All of us here at the Medical Pavilion at Howard County strive to deliver the best in health care to our patients. We welcome questions about your treatment, because we believe an informed patient makes informed decisions about their health care and that of their loved ones.

If you have a medical issue, we urge you not to self-diagnose, or begin self-treating without consulting a medical professional. If you have been diagnosed with a medical issue, we hope that some of the links on this page will help you better understand your medical condition and your options for treatment. When researching medical conditions and treatments, it is best to stick with the professional organizations and patient education organizations for the most reliable information.

Patient Education Resources

This list of patient education resources is by no means comprehensive, but it gives patients and their families a starting point.

Breast Surgery A wealth of information from

Cardiology CardioSmart from the American College of Cardiology., and The American Heart Association are both good places to start for patient information.

Endocrinology Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases A-Z, The American Diabetes Association, The American Thyroid Association,, The National Osteoporosis Foundation are all good places to start.

Gastroenterology The American Gastroenterology Association is a great place to learn more about your condition and treatment.

General Dentistry The American Dental Association’s MouthHealthy site for patients is  a great source of information.

General Surgery The American College of Surgeons offers a number of educational resources for patients.

Hematology / Oncology The American Cancer Society is a good place to start, as is our own Claudia Mayer / Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center.

Obstetrics & Gynecology The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has information you can trust on women’s healthcare.

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery The American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons has a nice collection of information on the various procedures they perform.

Orthopedics Ortho Info, the patient information website of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons is a good starting point to find out more about your condition, and the treatment involved.

Pain Management The American Chronic Pain Association, The American Cancer Society,  The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine  are all good resources.

Plastic Surgery The American Society of Plastic Surgeons offers plastic surgery information for patients.. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is also a good resource to learn more about various cosmetic procedures

Radiation Oncology The National Cancer Institute is a great resource for patients, as is The American Cancer Society.

Urology The American Urological Association has information for patients, as does Urology Care Foundation, the official foundation of the American Urological Association.