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Gurpal

If you find it difficult to keep track of developments on the PsychClub website, there are a number of tools that can help you. Rather than visiting the website and trying to spot new threads on the forum, for example, the website can send you a message instead.

Facebook
Like our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/superegocafe. New forum threads and news items are posted automatically on Facebook with a link back to the forum. There are Facebook apps for all mobile phones, including Apple iPhone/iPad, Google Android and Windows Phone. Now you can keep up-to-date with the forum wherever you are.

Twitter
Follow our Twitter page at https://twitter.com/#!/superegocafe. New forum threads and news items are posted automatically on Twitter with a link back to the forum and website. Again, there are Twitter apps on all mobile platforms and desktops.

RSS
Subscribe to an RSS feed on the board you want to follow - the orange button at the bottom right of each forum board topics page. There are many RSS readers. Most email clients can also show you RSS feeds as a folder, just like your emails. RSS feeds are automatically updated with the latest threads.

Follow a board
If you have a favourite board, go to that board and click on the 'Follow this' button at the top right of the page. You'll then receive notification by email of all new topics in that board. Try it now on the General Chat board.

Follow a topic
If you have a favourite topic, go to that topic and click on the 'Follow this' button at the top right of the page. You'll then receive notification by email whenever someone replies to that topic. If you post in that topic, you have the choice to automatically receive notification of replies.

Activity stream
If you visit the forum and just want to see the latest posts, click on the Activity  option on the main menu at the top of the screen and then choose All Activity. You can also use this link:  http://www.psychclub.com/discover/. You can create custom activity streams to highlight selective updates.

Using one or more of these methods is a good time management technique. Many websites offer similar facilities. Instead of endlessly browsing websites looking for something which might not have been put online, the websites themselves can notify you when the event happens.

Gurpal

Superego Cafe was launched as a website for psychiatrists on 8 April 2000. In 2001 the MRCPsych forum made its first appearance and rapidly became a popular destination for psychiatrists. It has been an invaluable resource for doctors preparing for the MRCPsych exams ever since. Tens of thousands of posts detail hints and tips about the exams, debate the pros and cons of careers in psychiatry both home and abroad, and discuss the lighter side of life. The chronological list of post titles reads like a history of British psychiatry.

As Superego Cafe expanded, the discussion board was moved to the ReviseNOW website in 2012. Now in 2014 the forum has moved to its own exclusive domain for the first time, PsychClub.com. The name is a perfect fit. The forum is a club, where the ambitious, the inquisitive, the pressured and the isolated can get the answers and support they need to advance in their chosen career.

PsychClub receives no funding from third parties. It is an independent website maintained by myself in my spare time. The costs of the server hardware and software are paid by Superego Cafe. The forum has always been and will continue to be free-to-access. Life is expensive enough without the added costs of exams. Here at PsychClub are all the answers you need. And the answers are free. Our members generously donate their knowledge, skills and support to help others.

PsychClub is where psychiatrists connect. Enjoy!

Gurpal

It's been a busy few months for the Superego Cafe team. We've just finished writing the third edition of The Doctor's Guide to Critical Appraisal. Although this book is aimed at all healthcare professionals, we've taken the opportunity to include all the topics listed in the MRCPsych curriculum of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.Over sixty new and updated chapters offer a one stop solution for anyone who wants to read clinical papers with more confidence. Despite having more content, the book retains its unique structure and easy-to-read format. Every chapter focuses on a single topic, assuming no prior knowledge. The book will be published in early 2012 by PasTest. It's available to pre-order on the Amazon.co.uk website.

In a parallel process we've also been working on the Critical Appraisal Online Course 2012 version, which is due for release in a few weeks. This is a completely updated version of the popular multimedia course. I'll be posting more about the changes as the release date approaches. The big news is that there will be a special version of the course for psychiatrists. Watch this space for details!