It’s no secret that we live in a technologically driven society these days and I am no exception. As I geared up to begin clinical rotations one year ago one of the first things I did was research the best apps for medical professionals and promptly downloaded them to my iPhone. Over the last year I have added and deleted various applications as well as polled my friends and colleagues about what their favorites were. Today I want to share 5 that should help make your clinical rotations a little easier.
Medscape (free). Medscape is a great application for a number of reasons. First, it provides you with information about disease processes including history, presentation, work-up, and treatment options. Second, there is a large database of pharmacotherapeutics that you can utilize with dosage information, indications, cautions, interactions, and more. Finally, there is a large amount of educational material put out as well as educational quizzes that can be emailed to you.
Calculate by QxMD (free). This was a top-rated application for internal medicine due to the fact that it contains 150 medical calculators and other decision support tools. The app utilizes a “question-flow” pattern to navigate the various calculators that is intuitive to use.
EMRA ABx ($16.99). The EMRA Abx application is put out by the Emergency Medicine Resident’s Association and is a great application to help determine which antibiotic to use. It is organized by organ system, diagnosis, or organism and is very easy to navigate. This app is great for a variety of clinical settings.
Before you start your clinical rotations make sure you outfit your smart phone with the best applications! If you have a favorite application we would love to hear about it.