“Those who fail to plan, plan to fail…” is a good adage for students entering the emergency medicine setting. As you interact in this clerkship you will find that you need information to proceed with patient care. Often this will involve two major issues: medicine dosages and knowing the correct order, context, and elements for clinical management.
Below are some tips and suggestions that will make your life and learning easier as you work your way through this clerkship.
First, start off by examining the list of apps below. You should also ask others, such as your classmates and doctors in the clinical setting, what apps they use and why.
Once you identify a group of apps you feel will help, make sure you know how they work before using them in the clinical setting.
Going over these details will be extremely helpful when you reach the point that you really need to use an app to access information. If you think you can go into a simulation or the clinical floor and just “wing it” or find the information by searching Google, you are wrong! Using that kind of strategy is dangerous and will inevitably waste valuable time.
Other consideration you may want to think of when selecting apps…
Do you need an internet connection?
Is the app’s information up to date?
Try the app out.