Apps

Epocrates

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Everything Pharmacology.  Must have no matter what stage of training you are in–I don’t care who you are you don’t know everything about all the drugs.  Contains doses with duration, side effects, cautions/contraindications, drug interactions, safety and monitoring and more.  Highly recommend this.  Pic included so you know you’re downloading the right thing 🙂

Medscape

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I love this app because it is set up exactly how objectives were in PA school.  Intro, patho, clinical manifestations, ddx, treatment.  Each category is further broken down into specifics.  For example, under treatment there may be lifestyle changes, medications or surgical intervention.  I used this in PA school and have continued to use.  There is also news and research available on this site. Of course its free!

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No, this is not some Oprah thing.  The name is weird; but, very valuable resource. What this app does is compiles a list of clinical trails that have actual implications to daily practice.  Which can sound cumbersome but it is very user friendly and you can search by category, specialty or topic.  I think it cost me $6.99 but I’ve used it more than once and on several occasions has also helped me support my route of treatment over what others may have chosen.  And, on rotation it can help make you looks super smart 🙂

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If you are in school or work somewhere that you have access to UpToDate you can put the app on your phone/iPad for free.  Otherwise it is super expensive.  I think through AAPA if you have a membership you get a discount but is still super expensive.  However, that being said if I didn’t still have access through work I would consider paying.  It can be cumbersome with ALOT of information, but the information is quality and when you have time to sift through it can be very helpful (there is a reason why it is so expensive).  That being said when I need something quick I usually go to Medscape for that–or one of my pocket manuals, which I will talk about soon.  When there is something that I need to do a little more reading on or have time at home –that is usually when I use UpToDate.  It is also a great source of category 1 CME.  Every time you open a new search category you get .5h CME.  Hint: Actually read what you claim you do.

Figure1

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This is like instagram for medical nerds.  A little while ago, I found myself paying attention to how much time I waste on social media.  I deleted facebook from my phone and started spending more time in Figure 1 than instagram.  You see a lot of things you might not normally see in your everyday practice and it stimulates your brain instead of just mindlessly looking at people’s selfies.  Free!

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I use this app at least once everyday.  It contains all of the scales/calculators you could ever hope to need to determine someone’s risk.  i.e.: Wells score for DVT.  It is well organized by category/specialty.  The best part is… it’s FREE!

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This app is especially great for students, it divides chief complaint by organ system, symptom or disease.  It is BEYOND comprehensive.  I use it now if I have a difficult case or even to make sure there isn’t something I should be considering on my differential diagnosis list.  I believe I paid $3.99 for it and this app has more than paid for itself. Definitely a must have for clinical rotations.

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Meducation is basically google for medical nerds 🙂  It returns lectures
that you can read or watch, documents–anything related to the topic
you search.  The awesome part is that you can save what you read or watch and create folders–so it turns in to pinterest for medical nerds.  I can’t believe I never discovered this sooner! Oh, and its free!

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Remember all of those annoying conversions for how much IVP morphine= 15mg of Oxycodone?  Yep, this app does it all for you.  Free and a must have!