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PDA Essentials

I highly recommend investing in a PDA when you hit the wards. I have the palm TX, but see Cnet's guide if you're in the market for a new device. A PDA allows you to carry all your pocket books at once, and gives you access to some fantastic programs that basically put all of medicine at your fingertips. When you are ready to make a purchase, PDAs are available through the Med-Source Bookstore. Use the navigation links to your right for individual clerkship recommendations and see below for overarching PDA essentials.

  • Epocrates - If you have only one program, Epocrates is the one you want. check with your school to see if they have a license entitling you to free access (most med schools do, so it might be worth bringing up with the admin if you don't). Epocrates provides you with diagnosis & treatment info for nearly every condition under the sun. they also provide a suite of medical calculators.
  • Shots 2007 - A great resource especially on peds & family med. Full color immunization charts and explanations.
  • - The self-proclaimed "world wide leader in mobile medical information" - this is a great resource of pocket books (and big text books) as well as interactive programs. Most programs have an associated fee, however they all come with free trial periods.
  • - The self proclaimed "premiere source for medical PDA software on the Internet" - take you pick between CollectiveMed & Skyscape.
  • JHU antibiotics guide - It's kind of redundant if you have Epocrates but solid none the less.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good Afternoon,

We would like to let you know of a useful resource for your blog! Since more than 50% of U.S. physicians currently use a mobile device; leaving 50% without. With so many docs fondly referring to their Palm or BlackBerry device as a their "peripheral brain", it's surprising others are still intimidated or unsure of technology.

We've created a new mobile resource website called "Go Mobile." It's designed specifically for students and healthcare professionals who need a little guidance and information on selecting a mobile device.

The site,, includes device comparisons, peer recommendations and technology benefits. We launched this site as an open resource for thought leaders in the clinical/technology space, such as yourself, to link to as an additional resource and support for your visitors.

We welcome feedback and hope you'll find this site as useful as the thousands of our subscribers who have already explored and bookmarked it.

Thank you for your time, please let us know if you have any feedback or questions!

The Epocrates Team