published in the same week as the article you are currently viewing.


If browsing (versus searching for) articles, there is one additional new navigation feature you will want to know about. While you can always return to the homepage by clicking on the NEJM logo in the upper left corner of your screen, you can also now bring up the site main navigation menu by clicking on the three-line menu icon near the top right corner of article pages (to the right of search and just below the red Subscribe button).

Be sure to tune in for Part 4 in our tour series in which we delve into improved and expanded capabilities for search on the revitalized

On the New, There’s a Tool for That!

Posted by • February 2nd, 2018

Welcome back for Part 2 in our blog tour of all the ways the revitalized makes it faster and easier for you to discover, experience, and make use of the most compelling and professionally relevant medical research available from the New England Journal of Medicine.

In Part 1 of our series, we looked at the revitalized site’s design for readability, discoverability of new content, and user-centric site navigation. Here in Part 2, we look at all the new and enhanced Article Tools that make it easier to read and learn from NEJM and to use NEJM content in your own professional, academic, and lifelong learning pursuits.


When you visit, a new set of Article Tools now appears to the left of your screen. For convenience, the toolbar follows you as scroll down through an article.

Either rolling or hovering over a symbol in the toolbar yields a popup description of what the tool does. Clicking on a tool either executes its task or exposes more options.

For example, clicking on the new in-article navigation tool exposes a comprehensive list of available places within the article to which you can jump instantly. It also offers instant access to all other articles that have cited the NEJM-published research (as documented by Crossref) plus any related letters to the editor that NEJM has published.

Article Save and Download tools do just what you expect them to. Note that to save articles of interest to your account, you must be signed in. Downloading an article generates a convenient and easy-to-print PDF version for personal and other limited uses.

Social media sharing options for NEJM articles have now been consolidated under a single new Share tool, which connects instantly to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn. It also offers options for sharing via email and copying an article’s URL for sharing via text message or other means.


What better time to complete and earn credits for a directly related CME activity than just after you have finished reading and contemplating an NEJM article of interest?

If there is an NEJM CME activity available based on an article you are reading at, a CME option will appear in the article toolbar. Your successful completion of the activity will be automatically recorded and a downloadable certificate will be added in your My Account panel at

If you are ABIM-certified, successful completion of related Interactive Medical Cases (IMCs) will also earn you ABIM MOC points, and will be reported automatically to relevant systems, again as long as you are logged in and have entered your unique ABIM ID number to your account.


While Article Save and Download tools support personal use of NEJM content, the Permissions Article tool takes you directly into the RightsLink management system where you can apply for and/or purchase rights to reuse NEJM content for a large variety of non-personal uses.


The ellipsis symbol on the new Article toolbar brings you more options.  You can Download Citations in a wide variety of commonly required formats – RIS, EndNote, BibTex, Medlars, ProCite, RefWorks, and Reference Manager.

You can Download Slides, a quick and easy way to obtain distilled versions of article essentials plus figures, illustrations, and so forth for use in presentations or as study guides for medical students. This capability is available to NEJM subscribers and also to non-subscribers on all freely available NEJM articles.

You can also set Article Alerts, so you will be aware of any new activity related to an NEJM article of interest.


Virtually all NEJM research articles come packaged with charts, data tables, images, illustrations, and other related graphics. Those graphic elements are now available to readers both from within NEJM articles and, for easier viewing, via a new Figures/Media tab atop each article page.

Quick metrics such as numbers of references, citing articles, and related Letters to the Editor also appear at the top of each article view along with a convenient link to the more in-depth metrics tracked and reported by NEJM for each article it publishes.

Be sure to tune in for Part 3 of our tour in which we dive into improved capabilities for easily and quickly discovering relevant NEJM content of interest via search.

Take the Case Challenge: A Newborn with Thrombocytopenia, Cataracts, and Hepatosplenomegaly

Posted by • January 26th, 2018

A newborn boy was transferred to the neonatal intensive care unit (ICU) because of thrombocytopenia and abnormal results on an eye examination for red reflex and on a hearing screening. What is the most likely diagnosis?

Read the case description. Then vote and comment about what the diagnosis may be and what diagnostic tests will prove useful. Find the answers in the full text of the case to be published on March 9.  Follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter with #NEJMCases.

Experience Faster and More Easily than Ever Before

Posted by • January 25th, 2018

There are three things we know about readers of the New England Journal Medicine. You:

  • Are lifelong medical learners who care deeply about advancing medicine through rigorous, evidence-based research.
  • Lead exceptionally busy lives.
  • Wake up every day to an extraordinary array of new information – medical and otherwise – clamoring for your attention.

These three facts have informed virtually every decision we’ve made in designing the revitalized

This blog series offers a tour of the many new site features that now simplify your discovery, experience, and use of the preeminent medical content published each week by the New England Journal of Medicine.


The first thing you will notice upon arriving at the revitalized is a contemporary new look and feel. Each design element – layout, typography, colors, images, and even white space – has been chosen for its contribution to enhanced readability. The new is easy on the eyes and even more optimized than before for viewing across all types of desktop and mobile devices.


NEJM editors consider thousands of medical studies each year, rigorously evaluate, and select only the most important and best for publication. The homepage, plus specialty and topic-focused landing pages, are designed to ensure that you don’t miss a single new article of interest


The revitalized also reflects a shift to a more user-centric navigation structure. Improved primary navigation provides easy ways to locate current and past NEJM issues, browse by topic or medical specialty, and to explore the new Learning and Multimedia channels (we’ll tour both in greater depth in future posts).

Each article page also features multiple adjacent content modules that aggregate and offer fast navigation to related NEJM content.

That’s not all. The revitalized also introduces a new tool for in-article navigation. This enables readers to jump easily from within one section of an article to another. Tune in for Part 2 in our series where we will explore the Article Tools in detail.

New Interactive Medical Case: “In the Balance”

Posted by • January 19th, 2018

A 71-year-old man presented to the emergency department with a 3-day history of changes in mental status. His partner noted that the patient had become more irritable than usual and was behaving as if other people were in the room with him when no one else was present. The patient had also had several episodes of uncontrollable laughter for no apparent reason.

On presentation, the patient appeared to be intermittently confused about where he was and at times displayed increased talkativeness and incoherent speech. He also appeared to be unstable while standing or walking, and his partner reported that the patient had had several falls, without injury to his head.

Test your diagnostic and therapeutic skills with this Interactive Medical Case! Video, animation, and interactive content allow you to receive feedback on your choices made based on a series of questions and exercises, review the condition and optimal treatment steps involved in a complex evolving patient history, and earn CME credit or MOC points.

You can also browse through a list of 49 previous Interactive Medical Cases and polish your skills in a wide range of medical scenarios.